Who we are

We have 58 years of experience, forming and educating with solid Catholic values and virtues, in an environment of freedom and responsibility.
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Our beginnings

In 1964, Don Gonzalo Alemani, Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in Colombia, traveled to Rome and met with St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of the Prelature of Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church. This meeting led to the idea of promoting education through families and schools in our country.
From that moment on, a group of teachers and parents met at the residence of Fernando Escallón to follow the will of St. Josemaría. On this occasion, the Gimnasio de Los Cerros school was born, an educational institution in which we have come to the conclusion that a person is freer the more he/she knows how to love. And this does not happen spontaneously. The freedom to love has to be educated.

Our legacy

After 58 years, Los Cerros is the materialization of the idea of the founder of Opus Dei and the hard work of founders, promoters, directors, staff, chaplains, teachers and administrative, general services and food staff, all united to create an unprecedented school, with an unparalleled social, cultural and spiritual function.
Los Cerros was created with the firm intention of forming men leaders, who generate change in the country, the world and the family. "Cerros is family", says the school's first motto, which is still more valid today than ever: "Let's educate better children, let's form better families" (Eduardo Manrique Andrade).


The mission of Gimnasio de Los Cerros, together with the parents, is to educate their children, personally and integrally, through the exercise of virtues and values, in an environment of freedom and responsibility, so that they may be happy men and know how to serve and love others.


Gimnasio de Los Cerros shall be a school in which parents, administrators, teachers, mentors, other collaborators and members of the educational community, integrate a solidly united and professionally prepared team to fulfill its mission, instilling in the students a conscious and active participation in their formation process.


Family-School Commitment
The family and the school together in the education of their children. Parents are recognized as the first and foremost educators of their children.
Personal Education
At Gimnasio de Los Cerros, the formative process is mainly directed to the student. Each student is trained as if he/she were unique and, to this end, all of them have a mentor who helps them, together with their teachers, in their personal development and in the construction of their life project.
Integral Education
The school establishes a synthesis of spiritual, ethical, cognitive, affective, psychological, physical, social, aesthetic and ecological components, leading to a harmonious development of the personality, moving from theory to practice.
High Academic Level
The school seeks to foster excellence through a stimulating academic program, which leads the student to the full development of diverse thinking skills, so that they are inquirers, informed and educated, thinkers, good communicators, open-minded, enterprising, balanced and reflective.
Religious Education
Man is a spiritual and religious being. Therefore, special importance is given in the school to the formation of these two dimensions of the person, coherently following the teachings of the Catholic Church. Spiritual and religious guidance is entrusted to Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church.
Training of Leaders
Students are expected to become leaders who guide and serve others through actions that enable the advancement and improvement of society and the environment.
International Character
Without losing their national identity, students must be open to the world; therefore, they must acquire a broad cultural background and master English, as a relevant international language, in order to communicate with the world. The school is bilingual and is affiliated to the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Training for life
The school's educational project aims for all learning to have an impact on the student's daily life, so that he/she becomes a transforming agent for the improvement of society and the environment.
Development of Creativity and Initiative
The school fosters a welcoming environment for the proposals of students, parents, teachers and other collaborators, so that these can be deployed with innovative visions, which serve to solve important problems of society and the environment.
The school promotes new technologies as a function of its educational project, so that it can better deploy its educational potential. In this sense, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training is a pedagogical approach aimed at problem solving.
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In our interpersonal relationships we seek to reach a personal, stable, firm and faithful relationship, in which we get to know the other person and accept him/her as he/she is, being generous, sincere and self-sacrificing, always ready to help. Our friendship must be intentionally open to everyone, welcoming and sharing with the other, dedicating the necessary time to him, understanding him, excusing and forgiving him, when necessary; in short, loving him sincerely, even when we do not share the same ideas and convictions. We understand that there is a friendship between: God and man, spouses, sweethearts, parents and children, siblings, classmates and between teachers and students, generating trust and empathy in these relationships, uniting common interests to seek and find the true good and true happiness, inserted in the social fabric, also seeking the common good. In each of these friendly relationships there is a different communication of one's own intimacy. True friendship leads us to see others with the eyes of Christ, respecting the freedom and intimacy of each person, striving to make life pleasant for others.
We value and seek the truth. We strive to live, behave and speak as we think. This gives us unity and sincerity of life.
The industriousness
We attach great importance to this value, aware that man has been created by God to perfect creation through work and study, and also that this is the means for the development of one's own personality, values and virtues. It is the environment in which we can, in a very natural way, serve others and perfect society. Therefore, we want to do our work and study well, offering it to God, with responsibility, punctuality, constancy, and making good use of the treasure of time.
We seek to be united to our mission and to the principles that guide education in our school. We try to live loyalty with our directors, with our colleagues, with our parents and with our students. We all do our best to create an atmosphere of trust in the school, as a result of this loyalty and unity. We comment on the things that can be improved to the people within the institution who have the authority and can do something about it. We do not whisper or speak ill of anyone, neither of our school nor of any other institution. When we have to correct someone, we do it: face to face, alone, without hurting, with prudence and charity, with the permanent and sincere purpose of improving the people and the institution.
We are aware of the privilege that God has given us to be part of this school, but, also, that this benefit is not available to everyone. This reality motivates us to love and serve others, giving the best of each one of us, especially those most in need.
This value allows us, as a result of our effort and teamwork, to perform the task or work well. For this reason, at Los Cerros we constantly train ourselves to be updated in pedagogy and technological innovations at the service of education and to achieve personal excellence and that of our students.
The joy
We are aware that, as children of God, we must always be sowers of peace and joy in the place and circumstances in which we find ourselves, making life kind and pleasant for others. We strive to offer the Lord our weariness, difficulties, sickness, personal defects and those of others. Our approach to education is optimistic, positive and hopeful.


