Secondary - Imagine Montesori School

Secondary

Ages 12 to 18

At this age young adults are developing socially and emotionally and finding their place in the world. They will be experiencing many physical and emotional changes, so it is an opportunity to help them grow into a responsible adult.

At this time it is very important to link theoretical learning with work and real life, therefore, the young adult program tries to ensure that the students approach each subject through practical projects that expose them to the reality of professional life. The aim is to equip them with the knowledge, abilities and skills that will allow them to excel in whichever path they choose.

Ages 12 to 14

At Imagine, the young adults go through a first cycle of development in which they consolidate fundamental academic knowledge with real practical experiences that will help them feel a part of their school community and later, society as a whole. All this in an environment in which each student receives the individualised guidance from their tutors who will accompany them throughout this age cycle.

In this first phase of adolescence, students need to feel a sense of independence and slowly acquire the necessary tools with which they will be able to adapt to any situation the future holds. 

METHODOLOGY

The contents of the curriculum are those stipulated in the british education system and are taught by guides who are experts in their subjects. The framework continues to be that of the Montessori prepared environment: classrooms of mixed ages, the free choice of projects, real life experiences, the division of daily responsibilities and the student-guide relationship.

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British Curriculum, Montessori Pedagogy

The young adults undertake projects in which they apply their academic knowledge in a practical way. On a daily basis, they take time out from their morning work cycle and dedicate it to development work or real experiments in an outdoor environment, a workshop or a laboratory. The projects are completed over a long period of time,they are sustainable and of practical use for the life of the school and the local community.

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Multidisciplinary projects

Lessons are taught by guides who are responsible for the class. The contents are presented through specific lessons that will subsequently have a practical application; from seminars which debate themes in books that students have previously read, to research projects completed and presented to the class in small groups.  

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Lessons, seminars, research and assemblies

The class is accompanied by a team of adults who guide them in their academic, social and emotional development. The Guides are responsible for providing specific lessons, seminars, design of multidisciplinary research projects, debates, and daily classroom life. Additionally, a team of experts help in the acquisition of more specific technical skills. The guides are also the emotional support figure for the students.

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Guides and subject experts

Students are responsible for their daily tasks, planning and managing assignments. The daily tasks include cleaning, preparing for lunch, maintenance of the workshop, laboratory and other communal spaces. The coordination of these tasks is decided in assembly by the students responsible for each task.

 

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Independence and sense of community

The students manage projects for the production and exchange of goods and services to offer to the local community. These projects allow the students to learn in a hands on experiential way the process of design, prototype, production and marketing.

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Production and exchange

The students will create and manage a Newsletter in which they will share all their progress with the Imagine family.

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Newsletter

Learning areas

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Design and Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Spanish and Valenciano
  • Sex, religious and relationship education
  • French

Ages 14 to16

This last stage of Secondary Education (KS4) is made up of years 10 and 11, which are equivalent to the last two years of E.S.O in the Spanish system. It is at the end of Year 11 that the IGCSE exams are taken.

During this phase, the students at Imagine will prepare for their exams. The students will continue with the multidisciplinary projects they started in the first stage of secondary school as well as developing more technical skills in the subjects of their choice. This is the stage in which they will learn to apply their knowledge to specific instructions in a predetermined amount of time. The objective of these exercises is to provide an appreciation of the different academic paths that exist.

Ages 16 to 18

This is the last stage before becoming an adult. Now that all the practical, technical, emotional and social skills have been acquired, the students can narrow their focus on their chosen subjects.

During the last two years before entering the workforce or pursuing higher education, young adults will concentrate on achieving the academic results that they need.

The British IA-Level curriculum is adopted to ensure that all doors are open for our students. Guidance is also provided in the event that they wish to enter the Spanish University system.

Imagine also offers a career service to students and their families to help them choose the path that fits best with their preferences and abilities.

At this stage there are no longer any mixed age classes and the projects will be in collaboration with European or international institutions.

Official Examinations

IGCSEs (International General Certificates of Secondary Education)

At the end of Year 11, students complete their IGCSEs in the subjects they have taken in Key Stage 4. They are able to choose the subjects that best suit their plans for the future. A total of nine subjects are chosen, of which Mathematics, English and Science are compulsory.

The exams are graded by official examiners in Great Britain. For a student to obtain the IGCSE (Graduate in International Secondary Education) issued by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain, they must pass at least 5 subjects with a grade of C or higher.

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A/AS Levels (Advanced / Advanced Subsidiary Levels)

Students study their A and AS levels (Advanced / Advanced Subsidiary Levels) in Years 12 and 13. These exams are also marked and graded in Great Britain by external examiners and the results range from A (highest grade) to U (fail), where grades between A and E are considered a pass.

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Entry to University

At the end of Year 13, the average grade of the A-levels is calculated and compared with the general tests of the University Entrance Exams (PAU). Students are able to sit the selective Spanish exams through the UNED if they so wish.

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