FAQ

Educational programs
In what language are the International Baccalaureate Program classes given?

GSD’s International School Buitrago Diploma Program classes are taught in Spanish. All classes are in Spanish, apart from Language B, which is in English. Spanish support is available for any students needing it.

How old do you have to be to attend the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

Students between the ages of 16-19 may enroll in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Is the Program available in any other languages?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is available in three languages: Spanish, English, and French. The language used at GSD International School Buitrago in Spanish.

What are the minimal requirements for enrolling in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

Students wishing to enroll must have a Spanish secondary school diploma, or equivalent from their country of study. They must also have at least a B1 English level. Depending on the option they choose, other requirements are involved (such as math or biology levels); to determine specific needs depending on the different Baccalaureate options, please feel free to contact our coordinator: l.bartolome@gsd.coop.

Is tutoring available?

We offer tutoring services in English, math, and Spanish. Options are explored to adapt to our students’ needs, should support in another area be required.

How do I enroll in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

For further information on this Program, please have a look at our website, or contact its coordinator, Luis Bartolomé: l.bartolome@gsd.coop.

What is the average number of students in the classes?

Classes in this Program have approximately 15 students each.

How can I prove my language level?

You may scan and send any diplomas accrediting your language fluency via e.mail. If you don’t have one, the school offers its students language level tests.

What universities can I attend after graduating from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Program diploma permits students entry into nearly all the universities worldwide (in over 150 countries). You may consult the list here: https://www.ibo.org/es/university-admission. If you have a specific university in mind, our Counseling Department is prepared to assist students in the enrollment process.

Do I have to take the EvAU?

Once second-year exams have finished in preparation for obtaining diplomas, students need not take the EvAU, yet may sit specific exams to raise their grade.

What level of Spanish do you require for enrollment?

GSD International School has a Spanish school. You should at least have a B1 Spanish level to gain entry to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. If you don’t, there is the option to improve your Spanish skills during a one-year Foundation program.

What do international students need to gain acceptance to the Spanish National Baccalaureate?

Students wishing to study the Spanish National Baccalaureate degree must have a Secondary school diploma from their country, as well as a B1 level of Spanish. Those who do not are entitled to enroll in the school’s Foundation Year.

Boarding life
Does the Boarding program include cafeteria and laundry services?

Our boarding students are entitled to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 7 days a week. Our meals are prepared daily by GSD personnel in our own kitchens, and the food is made from fresh and healthy products fostering good eating habits. Students are offered laundry service once a week; on weekends, they are free to use the boarding department’s washing machines and dryers under houseparent supervision.

Are any individual rooms available?

No; all our dorm rooms have 4 beds and two full bathrooms.

What free time activities are available?

At the end of the school day, students may participate with other center students in music school activities or the sports club. On weekends, students have the option to spend Saturdays in Madrid; we also offer other cultural and leisure trips and excursions organized throughout the year to different cities and villages. There are also organized teambuilding activities and workshops in the dorms during the week.

Who looks after the boarding students?

There is a team in charge of monitoring and taking care of the boarding students, comprised of: the person in charge, two coordinators, and six houseparents.

How are boarding students’ families kept up to date on their progress, and with what frequency (encompassing dorm life and academic progress)?

Video conferences are held each quarter with families, in which class tutors and the head of the Boarding Department take part.

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