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SEK-Catalunya International Private School

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Description of SEK-Catalunya International Private School

  • Founded: 1995
  • Location: suburbs of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Type of education: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: residence, boarding house
  • Age of students: 3-18 years
  • Languages of instruction: English, Spanish (+ Catalan).

The prestigious private college SEK-Catalunya International School has been operating for just over 20 years, but has already gained fame and reputation in Spain and throughout Europe. It is part of the SEK Education Group, 9 excellent well-known schools: common high standards, support and transfer of successful educational methods provide excellent education of the European model.

The school in the Catalan capital operates on a unique combined program - the International Baccalaureate (IB) + the national Spanish educational scheme, while the IB is implemented at all levels - from 3 to 18 years. SEK-Catalunya is the only school in Catalonia that has membership in IB World Schools International and at the same time implements IB standards in the national curriculum at every stage of education.

Stages of education in SEK-Catalunya:

  • Pre-school education
  • Elementary, Middle, High School (including Bachillerato)
  • Pre-university education
  • Language Courses
  • + internships and internships, additional courses.

The SEK-Catalunya educational system helps to teach children to learn, forms their curiosity and thirst for knowledge. They acquire the skills of competent discussion, the formation of their own opinions and personal judgments, learn to defend their point of view from an early age. This is also facilitated by the institute of mentoring, individual approach, regular testing of knowledge (on average every 3 months, a report card with the results is sent to parents / guardians). Children develop emotionally, spiritually, physically, academically and morally, successfully enter the best universities not only in Spain and Europe, but also around the world, including the prestigious UK.

It is worth noting the wide linguistic opportunities of study at SEK-Catalunya International School. Education is conducted in Spanish (15%) and English (70%), with a share of Catalan (15%), with electives of French, Chinese, German (and at different levels of complexity, available from the 5th grade). International teachers are native speakers of these languages, each of them has received appropriate education and accreditation to work with foreign schoolchildren, non-native speakers. During their studies, children have the opportunity to pass several language exams for an international certificate:

  1. English language:
    1. Primary grades: Cambridge University Examinations, Trinity College of London
    2. High School: Cambridge University Examinations (KET, PET, FCE), Trinity College of London
    3. High school: Cambridge University Examinations (CAE, CPE).
  2. French language – Alliance Française exam
  3. German is a Tandem test.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in SEK-Catalunya International Private School

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Accommodation, meals, prices

Children from 10 to 18 years old are accepted on the board. On the territory of SEK-Catalunya prepared cozy and comfortable residences for living: for boys - rooms for 2-3 people, for girls - 2-bed; there are laundries. Meals - full board, healthy and balanced.

Activities SEK-Catalunya International Private School

A lot of attention in SEK-Catalunya is paid to sports:

  • Football and futsal
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming (including synchronized swimming team)
  • Squash
  • Taekwondo and other martial arts
  • Roller hockey (one of the sponsors of the school team - FC Barcelona!)
  • Figure skating
  • Tennis
  • Running
  • Golf
  • Chess
  • Multysport program.

Successful athletes participate in regional and national competitions, are listed in sports federations.

Fans of creativity, art, gifted children will not stand aside:

  • Drama and theatre
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Handicraft workshops
  • Musical ensembles
  • Dances: contemporary, ballet
  • Arts and crafts
  • Graphics
  • Ceramics.

There is a STEAM club, seminars on writing and reading, optional language clubs (Chinese, German, French), you can attend classes with a speech therapist or master the Kumon method.


  1. The educational model of SEK-Catalunya has been recognized and accredited by the Council of International Schools (2012).
  2. SEK-Catalunya is accredited by NEASC (Association of Schools and Colleges of New England), is a member of the Board of International Schools (since 2012).
  3. SEK-Catalunya is the first school in Spain to receive a quality mark from the National Association for the Safety of Children (2014).
  4. Graduates show impressive results: in 2011-2012, the percentage of those who successfully passed the final exams (Selectividad) was 100%, all entered the selected universities - the result was achieved for the sixth year in a row. Moreover, the average score was 7.085, which is higher than the average for the whole of Catalonia, and the average Programa Diploma score reached 95 - this is higher than even the world average.
  5. The school cooperates with children's and youth projects of the UN, UNESCO, UNICEF.

Facilities and equipment at SEK-Catalunya International Private School

SEK-Catalunya is perfectly equipped for full-fledged education, accommodation, pastime of children - the total campus area reaches 100,000 sq.m.! This is a suburb of Barcelona (just half an hour drive to the city center, 35 km) La Garriga, the Valles region near the Montseny Natural Park (a biosphere reserve under the protection of UNESCO). School buildings are surrounded by almost 4 hectares of forest: it is actively used for walking and cycling, running, trekking, climbing, active team games, mountain biking. Nearby is the coast of Maresme, where children can enjoy water sports: surfing, kayaking, diving, sailing.

On the territory there are:

  • Classrooms and lectures
  • Scientific and practical laboratories, including robotics classes
  • Library
  • Theatre workshops
  • Studios for creativity
  • Music School
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Large sports center, multifunctional sports ground
  • Outdoor areas for football and basketball
  • Tennis and squash courts
  • Roller hockey court

In the process of learning, children use netbooks and iPads, work with interactive whiteboards, 3D printers and even drones.

Admission dates and extra charges

Additional costs will include:

  • Registration fee = 500€
  • Meals = 100€+/month
  • School bus = 80€+/month.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

The requirements for applicants from SEK-Catalunya are standard and rather lassing - you need to prepare:

  1. Passport (of the student and his/her parents/guardians), birth certificate of the child
  2. Timesheet with grades for the previous 2 years. If you enter the high school of Vanierato - a certificate of secondary education.
  3. Results of entrance tests: English is mandatory, other subjects - at the discretion of the commission
  4. Any achievements, successes, certificates and awards
  5. + pass an interview (you can remotely) with the director.

All documents must be translated into Spanish and legalized under Spanish law.

Scholarships SEK-Catalunya International Private School

Scholarships for SEK-Catalunya students are awarded through the Felipe Segovia Foundation, for example:

  • SEK Excellence Scholarships – for IB students
  • Felipe Segovia award is the best student of the IB course.

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  • Student supervision

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
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- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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