Sotogrande International School
Sotogrande International School (SIS), founded in 1978, is a leading British-style international, co-educational, day and boarding school, for pupils aged 3-18 years, offering a high quality education to the international community of southern Europe and northern Africa.
The school recently moved to a modern, high-technology campus that encourages the development of skills required for the 21st century. The new location is in a beautiful wooded area of Andalucia on the Costa del Sol between Gibraltar and Estepona, with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countryside. The campus is designed to reflect our philosophy of collaborative learning that develops active, high-achieving, life-long learners, with an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity that surrounds them.
Four specially designed teaching buildings surround a central Learning Centre which houses a theatre, multimedia library and research centre, computer suite, art and music studios, cafeteria and main reception. The Early Years building includes: a specialist library; a wealth of active learning resources; and a play area onto which the classrooms have direct access. The Primary school is based on the innovative “pod” concept where collaborative learning is encouraged through an integrated curriculum and timetable. The Secondary school is also arranged in pods, with each one reflecting a particular area of the syllabus. The science pod includes three modern, well-equipped laboratories.
Our curriculum prepares pupils for a technological, multicultural, global society. The Primary School offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). Secondary students follow a programme based on the best of English, Spanish and international curricula leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and GCSE examinations in Year 11. In Years 12-13, we offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme, from which all of our graduates have gained entrance to good universities worldwide. The school places great emphasis on technology as a tool to aid learning. A wireless communication network links the entire campus so that students can access the internet and the school intranet via desktop or laptop computers. Many classrooms also have data-projectors and interactive white boards to enable the use of technology throughout the learning process.
Our commitment to outdoor and physical education is reflected in the sports facilities which include a large multi-purpose sports hall, 25m swimming pool and an all-weather sports pitch and running track. There is a full and diverse extra-curricular programme, with many activities either on campus or using the wealth of nearby facilities. There are frequent excursions, trips and exchanges arranged for sporting, cultural and educational purposes.
Our boarders live in a modern, spacious boarding house on the campus, with all the comforts that make it a home. Boarders have full access to all school facilities to provide excellent opportunities for recreation and serious study.
The school is authorised by the Spanish authorities and offers a convalidated programme, including Selectividad, that allows students to prepare for entry to Spanish universities. We also offer a programme of English language and special educational needs support where required.
Our well-qualified teachers are mostly British, with excellent international and/or British experience. Other staff nationalities include Spanish, American, French, South African and German.
SIS is an IB World School, a member of the Council of British Independent Schools of the European Community (COBISEC), the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).
All interested applicants receive a warm welcome to their inquiries. Our admissions process includes placement tests and the requirement to supply previous school reports. School buses transport students from a wide catchment area.