Colegio Valle de Filadelfia opened its doors on January 7th, 2004. At the time, the only students were che children of its founder. Three days later the first "external" child enroled. For the rest of that school year, the number of students increased little by little evey month, reaching a total of 17 children aged 1-5 by the end of the term. Even before then, in 2001, the Latin American Office for The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential had been establisehd in Aguascalientes, with Elisa Guerra serving as Director. In November of 2003, Elisa had a meeting with Douglas Doman, Vice Director of The Institutes, and told him about her dream of opening a new school that would follow their philosophy for child development.
During the months of January to June, 2004, Elisa developed the structure of this new project, working with the children, training her first team of dedicated teachers and completing the paperwork needed to stablish the school according to the regulations of México's Ministry of Education, or SEP.
On August 9th, 2004, the state office for the Ministry of Education grants Colegio Valle de Filadelfia the authorization to teach students in preschool and elementary levels.
The first "official" school year for Valle de Filadelfia, 2004-2005 began on August 16th, 2004. On that first day of school there were 57 students. One year later, the number had climbed to 82. The school continued to grow over the years, however, it is still a personalized educational project.
In 2009, the school in Aguascalientes expanded to receive secondary students, from grades 7th to 9th.
On April 4th, 2004, the first franchised school is born in Querétaro, México. One year later the school reached another Mexcian city: Toluca. July 2011 marks our first international school to be created: San José, Costa Rica. Years later other schools would come to be in México (Santa Cruz Atizapán, Mexicali, Poza Rica, Guadalajara) and in Brasilia, Brazil.
Colegio Valle de Filadelfia began receiving international attention when our founder, Elisa Guerra, received the Alas IDB Award as Best Educator in Latin America in 2015, and was among the Top 50 Best teachers in the world as a Global Teacher Prize finalist both in 2015 & 2016.
The International TV Network Al Jazeera English acknowleged Colegio Valle de Fildelfia as one of the most innovative education programs in the world, and dedicated a 30 minute documentary to our school for its series "Rebel Education", broadcasting to millions of viewers in early 2017.