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 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.
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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 optimal 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

Sep 19 - 2023

Music afternoon at Lunes de Papás at the Los Cerros Gymnasium.

In our last meeting of Lunes de Papás at the Los Cerros Gymnasium, we shared an afternoon of music that was a different and enriching experience. Our guests were Eduardo Hernandez and Jorge Molano, who told us about their experience creating the musical band The Bangers and how they managed to articulate it with their family life. The [...]
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Sep 19 - 2023

We signed a cooperation agreement between Gimnasio de Los Cerros and El Taller de Gepetto kindergarten.

We seek to create cooperative ties with kindergartens in Bogota. We thank the director for accompanying us in our educational project. In the photo: Eduardo Manrique Andrade, rector of Los Cerros; Naty de Luque López, director of the kindergarten; Iván Martínez, vice rector of family of Los Cerros and Mónica Gutiérrez, director of admissions of Los Cerros.
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Sep 19 - 2023


Our graduating class of 2023 received the Diploma awarded by the International Baccalaureate (IB) based in Geneva, Switzerland, in a special ceremony that we celebrated last September 8 at our school. The IB Diploma program gives our students the skills to excel in the university and working world, and we congratulate [...]
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Sep 19 - 2023

Agreement between the Los Cerros Gymnasium and the Kid's Town kindergarten.

We signed a cooperation agreement between Gimnasio de Los Cerros and Kid's Town kindergarten. We seek to create cooperation ties with kindergartens in Bogota. We thank the director for accompanying us in our educational project. In the photo: Mónica Gutiérrez, Los Cerros Admissions Director, Iván Martínez, Los Cerros Vice Rector of Family, Eliana Osorio, [...]
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Sep 19 - 2023

Visit of Rioclaro School to Los Cerros Gymnasium

During the last week of August we had the visit of the board of directors of Colegio Rioclaro Barquisimeto in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. It was a pleasant space for interaction where both students and teachers of Gimnasio de Los Cerros were able to participate in discussions and lectures given by our guests. This was a propitious occasion to exchange [...]
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Sep 19 - 2023

Agreement between Gimnasio de Los Cerros Gymnasium and Mundo Montessori Kindergarten.

We signed a cooperation agreement between Gimnasio de Los Cerros and Jardín Mundo Montessori. We seek to create cooperation ties with kindergartens in Bogota. We thank the director for accompanying us in our educational project. In the photo: Mónica Gutiérrez, Los Cerros Admissions Director, Iván Martínez, Los Cerros Vice Rector of Family, Sylvia Vásquez, [...]
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Sep 19 - 2023

This is how we celebrated our 59th anniversary with the entire Los Cerros Gymnasium community.

For 59 years, Gimnasio de Los Cerros has been teaming up with parents in the mission of educating free, responsible, happy children committed to serving others. We thank all those who have been part of this exciting work, from our founders to the current generations of teachers, families, and parents.
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Sep 08 - 2023

Our graduates tell us about their international experiences at Gimnasio de Los Cerros.

As citizens of the world and prepared here at Gimnasio de Los Cerros, Felipe and Erick, class of 2015, tell us about their experience abroad and how the school helped them guide their academic and professional lives. Video link:
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Sep 08 - 2023

Boosting Innovation: Donation of Asopadres and New Lab Kits - Los Cerros Gymnasium

We celebrate the generous donation of Asopadres, who have provided the school with an arduino kit to promote STEM education. This contribution highlights their commitment to the technological development of our students. In addition, we are excited to present our lab kits in the classroom, bringing the scientific experience to our youngest students. These hands-on resources will cultivate [...]
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Aug 30 - 2023

Participation in the Diploma Course on Family Development and Sustainability

Last August 12, a group of new families began the experience of participating in the Diploma in Family Development and Sustainability, offered by the Family Institute of the University of La Sabana. We applaud their commitment and we are sure that this experience will enrich not only their lives, but also their [...]
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Aug 30 - 2023

Welcome to Universidad de La Sabana interns at the Los Cerros Gymnasium

In alliance with Universidad de La Sabana we welcome María José Ortiz, María José Domínguez and Sofía Rodríguez, who will support our educational project in Level A developing their professional practice.
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Aug 30 - 2023

Sebastián Duque: A Pride of Gimnasio de Los Cerros in Professional Soccer

Proudly, we share the achievements of Sebastián Duque, alumnus of our school Gimanso de Los Cerros (class of 2011-2012) and current outstanding goalkeeper in the Real Cartagena team. In his recent interview with Acolfutpro, Sebastián shares his experience and vision in the world of professional soccer. His trajectory is a testimony of the commitment and values that he [...]
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Aug 30 - 2023

Solemn Mass in Colombia of Father Pedro Medina de Arteaga at the Los Cerros Gymnasium

This Sunday, August 13, we lived in the school a moment of deep joy and special gratitude to God, having in the oratory of Cerros the First Solemn Mass in Colombia of Father Pedro Medina de Arteaga, graduate of the class of 2009, who received priestly ordination in May 2022 in Rome (Italy). [...]
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Aug 30 - 2023

Integration of Transition families at the Los Cerros Gymnasium.

In this year full of discoveries, we give a warm welcome to these families that enrich our community with their united spirit. At Los Cerros Gymnasium, the union is strengthened from the first step, therefore, the Transition families participated in a special integration, creating bonds that will be the basis for a journey [...]
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Aug 30 - 2023

Welcome to our new teachers at Los Cerros Gymnasium

We welcome three new teachers to join our team: David, English teacher; Miguel Ángel, Spanish teacher; and Carlos, volleyball teacher. Together, we continue to enrich the educational environment at Los Cerros Gymnasium.
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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 Baccalaureate (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.