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Delight as Colegio Casa Azul makes “best schools in Spain” ranking 

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A unique school in La Orotava is celebrating another major accolade.

Colegio Casa Azul has been included in the new ranking of the best schools in Spain.

The college, together with La Salle San Ildefonso (Santa Cruz) and Luther King (La Laguna), are among the best private and state schools in Spain, according to the new ranking published by the leading Spanish newspaper, El Mundo which draws up the list based on nearly 30 criteria.

Colegio Casa Azul has been described as a leader and synonymous with quality teaching in the Canary Islands and in the national educational scene.

This was endorsed by El Mundo on March 11th in the new edition of its prestigious “Ranking de El Mundo 2015/2016” which brings together the best schools and colleges of Spain and includes the college.

The table can be seen on this link: http://www.elmundo.es/mejores-colegios/2015/03/09/54faee2de2704e925e8b4570.html

All involved at the college are thrilled and delighted with this latest accolade which reinforces the work carried out here and its very different approach to education.

Since opening its doors in 1973, Colegio Casa Azul, which is owned by parents of the students, has maintained its identity as a family and friendly school.

It has teachers and students of various nationalities and this enriches the living and learning of the college. There are also a significant number of students and teachers at the school whose parents used to be at the college as well.

The college has a philosophy of co-existence and co-operation, offered through its curriculum projects and personalised tutoring. This is embodied  by the selfless dedication shown by the older students with the pupils in infant and primary education, helping the teaching staff and centre, including organising events, classes and so on.

Colegio Casa Azul has thus received public recognition of its excellence of the educational model of the centre , the level of English,  as well as since its inception its prestige as a Centre of Teaching as a reference point in the Canaries.

Colegio Casa Azul offers a bilingual project in English and prepares its curriculum for students to obtain diplomas in Cambridge ESOL. It is also the first college in Tenerife which has implemented projects  such as UCMAS, the universal concept of mental arithmetic system and the Education Finance programme.

The college is located in the middle of the Orotava Valley, close to the towns of La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz and Los Realejos, at 186 metres above sea level, between the Horca Mountain (or Las Arenas mountain) and el Fraile´s Mountain ( La Montañeta), with a total area of 15330 square metres.

It is a co-educational school for both boys and girls, from the second stage of Infantil to 2º Bachillerato.

The aim is to have students who are able to speak Spanish and English at the end of their studies and German is taught as a third language, from 1º primaria.

The headmaster says the school is like a family and adds: “This educational co-operative, unique in the Canary Islands, where parents are the owners, has grown over the years becoming today  a clear educational force and in our lovely Orotava Valley.”

“A lot of effort has been invested in turning our school into a fully recognised educational establishment, where students begin at the age of three at nursery school and stay with us until the age of seventeen, when they finally say goodbye in 2º Bachillerato and go to University. Our aims are to install Discipline, Education and Knowledge.”

You can read more about Colegio Casa Azul on their website of http://www.colegiocasaazul.com/which is available in English.