We create a familiar, calm and secure environment; we hold deep
respect for each child and their individual development.
At AIS International School, we believe that by educating using Waldorf-inspired inspired methods and mindfulness integrated with the British National Curriculum and standards, equal emphasis is placed on a solid academic foundation, artistic expression, and social and emotional development.
AIS EDUCATIONAL APPROACH
Our personalised approach to the education of each child permeates through all stages of their learning; and our dedicated and engaged teaching team, nurture and inspire creativity, critical and independent thinking, as well as motivated learning at each stage:
The school day
An important aspect of our educational system is the Main Lesson. One subject is studied in depth for three weeks at the beginning of every school day. A wide range of subjects is studied over the school year within the framework of a clearly defined curriculum. The precise content and arrangement of the Main Lesson will depend on the class teachers’ artistic presentation, but will include a range of proactive activities together with the main theme.
AIS is authorised by the British Council through NABSS (The National Association of British Schools in Spain) and the Department of Education of the Generalitat Valenciana. The two main assessment stages are IGCSES and A-levels.
The British National Curriculum is set out as follows:
The principle running throughout the curriculum is that learning should take place as experientially as possible, so that there is a deep understanding and appreciation of the material covered.
Creativity is nurtured through an approach that focuses on integration of artistic activity with academic instruction. Our offer at AIS is a rich balance of academics, art, music, drama, handwork and movement, - a holistic curriculum that helps to build individual abilities and self-confidence.
“After all, the function of education is to turn out an integrated individual who is capable of dealing with life.”
Nurturing primary when active children develop a growing emotional capacity.
AIS offers primary for key stages 1-2.
Supporting the secondary stage as the emotional and active adolescent starts to develop a greater capacity for critical thinking.
Secondary is key stages 3-4.
Inspiring and consolidating learning by preparing for their next steps and future adulthood during sixth form.
AIS offers a diverse core, as well as languages and humanities subjects at key stage 5.
AIS SIXTH FORM
THE MAIN LESSON
The students create their own Main Lesson book for each subject based on the material presented by the class teacher. These books are carefully crafted and illustrated and are a record of the student’s progress over the year. The Main Lesson blocks are taught by teachers with specialized knowledge in that particular area. The Main Lesson subjects include: Maths, English/Drama, History, Geography and Science.
During the rest of the school day, the students follow a timetable of lessons in other subjects which are taught by specialist teachers.
These lessons are on a fixed timetable throughout the year and include: Maths, English, Science, Spanish, Valenciano, German, Music, Art, Crafts, ICT, Gardening and PSHE (Personal and Social Health Education).
At AIS, all classes from Class 6 (Year 7) through to Class 10 (Year 11) also have the opportunity to go on residential trips at the end of the school year.
The curriculum is supported by excellent extra-curricular activities. Read more
During lunchtime, we offer a healthy and convenient lunch offering for all students. Read more
As part of the Altea International School fees, our fantastic summer school is included until the end of July. Read more Assessment
The British National Curriculum is set out as follows:
Primary: Key stages 1-2: school years 1-6
Secondary: Key stages 3-4: school years 7-11
Sixth form: Key stage 5: school years 12 and 13
Information on British and Spanish school years
Students will take the British GCSEs at 16, equivalent to the Spanish ‘graduado escolar’ allowing access to post-16 study programmes, both Spanish and international.
Altea International School follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, is authorised by the British Council and certified as a British school by NABSS (The National Association of British Schools in Spain). AIS complies with the requirements set by the British Council for British schools in Spain.
AIS is also authorised by the Ministry of Education of the ‘Generalitat Valenciana’ through the ‘Dirección General de Centros y Personal Docentes’.
The curriculum works towards IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) at Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 4, the timetable differs according to the student’s individual option choices. For students studying for the official iGCSE exams, AIS is currently offering the following subjects:
English language and 2nd language
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
AIS assessment policy serves two essential purposes: to support learning and to establish standards.
The former identifies areas that need to be focused on, sets appropriate tasks and characterises the student’s approach, attitude and ability within the context of their development.
The second form of assessment provides data that can be quantified, relates to specific attainments and states what a student can or cannot do according to an objectively set standard. This is the form used by external exam moderation boards for GCSE and A-levels exams.
