We believe in the education of the whole person as a lifelong process. At SIS the Upper School programme promotes the education of the whole person by emphasising intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. Learning is focused on the dynamic combination of knowledge, skills, independent critical and creative thought, and international-mindedness. 

The majority of our students study for the full IB Diploma. However, we recognise that each child is an individual with different talents and needs and because of this we also offer alternative learning pathways. Students have the opportunity to study a selection of IB Diploma Programme Courses, which contain many of the same elements as the diploma with less stringent academic requirements. We also offer the SIS High School Diploma which is internally assessed over the last four years of High School and often accompanied by American SAT exams.

We believe strongly in the efficacy of experiential and service learning and all upper school students are expected to participate in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) . CAS is at the heart of our diploma programmes and is given great value at SIS, where we provide an extensive programme of global citizenship and community service opportunities.

A team of well-qualified and experienced subject teachers nurture and stimulate our 

students to be the best that they can be. Students are supported through an excellent pastoral programme which, along with student welfare, incorporates learning to learn skills, university preparation and guidance and CAS guidance.

At SIS we are keen to recruit students who are able to develop both academically and personally. The main criterion for entry is that the student has the potential to be successful on their chosen programme.


Kevin Stone
Head of Upper School


Campus Extension

As a school growing in numbers we now also need to grow in size and facilities. In December 2019 we began an ambitious building project which will see our campus grow!

Our new building will include 20 new secondary classrooms, allowing our departments to cluster together, a new IB Diploma common room, for our oldest students, a new staffroom, offices and a wonderful entrance space. The views from the new building are simply breathtaking and look over La reserva towards the sea. They will be a truly inspirational learning environment for all students.

Being at the cutting edge of 21st Century learning, the interior design of the classrooms have been created using student agency as a guide. We have created flexible learning environments that enable students to have choice over where and how they sit to approach different tasks. We will have tiered seating in some classrooms, to allow presentations, foldable tables, which will allow large spaces to be created quickly and different height tables and chairs, to cater for student needs.

Our current sporting facilities at the school will be increased to provide a new 5 a side astro football pitch and a multi surface sports area.

Once the secondary building is complete, we will remodel the current main building, creating new learning spaces for our oldest primary students, allowing us to expand to 4 classes in one of these year groups. Our library will be remodeled to enable more space and learning opportunities for all students.

We are very excited with the plans for the expansion of Sotogrande International School  and look forward to seeing our classrooms ready for use in January 2021, while our other facilities we expect to follow soon after.