Educational Model

INTEGRAL FORMATION

To form a person means to help them achieve the harmonious and balanced development of their qualities and abilities, cultivating their intelligence, their willingness, their emotion and transcendence. To achieve our pupils’ integral formation, the School’s educational model encompasses four areas: academic, human, religious and sports. For us integral formation is the formation of every dimension of the individual

Academic Formation

SUNRISE METHOD

The pupil, guided by the teacher, “learns to learn” through role-play, work with projects, games, experiments, collaborative and problem-based learning.

It is an active learning process, based on experimentation, teamwork and interdisciplinarity. It is based on our prior knowledge of the pupils and applies theoretical contents and skills to real-life situations. The assessment does not only take into consideration the content but also its application.

SUNRISE and linguistic competency:

Within the framework of the SUNRISE programme, the School develops two fundamental aspects.

On one hand, the approach given to trilingualism renounces grammar and theory to concentrate on the fundamental competencies of comprehension and expression. The languages are learned through practice and by giving importance to daily learning.

On the other hand, we give verbal expression a privileged place in the order of objectives to be achieved. Right from the Pre-school stage, verbal interventions by the pupils are introduced, many of which form part of the project they are developing or by taking advantage of events in which they have to speak in public. In Primary, they present their projects, whether individually or as a team as well as performing theatrical works in English, Catalan and Spanish. In Secondary they receive public speaking courses, defend research projects, etc.

All these means are opportunities through which they can display everything they have learned and practiced in the classroom during the course of the school year.

SUNRISE and mathematical competency:

A sound learning of mathematics should not only focus on a good command of its numerical aspects but must also teach thought and reflection. At the same time it generates confidence and improves the intellectual development of the pupil. This in turn develops competencies that help them resolve issues that not only present themselves in the classroom but also outside the school environment.

Our aim is to bring the pupil into proximity with the learning of mathematics in a contextualised format that is adapted to reality, at the same time putting an end to the undeserved reputation that “mathematics is difficult or boring”. Quite the opposite, this is a course that permits learning based on manipulation, observation and experimentation.

This is why as from Kindergarten 3 we gradually introduce the subject “EntusiasMAT”, a teaching format in which the student learns to participate more in class, through play and the solving of day-to-day problems. Furthermore, it improves the children’s mathematical reasoning so that they do not put forward a problem with a simple solution but rather the child asks themselves why such an issue exists.

DIFFERENTIATED AND MIXED EDUCATION

The RMSI School supports the development of two educational systems: mixed education during Pre-school and Higher Secondary, and differentiated education (single sex) in the Primary and ESO classrooms (mixed playgrounds, canteens, excursions, cultural, elective and extra-curricular activities, etc.).

We take the best from both systems. Based on an approach whereby the educational objectives, teachers and content are the same for both boys and girls, differentiated education is an education system that adopts a teaching style adapted to each gender to thus make the most of their different qualities, pace of maturity and interests in order to guarantee true equal opportunity.

From the mixed education approach, we teach the girls and boys to coexist and promote a healthy relationship between them. We are the only school in Barcelona to implement this system.

TRILINGUALISM

Aware that the study of a range of languages is a key element for cultural enhancement and the achievement of a global mentality – in addition to being an enabling factor for the future job prospects of our pupils – the School places value on the linguistic wealth of Catalonia at the same time as stimulating the study of foreign languages. As a result we offer linguistic immersion in English (starting from Kindergarten 1) and, as from Secondary, French and German.

Our educational centre was a pioneer in Barcelona in the application of the trilingual system and ever since the 1995-1996 school year in which it was first implemented, we have been perfecting this formula.

CATALAN – SPANISH

Throughout their schooling, our pupils study courses in Catalan and others in Spanish so that by the time they complete their studies in the 2nd Grade Higher Secondary they will have fully mastered both languages.

ENGLISH

English is introduced in Kindergarten 1 and gradually increases every day until some of the Primary courses have 38% of their weekly classes taught in English.

During the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education), in addition to the English course itself, with its 3 different levels to prepare for the Cambridge examinations, two further courses will be taught in English.

As from the 4th Grade ESO, and because of their preparation for the university entrance examinations and the requirement to gain admission to their chosen degree programme, our pupils will be given classes in Spanish and Catalan. The weekly hours devoted to the English language course are divided into levels, just as with the ESO, to prepare pupils for the official Cambridge examinations.

GERMAN AND FRENCH

From 1st Grade ESO, our pupils will have the possibility of choosing another foreign language from the elective languages course.

STUDYING ABROAD

The School, through its membership of an international network of schools, offers its pupils the opportunity to spend a trimester, semester, school year or summer studying at one of our schools in the USA, Ireland or Switzerland.

