Educational Model

Teaching Stages

Schooling

The schooling we provide offers and guarantees formation from the age of four months until access to university or other higher education.

Pre-School

Nursery education (0-2 year olds)
Preschool Cumbres (3-5 year olds)

• Personal attention: Each child is unique.
• Low student-teacher ratio.
• Programme of virtues and values according to each age group. “Home-school” team with parent involvement
• International project: bilinguism
• Pedagogical innovation: student-centred learning. Comprehension projects
• Neuromotor and psychomotor programme, early childhood stimulation, cooperative learning.
• Creativity, fun and learning
• Emotional intelligence

Primary

• Development of the main skills of the intellect
• Development of the student’s capacities in: communication, creative thinking, and natural and social environment, following a methodology for the areas of knowledge. Achievement of the average maturity levels of their age, such as linguistic, graphical-instrumental, psychomotor, logic, emotional and social maturity.
• Bilgingual education in main subjects. Cambridge and Trinity College exams.
• Oratory skills
• Strengthening of all those habits and values that establish the personal maturity of the student.
• Raise awareness of the conscience and emphasise devotion to Jesus Christ. Preparation for the sacraments of the First Penance and the First Holy Communion.

Secondary

• Development of a solid mental structure. Transmission of wide cultural, humanistic and scientific knowledge.
• Intensive teaching of English. Being a Cambridge International School our students have access to IGCSEs and other Cambridge and Trinity exams.
• Use of Ipads as an educational tool.
• Foster student leadership and cooperative skills.
• A wide variety of electives in 4th ESO.
• Competencies assessment.
• Teen sex education (Teen Star Programme).
• Tutorial work aimed at the personal enrichment of the student.
• Social participation involvement.
• Appreciation of the treasure of the Catholic Faith and the knowledge of its teachings. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Bachillerato

• Sophistication of the intellectual and human maturity of the students as persons with integrity. Choice of which options support the student’s overall development as a person. Two pathways are offered in which the student can later follow any tertiary education.

o Natural and Health Sciences
 Scientific-Technological
 Health Science

o Humanities and Social Sciences
 Humanistic and Socio-Cultural
 Social Sciences

o Bachillerato for elite sportsmen and women, a reduced and integral timetable.

• Strengthen of all those habits and values that establish the personal and intellectual maturity of the student as well-rounded people.
• Competencies assessment.
• Foster the average grade of the student’s record for the University Entrance Exam.
• Social participation involvement and apostolic projects.
• Intensive teaching of English. Cambridge exams, IELTS that will give the student access to tertiary education.

Methodologies

SUNRISE PROGRAM

What Is It?

An international programme of pedagogical innovation for primary education that fundamentally consists of approaching the learning process from a different direction. The Sunrise educational programme is based on competences and multiple intelligence. We do not change the content but we do change the way that content is taught.

Fundamental Aspects

1. Integral Formation

Harmonious balance is sought between the four formation areas (human, spiritual, intellectual and apostolic) in the belief that any action by our pupils involves all of these areas to one extent or another.

Furthermore, a range of specific formative resources has been developed that are all interconnected: Programme of Catholic Formation, Formation in Virtues, Social Participation and Formation for Love.

2. Skill-based Learning

We seek to prepare young people who are ready for life, capable of performing effectively in any situation. To that end, it is necessary to develop the skills and attitudes in children that they will need to perform both personally and socially, as well as the learning of knowledge. This is what we call “skill-based working”.

In this regard, the SUNRISE Method perfectly encompasses and goes beyond the idea of skills established by the current Spanish Constitutional Law on Education (LOMCE). The LOMCE defines the ‘what’ while the SUNRISE Method explains the ‘how’.

3. Emphasis on Strategic Learning

Learning to learn. The teacher takes part in the formation of pupils as a mediator and facilitator, providing pupils with the tools they need for self-learning. Pupils become the active protagonists of their own learning experience.

