Secondary at Yago School
Academic development framework that encourages them to perceive and understand the connections between traditional disciplines and the real world
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The pedagogical action of the Secondary Project in our school puts the student as the protagonist; the objective is to acquire knowledge, develop their own skills and procedures that allow them to solve problems, and undertake and develop projects, in an international and global context full of challenges and opportunities.
Secondary’s Educational Project meets the needs of students in a key stage of their lives, adolescence, and therefore reinforces their education in values from three dimensions: civic, ethical, and solidary, offering a truly international education.
Secondary School Design and Methodology at Yago School
At our school, Secondary education is based on a participative and dynamic process where students learn, think, and acquire knowledge together with their classmates and an excellent team of professionals who educate, guide, and provide them with tools.
As an international secondary school, we advance in innovative and proven teaching strategies, such as cooperative methodologies in all subjects in order to promote teamwork and interaction with their peers.
- Project or Problem Based Learning (PBL)
- Collaborative Learning
- Thinking Skills
- Flipped Classroom, where the student is the protagonist, researching at home and working in the classroom
- YProject, which incorporates the iPad as a working tool in the classroom from Secondary 1 to 3 and a MacBook Air in Secondary 4 to get the most out of digital and multimedia skills.
“Seventy percent of our day is conducted in English, and students also have the option of study abroad programs that allow them to reinforce and put into practice what they have learned”.
Languages in Secondary
Yago School’s educational project is bilingual English-Spanish. In this educational stage, we reinforce the number of hours of English and we also teach most of the subjects in this language: English, Music, Physical Education, Art, Chinese, ICT, Technology, Biology & Geology, Physics & Chemistry, Geography & History, Business Management, and Digital Business.
Spanish Language and Literature, Mathematics, and Religion or Values are taught in Spanish; in Secondary 3 and 4, Physics and Chemistry are also taught in English.
In this way, students learn the language in a deep and experiential way, significantly expanding content and vocabulary.
In addition, Yago School is characterized for being an international school where English is the main language used in hallways, recesses, gardens, the dining room, and at assemblies.
Thanks to the immersion in this language and the preparation for the Cambridge exams at the end of Secondary, students reach a very advanced level of communicative language competence, many of them finishing Secondary with official Cambridge C1-C2 level qualifications in English.
This past year, among the more than 400 students who sat the Cambridge exams, 100% of those proposed by the school passed the exams with flying colors, and 83.6% of them achieved the highest possible score.
English classes by level
We are characterized by the fact that the English classes in Secondary are divided into different levels and thus adapted to the needs, characteristics, and learning pace of each group, taking into account the personal and individual needs of each student. This system greatly favors the learning and teaching of the language.
Experience of linguistic and intercultural immersion abroad
From our foreign language department, Ms. Clerkin, our Head of Global Languages for Infant and Primary & International Exchanges, organizes exchange trips for students who are interested in having experiences of different lengths in a foreign country. Thus, our students live with another foreign family, and in a reciprocal way, that family will in turn receive a foreign student in Seville. We offer exchanges in Ireland, England, the United States, Canada and China.
Students thus have the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle, culture and language of the country they are visiting, without having to pay for accommodation.
Yago School has been committed to offering Chinese two hours a week as a second global language for all its students from the age of two through Secondary from the beginning. The objective is for students to complete their secondary studies communicating fluently in Spanish and English, and with a good level of Chinese and/or French. Yago School is an official Confucius Institute school in Seville and therefore prepares students to take the official Hanban exams to obtain the YCT and HSK titles, many obtaining the B2 level of Chinese.
Some of our students have the opportunity to reinforce their Chinese level and enjoy a cultural and linguistic immersion in this country.
Students from Secondary onwards can choose between starting with French for two hours per week or to continue with Chinese as a second language.
The reality is that mastering different languages has multiple advantages nowadays; it opens up future job opportunities, increases self-confidence, enhances social relations, increases the child’s interest in other cultures and knowledge, and makes children more open-minded.
That is why our students, who are bilingual English-Spanish, and have very good communication skills certified in Chinese, have the option of choosing French from Secondary onwards to achieve excellent levels in four languages in the last stage of Secondary.
Our French teacher is a native speaker and she prepares students to face these exams with all kinds of activities, adapting to the level of each student. The subject has a motivating and interactive approach.
At the teacher’s discretion, students will voluntarily sit for the official DELF-DALF exams of the Alliance Française.
“One of our goals is for Yago School students to finish Secondary with official Cambridge C1-C2 and B1-B2 level qualifications in Chinese or French”.
Secondary Science and Technology
No one doubts the importance of bringing Science and Technology to the new generations. At Yago School, we involve students in the meaningful learning of these areas, proposing interdisciplinary projects and experiments that help them to investigate, to understand how things happen and to use the tools they have at their disposal.
In Secondary, the teaching-learning process is done with the STEM methodology, and from experimentation and the student’s own experience. Students analyze, question, test, investigate, reflect, draw conclusions, integrate theory, practice, work in teams, develop critical thinking and problem solving and use technological resources in this process.
