Our Curriculum and Key Stages

Education more than just a transmission of knowledge and skills; education is about preparing our children to live a great life. Students at Agora International School Madrid are guided on their educational journey by our excellent teaching and school management teams, developing the skills and understanding that they need to reach their full academic and personal potential until they are ready to step out confidently into the wider world.

Preschool

This preliminary phase of our child’s educational journey lays down the foundation upon which their educational future is built and is therefore of fundamental importance in establishing formative processes. Through stimulation and communication, we help children to develop self-esteem, manage their emotions and focus on encouraging children to be curious and excited about learning. We aim to help each child discover and develop their natural skills and abilities, grow in maturity and learn how to interact happily with other children.  Each child is unique and exceptional and the warmth and experience of our teachers and teaching assistants helps each individual to progress at their own pace.

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Primary

Work at primary level becomes a little more academic and intellectual and students begin to develop greater socialisation skills and greater cultural and self-awareness. Students are exposed to a broad range of exciting and positive experiences which form an integral part of the learning process. At Agora Madrid all activities are designed to enhance the children’s mental and intellectual capacities and the learning process is constructive and cooperative with a focus on encouraging the creative and independent thinking that makes each child unique. By the end of the primary stage children at Agora Madrid are mature, polite, responsible, confident in themselves and supportive of one another.

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Secondary

To facilitate a smooth transition from Primary to Secondary our Year 6 students already form part of the Secondary school family. Thus, in Year 6 pupils work on an age-appropriate curriculum but delivered by secondary teachers who begin to employ the methodologies and assessment systems that pupils will encounter at secondary level. Academic expectations become a little higher and we begin to help the children to think more critically and analytically and to express themselves in a more mature way. We assess each student individually to ensure that we can construct the most appropriate learning pathways for their particular personal and academic needs.

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Spanish National Baccalaureate

Once the compulsory Secondary Education phase has been completed, students at Agora Madrid can choose to continue studying either the Spanish National Baccalaureate or the International Baccalaureate at pre-university level. At this stage of their education students are expected to expand and deepen their level of intellectual, personal and social competence, and to acquire the knowledge and skills that they will need to prepare them to leave school and to move on to the next phase of their lives with confidence and maturity. Many of our students go on to further studies at universities either in Spain or overseas.

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Agora International School Madrid is an authorised IB school. The IB is a well-respected international Diploma which is accepted as an access qualification at the most prestigious universities worldwide. This ensures that, not only do our students follow a two-year programme that provides them with a broad and intellectually rigorous qualification, but they are also in a position to apply to the international universities of their choice.

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