One of best boarding schools in Spain. A co-educational boarding school in a luxurius residential setting! Sotogrande International School is an International Baccalaureate day and boarding school with over 40 nationalities, offering the Primary Years Programme (3-11), the Middle Years Programme (12-16) and the Diploma (16-18), plus outstanding language and learning support. Boarding options are available from M1 (age 11/12) to D2.
The Boarding House is situated on the scenic San Roque Campus and offers each individual a truly international experience. Students from all over the world become part of the SIS Boarding community to take advantage of the outstanding care, facilities and academic provision.
Through our personalised approach to learning our students are encouraged to open their hearts and minds to the joy of learning, to discover their strengths, identify their passions and develop outstanding learning skills. As a result we are achieving excellent results, with an average score of 35 points at Diploma.
We nurture a thirst for knowledge. We enable students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding through exciting learning programmes, allowing them to explore their own learning preferences and nurture their individual talents. We create opportunities for students to discover their spiritual, mental, emotional, social and physical aspects.
We are an Apple-certified high-tech school which prepares students for effective participation in and success for the 21st century by integrating technology into learning and ensuring that all children have access to laptop and desktop computers.
Number of students
|Year of foundation:
||The International School at Sotogrande (ISS) was founded in 1978 by a group of residents of Sotogrande who wanted to offer to the local and growing international community, a British-style education with a Spanish influence. By 1990 the school had developed into a successful and popular primary school with over 250 students and included a high quality secondary school offering UK O-level and A-level courses. For twenty years the school grew steadily and established itself as a leading British-style school in Spain. In 2001, under a new education foundation lead by Paul Templeton, the school relocated to a purpose built campus with the new name Sotogrande International School (SIS) with a roll of 500.
SIS is now a leading international school in the region offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes and IB Diploma examinations. Our student body is culturally diverse with approximately one third British and one third Spanish and the remainder consisting of more than 35 other nationalities.
|Campus size and facilities:
At Sotogrande International School we have three great campuses; Sotogrande, San Roque and Rio and have invested heavily in a range of top-class facilities. At the school students can enjoy our large outdoor pool and sports hall, computer labs, libraries, music room, art studio and theatre space. In addition our San Roque Campus provides unrivalled boarding accommodation in stunning surroundings. The San Roque Campus boasts a large outdoor swimming pool, a library, study rooms, a music recording studio, student kitchens, TV lounges, a games room, a fully equipped gym, dance studios, a badminton area and a basketball court. At the Rio campus we house our Fundamentals Kindergarten and large sports grounds in a beautiful location.
||IB WORLD SCHOOL, COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (CIS), NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (ECIS), MEDITERRANEAN ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (MAIS), NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS (NAIS),SPANISH AUTHORISATION AND CONVALIDATION, SOCIACIÓN DE CENTROS AUTÓNOMOS DE ENSEÑANZA PRIVADA (ACADE)
Name of Director: Mrs Elisabeth Halter
Address: Apartado 15 Sotogrande 11310 Cádiz Spain
Tel: +34 956795902
Fax: +34 956794816
Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling
Application fee: Euro 250
Cost of tuition
7 days boarding: €29,700 - €38,400
5 days boarding: €26,700 - €32,400
Percentage of students receiving merit scholarschips: need to enquire
About the school
Long description: Sotogrande International School is a passionate learning community which inspires learning by focusing on the individual and creates an environment where children can flourish. Our students achieve because they are happy and our fantastic results shows that our philosophy really works.
Our philosophy is to use child-focused, holistic learning to inspire, challenge and empower students to become the best they can be. SIS students are confident successful learners, happy, well-rounded and motivated individuals, able to cope with change and prepared for the world of work.
We help them to find and follow their passions to the highest possible level, as we believe students achieve their best when they are happy. We teach them to be Global Citizens and leaders, understanding the importance of giving back to others and the potential to use education as a force for good and have created real life opportunities for students to make a difference in the world through our school NGO, the Kindred Project.
We have brought together a team of highly qualified, experienced, dynamic and dedicated teachers and support staff to inspire and educate our students in a broad range of subjects. We follow the International Baccalaureate programme from 3-18 years old, as we believe it offers an outstanding educational structure and global philosophy which matches the school’s, a broad base of subjects and a qualification which is recognised by universities and employers around the world.
As a result of our commitment and dedication to providing the best possible learning environment for each individual need, we are achieving superb academic results, with an average of 35 points at Diploma.
The International Baccalaureate in Spain
The International Baccalaureate programmes offer a seamless path through a student’s education, from age 3 to 18.
This qualification is recognised around the world and focuses on international perspectives of learning and teaching. It aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. In addition to being a rigorous academic curriculum with a broad breadth of study, it also places importance on creativity and contributing to the community which offers more opportunities for the children to develop and find themselves and their passions.
A child’s introduction to the IB is through the Primary Years Programme, whose philosophy and mode of delivery reflect our aims to inspire students, develop intercultural understanding and for learning to be based on integrated cross-curricular units of inquiry.
Once students reach secondary school age, they embark on the Middle Years Programme, which is guided by three fundamental concepts: Holistic Learning, Intercultural Awareness and Communication. There are five areas of interaction (Approaches to Learning, Community and Service, Human Ingenuity, Environments, and Health and Social Education). These areas of interaction help connect the subjects studied with the real world.
