Sotogrande International School

Sotogrande International School is a K-12, fully-accredited boarding- and day-school. Set in a magnificent campus surrounded by woods and golf courses, it has grown from a small British-style school founded in 1978 to a reputable IB World School of some 650 boys and girls, international in character and progressive in values.

SIS follows the IB Curriculum with the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes. With this approach many of its graduates have earned outstanding IB Diplomas and places in the world’s top universities. A strong focus on the individual implies a network of support mechanisms for learning or language difficulties.


Its 100 full -and part-time teachers, administrators and support staff come from the UK, USA, Canada, Spain, Ireland and several other countries. All are fully-qualified specialists. Staff are strongly supportive of the school, enjoy good salaries and benefits (with a strong emphasis on professional development opportunities) and tend to stay long-term. Many have settled with their families in Spain because of the high-quality lifestyle, recreational opportunities, safe environments and favourable weather.

It places great emphasis on technology to facilitate learning and uses both Windows and Apple Mac systems Laptop computer use is encouraged they are widely used and available throughout the campus. Many classrooms have data-projectors and interactive whiteboards. Performing arts and music are strongly emphasised and the facilities include a theatre. Sports facilities include an astroturf pitch, swimming pool and fully-equipped gymnasium. The school takes advantage of the many outdoor recreational activities on offer in the immediate area, including tennis, sailing, horse-riding, pool and golf. The school offers scholarships for budding golf professionals who can complete a full IB diploma and develop golf skills with professionals.

SIS follows a standard school year of some 186 days, with summer, winter and spring holidays as well as midterm breaks. The school day is from 9 to 3 for Primary and 9 to 4 for Secondary students. The residential students in addition have an extensive programme of activities available to them throughout the evenings and weekends.

SIS is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools, the IBO and the Association of British Schools in Spain and enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Europe’s top international boarding schools. This is because of the values it holds and teaches, the strong focus on each individual student and the rich programme of extra-curricular activities offered to students, especially in the field of global awareness, citizenship and responsibility. The school is also authorized by the Spanish authorities and offers a convalidated programme for Spanish students.

Sotogrande International School
Ctra. Arenillas s/n
11310 Sotogrande (Cádiz)

Other Schools close to the Sotogrande area include Bede’s Grammar School, Estepona and The International School Estepona.

There are many other international schools along the Costa del Sol from Estepona up to Malaga and a wide range of excellent Spanish schools along the Coast to cater for children of all ages and nationalities.

By · November 2nd 2011