The fundamental learning strategies on which we base ourselves are:

  • Problem-based learning
  • Cooperative learning
  • Research projects
  • Strategies and thinking-based learning
4. Learning Environments

Assessment tools to assess learning objectives (tests, activities and evaluation exams) and also and most importantly, the learning process (portfolios, self and co-assessment, learning rubrics and metacognitive stages.

Mathematics: EntusiasMAT and OnMat

EntusiasMAT is a program that works on mathematical concepts from an early age to help children to become familiar with mathematical concepts and to facilitate learning.

EARLY STIMULATION
A correct brain organization at an early age influences the most elementary learning processes in a very beneficial way for the students and allows the prevention future difficulties. Therefore, EntusiasMAT’s early stimulation program not only stimulates but structures the mind, so that it facilitates the understanding of future learning.

ORGANIZATION AND CYCLICAL STRUCTURE
The organization and structure of the material allows us to internalize different mathematical concepts such as natural, decimal, integer, rational numbers; the metric system; functions and graphs; geometry; solving problems; probability, statistics and estimation immediately from very early ages.
Therefore, all these concepts that have been introduced from the beginning, are repeated, always present and adapted to the maturation level of each age. EntusiasMAT allows children to return to concepts that have been worked on again and again throughout the educational process with new activities and strategies. In this way, students become familiar with mathematical contents that, sooner or later, they should know and understand in a more close, meaningful and real way.

FUTURE LEARNING
All this has repercussions on the student’s good neurological development and favors the organization and mental structure.
Thus, when the student in the future must learn a concept which is in principle complex, they do not find it difficult since they have worked continuously, gradually and in a variety of significant situations that facilitate their understanding and application. This type of methodological proposal facilitates the best observation of the progress, since it allows children to put into practice their problem solving abilities or to create products in different contexts.

Our Attributes

Integral Catholic Formation

Spiritual Education

We seek to help each pupil experience a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, the love and security. He conveys, and to help them discover the Church as Mother and Master. To that end, celebration of the Sacraments and Spiritual Guidance play a central role in our approach.

We seek to inspire a love of God in their hearts.

Formation in Virtues

We try to educate mature and open-minded individuals, and for this, we focus on forming character and willpower, while helping our pupils’ personal growth by working on their virtues. Discipline and physical education become ideal channels through which to forge character and instill values such as respect, strength, perseverance, teamwork and personal growth, among others.

We seek to forge all-round individuals.

Social Participation

We want our pupils to be committed to changing society according to the Gospel’s principles, this is why they take part in social projects that foster social awareness and ensure they value the social, family and economic situation in which they live.

Our goal is for them to give the best of themselves.

Formative Discipline

Discipline consists of encouraging pupils to discover the reasons and values that lie behind our rules and not simply view them as an imposition of regulations. We believe in education through self-conviction which respects each person because it is aimed at the pupil’s reasoning and will. This approach is known as formative discipline, and seeks not so much to correct but rather to guide the pupil towards self-correction and discovering the true process of learning.

We seek to educate people with judgment.

Languages

We believe in the importance of language as a fundamental vehicle for personal development within a multicultural environment. For that reason, our classes are taught 50% in English and 50% in Spanish during pre-school education, which is the early language acquisition period in the life of a child.
We are a Cambridge examination centre and pupils have the opportunity to obtain the most widely recognised English language certificates, such as the First Certificate in English (FCE), the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
At Secondary School our pupils have the option of choosing an additional language.

