The new international school Estepona, the Atlas American School, which will open its doors in September, has already been presented to society.
The center will encompass all pre-university education, from Infant to High School, with an American curriculumbecoming the first on the Costa del Sol that makes. “Our mission is to promote academic excellence, training in both skills and knowledge and encourage the development of responsible and virtuous people,” they explained from the school in a statement.
To the presentation ceremony The mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, attended; Antonio Arcones, general director of Mathema Education, the group to which this new project belongs; the director of the school, Trevor Sargent, as well as other representatives of civil society and families interested in the new school.
Located in a privileged area, such as the Selwo area, Atlas American School will help meet the growing demand for international schools on the Costa del Sol. Atlas will offer an accredited curriculum in the United States, request accreditation to be able to implement the International Baccalaureate, and will distinguish itself by also offering a intensive program in French, an entrepreneurship program for students aged 14 to 17, as well as high-performance intensive programs in sports such as golf, soccer, tennis or paddle tennis, fully integrated into the school schedule.
“An essential aspect of education, as we understand it, is finding the right balance between skill development and personal skillsand the necessary content and knowledge, which should not be neglected”, said Antonio Arcones, CEO and founder of the Mathema Education group.
This group, founded in 2012, manages two other schools: Aquinas American School with 3 campuses in Madrid and a student residence, and The British School of Navarra in Pamplona.
This new school in Estepona, nestled in a plot of 14,000 square meterswill involve an investment of 12.5 million euros and will create some 115 direct jobs. It has another plot to develop a student residence, whose construction will not begin until 2024.
In his speech, the director of Atlas-ASM, Mr. Trevor Sargent, was very excited about the interest that the project is arousingstating that they are having between 20 and 25 interviews with interested families each week.
For his part, the mayor of Estepona highlighted that with the completion of this project another municipal plot of land in the city is activated and valued, generating income for the City Council, boosting the local economy and contributing to the maintenance and creation of employment. Likewise, he assured that the construction of a teaching center of these characteristics will provide an important added value to the educational offer of the municipality.