About Us

Colegio Menor is a private and bilingual (English/Spanish) school, founded in 1995. It began with its original campus in the city of Quito and expanded to include the Samborondón Campus which first opened its doors in 2013. Colegio Menor is proud to be a part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools.

School Overview

Colegio Menor is a private and bilingual (English/Spanish) school, founded in 1995. It began with its original campus in the city of Quito and expanded to include the Samborondón Campus which first opened its doors in 2013.

Colegio Menor is affiliated with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, is approved and recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and accredited by AdvancED. Colegio Menor’s students attend an institution that is founded upon the best models of international schools and schools in the United States, while also aiming to teach understanding, respect, and appreciation for diversity in Ecuadorian culture. Colegio Menor graduates are accepted to prestigious universities both in Ecuador and abroad.

As part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools, we are ambitious for your students and believe there is no limit to what they can achieve.

Campus Quito

Campus Samborondón

Our History

Some years after having created Universidad San Francisco de Quito with great success, our founders, Carlos Montúfar Freile, José Ribadeneira and Santiago Gangotena, felt the need to initiate a project with similar principles to those of the university.

With this dream in mind, and with immense support from many families who were certain of the future success of the project, Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito opened its doors to the community in 1995 with the concept of an American style education for Ecuadorians, where students could gain access to a liberal arts-based bilingual curriculum.

Since that moment, over 24 years ago, Colegio Menor has worked to become an exemplary model for excellence in education in Ecuador.

In August, 2019, Colegio Menor joined the global Nord Anglia Education family of schools. Learn more about Nord Anglia at http://www.nordangliaeducation.com.

Our Mission

Colegio Menor is a private educational institution providing students with a high quality bilingual liberal arts education that inspires critical thinking, creativity, integrity, and leadership through innovation and the application of research-based best practices. The school is committed to academic excellence and continuous organizational improvements while responsibly meeting obligations to stakeholders.

Our values

In search of a concept that aligns with our values of Goodness, Beauty, and Truth, Colegio Menor works with the Character Counts!® program.

CHARACTER COUNTS!® focuses on strengthening six universal values that transcend cultural boundaries: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.

Implementation of this program with all our students, parents, teachers, and general personnel, has significantly contributed to a more comprehensive education. We believe that this program has a significant impact upon many areas of social-emotional development and has assisted us in addressing topics such as good conduct, substance-abuse prevention, and fostering healthy interpersonal relationships.


Be honest. Don’t deceive, cheat or steal. Be reliable, do what you say you’ll do. Have the courage to do the right thing. Build a good reputation. Be loyal, stand by your family, friends and country.


Treat others with respect by following the Golden Rule. Use good manners, not bad language. Be considerate of the feelings of others. Don’t threaten or hurt anyone. Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements.


Play by the rules. Take turns and share. Be open-minded and listen to others. Don’t take advantage of others. Don’t blame others carelessly.


Do what you are supposed to do. Persevere: always do your best. Use self-control and be self-disciplined. Think before you act and consider the consequences. Be accountable for your choices.


Be kind. Be compassionate and show you care. Express empathy and gratitude. Forgive others. Help people in need.


Do your share to make your school and community better. Be a good neighbor and cooperate. Obey laws and rules, respect authority and protect the environment.



ISR was accredited in the United States by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2002. In April 2006, NCA, SACS, and NSSE came together to form AdvancED. In 2018, AdvancED, then the leader in continuous improvement and the world’s largest accrediting body, and Measured Progress, an innovator in standards-based assessment merged, and the new organization Cognia™ is born. Cognia offers unique and far-reaching services to educators and institutions, focused on data-driven tools for school improvement.

Ecuadorian Ministry of Education (MINEDUC)

Our curriculum is accredited and approved by the EcuadorIan Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) who ensures both access to and quality of Early Childhood, Elementary and High School Education in Ecuador.
It promotes a perspective that strengthens social, economic and cultural development, and the unity of citizenship in the diversity of Ecuadorian society.

College Board

The College Board is an American nonprofit organization that was created in December 1899 as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) to expand access to higher education. While the College Board is not an association of colleges, it runs a membership association of institutions, including over 6,000 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT)

The PSAT/NMSQT is practice for the SAT. Its sections and questions follow the same format. As with the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT takers have a chance to opt in to the Student Search Service® and receive communications directly from colleges. What makes the PSAT/NMSQT unique from the rest of the tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments is that it’s the qualifying test for the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The top performers on the PSAT/NMSQT can qualify for scholarships and recognition from this prestigious award program.

Advanced Placement Programme® (AP)

AP (advanced placement) is a program of classes developed by the college board to give high school students an introduction to college-level classes and also gain college credit before even graduating high school.


Colegio Menor is currently a member of the Principals’ Training Center (PTC) and the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA).

These partnerships offer the school support and access to the latest educational practices, opportunities for recruiting highly qualified staff, as well as opportunities for our students to engage in cultural and educational exchanges with children from other international schools around the world.

About us

About Us

Colegio Menor is a private and bilingual (English/Spanish) school, founded in 1995. It began with its original campus in the city of Quito and expanded to include the Samborondón Campus. Colegio Menor is proud to be a part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools.



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Colegio Menor embraces the best of international and American schools while also teaching understanding, respect, and appreciation for diversity in Ecuadorian Culture.

Student Life

Student Life

Colegio Menor students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, academic trips and community service projects that promote community spirit and life skills.

Administration Services

Administration Services

Access to all our administrative services in on place.

Work with Us

Work with Us

Colegio Menor is a great place to work! Our team is provided the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally. We know what an important responsibility it is to guide and shape younger generations.