We endeavour to provide a broad and balanced education supporting students in a creative and nurturing environment, where academic achievement goes hand-in-hand with social awareness, emotional wellbeing and happiness.
THE VISION OF AIS
To contribute to a better world through a holistic educational approach.
To offer an integrated curriculum that meets the developmental needs of each student. We provide a broad learning experience grounded in a unique approach; where less emphasis on testing in a happier and supportive environment promotes better results.
To motivate and develop the students’ intellectual curiosity, social sensitivity and physical health; to ensure that equal emphasis is placed on a solid academic foundation, artistic expression and socio-emotional development.
To offer an opportunity to learn in an outstanding natural setting with a team of dedicated and engaged teachers that support the well-being of a young person throughout their formative years. We integrate the practice of mindfulness to support the development of empathy, clear thinking, kindness, resilience and social responsibility.
To provide a good example of integrity, cooperation and responsible behaviour that contributes to a caring and safe environment; where individuals feel able to express themselves in a vibrant, multi-cultural and inclusive school setting.
At AIS we integrate our values in everything we do
We nurture imagination and encourage experimentation through artistic activity and practical work. We encourage our students to
explore the world around
them with open
We approach challenges with an open mind, motivation to learn and the enthusiastic engagement of life-long learners.
We cultivate open-mindedness and curiosity through engagement with the natural world, with our companions and colleagues, and with ourselves.
We educate towards developing intellectual ingenuity, social awareness and an understanding of inter-connectedness.
We are attentive to individual needs, caring, tolerant and inclusive. We endeavour to work cooperatively and build strong
long-term collaborative and
We create a familiar, calm and secure environment;
we hold deep respect for each child and their individual
AIS welcomes children between the ages of 6 to 18 years. We aim to make the application process as smooth as possible and we’re here to answer any questions you may have
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Offering an opportunity to learn in an outstanding natural setting with a team of dedicated and engaged teachers that support the well-being of a young person throughout their formative years.
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AIS International School moved to El Cautivador in 2016. The site was chosen for the ambience, the situation and its historic and spiritual heritage. These were considered the perfect ingredients for the physical space for AIS and the transformation into the school that it is today makes for one of the most unique and beautiful, yet wholly practical, schools you are likely to discover.
Come. Take a look inside, and out!
AIS at Cautivador
Main building facade
Cautivador and the Mountains
The south side of the building and the incredible views of the mountain backdrop.
Panoramic view with the school’s natural volleyball court
Inner Courtyard with the Sierra Bernia
Inner courtyard of El Cautivador at peace during sunrise
Inner courtyard in another peaceful moment during the school day.
The rear of the old olive press has been transformed into the school’s beautiful auditorium where we hold whole school assemblies, concerts and a variety of classes and workshops.
An open and light creative space, resembling a rural atelier of an artist.
Completely hidden and tucked away is our multi-purpose sports facility. A great space set on the edge of the school close to the surrounding Mediterranean pine woodland.
Fresh vegetables, organically grown and the garden is well-kept by the AIS students.
Computer and Media Room
Housing 20 computers all with the latest software, printing and projecting facilities, the students and teaching team are fully equipped to incorporate technology where relevant into their studies.
SETTING & SURROUNDINGS
AItea International School is situated in an area of outstanding beauty. Set in an elevated position in the countryside overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, the beautiful town of Altea and nestled between Alfaz del Pi and La Nucia.
CEM Environmental Education Center
Next door to the school are two very important sites. Centro Educativo Medioambiental CEM El Captivador is an environmental education centre set up by the ayuntamiento of La Nucia in collaboration with the University of Alicante. The building itself is a model of sustainable construction fully integrated into its environment, local topography and vegetation. It’s a complex designed to bring nature and Mediterranean history, to the local people in an open and flexible space.
Its key uses are for university research; seminars and conferences; local environmental tourism and sociocultural events.
San Vicente Chapel
The hermitage of San Vicente is located a few meters from CEM and Altea International School. L’Ermita is a small, beautiful white chapel with a small square. It was built in 1804 by the local neighbours at the time who wanted to commemorate and remember this sacred site. L’Ermita received its name in honour of San Vicente Ferrer who is said to have preached in this spot on his pilgrimage to Castilla in 1410.
The buildings, their situation and the surrounding landscape make for incredible aerial photographs. Here is one that was taken recently in early 2020.