Educational principles: rigour, balance and bilingualism

The SEK Educational System is based on knowledge acquisition through the exploration of concepts, research and the development of competencies that encourage critical thought and creativity.

SEK pupils learn strategies that will permit them, throughout their lives, to be autonomous, self-assured and able to learn independently.

The demands of our system and a rigorous evaluation model focussed on improvement allow us to guarantee the highest possible academic attainment from our pupils.

In respect of the all-round development of our pupils, we offer a balanced education that especially values sports, the development of technological competencies and those related to social and emotional intelligence, community service and artistic expression.

In respect of the all-round development of our pupils, we offer a balanced education that especially values sports, the development of technological competencies and those related to social and emotional intelligence, community service and artistic expression.

We aim to provide a bilingual education that means much more than just speaking a second language in an isolated way: pupils need to develop open minds, be able to live together with other cultures, adapt themselves to all types of surroundings and learn to work as part of a network from an early age.

  • In Infant and Primary Education the school day is divided into 50% of the day in Spanish and 50% in English.
  • Starting in year 3 of Primary education, French is introduced
  • During Secondary Education, the learning of foreign languages is structured around consolidating and improving communication skills.

In addition, Social Science subjects and various Science and Technology workshops are taught through the medium of English.

At all educational stages, pupils are prepared for the taking of various External Language Certificates: Cambridge and Alliance Française. Pupils can undertake part or complete years at SEK-Dublin and SEK-Les Alpes, both of which are recognised by the Ministry of Education as official overseas centres.

The SEK Group, a pioneer (1977) in the implementation in Spain of the International Baccalaureate Organisation® (IB) programmes, integrates their curricular framework in order to enhance the national curriculum in the form of a continuum from the ages of 3 up to 18 years of age.

The IB® Diploma enjoys great academic prestige and provides a means of access to the most prestigious universities in the world.

Enhancing the curriculum: the SEK system

Special importance is given to the development of emotional intelligence abilities and they are integrated into the curriculum. We work on the basis of the PYP curricular framework in the “Creative resolution of conflicts”.

SEK – Atlantico offers a wide range of complementary activities whose aim is to develop the personality, characteristics and interests of each and every pupil individually.

It has sports and arts schools, public speaking and debating workshops starting from Primary Education, press club, Speech Therapy Clinic, robotics and a social skills improvement workshop.

Our pupils take part in various model United Nations in a variety of countries and we have our own, SEKMUN. This is an educational-cultural project authorised by the UNO, which is a simulation of the General Assembly and other multilateral agencies.

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We personalise learning using the Intelligent Classroom methodology, defined as:

“A learning community, whose main objective is to develop the intelligence and values of each one of its pupils, who plan, implement and regulate their own activities, under the direction of their teachers who use a variety of teaching methods, and suggest real tasks, evaluated by the pupils and their teachers, in a multi-purpose, technologically equipped space”.

 

Complementary activities

At SEK-Atlantico we present the Mind Lab program, which incorporates self-observation with the ability to evaluate thought processes in a reflective way. Through this program, the children learn to transfer all those abilities and skills they have worked on to other areas of knowledge.

SEK-Atlantico works with a number of associations and entities like UNICEF to create pupils who are sympathetic, active and responsible in a globalised world, and takes part in the European iTEC project, which is about collaborative and international learning, in various subjects: Mathematics, Music and the Sciences.

The project seeks to design the classroom of the future, involves 15 Ministries of Education from all over Europe, and brings together teachers and experts in teaching in order to introduce innovative teaching practices.

Complementary activities