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IB and Spanish
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CityAlmería
CurriculumsIB and Spanish
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 1 to 18
Yearly fees: Not public
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Spanish
Native English and Spanish teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Spanish)
Class sizes Average 21 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:

This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2022/2023.

Address: Urb. Almerimar. C/Barlovento, 141. El Ejido. 04711 Almería, Spain

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Number of students

756

Number of nationalities represented in the school

19

Most common nationality

Spanish

Ratio of local students to international students

10:1

Max. number of students per class

24

Average number of students per class

21

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes. 6 in Nursery, 2 in Primary School, 1 in Secondary School and 1 in Baccalaureate

Native English and Spanish speaking teachers

Yes, in an 85%.

Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish

Yes. The school provides reinforcement classes to improve the instructional language.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, German, Italian and Russian.

Use of technology in the classroom

The technology is embedded in the curriculum along the school from nursery to Baccalaureate. The school has a vertical planning which integrates the computational thinking and computer and robotic program in most of the subjects. The school has an expanded wifi network in the whole campus with firewall and antivirus for students and teachers.
Techno-pedagogic projects
1- The iPAD project applied to Early Childhood Education increases the concentration of students in the classroom, contributes to differentiated learning and uses technology as a learning tool for digital natives.
2- APPS in Infant school.
- Mathematical Logic.
- Literacy in English and Spanish: pronunciation, reading, writing, graphomotor skills, flash card.
- Early stimulation.
- Creative activities.
- Stories and Electronic Books.
- Safe Internet Use.
- Educational Games.
- Robotics.
3- (AID) Digital Intelligent Classroom: fully develops the curriculum through discovery through interaction and manipulation through the "WEB-CURRICULUM", where the student through the platforms reaches knowledge at any time and place and where the classrooms and the support of the teacher goes beyond school hours.
4- BYOD Project (Bring on Your Device). Baccalaureate, ESO and 4th, 5th and 6th EP students can bring their own portable devices to school, with the center providing all the physical and software tools that the project requires for optimal and safe operation. Students have electronic security lockers at their disposal where they store and charge their devices, as well as a common software package, Office 365 and antivirus for use both inside and outside the school.
5- Robotics and STEAM activities included in the technology curriculum. Robotics through LEGO is included in the curriculum in all primary and secondary schools. The ASEKMOV robotics club is created with two categories, to prepare for participation in the First Lego League, which is held every year in February, and the traditional STEAM week.
6- SEK Alborán Radio Station (SARS) begins broadcasting programs that students create and that can be listened to over the internet with the Spreaker application. http://www. sars.blogsek.es
7- E-portfolio: implementation of a digital portfolio in primary school with the ManageBac tool, which represents an innovation in the process of registering evidence of the student's educational progress, under the strictest privacy measures required.
8- Cognitive Program. Online reinforcement program in mathematics and language for Primary Education students.
9- Financial Education Course: 1st Baccalaureate students participate in the Edufinet Financial Olympiad, organized by Unicaja on a regional basis.
10- Library Media Center (Felipe Segovia Learning Hub): with more than 38,515 titles, it is an example of innovation due to its structure and possibilities, having obtained an award for Pedagogical Innovation from the SEK Educational Institution. This online portal is recognized as one of the consultation links of the Ministry of Education. http://library.mysek.school/
11- ODILOTK digital library: management and loan of digital resources, https://bibliosek.odilotk.es/opac/#indice
12- Implementation of MYSEK as a new digital communication channel with FAMILIES.
13- Microsoft Project: transformation of the school into a Microsoft school through the training of all school teachers as Microsoft Innovative teachers.
14- BLINKLEARNING: digital educational platform that brings together various online publishers and in which the center participates with the Compulsory Secondary Education stage.
15- IXL platform for science and math students that allows the learning and interpretation of graphs from activities related to the real world.
16- Explorelearning Gizmos: tool for scientific use with which students learn and practice in an entertaining and applied way on contents of the syllabus.
17- Skype a Thon: learning activity using skype, involving a network of schools from around the world.
School Social Media:
1- WEB page: http://alboran.sek.es/
2- Blogosphere: www.alboran.blogsek.es
3- Youtube SEK Alboran Live: www.youtube.com/user/sekalboranlive
4- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sekalboran/
5- Twitter: https://twitter.com/sekalboran
6- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sek_alboran_oficial/
7- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sekalboran
8- WeAlboran Instagram channel: https://www.instagram.com/wealboran/
9- Instagram Social Entrepreneurship Program: https://www.instagram.com/globalcitizensalboran/
10- Library portal: https://library.mysek.school/index.php?opac_view=8
11- New library twitter channel: https://twitter.com/bibliosekab
12- New Instagram channel of the library: https://www.instagram.com/bibliosek_alboran/
13- New school technology channel: http://www.conectados.blogsek.es/
14- Technology twitter channel: https://twitter.com/conectadossek

