Strong IB Diploma results in 2019 have meant that an amazing 90% of our students have been placed at their first choice of university. The cohort has chosen subjects ranging from Chemical Engineering to Law and Medicine. Sotogrande students have gone on to study in some of the best universities in the world, including Russell Group Universities in the U.K, The University of California, Berkeley, Boston College and NYU in the US, and many other prestigious universities. Our Alumni association maintains a strong presence at SIS and is an integral part of our extensive network beyond graduation.
SCAD University has been so impressed with Carmela’s work across the curriculum that they offered her a Distinguished Scholar scholarship to join them to study in the USA. Congratulations Carmela!
The impact of COVID-19 on the University Application process.
Spain underwent severe restrictions due to the impact of COVID-19 on the country as a whole in 2020. Sotogrande International School was required to physically close from March 16th to September 7th. Our students were taught via remote learning techniques in online live lessons for the duration of this period.
Grading scales & policies
There were no significant changes to our grading scales, however, we did implement a series of support policies since re-opening allowing for those students who have been quarantined to access classes via a Hybrid model.
Our graduating cohort from 2020 was unable to have a formal graduation as the School was in lockdown. We are currently open and using the “bubble” system to keep different student groups apart. We are also following the Spanish government’s instructions in order to maintain safe distance protocols, mask use and social distancing. This also includes hygiene measures.
Between March 16th and September 7th, our students were taught remotely online. Thanks to our high-tech well-established IT environment, we were able to deliver lessons on a full-time virtual basis i.e. students attended lessons following the day timetable with teachers delivering live classes online. Therefore, the students did not miss any lessons.
Schedules and course offerings
We continue to offer the same number of courses. The IB recently published adaptations to the assessment components of each IB course for the May 21 session due to the disruption caused by the global pandemic.
For the majority of our students SAT opportunities were cancelled, and the IELTS language testing was only available in October.
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Due to COVID restrictions extracurricular activities have been cancelled.
Our disruption was therefore minimal, but it is worth noting that we were closed, and students needed to be more resilient and self-disciplined.
Head of University/Career Guidence, IB DP History and TOK
As both a subject teacher of History and TOK and as a guidance counsellor, I am able to bring both teaching and counselling experiences to my role at SIS. Working in close association with my colleagues, through our year based pastoral teams I support and advise our students and parents, through the global opportunities for education beyond their graduation.
It remains my strong belief that goal orientated students are successful students, and when they have identified their 3C goals, they are truly successful.
Director Técnica and University Counsellor for Spanish applications. IB DP & MYP Spanish Language and Literature.
With detailed experienced of the Spanish application process, national requirements and opportunities in Spain, I provide support for the application process for Spanish Universities via UNED. This includes advice, information, references and the organisation of university visits, in Spain alongside the development of key links with relevant University admissions offices. “