In the same year as marking milestone 30th and 21st anniversaries, Agora Sant Cugat International School in Barcelona has secured third place in El Mundo´s Top 100 Schools in Spain (Los 100 Mejores Colegios de España) and Ágora Lledó in Castellón has secured 81st place (tied 69th position). Agora Sant Cugat was awarded the same number of points as both schools in first and second place – scoring 96/100.
The El Mundo classification is based upon 27 educational criteria which are assessed by a specialist team taking into account areas such as: curriculum, teaching and learning methodologies and the schools´ facilities. The ratings provide a significant reference point for schools at a national level and offer an independent overview of the entire private and semi-private educational community – benchmarking these schools out of 1,000 schools. Inclusion confirms our position as schools at the very forefront of quality and progress in education.
Vicenç Gandol i Casado, Director General for Globeducate Spain and Andorra, said: “This means that Agora Sant Cugat has not only become the top school in Barcelona but also the top school in Cataluña. This is a huge recognition for the hard work that has been taking place in the school over many years and comes in the year that we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary. I would like to extend my most sincere thanks and appreciation to School Principal Jordi Ross and my team of co-ordinators in ASCIS for making this possible.”
Director of Agora Lledó Luis Madrid, said “We are delighted that Agora Lledó has had this clear endorsement of the school´s progress at a national level. We are the first school in the province to have implemented the International Baccalaureate model at Primary (PEP/PYP) level and we have obtained the best results average in Spain in the IB over the past two years. Our results for “Selectividad” (Spanish university entrance examinations) have been the best of any private school in Valencia for this period.”
Mr Madrid, recently appointed as a United Nations Representative for the Protection and Promotion of International Educational Values commented that among the many reasons for the school´s ongoing success, he would highlight the introduction of the Gifted and Talented programme for high-capacity students, the Youth Encounter scheme run by ISA and the school´s certification as a Professional Music Academy.
Director of Agora Sant Cugat added, “This news follows our rating earlier this academic year as Number 1 in the list of “The 50 most outstanding schools in Spain” by the daily newspaper El Español. To record these achievements in the school´s 30th year is an extraordinary achievement and I wish to convey my thanks and congratulations to everyone who continues to work hard to make our school the best in Catalonia (El Mundo) and the best in Spain (El Español): parents, teachers, students… Thank you for making these wonderful achievements possible!”
Globeducate´s Chief Education Officer Daniel Jones said, “We believe that both recognitions are richly deserved. Both Agora Sant Cugat and Agora Lledó are pioneering schools for us; they trial many new initiatives and work closely with our other schools to ensure that we develop and share best practices. Our students in both schools achieve excellent academic results year after year. Congratulations to both teams, we are very proud of you!”