Colegio Columbia was established in 1984 by the current General
Director as a proprietary school. It is co-educational bilingual
(Spanish and English) day school, enrolling students in pre-school
through grade 9.
The 820 students are from three countries, mainly from the host
country, Mexico. The faculty is primarily from Mexico but also from
the Canada, the Czech Republic and the United States. The curriculum
is organized so as to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills
in both Spanish (the native tongue for most students) and English.
All instruction in the Pre-school is in English. At the Elementary
School level, 60% of the academic day is in English and 40% in Spanish.
The curriculum followed in English includes English language, spelling,
reading, math enrichment, computing and ecology programs. In Spanish,
the curriculum program established by the Mexican Ministry of Education
(SEP) is followed in both Elementary and Middle Schools. In Middle
School the curriculum is enriched with English language, literature,
creative writing and computing programs. At every level, the English
language curriculum is enhanced with library, video and singing
There are two campuses at Colegio Columbia: Campus Poza Rica with
classrooms and offices with a playground and covered basketball
court serving Pre-school to grade 3 students, and Campus Francita
serving grades 5 through 9 plus the school's administrative offices
and outdoor athletic facilities.