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

- Adaptability of learning i due to the COVID -19 pandemic
From Infant Education to Baccalaureate, the students are able to maintain the academic rhythm through the school's digital platforms, such as TEAMS, ManageBac, One Note, Blinklearning, Forms and MySEK, among others, which has allowed the activity not to stop and have been able to meet the schedules.
- Live classes
The preparation of teachers and the technological provision of the team of teachers with laptops, digital tablets and digital ink computers make possible live learning through screens, or through blended or flipped classroom activities, one of the major milestones of the course. Live physical education classes with tabatas, cardio sessions, yoga, fitness, music classes with instruments created from recyclable material, or plastic education with interactive work through software and shared documents have been a challenge and an achievement at all levels.
- Emotional care of students, families and teachers.
Both the teaching staff and the students have had the presence of the school's guidance department and Mindfullness activities to accompany the start of the day with the students. In addition, care modules have been taken into account for students, families and teachers in which the emotional situation due to confinement has made their intervention necessary.
- Parent classrooms
From the communication department and in collaboration with the Camilo José Cela University, a series of conferences have been given for families and teachers with themes related to the emotional care of adults and minors in times of prolonged confinement. Experts in the field and professors from the Faculty of Health have been the speakers who have participated fortnightly in these talks.
- Technology training
Throughout the period from March to June, there have been training courses in the management of technological resources and tools for teachers, which have enabled and promoted interaction and learning with students through the school's digital platforms. From the educational technology department of the Institution, a weekly Newsletter was created that collected all the news related to this field, and with the calendar of the different courses and webinars that have been given.
- Tutorial attention
The tutorial program for students and families has been maintained and, if possible, has been closer and more frequent, making possible all the technology and the TEAMS platform. The teachers have continued with their individual and group tutoring sessions, and weekly subject reports have been prepared detailing the student's academic situation, as well as any incidence in the emotional or attendance field, which has been very good received by families.
- Evaluation
The evaluation of the student has been done according to the evaluation criteria set at the beginning of the course and based on the evaluation of the work and performance of the student in the classes, as well as by carrying out written tests and exams on digital platforms such as Forms that have allowed the students to take their final exams and obtain their grade with the pertinent comments and feedback.
The evaluation sessions have been held online through the Teams Channel.
- Extraordinary events
The students have had the opportunity to participate in different events throughout the confinement period, such as CICAE digital school debate tournaments, Almmun United Nations Model, Sek Lab junior entrepreneurship contest, where the 5EP students were finalists and won a prize to their proposal for an interactive digital mask, or with the 6EP exhibition sessions where the students presented their research work to the entire community in a 100% digital event and in which 25 students presented the results of their projects live to more 200 attendees at the event.
- Thanks
Throughout the months of confinement there have been expressions of gratitude from the members of the teaching staff to the families and students, from the students and families to the teachers, and from the entire community to the health workers and members and forces of the state that They have fought and are fighting in the pandemic. There have been messages, images and videos that can be found on the school's YouTube channel and social networks.
(4) A nuestros alumnos de SEK Alborán - YouTube
(4) ¡Gracias Profes! - YouTube
(4) Separados pero unidos en el corazon - YouTube

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

The school provides work time during school hours to do class homework and homework consists of activities and learning tasks by inquiry, reading or motivational that do not involve repetitive work that involves additional effort after the day.

Uniform required

Yes.
School uniform: the School has a uniform for the fall/winter and spring/summer seasons, its use being compulsory to attend the School. All garments must be marked with name and surname to prevent loss. The sports uniform is mandatory from 1st year of EP.
Uniform: 1st Cycle of Early Childhood Education / Infant School (6 months-3 years)
- Blue tracksuit and white polo shirt, both, SEK model, and white slip-on sneakers.
- In spring and summer: white shorts and polo shirt, both SEK model, and white slip-on sneakers.
Uniform: 2nd Cycle of Early Childhood Education (3 years) up to Baccalaureate
- Female School Uniform
o Scottish skirt model SEK
o Grey trousers
o White blouse - SEK model white polo shirt for the spring and summer months
o SEK navy blue V-neck sweater
o Blue socks or tights
o Black or blue shoes
o Outerwear, preferably navy blue
- Male School Uniform
o Grey trousers
o White shirt – SEK model white polo shirt for the spring and summer months–
o SEK navy blue V-neck sweater
o Blue jacket with the SEK shield on the upper pocket (compulsory from 1st year of ESO)
o SEK model tie
o Navy blue socks
o Black or blue shoes
o Blue or black belt
o Outerwear, preferably navy blue
Sports uniform (unisex):
2nd Cycle of Early Childhood Education (3 to 6 years old)
o White sneakers (without laces)
o Swimsuit and cap model SEK