In the subjects of Biology and Geology, as well as Physics and Chemistry, students receive classes and carry out projects and experiments in our complete science laboratory and in the school’s extensive natural campus with trees, grassy fields, and nature classrooms.
The subjects Design and Technology and Computer Science have the objective of teaching children how technology functions, programming, as well as robotics and 3D design, to develop a complete digital qualification.
Secondary technology focuses on the design process. It begins with inquiry and analysis of specific problems related to design. A series of phases follow starting with problem posing and solution proposals; students use collaborative platforms and organizational and visual thinking tools for this. In the second phase, they develop their own ideas, evaluating possibilities, justifying decisions to their peers, and creating visual diagrams and/or logical plans. Finally, they provide solutions. Some examples are mobile bridges, driverless cars using EV3 Mindstorms, hydroelectric dam models, board games, websites using HTML/CSS, APP prototypes with Xcode, recycled electric cars, Arduino prototypes, renewable energy proposals, and movie trailers.
The rest of the subjects also make regular use of technology in the processes of research, analysis, problem solving, and presentations.
“Students are very committed to STEAM learning, based on challenge-problems because it creates a cycle of motivation and ambition to overcome new challenges”.
Mr. Vincent, technology teacher in Secondary and Baccalaureate
Music and Art in Secondary School
In Secondary, the subject of Music is characterized by a clear search for the individual development of the student within this field, expanding styles and objectives in the teaching of what continues to be our main focus of learning: the piano. Therefore, our students choose to continue their preparation for the prestigious ABRSM exams, or on the contrary, decide to begin a stage of instrumental learning based on different musical genres, such as jazz, pop or soundtracks.
In addition, and always in continuous search of cultural enrichment of our students, they begin to work on Music History in Secondary 1 through the Flipped Learning methodology, to continue in the second stage of Secondary investigating about music in our world today, through the analysis of soundtracks of all times, or the incredible Soundscapes or Soundscapes of the famous composer Murray Schafer.
At the same time, they do not miss the opportunity to continue their vocal training, something that is extended by combining it with the active participation in Yago School Choir, as well as being able to learn other instruments such as guitar or percussion in our ever-growing Yago Music Club.
The School Choir has performed with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville in numerous concerts in the largest auditorium in Europe, Fibes Seville, at the Teatro de la Maestranza, and has had the honor of singing for the Pope at the Vatican in Rome.
The school also has a music band made up of Secondary and Baccalaureate students specialized in contemporary musical styles.
In this stage, our students in Secondary 1 and 2 study two hours a week of Visual Arts where they have the opportunity to learn new techniques and use new materials, such as ceramics, plaster, and large format painting, to develop creativity and imagination, use technology and put into practice the knowledge previously acquired.
We bring concepts from other subjects, such as Mathematics, History, Design & Technology and Chemistry, to the extraordinary Art Lab.
This department encourages participation in art competitions in Secondary, opening a new window to the world of art, which in most cases is a great tool to stimulate their motivation for the subject and the taste for the wonderful world of visual and plastic arts.
We want to highlight some examples of the activities done in Art at school:
To set up a pattern putting into practice knowledge of geometry and technical drawing to make real tiles learning a new artistic technique. It is a clear use of transversal learning and the results are lucid and motivating for students.
Optical illusions “Op Art” (Optical art).
Through cooperative work, students have used this new artistic technique. They paint large-scale works, in which they put into practice their knowledge of mathematics and geometry to carry them out.
Working as a team in the art classroom is crucial because it brings many benefits, like working on group coordination, development and resolution of their projects, as well as letting their creativity fly, which is rewarding for everyone.
Ceramics is worked using clay plates, creating different shapes, and finishing them with pigments that change their original color, such as the lilac pigment that becomes cobalt blue, through chemical reactions and heat.
Cave Art in history is worked transversally with the subject of Art using materials, such as charcoal, pigments from spices, and fats, all to experience that moment in history.
Virtual art tours
In this project, students explore museums, galleries, monuments and works of art from their iPads and create their own customized tours of their favorites. Students have been introduced to the Rosetta Stone in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery as an example.
“In Secondary, students play the piano, prepare for the prestigious ABRSM exams, or begin a stage of instrumental learning based on different musical genres, such as jazz, pop or soundtracks”.
Ms. Strada, Music Teacher
Sports in Secundary
At the Secondary level, students specialize in a wide variety of sports. We are proud to say that Yago School has one of the most complete curriculums in Andalusia. We work on a wide range of traditional sports, such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc. but also sports that allow our students to access new experiences such as Slackline, American Tag Football, FitBoxing and Parkour.
Yago School students put the training they receive in their Physical Education classes into practice on school trips, such as the ski week, which aims to teach students how to enjoy winter sports in Sierra Nevada. Our students learn, enjoy and become aware of the respect for the environment, thus promoting this activity that favors a healthy lifestyle.
Field hockey, volleyball, soccer, and frisbee tournaments are also organized during recess.
Our interest in sports is combined with solidarity during the traditional APU Solidarity Race, to raise funds for childhood cancer research.