Academic Excellence

Quality Education

We endeavour and are committed to bringing the best out of our pupils and assuring them an adequate preparation as people for success in what they become and what they do so that, they can face up to their higher education successfully. To that end, we have a well-grounded syllabus with clear educational objectives and extensive content in the areas of science, humanities and art. Furthermore, we offer complete formation in learning skills and tools. We seek not only to provide pupils with knowledge but also to enable them to know how to apply that knowledge at any time and in any aspect of their lives. We have thus adopted avant-garde education systems and programmes of excellence:

Sunrise Method

Programme for the emotional and creative development of pupils (Higher Secondary)

Intellectual Formation

Above all, this consists of the development of abilities, habits and skills; education in the correct use of reason; in the capacity of reaching fair and balanced judgments; encouraging the ability to analyse, synthesize and relate; and to foster a curiosity to learn about reality. Our pupils thus acquire a clear and sound mental structure based on principles and values.

Differentiated Education

Nowadays, differentiated education is an ‘avant-garde’ characteristic of the best education models. Based on an approach whereby the educational contents and objectives are the same for both boys and girls, differentiated education is an education system that adopts a teaching style adapted to each gender to thus make the most of their different qualities and pace of maturity in order to guarantee true equal opportunity. We separate the boys and girls in different classrooms but we maintain the same educational objectives and content in order to optimise their development and learning.

Personal Guidance

Personalised education considers each person as an individual soul. Our teachers work with the differences that define each pupil: their psychology, their qualities, their limitations, their previous formation, their family and social environment and their personal history. We hold individual tutoring sessions with the pupils, tutoring sessions with the family, dedicate time to resolve issues, provide revision, give additional classes when necessary and teach study techniques. None of this is undertaken without collaborating with the family and the Psychopedagogy Department.

Education Network

We form part of a larger whole…

This school forms part of a network of centres dedicated to the teaching, education and evangelisation of children and young people. It belongs to Regnum Christi, a movement of the Catholic Church whose mission is to extend the Kingdom of Christ in society by fostering the experience of a personal encounter with the love of God. It works closely with bishops, local churches and their pastoral programmes.

In Spain

Everest School – Madrid
C/ Rosas s/n Monteclaro, Madrid 
www.everestschool.es

Highlands El Encinar – Madrid
C/ San Enrique de Ossó s/n El Encinar de los Reyes. Madrid 
www.highlandselencinar.es

Highlands Los Fresnos – Madrid
Avda. de la Comunidad Canaria s/n Boadilla del Monte. Madrid 
www.highlandslosfresnos.es

Highlands Barcelona
C/ Manuel de Florentín Pérez, 26. Barcelona 
www.highlandsbarcelona.es

Reial Monestir de Santa Isabel – Barcelona
C/ Cardenal Sentmenat, 1-5. Barcelona 
www.rmsantaisabel.com

Highlands Sevilla
Ctra. Sevilla-Utrera, km. 4,5 Montequinto. Sevilla 
www.highlandssevilla.es
Cumbres School – Valencia
C/ Daniel Comboni 7, Moncada. Valencia 
www.cumbresschool.es

Universidad Francisco de Vitoria – Madrid
Ctra. Pozuelo-Majadahonda M-515, Km 1.800 Pozuelo de Alarcón. Madrid
www.ufv.es

… and around the world

Today, the Regnum Christi movement has a network of schools and universities all over the world:

world: 154 schools in 17 countries and 35 Mano Amiga (Helping Hand) schools for underprivileged children in 9 countries. The Mano Amiga schools arose from the need to support the development of poorer communities through the education of their children and young people. 13 universities in the USA, Mexico, Chile, Italy and Spain.

Over 60 years educating, teaching and evangelising people.

OAK International
The Oak International Academies also form part of the Regnum Christi education group. They comprise a complementary offer whereby our pupils from anywhere in the world can undertake a temporary period of study with the guarantee of continuity within a single, overarching education system. It provides our pupils with an advantage in language learning, as well as experiences through getting to know other realities and cultures.

Suiza
· Les Avants sur Montreux: Le Chatelard

Irlanda
· Dublin OAK
· Woodlands Academy

EEUU
· Wisconsin:
Oaklawn Academy
· Rhode Island:
Overbrook Academy
· Detroit:
Everest Academy for Boys
Everest Academy for Girls