Teaching & Learning
Parents trust us to deliver an exceptional education with high academic standards and a global perspective. We provide a welcoming international environment and an individualised educational programme, balancing challenge and support so all students can be their best.
We offer a broad, balanced curriculum that is unmatched by any other school in the Algarve.
Lagoa delivers a contextualised English National Curriculum for students aged three to 18, allowing us the flexibility to extend and challenge our students. The curriculum is taught in English and focuses on preparing students for IGCSEs and A-Levels in a broad range of subjects.
We also have a National Section offering the Portuguese Ministry of Education programme for ages three to 18 (1° Ano to 12° Ano). All educators are Portuguese-trained, and Portuguese is the language of instruction. In 12° ano, students can apply for higher education by taking the Portuguese national examinations.
Rigorous academic standards apply across both curricula, and our students achieve highly, progressing to study at top worldwide universities or pursuing their desired pathway.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. STEAM education teaches creativity and critical thinking skills. It instils a passion for innovation whilst helping students develop those all-important soft skills such as problem-solving, communication, and teamwork. STEAM connects in-school learning to the real world.
At Lagoa, STEAM education produces amazing results in subjects such as Mathematics, Chemistry, and Economics and prepares students to face challenges, ready for the world of tomorrow.
A-Level Results 2022
Mathematics: 64% of students achieved A*/A
Chemistry: 83% of students achieved A*/A
Economics: 50% of students achieved A*/A
IGCSE GCSE 2022
Chemistry: 58% of students achieved A*/A
Biology: 42% of students achieved A*/A
Physics: 71% of students achieved A*/A
Differences enrich our school. Lagoa’s student body includes more than 40 nationalities, bringing diverse cultural and language traditions to our school. This diversity helps our young people become tolerant and respectful - and to discover the world around them from a range of perspectives. Immersion in Portuguese language and culture also helps our students to develop as global citizens.
Deeply passionate, experienced teachers and subject specialists inspire and engage students, equipping them with a problem-solving STEAM mindset and skills that will help prepare them for future challenges. Our teaching and learning are using up-to-date evidence-informed methodologies to ensure the highest quality experience for our learning community. High-quality PE, arts, languages, and outdoor learning are integral to the daily curriculum to ensure students have the richest possible learning experience, gain confidence and develop into well-rounded individuals.
Beyond the classroom
Lagoa has an enviable range of extracurricular activities to empower students to discover what success means for them beyond traditional academics. Our full programme spans clubs, sports, arts, games, languages and more. Our campus sits within safe, secure, and idyllic grounds with acres of space for after-school activities.