Rochester School (Rochester), also known as Colegio Rochester, is a private, bilingual day school for students from Pre-K through Grade 12. A member of the Council of International Schools, Rochester provides competency-based education in English and Spanish in a friendly and safe environment. The school is located in a forested suburban area between Bogota and Chia, about 20 minutes from either city. Because some teachers live in Chia and some in Bogota, Rochester provides transportation to and from both areas.
Rochester is certified as a Green LEED Gold school by the United States Green Building Council, a Glasser Quality School by William Glasser International, and a Recognized by Excellence School by the European Foundation for Quality Management.
Currently enrolled are 1,007 mostly Colombian students following the U.S. Common Core Curricula and, in the upper levels, a choice of Advanced Placement courses. Additionally, high school students choose between French and Portuguese as a third language. The teaching staff of 114 comprises 104 Colombian teachers and seven from North America and the U.K. The school climate is based on trusted and caring relationships, and teachers are asked to act as leaders who inspire students to do their best in using knowledge to innovate and solve real-world issues.
For students interested in the performing arts, Rochester offers music education and dance school. High performance athletes, for a semester fee, can join The Rochester Sports Club. This allows for opportunities to train and compete locally, nationally, and internationally in football (soccer), basketball, volleyball, swimming, water polo, and artistic gymnastics. Rochester even offers pre-competitive sports training, which the school says, “help culture physical and mental discipline for any type of corporal activity.” Rochester also provides a swimming class for those who wish to improve their swimming skills.
Rochester prefers to hire singles, interns, and married couples with a non-teaching spouse. They will also consider exceptional newly-certified teachers, experienced local teachers lacking certification, and those certified in non-English speaking countries. Candidates must hold their academic degree in the subject they will be teaching. Certified teachers under the age of 50 may obtain a work visa.
The benefits package includes a housing allowance, annual roundtrip airfare for employees, and a 50% tuition benefit for children. A full professional development program is funded every year for the teacher competency-based certification program. A myriad of in-service and third-party courses and university programs are also offered. In accordance with Colombian law, the school contributes 8% to a retirement plan, as well as 8% for medical insurance, for which the teacher pays 4%. This local health insurance includes long-term disability and emergency evacuation. Other bonuses include subsidized lunch, bus transportation, and a native speakers program. There are local employment opportunities for non-teaching spouses. This package allows for a bit of savings.
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