SEK-El Castillo is a member of the IB® World Schools International Community. The International Baccalaureate® programmes are offered from 3 to 18 years of age.

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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes cover the following educational stages:

  • Primary Years Programme- PYP- Early Years and Primary
  • Middle Years Programme -MYP- with Secondary Education
  • Diploma Programme -DP- with Baccalaureate

Both the PYP and the MYP are integrated with the national curriculum, but in the Spanish Bachillerato stage, students have the option to choose either the IB Diploma Programme or the LOMLOE Bachillerato.

The LOMLOE Bachillerato programme is divided into five itineraries:

  1. Science and Technology
  2. Biosanitary
  3. Humanities
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Arts

Furthermore, at SEK-El Castillo, one can study a bilingual option, choosing subjects in English and enriching it with elements from the Diploma Programme such as the Research Baccalaureate (Extended Essay) or the CAS Programme (Creativity, Action and Solidarity).

Bachillerato – Professional Orientation Programme -POP-

SEK International School El Castillo is an applicant school for the Professional Guidance Programme. This is a flexible academic programme that will allow interested students to focus their studies on their vocation for sport. In order to do this, the POP offers a balanced international syllabus made up of subjects from the Diploma Programme, the Sports Technical Qualification and the four core components of the POP. The future implementation of this syllabus is further proof of SEK’s commitment to sport and athletes.


From 4 months to 3 years of age.

  • 100% in English (from 1 year) with native-speaking or bilingual teachers (with native-speaker level).
  • Motor, sensory, social and emotional skills are strengthened.
  • Teaching methodology inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
  • Learning spaces inside and outside the classroom.
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The infant education stage (from 4 months to 6 years) is taught 100% in English with native or bilingual teachers (at native level).

SEK International School El Castillo creates a learning environment that offers areas of interest both inside and outside of the classroom, where the children feel safe to explore the world through the medium of play. Where art and technology are treated as media for learning.

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Ages 3 to 6.

  • Language immersion, full programme in English with native-speaking or bilingual teachers (at native-speaker level) with 1 Spanish period per day.
  • Stimulation of inquiry and discovery.
  • Learning spaces inside and outside the classroom.
  • Implementation of Forest School strategies.


Ages 6 to 12.

  • Grade 1 and grade 2: 100 % in English with  one Spanish module per day.
  • From grade 3 to grade 6: 80% English and 20% Spanish (1 day in English – 1 day in Spanish).
  • From years 3 to 4 Primary students are taught French and German simultaneously. As of year 5, students must choose between French or German (2 h / week).
  • Incorporation of chess as a curricular subject as of year 1 Primary Education during the first term.
  • Incorporation of “Alas para la mente” (computer programming 101) as a curricular subject as of year 1 Primary Education during the first term.
  • Heroes del patio “, a coexistence programme where the students (with help from the Counselling Department) are in charge of detecting and resolving small conflicts in the playground.
  • Emotional intelligence, present in the day to day helping students to grow emotionally.
  • In grade 5 Primary, students complete the educational stage with an Exhibition: an inquiry project that takes place in groups according to their own interests.

In the IB Primary Years Programme the children are prepared for lifelong independent learning and we encourage students to be active, caring, respectful and participative.

Further information about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP)

In grade 5 Primary students start the IB Midle Years Programme.

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From 12 to 16 years of age.

  • There are 3 academic pathways depending on the level of English of the students: in Spanish, English or bilingual.
  • Creative development, critical and reflective thinking.
  • In year 4 of Compulsory Secondary Education, students complete the stage with the Personal Project, an independent inquiry project.

We deliver the IB® Middle Years Programme (MYP), aimed at students between 12 and 16 years of age, which encourages students to develop as creative, critical and reflective thinkers, whilst at the same time being encouraged to be caring, open-minded, and able to act and resolve problems.

Focusses on a deeper study of academic disciplines and recognition of the inter-relationships between these in order to address and understand the significant and relevant themes at an individual, national and global level.

Further information about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP)


From 16 to 18 years of age.

  • The objective of Bachillerato is to the access to the working world and/or to higher education.
  • As a bilingual school, the Diploma Programme is taught entirely in English or in a bilingual English-Spanish option.
  • On the other hand, the LOMLOE Bachillerato is taught in Spanish or in a bilingual Spanish-English mode.
  • It is possible to obtain a Dual Diploma, an official international Baccalaureate qualification programme that allows students to obtain two simultaneous qualifications, the Spanish Bachillerato and / or the Diploma Programme and the American High School Diploma.
  • For students taking the LOMLOE Bachillerato the school offers three syllabuses: Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences (Health and Technology) and Fine Arts and Music.

In both syllabi, the IB Diploma Programme and the LOMLOE Bachillerato, critical thinking, solidarity, intercultural understanding and respect are promoted.

Further information about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP)

University career’s guidance for Spain and abroad:

Baccalaureate students receive international academic guidance. We work on their strengths and professional interests to discover what they want to do in the future through career’s guidance sessions. Following this, their options are studied at an international and national level and they are helped to prepare the application (collection of documentation, preparation for exams, and other requirements specific to the programmes to which they apply).

Participation in fairs of foreign universities is also offered, such the UK Universities Fair organised by the British Council.


  • Number of students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: 86
  • Number of candidate students who passed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: 76
  • Average mark obtained by students who passed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: 33 out of 45
  • World average mark obtained by students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: 30.24 out of 45
  • Maximum mark obtained in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at SEK-El Castillo: 40 out of 45


  • Number of students enrolled in the LOMLOE Bachillerato Diploma Programme: 77
  • Number of candidate students who passed LOMLOE Bachillerato: 76
  • Percentage of passes in EvAU: 98%
  • Average mark of all students for University Access: 9.21
  • 49% of students scored more than 10 points in the University Access Tests.
  • Highest score obtained by a LOMLOE Baccalaureate student from SEK-El Castillo: 13.4 out of 14