Ciudad de Columbia school is situated in a residential area in the north of Madrid, in a town called Tres Cantos. Its population is about thirty thousand people, it has good infrastructure and increasingly more services.
The socioeconomic status of the population is diverse, there is a large majority of middle-high class population, although in recent years there has been an increase of immigrant population and this fact is reproduced in the school context.
Our school caters for pupils between the ages of 3 and 12. There are two classes in every year group from nursery education (3 year olds) to year 6 (12 year olds) and the CAM (Comunidad Autonoma de Madrid) bilingual programme has been implemented for the last 5 years. Thus, children learn subjects through both, Spanish and English.
The school applies an inclusive policy towards children with special educational needs. In fact, an specific programme focused on the inclusion of children with Persasive Developmental Disorders in ordinary lessons has been implemented for the last two years.
Concerning human resources, it has a very stable and balance staff as regards experience and specialities. In order to integrate children with special needs fully into mainstream classes there are: a full time special needs teacher, a part time hearing and speech disorder teacher, and a full time hearing and speech disorder teacher which is responsible for the Persasive Developmental Disorder classroom.
The special needs found in the school:
1. Cognitive Impairment;
2. Developmental Delay Disorder;
3. Moderate Hearing Impairment;
4. Atention Deficit and Hiperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
5. Specific speech disorders;
7. Persasive Developmental Disorder.
As regards educational resources, it is very well equipped, since all the staff has been involved continuosly in numerous and diverse projects for the last years, what has increased the school budget. Thus, the educational resources have been increasing, and also updating and adapting to modern times and new technologies for the last decade.
Our previous experiences in other Comenius projects, both as the coordinating country and as a simple participating school has given us a background that will help us improve and get the most of this new project.