C/ Virgen de los Rosales 1 – 28023 – Madrid




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Santa Maria de los Rosales school seeks to be at the edge of change. To find our place in our modern, dynamic society, we guide ourselves by the principles originally envisioned by the school’s founders:

We hope to make our students physically and psychologically healthy individuals, who can think with creativity and rigour, who value independence and judgement, and who conduct their activity with responsibility and dutifulness; who, while always receptive of the cultural wealth of our past, feel a duty towards the present, and participate actively and intelligently in the construction of the future; who seek harmony in their coexistence, respect the opinions and beliefs of others; and who are open to cooperation and understanding; who are ready to transcend into a Christian religious living based on acceptance, conviction, and love.

Over half a century of teaching activity has passed since these principles were established. Our philosophy still rests on them today. The school should be:

  • An environment of educational coexistence for children, teenagers, and adults, where everyone can find what they need for their intellectual, social, and spiritual development.

  • A place where students can attain knowledge of the world they live in.

  • An atmosphere that enables the spontaneous development of personality; a placid climate in which the originality of the individual is cherished.

  • An institution of culture that is always attentive to the needs and ways of life of modern youth.

Pillars of our Pedagogical Model 

Within the parameters established by the current educational legislation, the school centres its activities on four areas of knowledge: social and empirical sciences, humanities, languages (English, French, German, and Chinese) and Information and Communication Technologies. Each department ensures that the methodology applied at each stage is coherent, and that the contents of the subjects are adequately tiered. The pillars on which our model is based are:

A. In all subjects, the Spanish and English languages are the tool for conveying information. They enable our students to know, to understand, and to express themselves with rigour.

B. The purpose of teaching is providing the students with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to function effectively in society.

C. All academic and extra-curricular activities are aimed at offering a balanced education which brings out the best in all students, as people and as citizens.

D. The school should prepare its pupils both intellectually and ethically, to pursue a career that might benefit both society and themselves.

The importance of languages

In our modern, globalised world, foreign language skills are a fundamental part of an individual’s education. This is always present in our school’s vision. English is the first foreign language taught, with a number of hours of instruction well above the requirements of the Department of Education. Apart from the hours explicitly allocated to English lessons, the students in Infant School learn arts and crafts, music, and psychomotor skills in this language, for a total of fifteen weekly hours of immersion. Primary School dedicates six weekly hours to English lessons, plus arts and crafts, and science. The school prepares its students for official Cambridge certificates – KET, PET, First Certificate, Advanced, and Proficiency.

The students must also choose a second foreign language, from German, French, or Chinese. They may pursue the Diploma d’Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) certification in French, Fit in Deutsch A2 and Goethe-Zertifikät B1 in German, and YCT-HSK from the Confucius institute in Chinese.

Intranet and ITC

The school has always been committed to new technologies, and considers them essential for education. All classrooms are provided with interactive whiteboards and high-speed internet connection. An optic-fibre intranet allows teachers to use and share educational resources in their lessons. To ensure the correct application of these tools, all teachers are routinely trained in ITC, making the school a national reference in the use educational technology.