Adriana Bercebal, student at SEK-El Castillo, obtains the highest mark in the International Baccalaureate Diploma exam

Adriana Bercebal, SEK International School El Castillo student has attained a score of 45 out of 45 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). This is the highest possible mark in an exam whose maximum score is precisely 45 points.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma students at SEK International School El Castillo have obtained excellent results in their university entrance exams, with one hundred percent of students passing the exam.

Other students at SEK-El Castillo who have obtained outstanding marks include Marta Barceló, who scored 42 points, and Laura Arencibia and Joana Aleixo da Silva, both with a score of 41 points. Four other students, in addition, obtained a score of 39 points in the exam.

SEK Schools, pioneers in the teaching of the International Baccalaureate in Spain

These results show the success of the SEK educational model, which understands excellence as a personal and professional form of fulfilment that demands rigour, effort, creativity and passion. SEK International School El Castillo is a pioneer in Spain in offering the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), since 1977.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme prepares students for university, encourages them to learn to learn, to ask themselves questions, develop their own personality and acquire the ability to understand and appreciate cultural diversity.

These programmes are taught alongside the national curriculum, in a common and recognised teaching framework for each programme, offering a coherent structure in terms of objectives and values. Currently, over a million students from 4,600 schools in 140 countries are taking IB study programmes.

Having completed and passed the IB, students will have a qualification officially recognised as equivalent to the Spanish LOMCE Bachillerato and the final Bachillerato exam. The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) offers international educational programmes for a community of schools around the world that are authorised as “IB schools” through ongoing, exhaustive and rigorous assessment.

Access to the most prestigious universities in Spain and abroad

One of its main characteristics, as well as its academic rigour, is that it enables students to access the most prestigious universities in Spain and abroad. SEK-El Castillo student go on to study at international universities such as Glion Institute of Higher Education, Les Roches (Switzerland); University of Amsterdam and University of Maastrich (Holland); Cambridge University, Oxford University, Imperial College London, University College London, University of St. Andrews, King’s College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, Durham University, Univ. of Essex, Univ. of Exeter, Univ of Warwick, Queen Mary – UoL, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff University, London Metropolitan University, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee and University of Glasgow (United Kingdom).

Outside Europe, the preferred destinations are University of Toronto (Canada); and American University, Babson College, Barry University, Boston University, City College of New York, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Emory University, Florida International University, Fordham University, George Washington University, Houston University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Maryland, Muhlenberg College, New York University (NY), Santa Clara University, St. Louis University, Stanford University, Temple University, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, University of Chicago, University of Kentucky, University of Miami, University of Michigan and University of San Diego (United States).


Interview on Onda Madrid

Adriana Bercebal’s success has even reached the media.

Nieves Herrero, for her programme ‘Madrid Directo’ on Onda Madrid, interviewed the SEK-El Castillo student with whom she talked about her life at school up to the International Baccalaureate Diploma exam and on her plans for the future at Imperial College London.

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