The aim is to help young people to become inquiring, knowledgeable and caring: to learn how to learn and to evaluate information critically. The MYP is an excellent preparation for the 2 year Diploma Programme which follows.
The IB Diploma in turn is a highly academic course of study that prepares students well for university and the world beyond. The qualification offers both breadth and depth of study and challenges students to be confident, independent learners. Students are required to study three subjects at higher level, three subjects at standard level, which must include a language, maths and a science. In addition they study the Theory of Knowledge, follow a Creativity, Action and Service programme and produce an extended essay. This is a demanding, but rewarding course which is highly valued by universities and employers.
Dorm Facilities: The accommodation offered is exceptional. Bedrooms are large, air-conditioned and en-suite with a fast WiFi connection. Bedrooms are shared with one other person. The rooms are arranged in age group zones and the Boys corridor sits on the ground floor whilst the Girls corridor is on the first floor. The rooms are cleaned regularly by a dedicated team of staff and provide all of the students with an exceptional environment in which to study and relax. Dress code: Casual whilst at the Boarding House, full school uniform is required during school hours at the school campus.
Dress code: Formal
What we offer?
All the students within the Boarding House will have a designated Boarding House Tutor who will take an personal interest in the pastoral and academic well-being of each student within their care. The Boarding House has created extremely close links with the school where Boarding staff will be made aware of any upcoming exams and coursework deadlines to ensure that we are able to put supportive structures in place to offer each individual the best chance of success. In addition to this, the Boarding staff will obtain regular feedback from the school with regards to academic and pastoral performance and we will be an effective support for every student. We also meet on a weekly basis to discuss all students within our care to ensure that we are personalizing our approach for each individual.
Away from the Campus, Boarders are able to take advantage of local amenities including world class golf courses, polo fields, football pitches, tennis clubs, padel courts, and watersport centres that Sotogrande is famous and they have regular opportunities to use the array of facilities also on the Main School Campus.
Number of teachers and their qualifications: SIS recruit well-qualified, committed and experienced staff from across the World. The predominant nationality of staff is British and many of the teachers have international experience. In the Spanish and languages departments we recruit native speakers of the particular language who are also fluent in English.
We expect staff to be holders of an appropriate university degree and to possess a teaching qualification and have relevant teaching experience. Applicants for English teaching posts should also have a TEFL or TESOL certificate or diploma in addition to their English degree.
Student/teacher ratio: 8:1
Average class size: 20
Number of AP courses offered: N/A
Social life & attractions
||The Boarding House is dedicated to delivering an exciting and enriching activity package for all the Boarders remaining in the Boarding House over the weekend.. A list of weekend activities is provided to all students and parents at the start of each term and the aim is to provide the students with a mix of cultural, active and intellectual stimulation. The range is therefore vast and includes, but is not limited to:
30 + activity and interest clubs
Sport and culture
||At the boarding house, a large outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, dance studios, a mini‐skate park, a badminton area and a basketball court
|What we offer?
We believe young people thrive and grow when the ‘whole person’ is educated. This means our boarding programme encourages students to engage all aspects of themselves; the intellectual, the physical, the creative and the spiritual. We all learn best when we stimulate all of the senses together, and engage both our mental and physical selves.
There is a growing programme of exciting activities and sports which include both day and boarding students, further prospering the interconnectivity of all our students. Some of the activities already on offer:
● kite surfing and other water sports in Tarifa
● horse riding
● fitness training centre
● music studio and practice room
● music, drama and art
● charity projects in collaboration with the school’s NGO, The Kindred Project
|Culture and arts:
The expressive arts are a most impressive feature of the programme we offer. Through the arts, students learn how to express themselves in diverse ways, have the opportunity to develop their own ideas and gain confidence in being able to express those ideas. We give students many opportunities to demonstrate their expressive arts skills through dramatic performances, concerts, exhibitions, assemblies, and presentations. These important skills are an invaluable preparation for their future educational and career success.
The school is registered as an exam centre for drama examinations offered by the London Academy for Music and Drama (LAMDA). These take place in the school each November and June.
Individual music tuition is an important part of the extra-curricular programme. Many students take instrumental and vocal music lessons. The instruments offered at present are flute, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone and voice, as well as Studio Recording, Music Production, Songwriting and Music Marketing & Promotion.
The school is registered as an examination centre for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity Rock School examinations, and these take place in the school each November and June. Each term there is an instrumental concert when students perform music they have been taught in their lessons.
Sotogrande Summer Camps offer young people the opportunity of an unforgettable holiday experience in Southern Spain for 2, 3 or 4 weeks. Enjoy the amazing surroundings including beaches, golf courses, excursions and fun, shared with friends from different countries and backgrounds.
At our Summer Camps we develop skills, knowledge and understanding of Languages, Sport, Culture and Performing Arts. We are based in the San Roque Campus, which is located in a Golf resort offering luxury in a tranquil environment in the heart of a green zone with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. San Roque Campus boasts spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms, a large swimming pool, WiFi, ping-pong and pool tables, basketball court, TV lounges, Dance Studios and fully equipped Recording Studio. http://sis.ac/all-year-camps/
Why Should You Choose this School?
We are a passionate learning community which inspires, challenges and encourages students to become the best they can be, whilst developing open views of the world and helping others.
The San Roque Boarding House is a rewarding and enriching environment to live within and it can be said with confidence that each student receives a the very best international boarding experience.