THE EASIEST WAY TO ACCESS THE BEST EDUCATION

We are a learning community, passionate about providing an International Education, which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding.

We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents.

We promote service learning as a force for good in the world.

SOTOGRANDE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“Welcome” is the word you will hear most at SIS.

Your first contact with the school will be through us and we will be delighted to answer any of your questions and guide you through the application process.

You will find information, application forms, handbooks and more in our documentation centre in this section of the website. We would be delighted to welcome you to the school to have a tour and experience this special environment for yourself, or if you can’t come personally we can help you do the application and interviews via Skype.

Due to our excellent reputation for producing happy children who perform to the best of their ability, demand for places is high. Therefore please submit your application with plenty of time to ensure against disappointment. However, we try to be as flexible as possible and if you are late in applying we will do everything we can to welcome you into the SIS family, so please do get in touch.

+When should I submit my application?
We have a rolling admissions policy, but the optimum time to apply is between October and May in order to avoid disappointment as demand for places is high.
+How do I apply?
The application form should be completed on-line, and all documents required should be uploaded at the same time.
+Do you have a learning support department?
SIS provides support for students with moderate learning and/or emotional/social difficulties. Additional information can be found in our Learning Support section.
+Does my child need to speak English to join?
At SIS we do not consider lack of language a barrier to entry and have a comprehensive language acquisition programme in place to support children with different language needs.
We recommend that any child coming to the school without a good level of English takes part in our Summer School courses to get a head start.
+What languages are offered?
The main language of the school is English and learning Spanish is a priority. In addition to English and Spanish, French, German and Russian are all on offer.
+What are the school hours?
Primary School 8:50 – 15:40. Secondary School 8:50 – 16:00
+How many nationalities do you have?
We are proud of the diverse backgrounds of our students and have a total of 42 different nationalities represented at the school. There are approximately 30% British, 30% Spanish and then a mix of students from around the world.
+What are class sizes?
We aim to keep class sizes small to aid personalised learning and use teaching assistants as well as teachers to support children. Our maximum class size is 24 students.
+What school activities are there?
At SIS we have an enormous array and variety of extra-curricular activities and pride ourselves in creating opportunities for students to follow their passion. If a child wishes to partake in a particular activity we will do our best to make that happen. Please follow this link to access to the extra curricular activities page
+Do you have a PTA?
Yes, our PTA is an enthusiastic and active body of parents who not only organize school parties and functions, but act as a mouthpiece for the parent body as a whole and ensure that concerns are heard and acted upon. They are vital to keeping the school moving forwards and meeting parents’ needs.
+Is there any school transport?
We transport students from Marbella and various stops along the way. In the other direction we go from Tarifa & Algeciras, and from Gibraltar and La Linea
+Do you help with the university application process?
The application process for Universities requires excellent preparation, and the earlier students begin to think about their future the more likely you are to remain motivated and focussed on their end goals at SIS. Finding the right career path for them requires planning ahead, developing their strengths with specific career goals in mind. Here at SIS we have developed an ongoing, holistic programme to support their move into the world of work and/or University placement. This process begins in M1 with a number of initial meetings to get them thinking about their future and then never really stops even when they have left. For our part we will ensure that they are provided with regular academic and career guidance, and in return will expect that they think and prepare ahead. We are an international school, with an international outlook striving to make changes in the world for good, and our students are all individuals with different goals, but preparation and planning are the cornerstone of success. You will find all of the supporting information linked here on this site. UNIVERSITY & CAREER SITE
+What about lunch?
Lunch is included in the school fees and provided in the school canteen
+How long do staff generally stay?
At SIS we have a very stable staff body, many of whom stay for more than 6 six years
+Is there a uniform?
There is a comfortable and practical school uniform which can be purchased via the school shop. More details here
+Do they have to sit an entrance test?
Students applying for Secondary school are required to sit placement tests in Mathematics and English language, and have an interview. Students applying for Primary school do not sit tests, but usually meet the Head of Primary. Reports from previous schools are required.
+Do you have a summer programme?
Yes, our new summer camp programme will be starting in summer 2014 with a packed schedule of language learning, sports, drama, film making and more. Please contact info@sis.gl for the calendar and prices or follow this link to see the brochure.
Sotogrande International School