International Section

The International School of Quito was established in 1973, in order to offer an international curriculum in English.  The International Section of The American School of Quito has approximately 320 students from Pre-Kinder to Twelfth Grade. Eighty five percent of the student body is made up of Ecuadorian nationals and other students come from a variety of countries, including the United States, Korea, China, India and Latin American countries. The curriculum is taught in English, with the exception of Spanish in all grades, and subjects required by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education. Students graduating from our program obtain the Diploma from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and a U.S. Diploma, accredited by AdvandedED. Additionally, our students may register for the International Baccalaureate Program in Eleventh Grade, and receive the IB Diploma, when successfully meet the requirements of the IB program.


The International Section maintains a small class size (approximately 12-18 students per class), in which individualized, interactive, and personalized learning takes place. We have a Primary and Secondary Section, a Counseling Department with four Guidance Counselors and two specialists in Learning Differences, an ESL Teacher, a Curriculum Coordinator, and two College Counselors. The International Section shares its infrastructure with the National Section: libraries, sports arenas, gyms, music rooms, computer labs, as well as Music and P.E. classes and extra-curricular activities.



The American School of Quito was founded in 1940, and the International Section was created in 1973. The International Section was one of the first schools in Ecuador to offer an International English-immersion education. The International Baccalaureate Program is the foundation of our academic program and curriculum.


Our foremost goal is student learning.


50% of our experienced and dynamic teaching staff is first-language English speakers and 80% of our teaching staff speak fluent English and teach their subjects in English.


Our administrative staff, teachers, counselors and educational psychologists are on the cutting edge of educational trends and teach based on data developed from educational and psychological studies on what works in the classroom.


With [insert_php] $Y=’1974′; $m=’12’; $d=’08’; echo date(“Y”)-$Y; [/insert_php] years of experience teaching children and adolescents, The International Section of the American School of Quito is considered the best and most prestigious educational option in Ecuador.


65% of the students who graduate from the International Section go on to study at top universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin American, such as University of Alberta, American University, Bard College, Babson College, Bennington College, Bentley, Boston College, British Columbia, Bryant, Carleton, Clark, Connecticut College, Cornell, Dalhousie, Davidson College, Emory, Florida Institute of Technology, George Washington, Hampshire College, Jacobs, Johnson & Whales, Lake Forest College, Loyola Marymount, Loyola Chicago, Loyola New Orleans, Lynn, Manhattanville, McGill, Miami, Mount Holyoke College, NYU, Notre Dame, Reed College, Richmond, Savannah College of Art and Design, Syracuse, Suffolk, Tampa, Texas Christian, Toronto, Trent, Trinity, Tufts, Tulane, Union College, Toronto, Villanova, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington and Lee, Webster, Whitman College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.



Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (AdvancedED)

Ecuadorian Ministry of Education

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

Academic Programs


International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

Diploma Program (DP)

Middle Years Program (MYP)

Primary Years Program (PYP)

Advanced Placement (AP)

Personalized Education


We have approximately 320 students from Pre-school through 12th grade. There are two parallels in each grade with a maximum of 18 students. The student-teacher ratio allows us to offer personalized, student-centered, hands-on instruction.


Each section—Pre-school, Primary, Middle School and High School—has a Guidance Department, which includes Counselors and an Educational Psychologist (or Learning Differences Specialist), who are dedicated to helping all our students succeed academically, emotionally and socially.


Students and parents have access to the College Counseling Department, which guides our students through the college application process, as well as in obtaining scholarships to foreign universities.

Values in Education

We believe teaching and reinforcing values is an essential part of our job as educators.


The International Section adopted the TRIBES philosophy almost two decades ago, as an integral part of our program. All of our teachers and staff are trained to use this program’s community agreements, group dynamics and reflections on a daily basis. The program’s beliefs center around the ideals of mutual respect and appreciation.


As a school, we have institutional values, which guide us as educators and learners:


To demonstrate consideration towards ourselves, others, and everything that surrounds us, accepting and appreciating differences.


A sincere commitment, free of ulterior motives, to take individual or group action that will benefit others.


Transparency in our actions and relationships with others.


To fulfill with excellence our obligations and assume the consequences of our actions.

Inner strength:

To face life with optimism and courage.