A Summary of our steps for Cognia Engagement Review
From October 21 to October 26, the Cognia Engagement Review team, consisting of experienced educators from the United States, Mexico, and Ecuador, will visit Colegio Bolivar. This visit marks the culmination of a year-long Self-Study and the reaffirmation of the school's sixty years of accreditation. During the visit, the Cognia team will conduct classroom observations and engage in formal and informal conversations with representatives from all stakeholder groups of our Educational Community (students, teachers, parents, employees, administration, alumni, and the Board of Directors).
Self-Study Findings and Process:
Over the past year, every aspect of the educational environment at Colegio Bolivar was assessed against Cognia Standards. The findings revealed that the institution remains strong and committed to ongoing improvement, ensuring an exceptional education and a welcoming environment. The Self-Study process, initiated in November 2022, involved faculty teams examining each of Cognia's four Characteristics and thirty Standards for world-class schools. Reports were created, each Standard was rated from one to four, and extensive evidence was cited, highlighting valuable school initiatives and programs.
Community Surveys, Classes Observations and Student Performance:
Surveys to all stakeholders’ groups conducted during matriculation in 2022 and 2023 captured perceptions and trends. These surveys emphasized the vital role of the Bolivar community in the school's identity and experience. Approximately 200 classes were observed, demonstrating that the school's learning environment fosters creative learners who embrace diverse perspectives and uphold the school's mission and values. A five-year analysis of student performance data indicated that students are progressing, often meeting or exceeding regional and global standards, reflecting academic excellence.
Challenges & Goals:
The Self-Study identified ongoing challenges that present opportunities for growth. These insights have informed the new 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, aligning previous strategic goals assessments, incorporating Cognia's 2018 recommendations, and integrating community input. Our educational goal is to prepare students to be catalysts of change, excel in their postsecondary lives, and positively impact the world. Regular self-examination and strategic actions will ensure the institution continues to innovate and meet the needs of our future generations.