HISTORY

Colegio Columbia opened in September, 1984 under the name of “Columbia, Escuela de Desarrollo Inicial (Columbia, Early Development School). Our founder, Profa. Eva Margarita Ortiz de Gil was responding to her deepest concern: to open a preschool where children were admitted from the early age of 2, knowing that this is the ideal age to start learning a second language.

It was the first preschool in the area to admit students this young and with a well-structured program for the early start of their education. It started with 70 students in Calle México, Colonia Guadalupe in Tampico. Since the beginning, preschool groups have had two teachers per classroom.

Due to the great demand and at the request of the parents themselves, in 1986 the Primary School opened with only 17 students. Since then, the main strength of our elementary school is to carry out both the high performance English program that distinguishes us, as well as the one marked by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (Mexican Secretariat of Public Education) for Spanish.

In 1988, the partners decided to move to a place of their own in Calle Poza Rica, Colonia Petrolera, the campus that our Preschool currently occupies. By that time, the students already amounted to 221 divided into 11 groups of both levels.

In 1990, the School joins ASOMEX (Association of American Schools in Mexico), complying with all the educational quality requirements established by this organization. This gives us the opportunity to spend time with similar schools across the country, highlighting the opportunity to have a continuous training program for teaching staff and where students also live and compete in different disciplines, such as sports, academics and cultural activities, with students from other schools.

In 1992 our Primary School’s first generation graduates, where work and dedication were rewarded when the students took flight with great success.

By 1993, committed to the mission of providing our students with a comprehensive education, Columbia started a high quality Values Program with the support of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Campus Tampico. This course is taught by Lic. Rubén Núñez de Cáceres who works at the Values Center of the university. Since then, this program has been a fundamental part of our educational commitment.

In 1995, the decision was taken to open the Secondary School, starting with a group of 25 students.  Subsequently, the Secondary School changed its headquarters to the Francita Campus located in Prolongación Francita, Colonia Petrolera in 1998.  That same year, Colegio Columbia had the honor of hosting the XXI ASOMEX Track and Field event, in which the teamwork achieved by the Direction, Personnel and Students was reflected by putting Columbia’s name on the map.

In an effort to highlight the continuous improvement to which Colegio Columbia is committed, it obtained certification from two international agencies: in 2003 from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and in 2005 from the Council of International Schools (CIS). Meeting the quality standards these organizations required, Colegio Columbia obtains its recertification in 2013.

Today, with more than 30 years of existence, 26 generations have graduated from Primary School and 20 have graduated from Secondary School. It has been a long journey of great effort and dedication from the great COLUMBIA family. We are grateful for the Parents’ trust and we commit ourselves to continue providing the best bilingual education, which will undoubtedly be reflected in future generations.