Xabia International College Javea Details -Video

If education is the answer to many of humanity’s problems, as many of the most influential people in all of history have believed and do believe, then Xabia International College is doing its bit to improve the state of the nation and the world. Situated within minutes of Xabia’s Old Town and blessed with the region’s sunny, temperate climate, XIC, as it’s commonly known, is the only school of its kind in Javea/Xabia; it’s a small school with a large and ambitious program

The stated goal of this college is “. . . to provide a quality education based on the English National Curriculum within an international environment.” The school was founded in 1994 and is currently headed by Hilary Fernandez, with a teaching staff about evenly divided between local residents and foreign nationalities, all accredited according to both British and Spanish educational mandates. As of 2014, more than 20 nationalities were represented in the school body.

Xabia International College Javea Details -Video

In the case of Xabia International College, the term ‘college’ includes two separate but cooperative schools, the Primary and the Secondary. In both cases classes are kept to an average of 21 or 22 pupils per class, so that each child gets the benefit of personal attention from qualified and dedicated teachers.

XIC also offers summer school, a program that has steadily gained in popularity over the past few years. Young people of all ages and nationalities are welcome to attend on a daily or weekly basis, or for the entire summer season. Intensive courses in English are offered at different levels from basic to advanced, but the curriculum includes other languages as well as music, cookery, art and ICT. The flexible schedule allows parents to enroll their children without disrupting work or social commitments.
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For the benefit of non-Spanish parents – and there are many from England, France and Germany as well as from much further afield – it is useful to note that an international school such as XIC offers the most universal form of Spanish, whereas the local schools mostly teach only Valenciano, the ‘dialect’ of the Valencia region. For students who may not remain in the area, the difference can be quite important in their overall grasp of the language.

Almost all of XIC’s Secondary school students go on to university in the UK, Spain or Germany, with the undeniable advantage of bilingual skills and a better-than-average knowledge and understanding of today’s multicultural world.

Periodic inspections by NABSS (the National Association of British Schools in Spain) serve to insure that standards of that governing body are being met. At last inspection the school got high marks on all counts, receiving the necessary authorization to continue operations for the next six years, which is the longest period allowed without further approval. However, Head of College Hillary Fernandez noted that “. . . we must not sit back on our laurels . . .” but continue to meet and overcome new challenges.

From the age of two (nursery) all the way up through IGCSE and the A2 levels to the age of eighteen, students are guided by qualified, experienced staff with an emphasis on creating a close-knit, cooperative community of diverse individuals.

The college is committed to promoting bilingual skills; beginning with two-year-old toddlers, the students are virtually immersed in two languages, Spanish and English. Early on in their educational progress most of those students will be fluent in both; many of them will also study French or German – or in some cases all four languages. The advantages of getting such an early start on bilingual fluency are well-documented and never more apparent than in a setting like XIC.

The primary branch of the school is located in the section of Javea called Portichol, where it commands superb views of the coastline and the sea. The outdoor recreational facilities are outstanding, complete with swimming pool and gardens, but the indoor facilities are even more impressive. There are libraries for both toddlers and older children, plus special language and music rooms and a fully modernised computer room.

Xabia International College Javea Details -Video

Depending on age and inclination, children can grow competent and often excel in a new language, and many extracurricular activities that range from drama, music and art to karate, football, golf and others are almost a guarantee that children will thrive both mentally and physically in this encouraging environment. As well as teaching, XIC specialises in creating a sense of community and promoting a harmonious social interaction amongst children of various nationalities and cultures.

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Both Primary and Secondary students have a huge roster of activities and educational opportunities that are designed to spark and keep young people’s interest. There are field trips to nearby places of interest, usually complemented by a picnic lunch and/or other diversions, ski trips to the Pyrenees and Carnivals for which students learn about the customs and costumes of carnivals around the world and present their own favorites in a gala affair for the whole school, parents and visitors.

Every year near the end of November, the foXIC (friends of Xabia International College) organizes a Christmas Market where students get to demonstrate their various skills, from musical presentations to exhibitions of karate and Zumba. There are always some entertainers from outside the college as well, and stalls with local crafts, jewellery and sweets. BBQ is supplemented by local dishes made by the Friends, and a good time is invariably had by all.

Most of XIC’s primary students go on to the secondary school,which is located about two kilometres away and about 400 metres from the sea, though only minutes away from the centre of Javea. As well as advancing the broad English National Curriculum, Secondary offers more intensive courses in English, German, Spanish, Science and Mathematics to students with special abilities and interests.

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XIC also offers summer school, a program that has steadily gained in popularity over the past few years. Young people of all ages and nationalities are welcome to attend on a daily or weekly basis, or for the entire summer season. Intensive courses in English are offered at different levels from basic to advanced, but the curriculum includes other languages as well as music, cookery, art and ICT. The flexible schedule allows parents to enroll their children without disrupting work or social commitments.

For the benefit of non-Spanish parents – and there are many from England, France and Germany as well as from much further afield – it is useful to note that an international school such as XIC offers the most universal form of Spanish, whereas the local schools mostly teach only Valenciano, the ‘dialect’ of the Valencia region. For students who may not remain in the area, the difference can be quite important in their overall grasp of the language.

Almost all of XIC’s Secondary school students go on to university in the UK, Spain or Germany, with the undeniable advantage of bilingual skills and a better-than-average knowledge and understanding of today’s multicultural world.

Periodic inspections by NABSS (the National Association of British Schools in Spain) serve to insure that standards of that governing body are being met. At last inspection the school got high marks on all counts, receiving the necessary authorization to continue operations for the next six years, which is the longest period allowed without further approval. However, Head of College Hillary Fernandez noted that “. . . we must not sit back on our laurels . . .” but continue to meet and overcome new challenges.

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