Mastering at least one second language is absolutely necessary
In an increasingly global world, the mastery of at least one second language is essential. Although the ability to acquire semantic skills is permanent in children and young people, only during the first years of life in which the brain is in full development children acquire a natural form language. Given the enormous learning capacity of children, learning a second language early is not only easier for them, but it also modifies the organization and structure of their brains improving their school performance. For these reasons it is very convenient to start a bilingual education from the first years of life.
Being a Bilingual Center implies the integration of a foreign language and other curricular contents maintaining a high level of educational quality without detriment to the academic performance in Spanish.
One of the fundamental aspects of the Educational Project of the School San Fernando it is their bilingual curriculum. The Bilingual Program has been implemented in all Primary and Secondary Education courses. As for Early Childhood Education, the youngest children already receive classes in English, some of them focused on content in the fundamental areas.
At the end of Primary Education and ESO, students receive a Certificate of Participation in the Bilingual Program.
Integration of the University of Cambridge in the Curriculum
All students can finish Baccalaureate with a recognized degree worldwide and equivalent to the Official School of Languages, in the College and without additional cost in preparation.
The School San Fernando has implemented the Cambridge English for Schools Project, developed by University of Cambridge. This prestigious program represents an advance in the methods of learning English and enables a high level in this language.
His method is used in all the courses of Primary Education and ESO, either as text of the subject or through the preparation of his exams in Cambridge Prep.
Likewise, the School is an Official Examination Center, offering our students the possibility of taking the prestigious exams at the School itself. University of Cambridge in its different levels:
- Starters, for students of 2º of Primary Education.
- Movers (A1), intended for students of 4º of Primary Education.
- Flyers (A2), intended for students of 6º of Primary Education.
- PET (B1), for students of 1º and 2º of ESO.
- First Certificate (B2), for students of 3º and 4º of ESO.
- Advanced English (C1), for students of 1º and 2º of Bachillerato.
Preparation for DELF exams
Currently, speaking a single foreign language is not enough. A student who speaks several languages expands his personal and professional opportunities in the globalized world in which we live. For this reason, we have, in Secondary Education, French as a second foreign language.
The School maintains an agreement with the French Alliance which represents an advance in the methods of learning the French language, and which allows our students to present themselves and obtain official diplomas, such as DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française), granted by the French Ministry of Education, through the Alliance Française de Oviedo.
El DELF consists of 4 international official diplomas issued by the Ministry of National Education of France, to accredit French proficiency of foreign candidates and French nationals from a non-French speaking country and who do not possess a diploma of French Secondary or Higher Education .
The levels evaluated are the 4 first levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1, A2, B1 and B2 - The exams are independent, therefore, the candidate can enroll directly at the level of their choice.Know more
Student Exchange Programs
The cultural and linguistic exchanges play a transcendental role in our Educational Project because they suppose a magnificent opportunity to deepen the knowledge of foreign languages, as well as a total immersion in other cultures and European societies. The School considers essential in the training of its students to encourage this type of key activities to enhance their linguistic competence, their personal development and, in the not too distant future, professional.
In this sense, it collaborates with European Secondary Education centers with which student exchange programs are developed.
Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Schule de Weinheim (Germany)
Secondary Education maintains an annual agreement with the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Schule center in Weinheim (Germany) where our students stay for a week in the month of June and receive their classmates in the month of September.
Exchange aimed at 4º ESO students of 6 weeks in Chattanooga, fourth largest city in the state of Tennessee, in the United States.
BAYLOR SCHOOL is a private secondary school and high school, considered one of the best 30 schools in the US.
Sport is an integral part of the school, and the school has been named by the Sports Illustrated newspaper among the best 25 sports programs in the country, and the best in Tennessee.
Language Immersion Programs
Schools of Ireland
offers the possibility of studying an academic term in one of its schools in Ireland. The student can live the experience of sharing an Irish school and live with a family as a child, which will have children of similar age that the displaced student and will be the only Spanish student in the family.
Being integrated into the rhythm of the classes, the students study the same subjects during their stay in Ireland as any Irish child: mathematics, science, art, etc. Students join classes with students of the same age. The schools are both private and arranged, of single or mixed sex. They allow individualized attention to students and offer all kinds of facilities.
Regarding the academic monitoring of students, a Spanish tutor ensures that our students perform their home school duties and receive private classes if necessary.
Head of the Languages Department