The school will consist of a preschool (3 to 5 year olds), an elementary school (1st through 6th grade), and starting in 2015, a secondary school (7th through 11th grade). We have 240 students enrolled for the inaugural year of the school, which opens on March 17, 2014. The school complex is designed for 600 students, and we expect to reach that level of attendance in the next six years.
With Christian Bigalke as General Director and Nicolás Sierra Huarcaya as Academic Director, the school has a Peruvian-German leadership, which is an expression of its international community.
The 10 teachers and 5 teacher’s aides are all Peruvian and come from different regions of the country: Lima, Cusco, Cajamarca, Abancay, and Curahuasi. In addition, there are two German teachers and one American.
Through classes for parents, parent involvement in the school, home visits, and camps, we hope to support and encourage our students’ families and lower abuse, alcoholism, and neglect rates. Carolin Klett is our social work coordinator. She already has two years’ experience working in Peru.
Three days a week we will have the on-campus support of an experienced pastor who will lead devotionals, work in our religion classes, and provide Christian counseling for students and their parents as well as the faculty. This spiritual support will function hand-in-hand with the school’s social work.