School Profile

GREENGATES SCHOOL, founded in 1951, is a fully accredited IB World school offering the DP programme. An independent, selective K-12 coeducational British international day school of approximately 1200 students Greengates is located on a large campus in north-western Mexico City. Producing consistently high results in external examinations such as the IB Diploma Examinations, IGCSE, PSAT/SAT, and ACT tests, Greengates has gained a reputation as one of the leading IB schools in the region, graduating students to universities in the UK, North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan and beyond.

Accreditation

The Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) accredit Greengates School. Greengates is an official International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School and Exam Centre (since 1986); and, an official Exam Centre for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course examinations, which are developed under the authority of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). Greengates is an official test centre for the ACT and SAT.

Admissions

Greengates admits students on the basis of a completed application form, previous school records, interview, and admissions testing. Students are admitted without regard for nationality, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation. For more information contact Liliana Kuroda: kuroda@greengates.edu.mx.

Student Body

Greengates accepts children from diverse educational backgrounds, and successfully prepares its students for further study anywhere in the world. Over 50 different nationalities are represented and while there is always a significant population of long-term locally based students, annual turnover averages 20%, so newcomers are ever present and warmly embraced.

Teaching Body

Greengates only employs qualified and experienced teachers and seeks to attract the best candidates locally and internationally. About half of the current staff of 180 are recruited from Great Britain. Many of the remaining staff are recruited from countries around the world, reflecting the truly international character of the school. The medium of instruction is English, though all students study Spanish at the appropriate level, and some 40% of students who require Mexican educational qualifications take a limited number of courses in Spanish.

Calendar

The school year follows that of other northern hemisphere international schools running from mid-late August to the end of June. There are three school terms for grading and reporting purposes the year is divided into two semesters. The school day begins at 8:15 AM and ends at 2:55 PM; class periods are made up of 45-minute lessons, with 5-minute intervals between each. Regular afternoon activities extend the day to 4:15 PM.

Curriculum

International Primary Years Curriculum (IPC)
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is used in schools all over the world. Currently this includes over 1,600 national and international schools in over 87 countries.

The IPC was introduced in 2000 and has been successfully meeting the learning needs of children aged three to twelve years of age for many years. It took four years with leading educational thinkers, school leaders, highly skilled teachers and curriculum writers to create the IPC. Its continued development today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and the increasing understanding of how children learn.
Learning with the International Primary Curriculum means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. The aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy the learning of a wide range of subjects and to develop an enquiring mind, the personal attributes that will help throughout teenage and adult years, and to develop a sense of his or her own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.

Through the IPC approach to learning children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow. At Greengates school, this approach to learning, includes our relationship with the host country of Mexico and the educational authorities of the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP).
Mexican nationals, and other native Spanish speakers, achieve certification for the learning targets of the SEP, through mother tongue language lessons and IPC formulated ‘Social Studies’ lessons. For international students, we have te expectation that they will achieve full literacy in Spanish by the end of their Primary school years, as well as develop an in depth knowledge of Mexican history and geography and an appreciation of the country’s rich culture and tradition.
The IPC is a part of Fieldwork Education which, since 1984, has been helping schools all around the world to develop children’s learning. For more information about the IPC visit www.greatlearning.com/ipc

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