About Colégio Santiago Internacional (CSi)
At Colégio Santiago Internacional (CSi), teaching and learning is our main focus. Through differentiated, enjoyable and engaging learning experiences, we bring together students ages 4 to 18 in a personal, intellectually challenging, dynamic and supportive environment where multiple perspectives and cultures are respected and celebrated.
We believe in educating the whole child. As well as academic progress, your child will develop into a responsible global citizen, guided by our school's principles of honesty, integrity and respect for others. Pupils are encouraged to play a part in their own development. They are challenged and given the opportunity to discover their own abilities.
Our classroom teachers are UK and Portugal qualified, with up-to-date training so that teaching standards are always high. Lessons are differentiated according to each child ability, a bilingual approach is also used so that pupils communicate from an early age in English and Portuguese and also understand and learn about both cultures.
All of this guarantees that every child in our care receives the best possible education. CSi team works hard to create an environment where children enjoy learning and feel safe and confident to participate. We believe that children should have fun while they are at school and that mistakes are a natural step in the education process and create new learning opportunities.
We encourage you to come and visit our school to sense the unique atmosphere of CSi.
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11 Reviews of Colégio Santiago Internacional (CSi)
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I have visited this school to put my children this academic year. Everyone was so welcome, it felt we were already part of the family. Did not think twice, Tavira is our first option.
What a positive and rounded schooling experience. Our son spent 5 years at this school and had a wonderful and character building year every year. Even during the pandemic the school was way ahead of others as regards the online classes and remote support with technology. The teaching staff and principal were always easy to communicate with and speak with. The school seemed to get the right balance between a decent academic approach and giving kids a rounded education with Music, Sport and Psychology for example. It’s a smaller school than some of the bigger and colder ones in the algarve for sure. In our experience it was a much more pleasant and welcoming academic and social environment for our sons needs. The best way to make up your mind picking a school in the algarve is to go and meet the people. Ms Alves, her staff, the beautiful buildings and the town of Tavira are incredible and you should give CSI a visit to include on the short list of your algarve school choice.
abysmal school. the dictator miss alves was cruel and unfair, bursting out in anger. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE! IT IS A CRUEL MONEY GRABBING SCHEME
As one of the Reviewers has stated, it is a nice building in a beautiful location, but the school lacks any real international academic schooling. Right now we have some extremely upset children who are now trying to enter a college in the UK but because of the schooling the children had with Colegio Santiago it is very difficult to transfer any of the grades across to another school. Our children have told us how they were taught in the school and for example English was just exam style questions every lesson, zero learning in the language and literature, we told the college here in the UK what they have been studying at Colegio Santiago and they were extremely shocked by the lack of any structure for the children especially when they were in GCSE exam year. The head teacher should be deeply ashamed of how they run the school, they literally just want the kids in and out with no real concern for their future in entering universities or other schools elsewhere in the world. You would expect more from the amount of money charged to school your children. So so sad to see the children upset and so so sad for us as parents thinking the school was teaching them correctly. Basically the school is like one big summer school. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!!!
Colegio Santiago Internacional is a small school that has a very close and friendly community. Very small size classes and where differentiation and inclusion are the main teaching strategy.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY - Great Location, amazing old Building BUT........ Where do I start...... Avoid at all costs... Its ok if your child is in Primary, but secondary, forget it. The school do not offer the correct curriculum, the head teacher is winging it hard.... P up v Brewery spring to mind. The head teacher does not have the pupils future at heart. It's a money game. Stay away is my opinion.
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Ana Teixeira, 10 months ago
Best school in the world ❤️
Aristophanes, 10 months ago
Some strangely negative reviews here. All I can say is my two children love the school! They started in September and despite COVID challenges have settled in really well. The location is great and the school is in a beautiful old building. Teachers are friendly and conscientious. Just hope that one day they can enjoy the school properly and safely without masks
Sonia Puri, 10 months ago
Great school! focuses on overall development of students. The staff is really polite, helping, experienced and cares about the physical and mental health that make it a wonderful place to learn.
Carmen Guerra, in the last week
I sat a single AS Level exam as an external student at this school and never again. I got my grade but they claimed to have never received the Statement of Results physical paper (one which is sent by Pearson to every school). I needed this paper to prove the grade to the universities i was applying to. I went to the school to ask and see if I could help find it in anyway, the only thing we got back was Ana Alves’ screams and rudeness. She basically exclaimed for us to leave the school. The deadline of the application was approaching and in no way did they help. I had to beg to another school for them to get this paper printed. I have still not received this certificate from them as they promised I would.
Association Waldorf-Steiner, 2 weeks ago
A very traumatic experience for me and my children. Took them out of the school in the middle of the school year... It it true that most of the positive comments below are written by the school staff pretending to be parents. I totally agree that the director Ana Alves is grotesque - bursting in anger, pointing with her finger, shouting so loud at children and parents alike.