We follow the British National Curriculum in the Infant School (which is for boys and girls) and in Primary. The other sections (Secondary and Baccalaureate) our curriculum is based on the British model and incorporates the best features of other models such as those of Spain, the U.S. or Australia.
We believe that parents are the first and principal educators of their children and are legitimately entitled to seek what they consider best for them. We accept the commitment to collaborate with parents in that untransferable responsibility. For this reason, the families are key players at Alegra, and their presence and participation are essential for the success of our educational project.
With our eyes on the future and aware of our commitment to society, we contribute to placing the foundations of what will later become civic virtues indispensable for the wellbeing of society.
In our academic model, subject content and skills go hand in hand, and we treat subjects with a cross-curricular approach. The world around us is not a series of watertight compartments, and therefore subjects should not be taught in this way. In our cross-curricular approach, students work on projects around a central theme in which various subjects are involved. This happens in Art, Religion, Music and Technology.
In the field of Secondary mathematics, from the outset Alegra chose to institute the Khan Academy method, the platform founded by the American educator Salman Khan in which students learn through videos and each at her own pace. Numeracy in Primary is hands on and uses digital technology in the classroom to reach out to all types of learners.
Through optative subjects which we have included in our curriculum and others which are studied such as music, sports and artistic expression, we aim to build up skills such as:
- Communication: It is essential in our times to be able to express yourself orally and in writing not only with confidence but also intelligibly and briefly. Speech and Debate are part of our curriculum and in these classes students learn to speak in public confidently and correctly both in Spanish and in English.
- Creativeness: another important skill to be developed is our students’ creative ability. We do this in curricular classes such as Art & Crafts, and in extracurricular activities such as Drama and Ballet.
- Critical ability: the ever-increasing barrage of information means that we should be able to distinguish what is relevant from what is not, and we should learn to be discerning in our choice of sources. This skill is obviously closely tied to good reading comprehension and a confident use of information technologies.
- Languages: languages transmit and shape culture. In a globalized world, the ability to use various languages will open many doors of opportunity and help us to understand other mentalities. The language programme at Alegra aims to fulfill this need and bring our students into contact with other cultures.
- Intellectual curiosity: the volume of knowledge doubles every five years. We want our students to be up to date, to enjoy study and the acquisition of knowledge and never to lose their interest in learning.
- Emotional Intelligence: in the majority of situations emotional intelligence is more important that any technical skill: it helps us to overcome small setbacks, to respond under pressure and to handle interpersonal relationships with confidence.
- Leadership: it is not enough to have clear ideas. It is also necessary to learn to be an influence in society and to be at the forefront of change in every sphere.
In our educational model, sport are a key element of the curriculum and area which the School aims to give high priority. Apart from the health benefits in a period of physical development, sport also foster values such as sustained physical and mental effort, team work and the will to overcome difficulties. In the context of the school curriculum, sport help to develop skills and to foster motivation and self-confidence in our students.
Alegra and Opus Dei
Opus Dei is an institution of the Catholic Church founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. Its mission is to disseminate the message that everyday work and circumstances are occasions for an encounter with God, for service to others and for the improvement of society.
Since its foundation in 1928, Opus Dei has set up in many countries works or projects of corporate apostolate, which, promoted by members of Opus Dei and other lay people, enjoy the moral approval of the Prelature. Opus Dei attends to what has to do with Christian formation; the running and management of these projects is in the hands of the professionals who set them in motion.
These corporate works include schools, universities, centres for the promotion of women, clinics in underdeveloped countries or areas, agricultural schools etc. Alegra is one of these corporate works and therefore the spiritual and doctrinal formation at the school is entrusted to Opus Dei.