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At Gimnasio el Hontanar, the admissions process for applicants is considered the beginning of a journey for a student to build a successful and meaningful life. The admission process follows the identity and philosophy of Gimnasio el Hontanar guaranteeing transparency, quality, and equal opportunities in the acceptance of applications.

Gimnasio el Hontanar seeks to satisfy the school needs of all its students, therefore in the admission process looks to fulfill fundamental bases that allow the school to assure high quality skills, education, and appropriate integral development for all students.

Preschool and First Grade: The applicant must present an academic assessment through our occupational therapist and psychologists which will determine if the child has the basic learning devices necessary to attend school, such as the proper development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, psychosocial and perceptual competences, and the basic academic concepts according to the age and grade.

Second – Eighth Grade: The applicant must have excellent academic and disciplinary references from his / her previous school. The applicant must take a written math test to evaluate the concepts and logical reasoning competences and mathematical thinking which are relevant to the grade he/she aims to enter. The applicant will also be required to take a language test in both Spanish and English, which includes a written and oral component of the languages, evaluating the speaking and listening skills to determine the levels of competence.

Note: We do not except applications for grades 9 -11. Thank you for your understanding.

Required ages (by February 1st of entry year):

Grade Required age Ideal age
Pre-kindergarten +3 years old 3.5 - 4 years old
Kindergarten +4 years old 4.5 - 5 years old
Transition +5 years old 5.5 - 6 years old
First +6 years old 6.5 - 7 years old

Family Profile

Gimnasio el Hontanar wants aspiring families to have a specific profile: being professionals and committing to integral education of their children. The school believes that training and education through habits and values takes place within the family context. Also, It is important for proper examples and guidelines to be given and built at home. The school reinforces these values through educating, strengthening, developing knowledge, and creating values as well as providing social experiences and applications to practice what is learned.

Similarly, students should have an accurate profile that allows them to adjust to the International Baccalaureate profile through development of social skills such as taking on responsibilities, being respectful to others, having cooperative attitudes, and strong problem-solving skills, making group decisions, and behaving properly and accordingly to different contexts.

Keys of Excellence Customer Service

  • A bilingual, mixed-gender, Calendar A school
  • Ranked one of the best schools in Colombia for its excellent academic results
  • Catholic orientation, respectful of other beliefs
  • Small class size
  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • Value centered education
  • Character Counts program to foster positive character
  • Commitment to the protection of the environment
  • Technology focused classrooms
  • Multiple Intelligences Theory programs
  • A wide range of sports and artistic activities to choose from
  • Business leadership training
  • Environmental certification
  • International exchange program
  • 2011 Excellent School Management Award Winner
  • 2013 Environmental Responsibility Award winner
  • 2016 Best Environmental Practice according to BIBO, El Espectador



  • Private Schools Association - ASOCOLDEP
  • International Baccalaureate Organization
  • Andina Association for International Baccalaureate Schools
  • Colombian Association for the Advancement of Science - ACAC
  • Network of schools which protects our planet
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment - Exam Preparation Center
  • New England Educational Group (New England School, Hontanar School, Los Arrayanes School, Liceo la Sabana, Santa Cristina de Toscana School Campestre del Norte Kindergarten, and Crayola and Lapiz Kindergarten.

For more information on admissions, please contact:
Coordinación de Admisiones 
PBX. 884 4197 EXT. 208
Cel. 318 717 0097
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PBX. 681 5287 EXT. 112
Cel. 318 717 0097
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