We believe that both forms of assessment have their place, but if applied inappropriately either of them can stifle development.
At Key Stages 4 and 5, although these students are following a more rigorous academic curriculum, we do not lose sight of our school ethos, which is to prepare rounded balanced young people, ready for the challenges of adult life.
open! 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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All New Primary
Class 1/Year 2 Ages 6-7
We strive to contribute to a better world through a holistic educational approach
We aim to provide an education that supports the child’s healthy development; an education that is based on an understanding of the stages of a child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development and meets all aspects of these needs.
We see the curriculum as a meaningful whole as opposed to a collection of fragmented subjects.
Our offer at AIS is a rich balance of academics, art, music, drama, handwork and movement – a curriculum that is lively and current, designed to help form an understanding of the world and our relation to it.
Find out more about our special approach to primary education:
At AIS academic achievement goes hand-in-hand with social awareness,
emotional wellbeing and happiness
Students feel able to express themselves in a vibrant, multi-cultural and inclusive school setting.
AIS main educational priority is to create an enriching school environment in which adolescents can enjoy their learning years. Our aim is to prepare our students for the future in all aspects of their lives so that they can develop self-awareness and confidence alongside the skills needed to access a wide range of choices in higher education and employment both in Spain and abroad.
Secondary education at AIS is based upon the British Curriculum complemented by a Steiner Waldorf perspective and Mindfulness practices. The Curriculum of Key Stages 3 and 4 culminates in the IGCSE exams at age 16.
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.
Find out more about our successful approach to adolescent and teenage education:
Dedicated and engaged teachers with specialist knowledge teach a variety of advanced A-Level subjects
A rigorous and competent preparation for A levels (Bachillerato equivalent) with validation for university entry and higher education in Spain and other international education systems.
SIXTH FORM/KEY STAGE 5
Sixth form is the two years of academic study for children aged 16-18 in preparation for admission to university. Several subjects are studied in depth and students can make their preferred choices from a range of subjects. The assessment is through A-levels which are required for university entry and are the equivalent of the Spanish Bachillerato.
The sixth form students undertake “in school placements” where they are allocated specific times during the week in which they support a designated class teacher or specific students. These placements have been proven in that the students learn responsibility and become aware of their own capabilities. They also learn how their presence can make a notable difference within a class or for a particular student they are supporting.
At the end of Year 13, at age 18, (the equivalent of the 2nd year of the Spanish Bachillerato) the students will sit A-Levels (Advanced Levels), these are the final exams of their school career. Each student’s university prospects relies on the A-level results: Here we explain how A-levels are accepted within different countries. The basic requirement for university entry with A-levels is two or more subject passes. Different universities (and countries) have different criteria.
AIS International School offers a range of excellent and varied
extra-curricular classes from September to July during school. The classes are open to the general public and take place on different days of the week, from 15:45 – 16:45.
If you would like to register or receive more information please contact our school office:
Registration and contact form
Basketball with Jose Benavente - Mondays & Wednesdays
Every week on Mondays and Wednesdays, AIS PE teacher, Jose Benavente offers a training class. Jose is a professional Basketball trainer, so to improve your skills or learn a new sport, sign-up.
Drama Class - Mondays
Drama and theatre class with our native teachers. Join in the fun with the drama group to practice rehearsals and prepare to perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Spanish - Tuesdays
Spanish Beginner and intermediate level with AIS Spanish teacher.
English - Wednesdays
Lessons are taught by AIS native teachers, using creative and stimulating methods. Classes are kept small with a maximum of 12 students, placed by level and teaching ages between 9 and 14 years.
Art Club - Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Arts classes with AIS Fine Arts teacher.
Rap Class - Wednesdays
With José Benavente, Class tutor at AIS and passionate ‘rapster’. Enjoy this unique music experience and have fun learning all the techniques to enable you to compose your own rap songs.
Piano Lessons - Tuesday, Thursday
Professional Concert Pianist and an experienced piano teacher István Székely will be offering private piano lessons. The lessons cost is 45 Euros per month for a weekly lesson of 1/2 hour. Please contact and pay directly to István Székely on [email protected]Gardening - Fridays
Cultivating vegetables classes with our experienced team of teachers.
Immersion in English with fun and educational activities for three age groups 5-9, 10-15, 13-18