The CEAD Santa Cruz de Tenerife Mercedes Pinto is an adult state blended-learning and online school placed in the capital of the island of Tenerife. It started in 1983 with other name in other premises but also in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It was then very small but it grew as the demand for this type of education increased.
We teach both compulsory and non-compulsory secondary education, vocational courses in business and administration, courses for people over 25 and 45 who wish to pass the entry exam to start University, and we also prepare students to enter Technical Colleges. We also offer specific online courses which depend on the in-service training programmes of our state educational department, and That’s English (a six year English course).
There are only two adult on line schools in our islands: one is ours and the other is placed in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias. There are other adult schools in all the islands which deal mostly with the teaching of non compulsory education for adults.
The mission of an Adult School is to provide meaningful educational opportunities that encourage lifelong learning and improve the quality of life. Adults who are ready to open the door to their future come to our school, whether to strengthen their employability skills, to complete high school or to learn English. Our adult students return to school because they know education is the key to success. Some of them attend lessons once or twice a week but others are mentored on line.
The fact that they can achieve their goals studying makes our school a very popular one.
We have students from all over the four western islands and from very distant villages and towns of our own island. All our students learn with our digital units made by us. Those students who are only mentored on line ( Leaving Certificate students) have to sit for exams and those exams are held the closest possible to the place they live. We also have students with mobility problems who could only finish their studies thanks to our school. We also supervise Leaving Certificate students who are in prison. Some of them have continued studying with us once they have been released.
We have a great number of migrant students, mainly from South America and Africa We are now a place of immigration and school life reflects this reality.
We have 2000 students this year . We are 53 teachers.