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Colegio Internacional de Caracas (CIC) is an private English-medium school located in Caracas
Caracas , officially Santiago de León de Caracas, is the capital and largest city of Venezuela; natives or residents are known as Caraquenians in English . It is located in the northern part of the country, following the contours of the narrow Caracas Valley on the Venezuelan coastal mountain range...

, Venezuela
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 serving the educational needs of pre-nursery to twelfth grade students. The goal of the school is to foster the intellectual and personal development of its students in a caring and supportive environment. CIC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
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 (SACS – AdvancED) and by the International Baccalaureate Organization
International Baccalaureate Organization
The International Baccalaureate , formerly the International Baccalaureate Organization , is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1968. IB offers three educational programmes for children ages 3–19.The organization's name and logo were changed...

 in its Middle Years
IB Middle Years Programme
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is an educational programme intended for students aged approximately 11 to 16 . Thus, in the United States the programme is often taught throughout the middle school years and the first two years of high school...

 (MYP) and the Diploma Program
IB Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year educational programme for students aged 16–19that provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, and is recognised by universities worldwide. It was developed in the early to mid-1960s in Geneva by...

 (DP). In 2010 student enrollment was about 160 total, with 45 faculty.


CIC traces its history back to 1896. Originally called Colegio Americano, the school merged with Academia La Castellana in 1971 and took the name Colegio Internacional de Caracas, in English, The International School of Caracas.


The educational programs of the Colegio International de Caracas combine academic instruction with a global world view.
CIC offers the International Baccalaureate Program, a program that prepares an international student body to enter a variety of post-secondary schools in the Americas, Europe
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, and beyond. As an IB World School, CIC's objective is to foster a learning community with high academic standards focused upon the International Baccalaureate Profile. The profile encourages students to be “balanced, caring, communicators, knowledgeable, inquirers, open-minded, principled, reflective thinkers, and risk-takers.”
In eleventh and twelfth grades, the school offers the Diploma Program (DP) of the International Baccalaureate. The Diploma Program is a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, the goal of which is to provide a broad intellectual foundation for post-secondary endeavors and to strengthen ethical and moral values, by way of its Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) program. The Diploma Program requires students to study languages, mathematics, sciences, humanities, fine arts and theory of knowledge.

To prepare for the demands of the IB Diploma Program, the school offers the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), a program that integrates courses in languages, humanities
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, technology
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, mathematics
Mathematics is the study of quantity, space, structure, and change. Mathematicians seek out patterns and formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proofs, which are arguments sufficient to convince other mathematicians of their validity...

, arts
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, sciences, and physical education
Physical education
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 through the curricular lenses of health and social education, community and service, environment, human ingenuity, and approaches to learning.

English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

 is the language of instruction. For those students who come to the school not speaking English, CIC offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. For those students who come to the school not speaking Spanish
Spanish language
Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

, the school offers Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) classes.
As part of the school's commitment to holistic learning, students participate in various grade-level field trips that integrate concepts taught in various classes. Students participate in the Model United Nations
Model United Nations
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 (MUN) programs in the middle school (JMUN) and the high-school (SAMUN).


The CIC Library
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 is housed in a 565 square meter area, with roughly 30,000 books, 10,000 of which belong to the Elementary Library. Materials are mostly in English, but there are also books in Spanish, French
French language
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, Portuguese
Portuguese language
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, Greek
Greek language
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, and Japanese
Japanese language
is a language spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities. It is a member of the Japonic language family, which has a number of proposed relationships with other languages, none of which has gained wide acceptance among historical linguists .Japanese is an...


For students in elementary school, library classes occur every week. These classes focus on teaching students how to best function in libraries: The classes concentrate on such things as the use of on-line catalogues, web pages
Web page
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, videos, and magazines, all of which help students in their research.

At present, the library is working on the Lexile
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 Project. A Lexile number is a standard score that matches students reading ability to the difficulty of text material. The library catalogue has been updated with Lexile number for 75% of all books: labels are placed on the spines, and each student is given a personal Lexile number after taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) reading test. A student’s lexile number is matched with an equivalent Lexile book number. The student is able to choose a book that matches his/her reading level.

The CIC Library is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


CIC has approximately 160 students of diverse backgrounds. Students come from many countries such as Nigeria
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, Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago officially the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean, lying just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles...

, Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

, Venezuela
Venezuela , officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela , is a tropical country on the northern coast of South America. It borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south...

, Jamaica
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, Sudan
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, and Iran
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. About 15% of students are primarily English-speaking, and just over half are Spanish-speaking. Nearly all graduates continue to higher education in the UK, US, or other countries.


As an accredited school
Educational accreditation
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, CIC employs certified teachers
Certified teacher
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 from all over the world. It currently has 55 teachers certified in the area they teach. CIC uses professional recruiting fairs to fill its teaching needs, and allocates 5% of its budget for the further professional development
Professional development
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of its personnel.