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At Los Cerros we believe that our model of differentiated education is the best way to develop the integral formation of each student.
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International training is facilitated and enhanced; the intention is to facilitate the study of another language and to adapt to international environments.
International Baccalaureate
The school is part of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). This academic program offers a greater and more complete preparation to all our students, which gives them the title of International Baccalaureate and the possibility of entering the best universities in the country and the world.
Bilingual education
From the Transition grade we have the purpose of training our students with English as a second language.
Comprehensive training
We seek to enhance all the skills and aptitudes of each person, always with a comprehensive training that reinforces their preferences and develops new knowledge.
Service-based leadership
We encourage each student to become a person with values, always with the intention of serving and helping the community. Leadership based on service seeks to integrate the good being of each citizen into everyday life through his or her actions.
The importance of the family
The family is the basis of society, that is why it must be cared for and educated. At Lo Cerros we like to take care of parents and educate them as good mentors for their children.
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Extracurricular activities

Featured articles from our educational blog

Jun 01 - 2023

Integración de las familias de Sexto Grado - Gimnasio de Los Cerros

Gimnasio de Los Cerros - Un día diferente en familia, esto fue lo que sucedió en la integración de Sexto Grado. Realizamos dos integraciones diferentes, una en la mañana al aire libre y apoyando la actividad solidaria del Share Food Cerros 2023. Y otra por la noche, una velada con perros calientes, masmelos y fogata […]
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Jun 01 - 2023

Share Food Cerros 2023

Share Food Cerros. Más de 100 niños de la fundación Funtravidi del barrio El Codito, junto con estudiantes y padres de familia voluntarios de Cerros, participaron en una gran actividad solidaria el pasado sábado 6 de mayo. Gracias a la organización de nuestro equipo de solidaridad, ParCerros, este evento, que tuvo como objetivo entregarle a […]
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May 24 - 2023

Jaime Barinas, Chemistry teacher at Los Cerros Gymnasium

I am Jaime Orlando Barinas Olaya, with a degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Distrital Francisco José De Caldas and a Master's degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. I have been working here at Gimnasio de Los Cerros for about 12 years and time has gone by very fast. It seems like yesterday when I started [...]
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May 10 - 2023

Crossing the Chicamocha Canyon - Los Cerros Gymnasium

Gimnasio de Los Cerros - Our 8th and 10th grade students had their expedition to Santander. For 4 days we accepted the challenge of crossing the Chicamocha Canyon and we did it! During the trip we took the opportunity to work on our 5 dimensions: Spiritual, technical, sustainability, values and social. In this way, the coordination of [...]
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May 10 - 2023

Celebrating Mother's and Father's Day with Level C - Gimnasio de Los Cerros

Last week we had a special celebration at the Los Cerros Gymnasium with all the families of Level C. With performances by the students, the symphonic band and parents, we had an enjoyable morning in the month of the mother.
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May 10 - 2023

Celebrating Mother's and Father's Day with Level B - Los Cerros Gymnasium

Today we had a special celebration at the Los Cerros Gymnasium with all the Level B families. With performances by the students, the symphonic band and parents, we spent a pleasant morning in the month of the mother.
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May 09 - 2023

