Our History


In 1964, a group of British, American, and Peruvian citizens gathered together to create a distinctive school in Arequipa. Prescott's founders were Mrs. Rosemary Latham de Barreda, Samuel Lozada Tamayo, Eduardo Bedoya Forga, Jeannette Ricketts  Mary Burgess, Gwynne Schulz, Werner Foulkes and Arnolfo Valdivia (Mrs. Latham is still with us today as a board member, and is a familiar figure on campus).

Prescott's founders dreamed of a co-educational school that would provide a wholesome education with high academic standards and intensive teaching of English as a means of international communication and understanding. This dream came true to be realized in April, 1965, with the first classes of 4-5 year olds in a small house in Vallecito. Colegio Anglo Americano Prescott was born.

Over time, the school grew and changed premises, with the support of Mr. Frank Michell, a British citizen and an industrialist, living in Arequipa, who donated the land for the present campus. Mrs. Ana López de Romaña de Michell, the daughter-in-law of the school's original donor, is the vicepresident of our Consultive board.

The school takes its name from that of William H. Prescott, a famous American scholar and devotee of Peruvian history. His spirit of excellence, academic accomplishment, tenacity, and enterprise continue to inspire our students. He helped to make our culture known around the world.

Our first principal was Mr. Manuel Paz Bishop, and nine directors have followed in his footsteps to lead the school. Through the hard work and dedication of its leaders, its talented staff and students, and its supportive parent body, Prescott School has come to assume a prominent position among the educational institutions of our region and country.

As we approach our 50th anniversary, we can not only look back on much growth and many successes but can also look toward the future with confidence. We have developed a modern school with excellent infrastructure and modern pedagogy which emphasizes the education of human persons, developing their biological, psychological and spiritual dimensions, and promoting their full development in all aspects of life.

We are an open Centre for the examinations of the University of Cambridge. We have made agreements with universities and educational Institutions in Peru and from around the world. We maintain a Student Exchange Program with several schools in English-speaking countries, and we are introducing the International Baccalaureate Program. Thirty four classes have graduated from our school, and our alumni work in important positions at home and abroad.

This is Prescott, a school which continues to build on its bilingual, international heritage and seeks to offer an education for the world in Arequipa.