What is Batxillerat (Upper School)?


The “Batxillerat” (Upper School) is a 2-year course which is a bridge between ESO and tertiary studies.

Batxillerat is structured in different itineraries and students are counseled in order to select the route which best suits their interests and provides a pathway to the development of life-long skills.

Targets
  • Achieve the integral training of young people in a culturally and technically changing society.
  • Get your guidance and homologation in preparation with our European environment, to continue later studies or join the world of work.
School offer
  • We offer these types of Baccalaureate.
    • Humanistic
    • Social
    • Scientist
    • Technological
With itineraries in each mode, in order to contemplate the various curricular possibilities in accordance with the interests and capacities of the students.
  • 6 units and 210 school places
Competences to be acquired during this stage
The competencies to be acquired during Batxillerat are the following:
  • Communicative: mastery of oral and written language in multiple contexts. Possess communicative competencies means being able to mobilize all expression skills whenever needed to express the appropriate emotions and sentiments.
  • Information management: Information skills management is a set of abilities which allow the ability to active resources to find, gather, select and analyze information from different academic and popular sources.
  • Digital: knowledge and use of technological skills in order to deal with information and virtual communication.
  • Research:  capacity to use all resources available to apply a logical and reasonable methodology to find answers to relevant problems and unresolved questions, taking into account the students’ level, area of knowledge, skills and attitudes possessed
  • Personal and interpersonal: capacity to manage all skills and abilities to allow self-awareness, awareness of others and to work in cooperative environments.
  • Knowledge and interaction with the world around us: This skill utilizes different levels of school knowledge regarding the world around us, personal interaction and interaction with nature, society and ethics. These all have a common goal of comprehension and interaction with a world that is alive and growing and the ability to provide thoughtful answers to improving our world.
The Educational Goal in Batxillerat
Although Batxillerat is a highly academic period, at Mare de Déu del Carme we don’t forget the need for a total, well-rounded education for our students. This should not just provide knowledge and contents, but rather should be a personalized education realized in a safe, secure environment for the student. For this reason we offer the following activities:

Parents’ Evening
Parents' evening is a special occasion which allows for collaboration between families and the school. It's a great opportunity to see the students' progress, speak to teachers about their problems or simply for the families to have a more direct chance to participate in the educational process of their children. When the school and families work together, the student always benefits, especially in a stage of the students’ lives when the pressure to achieve high marks for university access is so high.
There are two Parents' Evenings per school year and these consist of 5-minute interviews with the teacher the family has chosen. When necessary, the teacher may also request an interview. In order to optimize results we recommend that these interviews
Parents evening is an informative session and the opportunity for a comfortable exchange of views between parents and teachers. A healthy relationship helps a student to feel more confident and supported.

Work ethic
Self-improvement is a key element in our educational task. The entire teaching staff and especially our group of form tutors, together with the help of our counselor, work hand-in-hand to ensure that the demands of school is paired with the personal abilities of each of individual student, while taking into account their aptitudes and needs.

Class Tutoring
The form tutor in Batxillerat has a cohesive mission for the class as a whole. The tutor provides for an atmosphere of participation which, in turn, helps students more and improve in their personal goals.

Individual tutoring
All our students in Batxillerat have time set aside to be able to speak privately with their form tutors. In this way we are able to provide a safe environment for the students to be able to speak freely about any personal issues they wish to discuss privately.

Form Tutor and Parent Interviews
Interviews can be requested by parents or form tutors and the aim is to have a personal interview in order to see the academic development and general situation of the student.

Psychological Attention
All families and students have Psycho-pedagogical service available in order to address different needs and problems.

University and professional guidance
The Batxillerat counselor provides the necessary information concerning further education to the student and family. The school also organizes informative sessions given by ex-students or institutions who present their academic programs. Batxillerat students also visit universities which organize open-house sessions as well as educational trade fairs to gather as much information as necessary.

