12 TO 16 YEARSSECONDARY EDUCATION
C/ Virgen de los Rosales 1 – 28023 – Madrid
This stage of our students’ formation focuses on the necessary concepts and procedures to develop three essential competences, which are central to all the subjects in the curriculum:
Scientific Competence. A proper understanding of science and technology is essential in preparing young people for life in modern society. We intend to help students improve in the following skills:
Identify scientific issues
Offer scientific explanations for phenomena
Employ scientific testing to validate theories
These skills require not only cognitive aptitude and considerable background knowledge, but also the correct attitude, personal values, and motivation to address scientific questions. It is essential that they learn to recognise statements which are grounded on solid scientific principles, and tell them from those which are not.
Reading Competence. We work on five processes which we consider essential to understand any text, whether continuous (narration, description, exposition, argumentation, hypertext) or discontinuous (figures, charts, tables, diagrams). Students must show proficiency in each of them:
Reflection and assessment of the contents
Reflection and assessment of the form
Mathematical Competence. We work on the students’ ability to think and communicate effectively in addressing, formulating, solving, and interpreting mathematical problems in a variety of situations. Although work on traditional textbook problems is part of the curriculum, students are also expected to apply their knowledge in less structured testing environments, deciding by themselves which skills are the most relevant to complete a given task.
Through constant coordination with the Counselling Department, every subject incorporates the appropriate work and study techniques to ensure learning with understanding. Students are encouraged to develop the personal and intellectual autonomy to organise their own work, as well as the critical analysis skills they need to thoughtfully value the world they live in.
The Counselling Department and the tutors accompany the students at all times during their academic life, proposing all the appropriate measures to help them learn better – and hence achieve a higher performance.
Students are also taught to appreciate humanity’s greatest artistic and cultural creations – a well grounded knowledge of the arts, we believe, contributes to a critical view of the world. This is a continuation of the work started in Infant and Primary Education, and is achieved in two ways: through subjects directly related to the Arts and Humanities, and through extra-curricular activities in all levels.
As an example of the latter, our students regularly visit the museums offered by our city. Chief among them is the Prado museum, which is periodically enjoyed in trips organised by the Art Department. We also select temporary exhibitions offered by various institutions during the year when they are deemed of general interest, or especially relevant to the contents of a specific subject.
Thanks to a project launched by the Music Department, all our students are able to learn a musical instrument. Apart from enjoying the personal enrichment attained by the practice of music, students are grouped into different ensembles. The largest of them is the school’s orchestra, which performs regularly for classmates, families, and teachers.
Traditionally, the school proposes a study tour for each academic year in Secondary Education. This offers students an excellent opportunity to approach a different cultural reality in an authentic setting, and lets them coexist for a few days in a more relaxed atmosphere. We seek to make the trip relevant to the academic curriculum of each year, and the destinations always boast great historical, artistic, and geographical value. Groups are accompanied by teachers and a specialised tour guide to guarantee a rigorous and structured learning experience.
Secondary Education students regularly engage in sports activities, both in Physical Education lessons and in related events – chief among them the school’s Spring Olympics. Our Sports Club allows for training and competition in several disciplines, and hosts teams which take part in the Community of Madrid’s local tournaments.