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Sotogrande International School, best private school in southern Spain11 May, 2021 Manolo Alarcon

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Sotogrande International School (SIS), the best school in southern Spain, is an international model for educational institutions. Obviously, having the best school within a few minutes drive is an important factor for people who are considering the possibility of buying a home in Sotogrande.

State-of-the-art technology, an educational method adapted to our present day realities and luxurious facilities in a paradisiacal environment: those are the three keys that explain the success of Sotogrande International School. To these we could add experience, since Sotogrande International School has been training the elite of Southern Europe and Northern Africa for four decades already (students of both sexes and from 3 to 18 years of age).

Impressive facilities, close to elite golf courses

Aiming for excellence is evident in all aspects related to the school and it is naturally transmitted to the students. Its impressive facilities strike at first sight. Sotogrande International School is very close to La Reserva Club and the Valderrama Royal Golf Club, two of the most relevant and exclusive institutions in Sotogrande. It is a natural space surrounded by forests, with superb views of the green Sotogrande coastline and the sea.

Sotogrande International School has three campuses. In the central building we find —in addition to the administration offices— art, music and computer classrooms, a theater, a multimedia library, an adult courses department, the reception area and the cafeteria. Four other buildings, specially designed to house the classrooms, are located around the central building.

Science area, equipped with three laboratories

The Science Area includes three fully equipped scientific laboratories, for a learning based on direct experience. Sotogrande International School has boarding students, comfortably accomodated in a 4-star hotel acquired by the school and integrated into the San Roque campus. And, of course, outstanding sports facilities could not be lacking in a school like this: a football field and other sports, with artificial grass, an athletics track, a multipurpose sports center and a 25-meter swimming pool.

The spaces in the campuses are open, bright, well connected by paths and green areas, open to the countryside and the surrounding forests. The facilities are not a simple luxury for enjoyment, but an essential element of the educational philosophy of the best school in southern Spain. A philosophy based on participation, collaboration and sociability.

Sotogrande International School offers a multicultural environment

Sotogrande International School offers not only an excellent education, but a comprehensive and enriching personal experience, in an international and multicultural environment. This will undoubtedly mark his students deeply and positively for their entire lives.

What is the educational system offered by Sotogrande International School? Its inspiration is undoubtedly British, although its curriculum combines the best of the British and Spanish systems, with various international contributions.

SIS’s teaching philosophy is focused on motivating the student and fostering a constant desire to learn. This will be especially valuable in a society that demands continuous learning and re-skilling.

Approximately half of the students are British and the other half is divided between 50% Spanish and the other half of other nationalities. As for the staff, most of the teachers come from the UK, although the school also employs teachers from Spain, the United States, South Africa, France and Germany.

New technologies are a must at Sotogrande International School

New technologies are an essential element in teaching. Its use is no longer just a means of learning, but an end in itself, in a globalized and technologized society. The school buildings are connected to each other by a fiber optic system, which allows students to have access to the internet and intranet through fixed and personal computers. Many classrooms have projectors connected to the computer and interactive whiteboards for presentations.

Very important: the Sotogrande International School encourages public speech and open debate among its students, an aspect unfortunately neglected in Spanish traditional teaching systems. Not surprisingly, all students who earn the college’s prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma have gained access to good universities around the world.

Elite Sports program, with access to scholarships

In addition, for students who excel in sports, the Sotogrande International School has the Elite Sports program. It is developed in collaboration with sports academies (such as the SotoTenis academy) for a specialized training and preparing of the students.

The first level is called Future Champions. Once the students have acquired an adequate preparation, they access the next step, Junior Champions. Finally, the best will reach the top level or Elite. The aim of the program is to prepare and to guide sports students so that they can get sports scholarships at the best universities.

Apart from the excellent facilities, the students enjoy all that Sotogrande and the Costa del Sol have to offer as perfect environments for extracurricular activities. The school offers a varied program, which includes excursions, trips, sports competitions and cultural exchanges.

A Summer Camp open to non-students

Moreover, the school organizes a Summer Camp every year, open to non-students, in which participants enjoy the facilities and the activities of the school during their holidays (tennis, horse riding, swimming, diving, golf, excursions and, of course, an immersion in the English language).

No doubt, Sotogrande International School is the best school in Andalusia and southern Spain. It is an ideal choice for those who consider the possibility of living permanently in Sotogrande. And also for those who wish to acquire a villa for summer holidays, with availability of educational, sports and leisure activities for their children.

Sotogrande is one of the most exclusive urbanizations in Europe, famous for its elite golf courses, superb beaches and luxurious villas. If you want to buy a villa in Sotogrande, do not hesitate to contact us by phone (+34 951 386 117) or by email ( Our real estate agency Libehomes, specialized in the commercialization of villas, will provide you with all the information you need about how to buy your property in Sotogrande, Marbella, Benahavis or Estepona.

11th May, 2021 by Manolo Alarcon

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