Frequently Asked Questions2019-05-14T14:52:15-05:00


How old do children have to be to join the Helvetia School Playgroup?2019-06-07T15:58:29-05:00

Children entering the Playgroup must be 3 years old by June 30 of the year for which they are applying. No exceptions are made.

When should the admissions process begin?2019-06-07T16:04:54-05:00

The admissions process must begin one year before the required age for admission to the Playgroup. It is suggested to consult the calendar in the Admissions Process section of the web page.

Does the College conduct admission processes for courses other than Playgroup?2019-06-10T10:24:34-05:00

The only admission process that the school carries out in general (for Colombian, Swiss and other nationalities) is for the Playgroup.

For the other levels, other requirements must be fulfilled, among which it is essential to have knowledge of another language (German or French) in addition to Spanish, and must also prove proficiency in other subjects, depending on the course to which the student is applying. The possibility of starting the admission process to other courses is subject to availability of places.

What academic agreements does the College have?2019-05-14T14:42:25-05:00

We have agreements with Los Andes, Rosario and Javeriana Universities.

Are there exchange programs?2019-05-14T14:42:24-05:00

In 10th grade, in the first semester, 10th grade students carry out an academic and cultural exchange to Switzerland, France or Germany, during which they attend an educational institution and stay with host families.

What is Matura?2019-05-14T14:42:25-05:00

The Matura is the highest Swiss high school diploma (like the Abitur in Germany or the Baccalauréat in France) and allows admission to any university in Switzerland without an entrance exam. Helvetia College's bilingual Matura is a version of the Swiss Matura, since it is done abroad and has a strong linguistic focus. Even so, the curriculum represents a balanced combination of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

What extracurricular activities are offered?2019-06-10T10:07:48-05:00

Helvetia School offers extracurricular activities for each level starting in Kindergarten, chosen according to age, student interests and the parameters of the Institutional Educational Project. Some of the most successful are karate, artistic gymnastics, swimming, skating, English and robotics.

Each semester the offer is renewed and the opening of an extracurricular activity is subject to a minimum enrollment.

At what grade level do students start taking English classes?2019-06-10T10:09:04-05:00

English is offered as an extracurricular course in grades 4 and 5. As part of the academic curriculum and with all its implications, this subject is taught from grades 5 to 12.

In which subjects or in which activities do students from the French and German sections mix?2019-06-10T10:09:49-05:00

Students are mixed in Playgroup and start learning the immersion language in half groups. Then, from Kinder 1, they work in "Immersion Tandem" and the German (A) and French (B) sections are separated. From the beginning of the school year, students from both sections have the opportunity to integrate in spaces such as Cultural Week, Project Week, sports teams, extracurricular activities, among others. From 5th grade on, they are integrated in English class and from 7th grade on in other classes such as Spanish, mathematics, priority subjects (MP) and complementary subjects (MC).

How does the School Coexistence work at the School?2019-06-10T10:10:38-05:00

School coexistence is the responsibility of the entire educational community. This is why students, teachers and parents play a fundamental role in both prevention and promotion.

Timely attention to coexistence situations is possible thanks to procedures and protocols defined in the Coexistence Manual.

In addition, there is permanent support from the psychologists of the School Support Unit (Unidad de Apoyo Escolar, UAE). Teachers receive continuous training to develop and promote skills such as self-regulation, cooperation, mediation and conflict resolution, assertive communication and empathy.

What are the school's schedules for the different grades?2019-06-10T10:37:26-05:00

Playgroup: 7:15 am to 12 noon. School routes, for children taking this service, depart at 12:10 pm.

Kinder 1: 7:15 am to 11:40 am. Extracurricular activities are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:05 pm. Children taking extracurriculars eat lunch at the school on those two days.

Kinder 2: 7:15 am to 11:40 am, except on Mondays when they finish at 3:05 pm. Extracurricular activities are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:40 pm to 3:05 pm, those days children taking extracurriculars have lunch at the school.

Elementary: 7:15 am to 3:05 pm. Extracurricular activities and sports training are offered until 3:05 pm or 4:45 pm depending on the activity.


High School: from 7:15 am to 3:05 pm + sports training and extracurricular activities offered until 4:45 pm.

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