Development of Values
Our mission is to educate students to be good people, develop into good citizens to make the world a more just, and create a better society though the Carmelite Charisma.
Batxillerat evaluation
The learning process evaluation in Batxillerat is continual and, at the same time, global and differentiated according to the different subjects. In this way the particularities and singular elements of coordination and coherence of the curriculum are taken into account. The evaluation process as well must be continuous, detect difficulties as they appear, determine causes and take the necessary measures so that the student may continue his or her educational process successfully. The information afforded by the student evaluation must allow for an improvement in his or her learning. Furthermore, the evaluation must be an act of reflection in order to guide and orient our students to find areas of improvement and corresponding follow-up. The different stages of evaluation are as follows:
  • Initial Evaluation: the basic premise of this evaluation is to understand the level of knowledge of each student, early detection of possible difficulties and provide guidance to overcome these.
  • Trimester Evaluation: evaluation the degree of learning of each student and to monitor the students’ educational development by the teaching staff.
  • Final Evaluation: the educational team evaluates the results obtained by the students throughout the course
  • Trimester and Final Re-examinations: for those students who have not passed an evaluation period, the school provides activities for the student to improve their results.
The teachers and school management meet in the Evaluation meeting in order to evaluate the students’ progress. Theses meeting are coordinated by the form tutor for each class, and who then collects the necessary information about his/her students to help improve their academic performance.
Mock “Selectivitat” Exams
As Batxillerat is a time filled with challenges for the students, it is also a time filled with nerves and anxiety the closer we are to final exams and the Selectivitat (State Examinations). Our task as a school is to guide and help students through these troublesome times the best way possible and ensure that they are as calmed and relaxed as possible when the moment arrives to take their exams successfully. For this reason we organize mock Selectivitat exams at our school with the following objectives:

  • Help our students overcome their fear and to understand the importance of time management during the exam.
  • Provide feedback to the student about aspects needing improvement and those where objectives have been achieved (conversation with teachers).
  • Aid students in reducing stress  and anxiety present in these types of exams.
  • Duplicate the look and feel of the real Selectivitat exams as closely as possible.
The advantages of mock Selectivitat exams are:

  • Motivate students not to leave studying to the last minute: focus on early studying and motivation
  • Improvement in knowledge and memory skills
  • Identify areas of improvement in specific subjects and time enough to ask for help
  • Identification of strengths in certain subjects
  • Practice under similar conditions to the Selectivitat: familiarization with pressure
Think and write under the same conditions and pressure to see how well the student reacts in real exam situations.
Research project
The Research Project is an investigative task that every Upper School student must carry out. Generally this task is done individually although in some cases which require an unusual amount of effort, it can be done in pairs or groups. Students choose a topic and a research supervisor is assigned for the entire process. In addition, many times there may be additional guidance from other institutions or external centers. The research projects may be written in any of the languages included in the School’s Linguistic Project.

The research evaluation is carried out by the supervisor assigned who takes into account the entire process and follow-up, the written report and the oral defense. The resulting mark represents 10% of the final average mark of the student.
Business Intership
Business internship is an elective subject whose aim is to introduce students to the labor market. The course has minimum of 140 hours, 70 hours of which are carried out to develop theory and practical cases in the classroom. During the internship the student will have first-hand contact with a profession he or she is interested in, and thus enable a better understanding of his or her academic and professional future. This elective course can only be done by a student who is doing the Social Sciences or Humanities itineraries. The Business internship evaluation must take into account the teacher’s evaluation as well as an evaluation of the tasks carried out by the student in the chosen business together with the theory and practical cases previously studied. The outcomes for this course are:
  1. Have a first-hand experience with the business and the corresponding system of social and work relationships as well as the use of resources.
  2. Adapt and participate responsibly within the rules and situations in the workplace.
  3. Receive orientation in the labor market in order to acquire the necessary additional information to further his or her academic and professional future.
  4. Deal with assigned tasks autonomously, in an organized fashion and demonstrate initiative.
  5. Develop and work on those professional skills where the student has a natural predisposition and positive attitude towards.
  6. Identify situations of risk through situation and taking preventative actions and protection.
Critical thinking
This subject is taught exclusively in English. The objectives of this course are to ensure students develop awareness of the different ways to interpret knowledge taking into account their own ideological tendencies. This subject offers students the chance to:
  • Reflect critically on their different areas of knowledge
  • Contemplate how knowledge works in his or her own culture and other cultures in the rest of the world.
  • Encourage awareness of themselves as thinkers and to go beyond the superficial
  • Recognize the need to act responsibly in a more inter-connected and unsure world.
Critical thinking also brings about coherence to students since it combines all areas of study. It also shows students that their knowledge can be used with greater awareness and credibility. Acquiring critical thinking skills allows students to be able to distinguish fact from opinion, examine a fact from all angles and avoid personal prejudices by applying rationality.
Personal Growth
The elective Personal Growth is focused on improving students’ abilities to mature efficiently, grow self-esteem, and reinforce leadership skills in order to feel more confident. This is a personal development and leadership task so that the student feels more secure in his or her life development. Here are some of the activities that are carried out in this subject:
  • Debates about current events
  • Sponsoring a grandparent at the retirement community
  • Public presentations about topics chosen by the student
  • Analysis of the virtues and dangers of social networks.
  • Collaboration in many of the activities organized by the school.

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