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Craighouse School

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Craighouse School a bilingual, co-educational school with Chilean and British traditions founded in 1959 by Charles T. Darling and Joan Darling (neé Joan Gibson Craig-Carmichael). We warmly welcome families, value open mindedness, appreciate cultural and religious diversity and promote teamwork in the classroom, on the sports field and in the world beyond school.

We act at all times with respect, consideration and clearly defined limits for the benefit of the individual and the community.

Our family oriented Educational Project fully integrates the academic and formative areas, so that each pupil reaches their full potential as a person.

Craighouse School is a private, co-educational, bilingual school (Spanish – English) that comprises Pre-School, Primary and Secondary levels. As part of the Chilean Educational System has been recognised by the Ministry of Education of Chile as cooperative 1961.

As from 2008, Craighouse School is a Full IB Continuum School (www.ibo.org). Craighouse is a founding member of the Association of British Schools in Chile – ABSCH (www.absch.cl), a founding and active member of the Latin American Heads Conference – LAHC (www.lahc.net) and a full member of Round Square - (www.roundsquare.com).

Our focus is the comprehensive development of our pupils, who throughout their school life will strive to achieve the highest academic and formative standards, according to the potential of each of individual

Our goal is the formation of people who are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, good friends, risk takers, balanced, reflective, resilient and informed about physical well-being.

Craighouse School pupils play a very important role in their learning process, and their responsibility increases as they reach higher levels of independence and autonomy. We aspire not only for our pupils to be actively involved in their own learning and development, but also to become agents in the creation of a better world.

Our attributes

Respectful of Diversity

We believe a person’s view of reality is enriched by interacting with a multiplicity of different perspectives. The interaction between the different cultures, languages and religions represented in the school provides many opportunities for pupils to enrich their understanding of themselves and to strengthen their awareness of others, fostering in them a flexible outlook and open-mindedness.

Caring: concerned for others and our surroundings

We act with respect, consideration and clearly defined limits for the benefit of the individual and the community. We are also committed to maintaining an atmosphere of support and concern in issues that deal with learning and our pupils’ general well-being.


We believe in the formative role of the family and the positive influence it exerts on our community and society. We believe that a child’s personal and educational development is a joint challenge, in which both parents and school must work in close coordination and in a spirit of mutual respect.

In 2005, Craighouse School declared in its Educational Project that we accept all members of a family. Consequently, we developed an Integration Programme for the children of those families within our community who have special needs.

As a school we respect and value differences and seek to offer each of our pupils’ significant learning opportunities and possibilities for their development as individuals. In the future, each pupil may thereby contribute to their local and global society.


Awareness of our environment and timely action enable us to make constant improvements.

The educational process must attend to the academic and formative needs required to become an active citizen in the 21st century.

  • Day school tuition No Information
  • Grades for day school Kindergarten/Year 1 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Year founded 1959
  • Boarding school tuition No Information
  • Curricula IB Diploma, IB Middle Years, IB Primary Years, Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed


- IB Continuum School
- LAHC (Latin American Heads Conference)
- Round Square member
- ABSCH (Association of British Schools in Chile)


Academic & Formative Areas

The Craighouse School curriculum, implemented from Playgroup to Year 12, seeks to identify, facilitate and develop each pupil’s full potential.

The school takes on the challenge to aim for high academic standards in national and international exams and assessments, respecting the individual differences of our families and each of their members.

Our curriculum includes the contents of the national curriculum, implemented through the International Baccalaureate methodology in its three programmes:

a) Primary Years Programme (PYP)
b) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and
c) Diploma Programme (DP).

This allows pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and talents in different areas, including Maths and Science, Arts and Humanities, Languages and Sports.

Together with the family, Craighouse School plays a central role in pupils’ education, as well balanced individuals, contributing to their emotional, social and ethical development.

This very important objective is part of every pupil’s life at school and strongly promoted on a daily basis through Craighouse School values. In this way, we help our pupils to reflect and internalise the role and responsibility they have with themselves and with the communities to which they belong.

Our School’s Formative Curriculum is implemented from Playgroup to Year 12 through the following strands: living and growing together, emotional development and sexuality, addiction prevention, support to learning and vocational guidance.

In line with our philosophy of respect for diversity and open-mindedness, Craighouse School also offers religious education with lessons for the Catholic, Jewish and Protestant faiths and a strong emphasis on education for peace.

We are also committed with the community and environment through the social service and experiential learning and the environmental education

Our Educational Project challenges us to educate your people who can reach their full potential for a global benefit. We aspire not only for our pupils to be actively involved in their own learning and development process, but also to become agents in the creation of a better world. Craighouse School articulates and provides the mean for our students to make a contribution to the country and the global world.

Craighouse seeks to promote environmental protection and raise awareness at a global scale of issues such as climate change, resource management, waste, renewable energies, biodiversity, among others. It’s committed to service and strives to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the environment

Admissions Information


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English, Spanish
  • ELL support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes

School Life

  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Pastoral Care Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school Yes
  • School start time <b>Primary Section</b><br><b>Playgroup, Prekinder, Kinde</b>r&nbsp;Monday to Friday 8.20 a.m.&nbsp;<br>Years 1 to 4 Monday to Thursday 8.20 a.m. .<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Friday 8.20 a.m.<br><br><b>Middle Section</b><br>Years 5 to 8 Monday to Thursday&nbsp; 8.20 a.m.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Friday8.20 a.m.<br><br><b>Senior Section</b><br>Years 9 to 12 Monday to Thursday 8.20 a.m.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Friday 8.20 a.m.<br><br><br>
  • School end time <img alt=""><b>Primary Section</b><br><b>Playgroup, Prekinder, Kinde</b>r Monday to Friday12.35 p.m.<br>Years 1 to 4 Monday to Thursday 3.05 p.m.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Friday 3 p.m.<br><br><b>Middle Section</b><br>Years 5 to 8 Monday to Thursday 3.05 p.m.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Friday 3 p.m.<br><br><b>Senior Section</b><br>Years 9 to 12 Monday to Thursday 3.05 p.m.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Friday 3 p.m.<br>
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Uniform required Yes
  • Access to an educational psychologist Yes
  • Student nationalities 32