After signing agreements with Marymount University this summer, officials from Marymount high schools in Barranquilla
, Colombia, visited Marymount’s campus in Arlington last month as part of the newly-established “Marymount Continuum.” This groundbreaking international partnership will open new doors for students who seek to earn post-secondary academic credits while still in high school and continue their Catholic education in college.
Features of the Continuum include guaranteed admission and renewable scholarships to Marymount University for graduates in Barranquilla and Medellin who meet the GPA and/or test score requirements. By meeting the listed criteria, students could receive a minimum total value of $65,000 in scholarships through four years of enrollment.
Both of the Marymount high schools in Colombia will also create summer programs at Marymount University where their rising juniors and seniors can earn college credits in programs that include criminal justice, nursing and health, fashion design, information technology and game design.
Dual enrollment opportunities are also being planned at the high school students’ home campuses in Colombia, with courses to be determined based on local faculty expertise. Specific to the University’s agreement with Marymount Barranquilla, Marymount will also examine new opportunities for collaboration in connection to AP course training for Barranquilla faculty and visiting faculty exchanges, as well as new student program opportunities such as a summer teaching internship at Marymount Barranquilla for Marymount University.
to watch a video produced by Barranquilla students, who discuss the advantages of the Marymount Continuum.
“The Marymount Continuum reflects our core values of intellectual curiosity and having a global perspective, as we are consistently recognized for our international diversity,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “It is also aligned with the Marymount Pledge, in which we commit to students that they will graduate in four years or less with a degree that prepares them for a successful career and life. Through dual enrollment courses, these students can accelerate their path to graduation while furthering their education in the Catholic tradition. We’re looking forward to other schools joining the Marymount Continuum in the near future.”
Since the founding of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) order
in 1849, its Sisters have built an international educational network that now includes 20 schools around the world which offer a values-based education that promotes both intellectual and spiritual development. They are located in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Portugal, London, Paris and Rome.
“At Marymount Barranquilla, we live through the Marymount Way. We value global competence, entrepreneurial leadership and building character through values,” said Marie Alejandra Arteta, Counselor at Marymount Barranquilla. “The Marymount Continuum is the perfect way to have our students keep up this way of life, by having access to a university aligned with our vision and one that can provide them with opportunities and chances to discover, explore and Learn with Purpose.”