Provision – Curricular autonomy allows for the possibility of flexible management of the curricular offering, adapting it to the curricular options of the school.

In the Scientific-Humanistic courses, the curricular provision integrates a set of common subjects in the General components, whilst the Specific components include a set of subjects that aim to provide consistent preparation in the respective course.

The alterations made to the principles of curricular organization (published in Decree-Law no. 55/2018) give secondary school students the possibility of choosing their own course through the exchange and substitution of subjects, respecting the specific and scientific components of each course.

In order to enhance all the components of the curriculum, the Physical Education subject is now considered, along with other subjects, for the final results of all secondary school courses.

The components identified above also include Classical Studies as part of the school’s educational project.


The curricular provision also integrates Citizenship and Development, in the scope of the different subjects of the matrix, with themes and projects, under the coordination of the Form Teacher.

In this sense, we present the organization of each course in secondary education in place for the current school year.

Offer – As far as the Portuguese curriculum is concerned, the curricular organization at St. Peter’s International School is supported by the Scientific-Humanistic Courses. These courses, aimed at the pursuit of higher-level studies, have the duration of three academic years, corresponding to the 10th, 11th and 12th years of schooling, conferring a diploma of completion of the secondary level of education.

The curricular provision of the Scientific-Humanistic Courses integrates:

  • A general component, common to all courses, which aims to build the personal, social and cultural identity of our students and includes the subjects Portuguese, Foreign Language I – English, Philosophy and Physical Education, all of compulsory attendance;

  • The specific component, which aims to provide consistent scientific training in the area of the respective course, includes, in addition to a mandatory three-year subjects, two biennial subjects and two annual subjects, whose choice and combination is the responsibility of the student, according to the desired path.

The subjects from the general component are compulsory and common to all courses, and it is in the subjects of the specific component that the courses are diversified.

The subject Classical Studies in Secondary Education focuses on learning aspects related to Ancient Greece and Rome, focusing on the study of classical languages and literature, politics, ancient Greek society and the Roman Empire, as well as its cultural expression and its variants, such as art, religion, law, architecture, biology, medicine, chemistry and ancient philosophy, as well as the development of enlightened critical thinking and its undeniable influence on today’s world.

With the integration of this subject in its curriculum, St. Peter’s International School became the first school in Portugal to provide all students of different areas the study of antiquity, following the example of the best international schools.

The programme is taught in collaboration with the Centre for Classical Studies of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, as well as the Clenardus Association: Promotion and Teaching of Classical Languages, a partner of the General Directorate of Education, and the Cambridge School Classics Project of the University of Cambridge’.

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