At Agora Sant Cugat International School we are an active, and creative school where each pupil, guided by their teachers, is the main player in their own learning. We use a methodology where pupils actively participate in classes; thoroughly analyse what is around them; talk with their classmates with respect and tolerance; work experimentally, cooperatively, and in a multidisciplinary way; show a sense of responsibility; and value effort. The work of the teacher is to motivate and guide the pupils so that they reflect on and manage to find a solution to the issues raised.
Making pupils the leading players in their own learning means they have the chance to build on their own knowledge which helps them to understand and learn how to act in the real world. At Agora Sant Cugat International School we use methodologies which place the children centre stage of this wonderful educational adventure.
It is a proven fact that pupils learn better when their work motivates them and it presents an appropriate degree of challenge. That is why at Agora Sant Cugat International School our pupils learn how to learn and come across motivating, innovative and experiential methods. For example, our school orchard provides the children in primary with a sense of responsibility and expectation, as well as promoting healthy eating, and environmentally-friendly habits. In secondary, it is in the science labs that the pupils carry out experiments and learn scientific methods and develop their critical thought.
The work with the pupils starts with a study of their capacities, aptitudes and preferences. This enables the teachers to personalise methods and resources, placing a wide range of teaching techniques at the service of the development of each pupil: project work, direct instruction, flipped classroom, experimentation, critical thought… We believe that our teachers should coach the students, combining all these resources to get the most out of each student.
The basis of collaborative learning is team work, meaning that social and communicative interaction, two key elements for the development of their communicative skills, form part of the students’ daily life. In this type of learning, all the members of the team are involved, participate actively and equally, and are responsible for the work to achieve a shared goal.
At Agora Sant Cugat International School our aim is to get our pupils to «learn how to learn» and therefore attain intellectual self-sufficiency. The key to fostering critical thought lies in working on certain skills from a young age, at the Infant School stage. Throughout their school life, the pupils develop their critical thought which helps them to research, analyse, evaluate and create.
Student evaluation is constantly evolving and improving at our school. Part of this process of evaluation relies upon a formative assessment based on a variety of sources and inputs (for example, marks obtained, classroom observation, chats with pupils, best work portfolios). By giving regular and incisive feedback our teachers are able to identify the next steps to be taken in the learning process of each pupil and review the process overall. Sharing categorised information and success criteria make for greater academic success.
“And who would have told us that making paper balls, getting “gummets” stickers in English class, learning our nine times table, jumping hurdles in P.E., playing the violin, and drawing Christmas, would allow us to calculate integrals, write stories, solve chemical equations, study how cells work, understand and interpret texts by Plato, calculate the forces between the planets, and much more.
We have learnt to be critical, to never settle, and to improve ourselves day after day. They’ve taught us to develop our opportunities to the maximum, and to further enhance those which are most appropriate for us. And most importantly, we’ve discovered that with effort, we can go as far as we choose.”
Marta Caminal Caramés
Former pupil, currently studying Medicine
“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