Gimnasio de Los Cerros - Celebrating Mother's and Father's Day with Level A

Today we had a special celebration at the Los Cerros Gymnasium with all the families of Level A. With performances by the students, the symphonic band and parents, we spent an enjoyable morning in the month of the mother.
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May 09 - 2023

Integration with Seventh Grade Families - Los Cerros Gymnasium

Seventh grade families shared a morning at the Los Cerros Gymnasium. Accompanied by Father Luis Miguel Bravo, school chaplain. They had a preparation session for parents and sponsors about the Sacrament of Confirmation for this special date.
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May 09 - 2023

Cambridge International English Tests

Cambridge English - Last week, students in grades 2, 4, Pre and 7 took the Cambridge mock tests in order to validate their level of proficiency in English in relation to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at Pre A1, A1, A2 and B1 levels respectively.
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May 09 - 2023

Gimnasio de Los Cerros - We participated in the Fifth National IB Mathematics Competition

Gimnasio de Los Cerros - Juan David Rico and Santiago Prada from grade Eleven obtained the Second Place in this event that had as its theme the application and interpretation of the NM Middle Level. The contest was held at the Girls' Gymnasium. Congratulations to the contestants.
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May 09 - 2023

Los Cerros Gymnasium - Silver Lyre A Level 2023

Los Cerros Gymnasium - Students from Transition to Third grade participated in the Silver Lyre 2023. With poems and songs we saw great performances from the youngest students of our school. Thanks to Asopadres for contributing in one of the winners' prizes!
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May 09 - 2023

Los Cerros Gymnasium - Conference-workshop with teachers and kindergarten directors

On Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27, 2023, the general conference for teachers was held in the general library of the Gimnasio de Los Cerros school. In these sessions, the role of educators in the construction of brain architecture and early childhood development was discussed. It was in charge of [...]
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May 09 - 2023

Cerros Media - Los Cerros Gymnasium

Gimnasio de Los Cerros - Cerros Media is one of the school's newest facilities, a fully equipped radio booth that fosters the creativity and communication skills of our educational community. In it, students have the opportunity to produce and record their own content, including radio projects and podcasts, among other works.
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May 09 - 2023

The new generation of Experiential Education - Gimnasio de Los Cerros

From April 14 to 16 the first SIED (Skills for Intentional Experience Design) training course was held at the Los Cerros Gymnasium. During these three days our teachers: Angie Franco, Camila Acosta, Jhonatan Betancourt, Camilo Arévalo and David Mora were actively participating in this training. There they addressed [...]
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May 09 - 2023

Introducing the third edition of NotiCerros, only good news

Noticerros - In this edition we will talk about the new logo of Gimnasio de Los Cerros; our graduated teachers and a great international news. Don't miss it!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why personalized education?

At Los Cerros each student receives a unique and personalized treatment from our teachers and thanks to the teaching based on the person and basic competencies. In addition, each student has, from the moment he/she joins the school, a mentor who accompanies him/her and helps him/her throughout his/her school career.

Why differentiated education?

At Los Cerros we are committed to differentiated education as a way to make the personalization of education a reality, attending to our students according to their needs and characteristics. In this way, we promote an educational model that caters to the differences of each person in order to achieve a higher academic performance, a more complete and balanced personal development, and a real equality of opportunities.

It is one more educational option that enriches the freedom of education and the plurality of options available to families when choosing the type of education they prefer for their children. It has been adopted by countries such as Germany, the United States and Australia with the aim of improving academic and training results.

From what age can a child come to Los Cerros?

A child can attend Los Cerros as a student as young as 5 years old. We have a building exclusively for the youngest children, with a special arrangement with specific breaks and meal times for them.

The Level A stage covers the period from age 5 to age 8, when they enter Level B and continue through the entire school stage up to the eleventh year of Bachillerato (18 years of age).

If I live far away, is there a route or bus option? What locations are covered by the routes? On the route do you travel safely and with responsible people?

Los Cerros has a comfortable and safe transportation service for our students residing in Bogotá and the Sabana municipalities (Chía and Cajicá).

The school provides a transportation service by the hand of a qualified and experienced human talent, as well as with a renewed and innovative fleet of vehicles, offering students a safe and quality transportation.

Is there self-catering or is it catered food?

Los Cerros has its own school restaurant service that offers a daily menu that meets the standards of nutritional balance and governed by the rules of food handling, with ingredients that go through a rigorous process that ensures a completely healthy food, in addition to having a competent and constantly trained staff to process food and always ready to serve our students.

In addition, our menu caters to special diets that include dietary restrictions.

Do you have any questions?
Please contact us if you have any questions. We will be happy to assist you as soon as possible.