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Our History

Colegio Jorge Washington

In October 1952 Colegio Jorge Washington opened its doors to the city of Cartagena De Indias, Colombia. At the moment the school had a five-member Board of Trustees, the School Director, three teachers, 40 students with their respective families, and they constituted the COJOWA Community that were visionary, had an innovative spirit, and undertook the project to build a bilingual school in the city for families of international workers as well as local children.

“Little by little the school started growing and started opening new grade levels until it offered the entire cycle, from preschool to 12th grade, resulting in the first high school graduates in 1971.”

Throughout all these years the hard work and commitment of all the people that have been a part of our school’s history, has allowed us to reach high quality academic standards based on the Colombian and U.S. parameters. Our first certification as an American School was awarded in 1967, and now we celebrate more than 50 years of continuous Cognia (previously known as AdvancED) certification.


Colegio Jorge Washington is founded

1952, August

First day of classes for Colegio Jorge Washington

1952, October 1st

P.T.A. (Parent-Teacher Association) is created

1952, November

Change of infrastructure to a three-story building

1963, September

COJOWA is accredited by SACS (currently called AdvancED)


COJOWA is accredited by the Colombian Ministry of Education


The school’s emblem is chosen from a student contest. The winning design coming from the then middle school student, Beatriz Calderón

1968, April

First 12th graders high school graduation ceremony, Seniors 1971

1971, June

First publication of the school’s yearbook “Atarraya”

1971, June

The use of school uniform is placed, designed by a group of P.T.A. mothers

1972, September

The teacher Dolores Anderson De Bozzi composes the school’s anthem


A COJOWA student is awarded for the first time a “Andrés Bello” award: Santiago Noero Arango


The Zona Norte land is bought


“First Stone” Ceremony is carried out at the land in Zona Norte


Inauguration of the new Preschool building (current site)

2006, August

Inauguration of the Zona Norte campus (current site for grades 1º - 12º)

2009, August

The Circle Time grade level is created at our Preschool

2010, August

Creation of our COJOWA values program: REACHES

2012, June

The COJOWA Alumni Association is founded

2012, December

Fundación COJOWA is founded

2014, September

The first Cosmic Run is organized by Fundación COJOWA

2015, April

We celebrate 50 years of AdvancED accreditation

2017, March

Learning ♾ Together Strategic plan was launched

2019, July

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