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Who We Are

 
Founded in 1967, Santiago Christian School provides an English-immersion, college-preparatory, PK3 to grade 12 education recognized by universities in the Dominican Republic, the United States, and beyond. Best-practices in teaching and high-quality curriculum are brought to life by faculty who come to SCS from around the world to make a difference in each child’s life. Our teachers are professionals who blend a passion for their craft with a passion for leading children to follow the teachings of Jesus.
 
Spiritual Care
Our full-time chaplain, who has professional training in the Bible and ministry, embodies SCS's commitment to spiritual care of students and staff. The chaplain provides leadership for all aspects of spiritual life on campus–the Bible curriculum, chapel, advisory program, Thursday Night Live, and staff devotions. The chaplain is available to meet with students or staff for individual counseling and support.
 
Faculty and Staff
All SCS employees have a strong profession of faith and commitment to model what it means to follow Jesus. Many are involved in campus Bible studies and other local ministries, and each attends a local church. Staff gather before school twice a week to worship and pray together. Additionally, Grace Fellowship, a Sunday-evening worship service, offers continuing spiritual growth and refreshment to SCS staff, local missionaries, and the larger expatriate community in the English language.
 
Accreditation and Recognition
SCS is regionally accredited in the United States by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). SCS is recognized by the Dominican Ministry of Education as a “monolingual” school, a designation which allows us to offer all curricula (with the exception of Spanish, French, and Dominican social studies) in English.
  • Native English-speaking North American faculty: 77%
  • Teachers with advanced degrees (master’s or doctoral): 50%
  • PK3 to grade 12 enrollment: 665
  • Graduates who matriculate at a four-year college or university of their choice: typically 100%
  • 2016-17 graduates attending universities outside the Dominican Republic: 51%
  • Students who hold passports from countries outside the Dominican Republic: 40%
 
Curriculum Highlights: SCS's curriculum is designed to build critical thinking, expansive knowledge, and habits of lifelong learning.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Student-focused, play-centered, integrated Common Core bilingual program
Elementary School Common Core English/Math (Reading Street/Everyday Math/Reader's Workshop), Responsive Classroom social-emotional curriculum
Middle School Common Core English/Math (Singapore-based mathematics), Next-Generation Science Standards (Pearson), Love and Logic social-emotional curriculum
High School Common Core English/Math (Big Ideas Mathematics), Next-Generation Science Standards, Love and Logic social-emotional curriculum, Justice Project milestone and capstone

Santiago Institute
A school-wide, multi-layered student leadership and justice development program trains students of all ages to lead like Jesus: By serving. Students regularly serve their peers in partner schools in surrounding communities. Students start and finish their high school experience with multidisciplinary justice projects designed to get them started on a lifetime journey of advocating for justice in the Dominican Republic and around the world.
 
Sports
Twenty-two athletics teams challenge almost 300 students in soccer, basketball, futsal, and volleyball. Team sports begin as early as kindergarten. Athletes compete with schools around the country through Association of Colombian and Caribbean American Schools (ACCAS).
 
College Guidance
Beginning in grade 6, students work with the guidance counselor and use Naviance to set individualized curricular and extra-curricular graduation goals and track their progress towards those goals through their middle and high school years.

Honor Courses
Physics Honors (grades 10/11)
Chemistry Honors (grades 10/11)
British Literature Honors (grade 11)    
 
AP and Dual-Credit Courses
AP English Literature and Composition (grade 12)
AP Calculus AB (grade 12)
AP Spanish (grades 11/12)

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