Values Based Education

Our school’s core values form the backbone that underpins our pupils’ academic, social and personal progress at Agora International School Barcelona. Our values programme is designed in stages to ensure that a sound ethical base supports all stages of our students’ education.

Our school values are reinforced daily in all aspects of the curriculum. We strive to develop our students’ emotional awareness from an early age, instilling good habits which promote self-discipline, respect and companionship.

In order to acquire knowledge, our students need to be self-disciplined, to be able to obey rules and instructions and to be positive and determined. We also expect our students to be polite and respectful in order to become positive ambassadors for themselves, the school and the group as a whole, strengthening our sense of community.

Academic excellence goes hand-in-hand with personal excellence. So, from Preschool onwards we encourage our students to adopt the school’s positive values. Through forming good habits, work routines and behaviour, our students learn to embrace the meaning of perseverance, self-discipline, tolerance and respect for themselves and for others. As they move through secondary school and Baccalaureate, the values of critical thinking and conflict resolution are instilled in our students, as well as a spirit of entrepreneurship, research skills and constant innovation.

Students are encouraged to participate in external charity programmes and community projects throughout their school life, but especially in Primary School. This provides a wonderful opportunity for the children to apply our school values of solidarity, empathy and social responsibility. Our students collaborate with various charity projects, such as Banco de Alimentos de Sant Esteve Sesrovires, a local food bank, or CRIS Contra el Cáncer, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes research in the fight against cancer.

WHAT THOSE INVOLVED HAVE TO SAY

“The teachers at AISB are big kids, with all that that entails: we are full of vitality, we are enthusiastic about every project, we transmit passion in every class, we put all our effort into every activity… And all of this hoping for a smile, happiness, a hug, and learning from every pupil.

The international character of every colleague (not just those who are foreign, but those who have travelled a lot) opens your mind and means that you learn other ways of thinking and feeling.

The work environment is very positive: there are lots of laughs, mutual understanding, lots of emotion, lots of empathy… This is mostly because we do what we love and we love what we do.”

Patricia Fernández

Teacher

“The teachers, who are experts not just in their subject but also in other fields, are guides to us both in the academic environment and in understanding the world we live in. They play an important role in our lives, by educating us in values and as people.”

Lorenzo Fresno

1st Baccalaureate pupil

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