Green Valley School follows the British curriculum (as we do in our sister school, Happy Faces), and the children aim to take their IGCSE's when they are in Year 11. Green Valley School is a Candidate School for the IB Diploma Programme for the years 12 and 13. GVS is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Green Valley School believes is important for our students. Refer to the "Education" tab for more information.
Here in Green Valley School we believe that as an international school in Spain, the children need to be educated with a good balance between the English and Spanish languages, and for this reason within our programme Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Literacy, Geography, History and Music are covered by a suitably qualified British teacher, whilst Spanish Grammar is taught by a suitably qualified Spanish teacher.
At Green Valley School we believe that it is very important that students learn study techniques that will help them to learn more effectively and in less time. Likewise, to ensure that what has been learned will be remembered and retained in the long term. GVS has chosen the 'Genius' method for this.
Our secondary students have three hours of Independent Study a week during school hours to do their homework and to study by practicing concentration techniques, rapid reading, making mental maps and using effective methods to increase their memory, among others.
An integral part of school life is based on the well-known multiple intelligence approach. This means that all our activities and classes are designed so that we can genuinely find where the talents lie in each child, whether we are concentrating on Mathematics, Sports, Literacy, Music, Theatre & Dance, Science, Carpentry lessons, etc. Once we are able to find those key talents, we are able to use them in other areas of the child's individual learning programme.
In Green Valley School we believe that education (and indeed life!) is a balance of many different elements. The school programme has a balance between core subjects complimentary subjects, playtime, homework and , last but not least, Human Values. During the school year various workshops are organised, ranging from Organic Gardening, Cooking, Carpentry and Robotics. One of the many details that make up Green Valley is that we believe that homework will actually be completed as individual study sessions during the school timetable.
As we are a school in Mallorca, we also offer Catalan, French, German or Swedish lessons as a third language, within the school timetable. We believe that the best way that children learn new languages is through fun, organized activities where they are completely absorbed by the languages.
We genuinely have a peaceful, family atmosphere where the essence of Human Values is found in each class and activity that we organize. The classes and the activities are all organized focusing on discovering where the individual talents lie within each child.
We love what we do!