Guadalajara’s upmarket Providencia neighborhood is home to an ambitious new school recently accredited by the one of the finest education systems in the world.
Founded last August, the Canadian School has just been accredited in Alberta, a province twinned with the state of Jalisco since 1999. It is the first Alberta-endorsed school in Latin America and one of only six worldwide, reveals the principal, Dr. Peggy Tally.
Accreditation ensures “very rigorous educational standards,” Peggy says, citing British Prime Minister David Cameron, who declared in September 2011 that “Alberta is the jurisdiction with the best educational results of any English speaking jurisdiction in the world.”
The Canadian School includes toddlers through grade one levels and currently takes in children aged 2 to 6. So far the accreditation is for this age group but Tally says the school plans to add another accredited grade every school year until it reaches grade 12.
The decision to model the school on the Alberta education system was taken after board-level research. Tally says several staff visited Edmonton, capital of the Canadian province and “decided Alberta had one of the the best educational systems in the world.”
Uniquely, the Canadian School will follow the curriculums of both Alberta and Mexico, meaning students obtain a dual qualification. This will present them with a much greater chance of being accepted into elite universities outside of Mexico.