Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO), Compulsory Secondary Education, is a compulsory educational stage which completes the child’s basic education. It consists of four academic years which normally take place between the ages of 12 and 16.
It is organised according to common educational principles and related to the students’ diversity, focusing on his or her educational and professional orientation.
Its purpose is:
- To have all students obtain the basic elements of a general knowledge: humanistic, artistic, scientific and technological.
- To develop and consolidate study and work habits.
- To prepare students for higher education and for insertion in the labour force.
- To prepare everyone in the use of their rights and obligation as citizens.
Students follow the Spanish ESO programme with a core of Maths, Spanish, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences together with some additional subjects (Drama, Food Technology, Robotics). Up to 65% of the subjects are taught in the English language so that students graduate with high levels of both English and Spanish.
Students follow the same programme but the percentage of subjects taught in English decreases slightly to prepare them for Bachillerato. In 4º ESO the students choose either Humanities or Sciences; both routes share core subjects: Spanish Language, History and English.