Primary Education to Baccalaureate
o SEK model tracksuit
o SEK model shorts and SEK model short-sleeved T-shirt
o White sports shoes (preferably without laces for the youngest students) and socks of the same color
o Swimsuit and cap model SEK

Waiting list

Yes.
There is a waiting list from Nursery to Primary Grade 6.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All applications for admission to the school are analysed and follow a rigorous admission protocol that is summarized in the following sections:
1. Interview of the family with the head of the admissions department. During the interview, a first contact is made with the student and the family, the academic record is assessed and a visit is made to the school facilities.
2. Psychotechnical and academic tests according to the stage, as well as the level of English. After the first interview and once passed, the Guidance Department carries out the aforementioned tests to determine the academic level and other considerations that, if the complete process is completed and admitted, will be included in the initial information of the academic record and tutorial.
3. Interview of the Class coordinator with the student. Once the tests with the Guidance Department have been passed, a meeting is held with the Stage Coordinator where information on the candidate continues to be collected, as well as information of importance to the student for their incorporation.
4. Socio-family survey and health survey, which must be completed by the family after completing the previous procedure.
5. Final meeting of the pedagogical council for the final decision, made up of the Head of Admissions, Counselor, Coordinator and Director, where in light of all the steps admission is authorized or denied, with the reasons and reasons necessary to inform the family.
6. Communication to the family of the incorporation or not to the center. The head of admissions communicates the final decision to the family and begins with the administrative procedures for enrollment if the case proceeds.
7. SEK for one day. Before the new incorporation, future students are invited to come to the school and spend a day in what will be their future class, improving the adaptation process for their first day as a SEK Alborán student. If your school performs an evaluation before accepting new students, please briefly describe the kind of evaluation.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The admission period is open during the entire academic year for extraordinary admission, but there is an official period which is from the first week of February to the first week of March.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, after pass the School admissions requirements and only for the courses without waiting list.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

IB MYP Personal Project.
IB Diploma Exams and Extended Essay
English Cambridge Exams
Alianza Française French Exams
Goethe Institut German Exams
Preuniversity Spanish National System Exams (PEVAU)

Results in these examinations

June 2021
IB MYP Personal Project: 85% pass. 34% obtained maximum mark 7.
IB Diploma Exams and Extended Essay. 100% obtain the DP Certificate with an average of 39. Over than 60% of the students get over than 40 points and one student got the maximum (45).
English Cambridge Exams: 88% of the 287 candidates get the certificate.
Alianza Française French Exams: 96% of the 91 candidates get the certificate.
Goethe Institut German Exams: 94% of the 46 candidates get the certificate.
Preuniversity Spanish National System Exams (PEVAU): 100% of the 47 students pass the exams with an university admission mark of 8,41. (Maximum 10)

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. The families have the choose between two subjects, Catholic Religion or Religions History from Grade 1st to Grade 11th.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

The students that do not want to course Catholic Religion, course the other option and the class students has both subjects at the same time but in different classes.

School bus service available

The school has 9 bus routes that collect students from the main towns in the province, with no further than 50 Km of distance and a maximum travel time of 55 minutes.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

The school has a guidance department staffed by 3 professionals:
• Degree in Teaching and Psychopedagogy specialized in Early Childhood Education.
• Graduated in Psychology and specialized in Special Needs for Primary Education.
• Degree in Psychology and special needs for Secondary and Baccalaureate.

The department is responsible of
• Attend to the needs of students at different educational stages, as well as to attend to families and teachers who require it.
• At the same time, they coordinate the actions of detection and diagnosis of the learning abilities of each student.
• Coordinate, inform and guide lines of action both at home and at school to work with students.
• They are in charge of doing the admission tests for new students.
• They organize 4 sessions a year for families called “Parents Classroom”, where a training and learning service related to topics of educational interest is offered.
• Responsible for career guidance from the 3rd year of ESO to the 2nd year of Baccalaureate, with the organization of events and talks with professionals to bring this world closer to the academic world.
• They lead the "Professional for a day" program in which students visit and spend a day in work centers related to their interests (30 collaborating companies)
• International orientation. They oversee communicating deadlines and helping with administrative procedures and requirements for university access in Spain and abroad.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The school provide support and resources for them with a special program call “Star program” and offer a grant program as well to boost these students across the Diploma.

Student access to education psychologist

The Counsellors the Learning Support department of Primary school and High school are Pychologist and one of their duties are take care of the students that could demand this service.

