Junior Learning Programmes:
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is being implemented in the Junior School. There are parallel mixed-ability classes at each grade level. At all grade levels, in addition to the Form Teacher and the Spanish Teacher, full-time specialist teachers instruct and guide students in the areas of Music, Art, Drama, ICT, Library Skills and Physical Education. The School expects all students to become fully bilingual in English and Spanish. All curricular subjects are taught in English, with the exception of (some specific) Spanish lessons and Physical Education classes. In Form 6, in preparation for the State administered Primary Exit examinations (Prueba de Egreso), a high percentage of formal lessons are taught in Spanish. Fluent and effective communication skills, through both the spoken and the written word, are at the core of our academic programme.
While striving for academic excellence, it is equally important to bring out what is best in each individual student. A competent, experienced and caring team of staff guide students to develop their full intellectual, creative and physical potential while also aiming to foster self-esteem, independence, intellectual curiosity, emotional intelligence and moral character.
Senior Learning Programmes:
All courses within the Senior curriculum ultimately lead to either the National or the International Baccalaureate. While the Liceo Programme is in itself a very exacting course of studies, attending to our international perspective the School also offers the International Baccalaureate, having the honour of being one of the original founding schools in the 1970s to do so. In preparation for the IB Programme, The British Schools also follows the IGCSE programmes produced by The Cambridge Universities Syndicate. Together, our graduates receive the best Uruguayan education possible with the clear option to study abroad if desired. While it is mandatory for all students to follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, it is not however a general requirement for foreign students to follow the National Baccalaureate. These core requirements give the School an opportunity to develop a more interesting and challenging curriculum in addition to those elements already included within the traditional, compulsory, programme.
The IGCSE and IB Diploma results are carefully analysed to look for internal trends and to compare our own standing with International Benchmarks, the results of which are presented to the Board as a formal Report. This type of analysis assists in identifying individual student learning needs which are then discussed with the Pastoral Team who subsequently plan and implement appropriate strategies.
To accompany its strong academic focus, the School provides an extensive extra-curricular programme, which gives each student the opportunity to succeed personally, socially and academically. The purpose of the taught curriculum is to encourage students to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible global citizens.
Listed below is an example of the type of extra-curricular activities offered to students:
- Model United Nations
- Senior Musical Production
- Scottish Dancing
- Knowledge Bowl
- Maths Olympics
- Artistic Gymnastics