The name “El Camino” was inspired by a line in Antonio Machado`s poem where he says: Walk where there is no road, for you create the road by going. Faithful to her name, Colegio El Camino continues to create new paths or new ways to learn and prosper, as students go along their way in life.
With a desire to bring a higher level of quality education to Los Cabos, a dedicated and enthusiastic group of parents opened the doors of the newly formed Colegio El Camino on September 15, 1983, sponsored by the Diaz Rivera, Coppola and Parr families who helped construct the first building. With that commitment, the dream that was to become El Camino began to take root and grow.
The founding directors at Colegio El Camino consisted of J. Jesus Jimenez Garcia, Felipe de Jesus Ramirez Garnica, Maria Eugenia Lopez Noriega, Delores Ann Lovett, Raul Britto Corona and Liliana Garcia – the pre-school director.
The school grew rapidly as a result of the hard work and dedication of subsequent boards, parent associations, teachers and alumni. Under the direction of Sisters of Conception Nandino Diaz, a high school was then established on September 22, 1986.
In response to community needs, in September of 1989 – only 3 years later- Colegio El Camino opened and was registered with the Education Secretary as the first Middle School in Los Cabos.
In the 1991-1992 academic year, Dr. Carmen Vazquez de Echeveste joined Colegio El Camino as General Director and remained in this position until 1996, during which time she oversaw the full functioning of all three educational school levels and witnessed the graduation of the first generation of students whose educational experience and preparedness far exceeded official scholastic requirements.
In 1997, Engineer Carlos Arriaga and Alejandro Cervantes took over the reins of the institution, imprinting their trademark of incorporating new methodologies and programs to give the school its own unique identity, utilizing a Program of Values, which once applied throughout the school was well received by the local community and subject to much applause in the press.
The following year, Colegio El Camino also opened and expanded its pre-school program.
From 1999 to 2008, Professor Cecilia Etchegaray assumed the role as General Director and dutifully carried out what had now become more crystallized as the mission statement: to maintain its position as being the best educational institution in Los Cabos.
In order to take advantage of educational developments that could potentially improve and strengthen the school, in the 2006-2007 academic year the Board decided to enlist the services of consulting group Almaguer Asesores, S.C. to design new educational programs. Recognizing the need to incorporate increased globalization economies, education and technology as part or our everyday life and work , these important changes were integrated into our core values of bilingualism, leadership development and social responsibility.
In the 2008-2009 academic year M. C. M. Julieta Espinoza Trasviña took over as General Director and created a Nursery School and Pre-School section with three grades, improving our overall campus with the installation of more bathrooms and a new playground to serve our youngest students.
During 2009-2010 school year we added another 1st Grade to our Elementary School and Mrs. Carmen Paularena Lucero was also appointed as the new Principal and General Director overseeing the four main pillars supporting El Camino´s educational foundation: Bilingualism, sports, Technology and Leadership.
From January to May 2012, Professor Alberto Novelo Garcia was the General Manager, while the Board made a selection of the new General Director of El Camino. The new General Director is Mr. Heath Sparrow, who has extensive background in education including two master degrees, one in Educational Leadership and the other in Multidisciplinary Education.
With his selection as the Director, the Board informed the community of El Camino and Los Cabos of its commitment to continuous school improvement seeking accreditation with the American Schools (SACS Advanced) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, which Mr. Sparrow lead to successful completion in the Spring of 2014 and distinguishing El Camino as the only school in Baja California with that honor. Currently the school is a candidate school with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and is seeking authorization for the spring of 2016. This philosophy of continuous improvement through international accreditation, and systemic changes to processes and teaching and learning will ensure our school maintains the high quality education we have always prided ourselves upon.
Our High School students have won first place nationally in ENLACE (Evaluación Nacional de Logro Académico en Centros Escolares) exams, have been recognized and accredited by universities like ITESM, ITESO, UDLAP, UAG and others, gaining automatic entry in the last three institutions mentioned above and Scholarships for Academic Excellence. Helping to ensure future success, we have on staff some of the most highly qualified educators who are responsible for creating community leaders in the academic, cultural, artistic and social arenas throughout the world.
We are all honored to play an important part in the lives of the families that have come to us from all parts of the globe and as we create our future “history” we look forward to serving our community and students and remain faithful to keeping El Camino in the forefront of educational excellence.
Please make it a point to visit our wonderful education facility in the northern Pedregal in downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
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