ACCREDITED CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATION CENTRE

We are an accredited Cambridge examination centre and as from 1st Grade Primary, we prepare our pupils from to sit the official examinations at the School.

CONVERSATION HELPERS IN THE USA AND UK

The School benefits from the collaboration of young people in English-speaking countries to enhance the level of spoken English in our pupils.

STAGES

PRE-SCHOOL (1 to 5 years)

In Pre-School Education, we apply our own SUNRISE Methodology, in which the pupils enjoy a central role. The child, guided by the teacher “learns to learn” through role-play, work with projects, games, experiments, collaborative and problem-based learning.

It is an active learning process, based on experimentation, teamwork and interdisciplinarity. It is based on our prior knowledge of the pupils and applies theoretical contents and skills to real-life situations. The assessment does not only take into consideration the content but also its application.

“Tell me and I forget; teach me and I remember; involve me and I learn”

PRIMARY EDUCATION (6 to 11 years)

The SUNRISE methodology continues during Primary but in an adapted format. Research, interdisciplinarity, teamwork and public speaking are all promoted through projects. Such tools that are naturally acquired from the earliest age, equip our pupils with skills that they will use not only in subsequent stages but also in their future professional work.

COMPULSORY SECONDARY EDUCATION (known as ESO in Spain) (12 to 15 years) )

ESO is a stage of changes and also a time to consolidate what has been learned.

Our project takes into account the physical, intellectual and emotional transformations inherent to this age group. To that end, we seek to consolidate in the pupils the fundamental elements they need to integrate into a multicultural world, instilling in them the practice of study and work that favours self-learning skills and the development of their abilities.

Over the course of these years, we help our pupils discover their talents and personal qualities that will not only help them choose the right higher secondary courses, but also to have an appreciation of themselves, to accept and achieve. For this reason this stage strengthens the personal guidance provided by both the tutors and the entire team of educators and educational psychologists.

HIGHER SECONDARY (16 to 17 years)

Preparation for university life

The School additionally offers preparation so that students pass their university entrance exams, focusing our efforts so that they achieve their chosen university degree.

We offer a flexible Higher Secondary programme. This means that our pupils can choose the courses they would like to study from the 24 offered during 1st Grade Higher Secondary. As such they can undertake tailor-made Higher Secondary studies by choosing the courses that best suit their vocational preferences.

We offer the Higher Secondary in social sciences, humanities, technology and health sciences.

Assessment on university degree programmes.

Given that there is currently a great increase in the range of studies offered and numerous options available, the School helps each pupil by giving them personal assessment regarding the different options in accordance with their preferences and qualities.

We also visit and host visits from different universities based in Barcelona. In addition, the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV Madrid), that is a member of the same educational group, offers assessment and very advantageous conditions to our pupils.

Preparation for the working world. APS Programme

This vocational and professional assessment programme aims to help our pupils discover the talents they possess and the professional sphere in which they could apply them, thereby developing as individuals and working to serve society.

This is a personal assessment will therefore help them decide which elective ESO courses best adapt to their profile, in addition to the choice of Higher Secondary specialisation and the university degree that bests suits their vocational concerns.

There are several means through which our pupils receive guidance:

  1. Self-awareness through a guidance programme coordinated by the Guidance Department throughout their schooling up to 4th Grade ESO.
  2. Personal assessment by our educators.
  3. Professional workshops given at the School by the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria.
  4. Vocational guidance campus at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria
  5. Seminars with professionals.
  6. Working experience in businesses: the Work Experience Programme.

How to conduct a work interview and prepare a CV.

Every year, Higher Secondary pupils receive formation that prepares them to handle a work interview and how to draw up their CV. This formation is given by an HR specialist.

Human Formation

The School offers a human formation programme from Kindergarten 1 up to Higher Secondary. We believe that the formation of intelligence must be complemented by a formation of the will, sentiments, emotions, regard… in short, by forming every dimension of the individual that makes up their character.

In addition, we help pupils with the exciting task of self-awareness, to learn to accept and to overcome, equipping them with the necessary tools to take control of their lives as mature and free individuals.

FORMATION BY AGE GROUP

Our formation is adapted to each stage so that the pupil matures in line with the age group.

PRE-SCHOOL

Objective: That the children learn about the human virtues and are encouraged to always and faithfully live by them both at School and in their natural environment: at home, in the park, with friends, family…

Programme: Vivi y Valo [Live and Value]

Virtues:

  • 1st Trimester: Happiness
  • 2nd Trimester: Obedience
  • 3rd Trimester: Order

PRIMARY

Objective: That the pupil acquires the bases for the formation of a mature personality; that they learn about the virtues and possess the willingness to enthusiastically live by them, following the example of Christ, their friend.

