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IES Sierra de Guadarrama

IES Sierra de Guaderrama is a secondary school, set in a 11,000 square meter site by the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range in the North of Madrid. In the last few years our school has experienced a rapid growth in student population. We currently have 840 students in attendance, 62 teachers in our faculty, 5 working professionals as support staff, and maintenance staff. IES Sierra de Guadarrama offers bilingual secondary education, as well as four types of Bachillerato courses: Humanity,  Social Sciences, Science and Art studies. Our Art studies program is one of the main features of our school. We are one of the only two public schools in the north of Madrid where students can have access to all four of these Bachillerato educational modules. Many of our students come from the village of Soto del Real, where our school is located, as well as nearby villages such as Manzanares el Real, and Miraflores de la Sierra. Most of our student’s families are of Middle Class background, with another portion of our student demographic in upper-middle class. We also have a small group of immigrant families who are well established in the surrounding area; they are usually from North African, South American, and Eastern European countries.  Our student’s families are always eager to take part in our activities and school programs. We have an active community and are engaged with our students inside and outside of the classroom. Introduce your relevant activities, experience, the competence of the participants that are beneficial to the subject matter of the project. The School Project is based on five strategic plans: • Using new technologies in classroom teaching • Internationalizing the School: Languages teaching and learning • Peer Mediation solving school conflicts . • Quality academic training • Respecting and caring for the environment  Related to these, we are working on the following issues, which will be an asset to this Erasmus project:  1. Using new technologies in classroom teaching  •  aula@web project, computers, projectors, internet access, school webpage, ICT rooms, innovation technology room and digital boards. •  Facebook and Twitter accounts. •  School App •  Digital books • Platform for teaching management • Use of a variety of teaching platforms: Moodle, Edmodo, Seven  2. Internationalizing the School: Languages teaching and learning  • Cultural and linguistic visits in France with family accommodation during the summer. • Lingua project: English, Italian and German extra curricular lessons. • International exchange with a French school: Collège Romain Rolland. • English language enhancing programme during school hours. • Big Challenge quiz (www.thebigchallenge.com/es) • Virtual international exchange with a New York school: Nyack School. • Linguistic immersion visit to Brighton.   European Projects:  • Long term international exchange in Secondary Education. Three months at Liceo Leopardi-Majorana de Pordenone, Italy. • Comenius Project “Of Bees and Men” (“De las abejas y los hombres”)  (http://laceldahexagonal.blogspot.com.es). • Comenius Project “Multimedia and Integration” (“Multimedia e Integración”)  3. Peer Mediation Program: Coordinated through the School Mediation Group.  •  National Award on Mediation from the Education Department (Premio Nacional de Convivencia del Ministerio de Educación). •  ARCE project from the Education Department  together with a school in Asturias and another in Valencia. • School Coexistence and Mediation Programme • One-to-one Mentoring  Programme.  4. Quality academic training: • Teaching Quality Enhancing Programme, financed by the Education Department . • Seminar on Active Learning Methodology. •  Academic Excellence Awards. •  Coexistence Awards. •  Arts Competition. •  A competition to design the School Diary Cover. •  School trips. •  Debates and  talks. •  Reading encouragement through a Micro-story Contest and Authors talks. •  Theatre group •  Vocational orientation talks. •   learning support programme •  Creation of the Cultural Association Ágora 5. Respecting and caring for the environment Projects the school is involved : • Geology and Biology Olympiad • Summer Science Campus, an activity proposed by the Ministry Of Education. • Sea World Research Programme in the marine reserve in the Tabarca Island( Alicante). • Research Initiation in first graders group • Eco-friendly Schools, Environmental Programme • Geological Clock , a geology project run by Complutense University •  Eco-friendly garden • Investigation Projects • School Green Committee • Didactic Tours seminars • The Landscape as a teaching resource seminar