School start time

09:00AM

School finish time

05:00PM

Supervised care before/after school

The school has a special service which starts at 08:00AM called “Morning Aula” for families who cannot leave their children at 09:00, and after 17:00AM to 18:00, the students has the “Permanence Service” to stay until their parents could collect them.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Artistic schools
• School
• Coral
• Introduction to the Piano
• Music and movement
• Theater Workshop
• Dance
• Painting workshop
• Theater Group “The Art of Cold”
Sports schools
• Futsal
• Football 7
• Basketball
• Volleyball
• Swimming
• Taekwondo
• Triathlon
• Tennis
• Golf
• Triathlon
Language schools
• Spanish
• German
• French
• Russian
• Italian

ICT schools
• LEGO ASEKMOV Robotics Club
• WeAlborán Media Club
Enrichment programs
• School of Oratory
• Theater Group “The art of cold”
• TED ED Youth Club
• SARS School Radio
• Press club
• Orientation schools and academic reinforcement
• Directed study
• Speech therapy
• School of Mindfulness

School provided lunches

The food service is carried out by the Catergest company and is carried out with its own kitchen, made with fresh products from local suppliers.
The design of the menu for each stage is prepared by a nutritionist from the supplier company and quarterly is communicated to families with a recommendation for dinners based on the midday meal.
The dining concept is half board. Includes lunch with a first course, two main courses to choose from and dessert, and a mid-afternoon snack for Infant School and Primary, and a mid-morning snack for Secondary School and Baccalaureate. In these last stages, students have the option of the SALAD BAR, which is a salad buffet to encourage the habit of eating vegetables with 14 ingredients to choose from.
There are three dining rooms in the school:
• Nursery school canteen: 30 seats
• Infant School Education Dining Room 120 places
• Canteen for Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate: 400 seats.

Character: mandatory for all students.

The SEK-Alborán School Food Service has the Quality Certificate according to the EN-ISO 9002:1994 Standard and the Environmental Quality Certificate according to the ISO 9001:2000 Standard.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

The school food service has adapted menus to vegetarians, without meat or pork products, halal, vegan, lactose, fructose and sorbitol intolerances, coeliacs, diabetics, people allergic to fish protein and hypocaloric.

Sports activities included

The physical activity are included in the curriculum from early years with 4 sessions per week of Psychomotricity and 1 of swim, and from Primary to Baccalauretate with 3 sessions per week of Physical Education and 1 of swim.

Sports facilities at the school

Outside facilities:
• 2 sports courts for outdoor sports--------3500 m2
• 1 basketball court---------------------------510 m2
• 3 futsal courts--------------------------------5250 m2
• 1 Athletics track with pit for long jump---1200 m2
• 2 playgrounds--------------------------------600 m2
• 6 table tennis tables
Indoor facilities:
• 1 Sports Hall--------------------------------- 610 m2
• 1 Gym with fitness room--------------------244 m2
• 1 25m heated swimming pool---------------397 m2
• 1 Taekwondo room---------------------------102 m2
• 1 dance room----------------------------------112 m2

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The Sports Schools of Basket, football 7, futsal, voleyball, taekwondo, swimming and triathlon has their respective teams that participate in local Competitions in El Ejido and in Almería. It is remarkable the performance of the voley team which use to classificate for regional tournaents in Andalucia.

Other facilities at the school

Laboratories:
• Technology and Computing laboratory: workroom for Technology, Design and Robotics subjects, equipped with the necessary means to make the most of the different subjects.
• 1 Physics and Chemistry Laboratory: 30 places. In ESO and Baccalaureate, activities are developed within the specific programming of the subject, with a frequency of two/three monthly sessions. In ESO, in addition, the activities are carried out in English. The practice groups are small (12 students per group) and have a specialist teacher.
• 1 Biology Laboratory: 30 places. In ESO and Baccalaureate, activities are developed within the specific programming of the subject, with a frequency of two/three monthly sessions, with a specialist teacher.
• 1 Language Laboratory: space with 35 seats where language activities with multimedia resources are developed.
• 1 Maker Space: 25 seats, a space created to foster student creativity in a multitasking space with all the technological devices within reach, with robotics tables and a 3D printer.
Learning Hub:
In April 2021, the "Felipe Segovia Learning Hub" was inaugurated as the heart of learning at the school. Former library, it is a space that has more than 44,997 titles between physical and digital format, its digital page being one of the consultation resources recommended by the Ministry of Culture.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are an educational community that promotes the development of skills that guarantee relevant, global, international and significant learning aimed at achieving the full development of the potential of each of its members to face the challenges of the 21st century.
Our goal is to train people with an international mindset, with a passion for learning and a commitment to excellence, who are happy and upright citizens to contribute to creating a better world.

Teaching approach of the school

SEK-Alborán is not a teaching center, but a learning community where we learn in a multidirectional way together with our students, teachers and families, thinking globally and acting locally, and thinking locally to act globally.

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