Throughout their Seconday Education Agora Sant Cugat International School pupils perfect their creative, critical and reflective thought. While separate subjects are taught, connections among them are also fostered. Classes focus on global, real-life issues and concerns and foster the development of communication skills, understanding and a sense of social responsibility. Agora Sant Cugat International School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and wishes to obtain authorisation as an IB World School and teach its programmes at all the formative education stages.
The secondary curriculum aims to shape people who are able to understand the world and have an active and critical role in our society. To do this we promote dialogue and communication through a methodology that works on study techniques and habits that foster constancy, tenacity and discipline. This methodology of participation allows pupils to develop critical and constructive thought, self-control, and self-discipline, all necessary values for a successful career.
A trilingual education is key at this stage. Each subject has its own working language (English, Spanish or Catalan) and the pupils study a second foreign language (German or French). Languages are not the only way our pupils acquire global readiness, they also take part in programmes and experiences that foster cultural exchange and there is a crossover in their subjects among the three main working languages.
The on-going and individualised tutorials are part of the Secondary pupils’ day to day. Before 3rd ESO the tutors advise the pupils and their families as to which route they should choose in the following year when they will have decide which Baccalaureate to study. One of the routes in 4th ESO is aimed at a Baccalaureate in Sciences and Health Sciences or the Baccalaureate in Engineering and Architecture. A second route prepares students for the Baccalaureate in Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences. Finally, the last two routes act as an initial contact with the methodology and contents of the Scientific or Social International Baccalaureates. This guidance is personalised and based on the aptitudes and interests of each student.
“Hello! My name is Bianca and I’m 12 years old. I’m a pupil at Agora Sant Cugat International School, and always, since the first day of school, I’ve loved it! It’s all really exciting!
In the transition from my old school to Agora, lots of positive changes happened, and all the teachers were really useful. I had problems getting used to the different division methods in maths, and my teacher showed me how to do it step by step until I managed to understand it. Also, there are lots of nice people and that means that you can end up having lots of friends to spend time with. There are lots of opportunities to do different things like joining the school band, learning languages, and even learning to cook. The school challenges you to bring out the best in yourself, and who doesn’t like a challenge?
I still remember my first day in 6th Primary. I was excited to be in a new school, but also a bit nervous. After they introduced me to everyone, I remember that I felt relieved when I discovered that everyone was super nice, supportive, and welcoming.
It really is a very good school, since it improves your knowledge, and throughout 6th Primary I improved my language skills and music skills a lot. In my class we went on really fun excursions and trips to the countryside. My favourites were the trips where we stayed to sleep – one in autumn and another in the summer. In my first year I made lots of new friends and learnt interesting things about the world.
What I like about ASCIS is that everyone cares about you and you make friends for life.”
1st ESO pupil