Programmes:

Campaigns for experiencing the virtues

Emotional education:

In Emotional Education we use dynamics to work on formation in emotional awareness, self-esteem, empathy, assertiveness… The purpose of this programme is to develop in our pupils, the socio-emotional skills that they need today to satisfactorily address life in society and to relate to those that surround them, in addition to controlling these emotions to prevent risk-taking behaviour and knowing how to handle adverse situations (loss of loved ones, drug use, academic failure, aggression, situations of bullying…).

SECONDARY

Objective: That the pupil consolidates the experience of the virtues, following the example of Jesus, as an attractive means to overcome themselves and achieve authenticity in life.

That they learn to live with an open mind and adopt the attitude of giving to others; achieving self-control and the channelling of their sentiments and emotion under the mastery of reason.

Programmes:

Education for love

  • YEAR 1
  • Order
    Friendship
  • Effort
    Obedience
  • Gratitude
    Sincerity
  • YEAR 2
  • Respect
    Generosity
  • Strength
    Responsibility
  • Happiness
    Humilty
  • TRIMESTER
  • Sept-Oct
    Nov-Dec
  • Jan-Feb
    Feb-March
  • April-May
    May-June

Objective: To offer the pupils the necessary elements to value love as an innate fundamental vocation of every human being and to live in accordance with this vocation.

Social Participation Programmes

The integral formation offered by the School must lead our pupils to want to find a specific response to the needs of those that surround them, in particular the most vulnerable. A range of activities are organised throughout the school year with this objective in mind.

These programmes involve physical help and concern for our neighbours, organising activities in asylums, working with children, with mothers in difficulties….

Some of the charitable organisations with which we habitually collaborate are the Sisters of the Poor, Casa Guadalupe, parish soup kitchens, Cotolengo…

Always motivated

Every child and young person has great ideals and the values that we offer them are, in themselves, very attractive. But they are also difficult to live by. To help overcome this, we constantly motivate those pupils that would like to embrace these values, so that over time, they become part of their way of being.

All this formation is presented dynamically through many activities: educational talks, stories that carry a message, group dynamics, awards, competition, diplomas, coexistence, campaigns relating to values and virtues, exemplary individual testimonies…

Religious formation

The religious formation of the School seeks for our pupils to experience the love of God throughout their lives, leading them towards a loving relationship with Him. This allows them to experience their faith freely, happily and coherently, giving others the love that they themselves have already experienced.

PASTORAL

Chaplain: Father Luis Miguel García L.C.

Chaplaincy assistants: Father Ramón Loyola L.C. Father Mark Thelen, L.C. and Brother Carlos Salcido L.C.

Consecrated lay members: Mayda Ureta, Mariana Esquer, Verónica Mendieta, Marilú Álvarez and Elena Bartolomé

PUPILS

Daily communion for those pupils that so wish (as from 4th Grade Primary)

Confessions for those pupils that so wish (as from 4th Grade Primary)

Group Mass, the first Friday of the month (by stage)

Preparation and coexistence for liturgical periods: Christmas, Holy Week, month of May

Spiritual guidance for those pupils that so wish

Pilgrimages: Montserrat, Medjugorge, Fátima, Camino de Santiago

First Communion Catechisms (in 3rd Grade Primary)

Confirmation Catechisms (in 3rd Grade ESO)

Net Club (Primary)

Faro and Alpes Clubs (5th-6th Grade Primary, and ESO)

Family Mass (Sunday 11:30) and Youth Mass (Sunday 20:00)

Tarsicius.

ADULTS

Matrimonial talks, Adoration, Daily mass at 09:15, Eucharist Celebration, Spiritual Exercises, Medjugorge Pilgrimages – Holy Land, Spiritual guidance, formation talks.

Sports formation

Our educational centre aims to form integrated men and women. And sport is an essential medium to achieve this. At the Reial Monestir de Santa Isabel School we teach them to work as a team and compete on a healthy basis, to embrace diligence, strength of mind, courage, friendship, companionship, respect, achievement, happiness…

The human aspect

It is important that the pupils understand physical activity from the human standpoint, so that they can develop this knowledge throughout their personal growth and apply it to every sphere of life.

All age groups

We offer various sporting disciplines in which these aptitudes are developed: indoor football, volleyball, basketball, judo, dance and swimming. They are distributed over various categories, beginning with the very youngest that are starting sport for the first time up to the oldest at the School who also participate. They all compete in the tournaments that are held in the city, some even taking part in national events.

Registration

Via the online registration form.

Times and prices

Please click on this link to view the times for this course.

