San Roberto International School
San Roberto International School, formerly known as Instituto San Roberto, is a private school in Monterrey, Mexico, founded in 1982 by Mrs. Monica Sada. As of June 2015, San Roberto International School belongs to Nord Anglia Education, the world's leading premium schools organization.
|San Roberto International School|
San Roberto International School
|Type||Private school, Co-ed|
|Oversight||Nord Anglia Education|
|Average class size||12 in nursery, 24 in elementary and middle school|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.6 to 1|
|Campus||San Agustín and Valle Alto|
|Campus size||San Agustín 7-acre campus and Valle Alto 20-acre campus|
|Athletics||Soccer, swimming, basketball, and track and field|
The school offers an international academic program for students from PreNursery to grade 9. ISR is also recognized for its robust values and character education program.
Both campuses have an international accreditation by SACS (now AdvancED), since 2002. SRIS notable memberships include: Association of American Schools in Mexico (ASOMEX), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Association of American Schools of Central America, Colombia, Caribbean, and Mexico (Tri-Association), and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
San Roberto International School was founded in 1982 by Monica Sada. It first opened its doors as a preschool. Activities began in a small rented house in San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León. The name “San Roberto” was chosen in honor of Mr. Roberto G. Sada Jr., one of Monterrey’s most distinguished businessmen and father of Mrs. Sada. Success in the preschool levels led to the opening of the elementary levels a year later, adding a bilingual program.
The increase in the student body and the need for new facilities led to Mrs. Cristina Sada, the founder’s sister, to join the school as an investor. The new San Agustin Campus opened in November 1984. Middle school levels opened in 1989. To serve the growing population in the southern part of the city, Valle Alto Campus opened its doors in September 1994. Both campuses were accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in December 2002, and currently hold the accreditation by SACS, now as a division of AdvancED.
In September 2006 the Sada sisters sold the school to the Meritas Family of Schools, an elite family of international private schools.
In June 2015, San Roberto International School, along with six of 10 Meritas schools, joined Nord Anglia Education, the world's leading premium schools organization. With the addition of the Meritas schools, the family now consists of 42 international schools located in 15 countries, and educate over 32,000 students from preschool through to the end of secondary education. All of them committed to providing students with the highest quality learning, enhanced through unique global experiences.
Early childhood education is based on active learning experiences to develop student’s personality, potential and social skills. Team activities allow students to make connections between the classroom and their daily lives. In nursery, instruction is given in small groups of 12 students, entirely in English, except for the physical education and values classes.
The preschool program focuses on literacy skills, numeric concepts, and social and personal abilities, including personal working habits. The nursery and preschool lunch was designed by nutritionist Dr. Patricia Rivero, and is based on the Asterisk Diet.
Even though the core curriculum is given in English, elementary and middle school programs incorporate a few classes in Spanish; additionally, French is offered in grade 9.
ISR is recognized for its robust Balanced Literacy program, which begins as early as nursery.
Beginning in grade 2, students participate in the Global Campus, a program in which they are paired with a class from one of our sister schools. Both groups work year-round on a world problem via Wikis and videoconference sessions. They address the problem from different perspectives, through research, discussion, and debates.
Students from all grade levels have a Personal Learning Plan, which tracks their progress and sets individual goals based on data gathered from standardized tests such as: MAP and WrAP.
Introduction to music begins in early childhood. Lower elementary students are active in the violin program, and move on to wind instruments, and chorus or percussion in their later years. Students from grades 7 to 9 participate in the Model UN program. ISR’s Model United Nations simulations are recognized as two of the leading simulations in Monterrey.
Grade 9 students participate in the Interims program. For a week they get a hands-on experience on a variety of topics that may require them to travel to places such as: China, Japan, Italy, Orlando, Thailand, and Costa Rica.
Campus and Facilities
Facilities in both campuses
- Nursery and preschool building with direct access to classroom from the student drop-off and pickup area.
- Videoconference rooms
- Technology and science labs
- Art and music rooms
- Olympic Swimming Pool
- Outdoor basketball courts
- Turf soccer fields
Exclusive to San Agustín
- 7-acre campus
- Library with over 69,000 books
- Gym with basketball courts and semi-olympic indoor pool
- Long jump pit and racetrack
- Soundproof rooms for drum practice
Exclusive to Valle Alto
- 20-acre campus
- Library with over 61,000 books
- Multifunctional room
- Long jump pit, discus circle, shot put circle, high jump area, and racetrack
- Semi-Olympic outdoor swimming pool
- Gym with basketball and volleyball courts
Values and Character Education
Habits of Mind® - to develop abilities in the students that will help them make intelligent decisions during challenging situations, and lead them to be successful people, while exercising critical thinking and creativity.
Life, Study and College Prep - to provide students with the social and emotional skills they need to fit in the adult world and obtain learning for life. The curriculum incorporates preparation for college, career research and skills for studying and living.
Personal and Social Responsibility – to promote helping the less fortunate, as well as instill a community centered in respect. Activities include: La Gloria Project, fundraising campaigns, anti-bullying campaigns, and conferences for students and parents.
Spiritual Growth – to educate centered on the values and attitudes of Jesus, within a Catholic-inspired environment that respects and includes other ideologies and cultures. Activities include a weekly sessions offered by volunteer parents, and key activities per grade level.
San Roberto International values and character education program includes the responsible use of technology, particularly noted in ISR Digital Nation. This program involves every member of the ISR community to commit to being responsible users of technology. Everyone is expected to become role models of digital etiquette.
La Gloria Project
La Gloria Project is a key part of the ongoing social responsibility activities that take place at the school. La Gloria is an underdeveloped community in Coahuila, Mexico that San Roberto has been helping since 2007.
ISR Student Governments proposed this project during the 2007 Meritas Student Governments Summit, and for five years every school in the Meritas family contributed to making La Gloria a self-sustained community.
Their efforts contributed to the construction of a community center, which opened in June 2010. Probably the most important project to help La Gloria is the scholarship program. The first to graduate from this project is Vanessa Hernández, who is now a resident nurse in La Gloria, tending to the locals’ needs.
Meritas efforts have moved to a new social responsibility program, “Feeding Children Everywhere”, but the San Roberto community continues to actively help La Gloria. The scholarship program is still in place. A group called "Misión Permanente", formed by ISR students, parents, and staff, visit La Gloria once a month and offer workshops, tutoring, and help better the homes and lives of the residents of the community.
ISR Values Conference
ISR's pledge to make its community a better place goes beyond educating students in a values-centered environment. Their aim is to create awareness of the social responsibility and commitment needed to construct a better Mexico.
They achieve this via the ISR Values Conference, an event for students from grades 7 to 9. The event began in 2012, and has included international speakers such as: Kim Phuc, Katie Spotz, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, and former first lady of Mexico, Margarita Zavala de Calderón.
Over 800 students from Monterrey and the metro area attend this event every year, which is made up of three key components: Keynote Conferences – International leaders inspire our students with their life stories. Workshops – Students choose their topics of choice and interact on small groups led by experts. Dialogue Sessions – Led by ISR alumni, where students share their concerns and life stories.