SEK Schools are the only schools in Spain to offer the three IB®programmes. Taught alongside the national curriculum, in a common and recognised teaching framework and offering a coherent structure in terms of objectives and values.

SEK and IB®

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  • SEK Educational Group spearheaded the implementation of International Baccalaureate programmes in Spain. The IB® Diploma Programme is taught in SEK Schools since 1977.
  • SEK teaching staff take part and collaborate in training workshops and conventions organised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) around the world.
  • SEK is part of the International Baccalaureate Regional Heads Council for Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
  • SEK is an accredited provider of IB® training courses.
  • Over 10,000 SEK students have taken the IB® Diploma Programme, attaining outstanding results.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) offers international teaching programmes to a community of prestigious schools worldwide. It was founded in 1968 in Geneva, where it has its headquarters.

Its mission is to contribute toward the development of students’ intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills that are necessary to live, learn and work in an increasingly globalised world.

A total 800,000 students from 3 to 18 years of age study its programmes at over 3,000 schools in 138 countries. Over 2,400 universities around the world recognise the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Accredited IB® Schools and the quality of their programmes undergo ongoing, thorough and very strict assessment.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) prepares students (from 3 to 12 years of age) to actively take part in an ongoing, life-long journey of discovery and learning.

What is it?

It focuses on the student’s all-round development and in their capacity for inquiry and discovery, both in class and in the world that surrounds them.

Our Schools teach the PYP in English.

Curricular model

The curriculum is taught in three interrelated ways:

  • What do we want to learn? – the written curriculum
  • What is the best way of learning? – the teaching curriculum
  • How do we know what we have learnt? – the assessed curriculum

The written curriculum 

Children explore the different subjects on the curriculum through six cross-curricular subjects that transcend traditional subjects and explain the connections between them:

  • Who we are
  • Our place in time and space
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we are organised
  • How we share the planet

This process enables students to understand important concepts such as acquiring knowledge and fundamental skills and developing certain attitudes.

The teaching curriculum 

The six cross-curricular subjects help teachers to develop inquiry units, which tackle important ideas. This method demands a high-degree of determination on behalf of students.

The assessed curriculum

Assessment is an important part of study units, since it bolsters learning and gives students the opportunity to reflect on what they learn, what they understand and what they can do. Assessment by teachers guides the children and serves as a tool and provides motivation to do better, improve their skills and to better understand how to learn.

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Today’s society makes different and ever-changing demands on adolescents. They are at a crucial stage of their personal, social, physical and intellectual development that is characterised by uncertainty and by self-doubt. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the world that surrounds them and instils in them a positive attitude towards learning.

What is it?

For students from 11 to 16 years of age, it aids them in perceiving and understanding the connections between traditional disciplines and the real world, and therefore, to become critical and thoughtful.

The curriculum

The programme is made up of eight blocks of subjects integrated in five interaction areas that comprise the disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning framework.

Students study their mother tongue, a second language (English), Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical Education and Technology. In the final year of the programme students undertake a personal project that enables them to showcase the knowledge and skills acquired since the first year.

The programme’s philosophy is expressed through three fundamental concepts, that support and bolster each of the curricular areas:

  • Intercultural awareness
  • Holistic learning
  • Communication

The assessment

Assessments are based on common criteria, meaning that students’ assessments are marked following the same criteria set for each group of subjects. However, in the initial years of the programme teachers can modify this criteria to adapt it to the age of the students.

The assessment is based on course work set and marked by the School’s teachers. In order to ensure the same standards are applied around the world, these internal assessments are verified by external examiners from the International Baccalaureate Organisation
(through processes known as moderating and supervising assessment). In our case, as officially certified International Baccalaureate Schools, this moderation process occurs once a year.

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In order to live in the interconnected and globalised world of the 21st century they need to learn critical thinking and to acquire an international mentality The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB®) prepares students (from 16 to 19 years of age) to learn and understand this need.

What is it?

For children and young people from 16 to 19 years of age, it is a rigorous and balanced program taught over two years and ending with students sitting final exams. It is an excellent preparation for university and adult life, and is widely recognised by the main international universities.

The curriculum 

Students study six subjects in the Intermediate or Advanced levels. They must choose a subject from each group from 1 to 5. This way the programme ensures broad experience in languages, Social Sciences, Experimental Sciences and Mathematics. The sixth subject can be chosen from Group 6 (Arts) or any of the other groups.

The programme also has three components comprising the shared core. These subjects aim to broaden students’ educational experience and encourage them to put their knowledge and understanding into practice:

  1. Students are expected to hand in a Dissertation in which they carry out independent research by an in-depth study of a topic related to one of the subjects taken by them.
  2. The Theory of Knowledge course encourages students to reflect on the nature of knowledge through critical analysis of different types of knowledge (perceptions, emotions, language and reason) and types of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
  3. With Creativity, Action and Service students participate actively in specific projects outside the classroom and learn from this experience. They are able to carry out activities that combine these three components or specific activities for each of them.

The assessment

Students sit final written exams, marked by external IB® examiners. They are also expected to do the course work set by the School, marked by teachers and later reviewed by external moderators, or marked directly by external examiners.

Students attaining at least 24 points are granted the Diploma, providing they have reached a certain level of overall performance and complying with the Creativity, Action and Service requirements. Students may obtained a maximum of 45 points.

Our Schools teach the Diploma Programme in Spanish, with certain subjects in English.

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EK Educational Group is a member of the most prestigious international education bodies.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation

Is a UNESCOadvisory body. Founded in Geneva in the late 1960s. It enjoys high international prestige and offers solid programmes in: Primary Education, Middle Years and those leading to obtaining the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Today, students from 610 groundbreaking schools are taking the International Baccalaureate in 83 countries in five continents.

World Organization for Early Childhood Education

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SEK Educational Group is a member of this body given that it is aware of the importance and transcendence of meeting the needs of children from an early age.

The OMEP is an international non-governmental organisation that defends the rights of children (0-8 years old) around the world. It has Consultative Status at UNESCOUNICEF, ECOSOC and the Council of Europe, with representation at its meetings.

Its fundamental aims are:

  • To foster research on early childhood education.
  • Disseminate documents and information.
  • Collaborate in teacher training.
  • Support parents with information and training.
  • Hold congresses, meetings, conferences and seminars on all topics related to infant education.
International Schools Association

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Founded in 1951. With headquarters in Geneva, the International Schools Association (ISA), fostered both the International Baccalaureate and the Middle Years Programme, taught at SEK Schools.

Its main goals are:

  • Promote international peace and understanding through education.
  • To help in the development of member schools and organisations.
  • To collaborate with international bodies, with which we are in constant contact, for the development of cultural, scientific and technical cooperation.


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SEK – El Castillo
Madrid, Spain

SEK – Ciudalcampo
Madrid, Spain

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SEK – Santa Isabel
Madrid, Spain


SEK – Atlántico
Pontevedra, Spain

SEK – Catalunya
Cataluña, Spain

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SEK – Alborán
Almería, Spain


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SEK – Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

SEK – Les Alpes
Les Alpes, France

SEK – Qatar
Doha, Qatar