Calendar and Results

If you would like to find out about the calendar of the games and the results achieved by our teams, please contact us via the web of the Consell de l’Esport Escolar de Barcelona, the Barcelona School Sports Council.

TRILINGÜISM

Our educational centre was a pioneer in Barcelona in the application of the trilingual system and ever since the 1995-1996 school year in which it was first implemented, we have been perfecting this formula.

CATALAN – SPANISH

Throughout their schooling, our pupils study courses in Catalan and others in Spanish so that by the time they complete their studies in the 2nd Grade Higher Secondary they will have fully mastered both languages.

ENGLISH

English is introduced in Kindergarten 1 and gradually increases every day until some of the Primary courses have 38% of their weekly classes taught in English.

During the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education), in addition to the English course itself, with its 3 different levels to prepare for the Cambridge examinations, two further courses will be taught in English.

As from the 4th Grade ESO, and because of their preparation for the university entrance examinations and the requirement to gain admission to their chosen degree programme, our pupils will be given classes in Spanish and Catalan. The weekly hours devoted to the English language course are divided into levels, just as with the ESO, to prepare pupils for the official Cambridge examinations.

GERMAN AND FRENCH

From 1st Grade ESO, our pupils will have the possibility of choosing another foreign language from the elective languages course.

STUDYING ABROAD

The School, through its membership of an international network of schools, offers its pupils the opportunity to spend a trimester, semester, school year or summer studying at one of our schools in the USA, Ireland or Switzerland.

ACCREDITED CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATION CENTRE

We are an accredited Cambridge examination centre and as from 1st Grade Primary, we prepare our pupils from to sit the official examinations at the School.

CONVERSATION HELPERS IN THE USA AND UK

The School benefits from the collaboration of young people in English-speaking countries to enhance the level of spoken English in our pupils.

PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Our approach to the pupil not only focuses on their intellectual-academic aspect but also aims to educate the human and spiritual dimension.

Personalised education considers each person as an individual soul. At the School our educators take into account the differences that define each pupil: their psychology, their qualities, their limitations, their previous formation, their family and social environment and their personal history. We have individual and group tutorials with the pupils, tutorials with the families, offering support and extension groups, assessment from the psycho-pedagogical guidance department and from the human formation team.

Thanks to this accompaniment, our pupils benefit from the help of tutors, our educators, the guidance department as well as the priests and consecrated lay members that maintain a close relationship with both pupils and their families throughout all stages of their development.

OUR GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT 

A support for the integral education of our pupils

The Guidance Department coordinates the personal advising programme implemented by the different educators at the School. Our department is made up of 7 individuals, each with a separate function but coordinated in order to achieve a common goal: “to learn about each pupil and their circumstances so as to be able to guide them and achieve the best of each”, understanding as including the educational team, the pupils themselves and their families.

The Department comprises psychologists: Mercedes Cortés who looks after Pre-School pupils; Cristina García for Primary Education; and Belén Sánchez, for Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO and Higher Secondary). In addition, the team includes psychologist Margarita Ram de Viu who supports our pupils as they start to learn reading and writing in Kindergarten 5; Laura Gallés, Pilar Valbuena and Carmen Arranz, teachers that provide support in Primary Education and, at specific times each week, we have the collaboration of speech therapist Dolors Bonet who is able to identify and oversee cases of children with spoken language difficulties.

These individuals collaborate with the teachers and tutors to coordinate each stage and to ensure that personal guidance is applied to every pupil and family.

To promote the personal growth of our pupils, the Guidance Department carries out the following duties and tasks:

  • Gathering personal, family and school information on the pupils to work together with the stage tutor and coordinators in following up the individual status of each pupil.
  • Exploring the pupil’s level of development: undertaking educational psychological evaluations on all pupils at group level (P5, 2nd Grade Primary, 6th Grade Primary, 3rd and 4th Grade ESO) and at individual level as necessary.
  • Guiding the pupil through their individual growth process, under the motto: “Know yourself, accept yourself and succeed”.
  • Assessing the families and the faculty: collaborating with the teachers in preparing and developing interviews with the pupils’ families; all the families of the School can access the team of educational psychologists to make any consultation relating to the educational, evolutional, emotional and social development issues of their children.
  • Taking part in the personnel selection process.
  • Carrying out the initial assessment of newly-admitted pupils once they have registered at the school.
  • Providing useful educational psychological material to the faculty to assist their pupils.
  • Preparing and coordinating the different group working projects between pupils from different stages: “One to one” and “Reading sponsors”, “Extension programmes”.
  • Participating in educational programmes at the centre, providing assessment and implementing measures as required.

Our work, and that of the family, is to educate. It is without a doubt, the most beautiful, generous and gratifying work, but at the same time is one of the most complex tasks we face.