The House Games, sports assemblies, and the participation in all kinds of local or regional sports activities give a vision of the importance of sport at school. The P.E. Department promotes participation in different competitions, such as the Western Andalusia inter-school golf tournament and the women’s race against cancer every year.
“Each month, our students practice different world sports, such as field hockey, baseball, rugby, and volleyball, which allows them to learn different cultures and disciplines while doing physical education”.
Our curriculum is rich and varied and includes a wide variety of field trips so that our students can also continue learning in other contexts and situations. We believe that these outings are essential and beneficial to our students. Sports trips allow the children to participate in group physical activities outside of school, such as hiking, climbing, Olympic games, rowing in Seville, and surfing in Conil.
This is topped off with a wide variety of extracurricular activities that are completed with participation in rowing, judo, soccer, volleyball, and basketball competitions.
With the practice of this variety of modalities, our intention is for our students to know and practice world sports, incorporate physical activity into their lives, and acquire healthy habits that allow them to develop a better quality of life.
Values in secondary school
Yago School has established the following values as a framework for the development of its educational activity in the community:
Intellectual. Critical and reflective people with active attitudes towards learning and research, with a culture of effort and work discipline that allows them to face challenges with initiative and open minds.
Personal growth. Physically and emotionally balanced people, with a sense of justice and responsibility, capable of working effectively in teams and acting with integrity, freedom and coherence.
Global awareness. People with a sense of solidarity, who are aware of the social and environmental needs of the world around them, and who are actively involved and participate in its improvement through and actively participate in its improvement through research, collaboration and commitment.
Expression. People with a sense of solidarity, aware of the social and environmental needs of the world around them, and who are actively involved and participate in its improvement through research, collaboration and commitment.
“Yago School is a secular school, but with a deep respect for the teaching of religion. That is why our students can choose between taking the subjects of Values or Catholic Religion”
Mr. Romero, Values teacher
Mr. McCaffrey, Head of Citizenship leads the citizenship department, whose mission is to create a community in which students collaborate, work together and help each other, fostering positive values in them.
At this stage, tutorial action becomes especially necessary and since the tutor is the figure of reference for his or her students, he or she can work on values education in group tutoring hours, in Tutor time (from 8:35 to 9:00) as well as in assemblies.
On the other hand, we continue to offer a subject called “Values” as an alternative to Catholic Religion.
Special emphasis is placed on the development of the individual’s personality to better forge their future and help them face difficult situations with ease. The aim is to provide students with the necessary tools to be in tune with the changing scenarios while attending to their social, moral, and democratic duties and responsibilities efficiently.
The importance of values education brings great benefits to students, as it attends to physical and emotional development, teaches them how to behave and develop a sense of brotherhood, instills in them the spirit of belonging to a country or a community, works on respect for other ideas, cultures, races, gender or sexual identity, and enhances religious tolerance in the students.
Secondary students participate in volunteer programs through the school’s foundation, The Yago Foundation.
Each year, numerous activities are offered in which students are required to actively participate, among which are the La Oliva Project, the APU Solidarity Race, collaborations with the Food Bank, and visits to the Home for the Elderly, or to organizations for the disabled.
Bullying Prevention Program
Secondary students have the support of the Counseling Department at all times and the entire school community works on three basic principles: prevention, intervention, and supervision that facilitate an excellent educational environment. It helps us to reinforce student education in values and awareness, improves motivation and academic results, and prevents cases of bullying and problems that may arise in these times, which put a dark mark on most classrooms in the global education system today.
“Thanks to the bullying prevention program and the Counseling Department and the involvement of the entire school community, we are able to prevent cases of bullying in the school”
Frequently Asked Questions
If my child comes from another school, how can he/she adapt to Yago School's educational program?
Students who want to enroll in Secondary must pass an interview and/or admission tests with the Stage Coordinator or Counseling Department, as well as the Global Languages Department, to assess whether or not the applicant can adapt to the school or if it is necessary to establish reinforcement measures.
In order to make an initial assessment, the student must previously present official academic records, a letter of recommendation from his/her previous school, and school or psycho-pedagogical reports.
After this initial process, the Admissions Department will communicate the decision and the recommended measures in each case.
It is important to have a good academic and English level, good behavior, and willingness to work.
The experience of our students is excellent, since our students and faculty have an international and open mentality that facilitates the adaptation of any student.
Guidance and attention to parents
Yago School offers information on the academic and global development of each student, and parents are informed of their progress throughout all educational stages. The school offers individual tutorials with parents at least once a term, group meetings, and orientation programs or Parent Schools, in which various aspects of learning and an adequate development of the student’s personality are discussed.
“My daughter has been at Yago since it opened, and her Cambridge and HSK (Chinese) exam results say it all. My daughter is very well prepared thanks to the dedication, professionalism, stimulation, and support that we have always found in the teachers and the rest of the Yago team”.
“My daughter has been in the school since the first year, and continues to go to school HAPPY”.
“Yago School is a great place to get an education and grow, all the way to higher education. Highly recommended.”
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