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International Schools for Expats in Spain

Submitted: July 2013

There are many international schools in Spain. These schools tend facilitate learning in line with the education system of their sponsoring/native country and are geared toward sending their students to international universities, hence the curriculum of their sponsoring country is often followed. Notably, there are some international schools which use their sponsoring country language as the main language of instruction, but prepare students based on local curriculum.

hereafter, students may study for college entrance examination of their choice such as the Spanish Bachillerato, A-levels, AP, SAT, IB, etc. Bear in mind that local Spanish students are often enrolled at international schools, so your child may be exposed to the language through their classmates.

In assessing the quality of education these schools offer, you may want to consider whether or not the school is associated with any recognized international accreditation body. This may be done by referring to a list of accredited schools that may be found on their website. Popular accreditation bodies in Spain include, but not limited to:

Additionally, international schools are inspected by various inspectorates and government bodies. Even by some of those listed above.

Aside from the official accreditations of the above bodies, you should also visit the school yourself. Various pertinent questions to ask include:

Further, since under the Spanish law, all foreign schools need approval by their sponsoring country embassy in Spain; enquire and request contact information for other expats in the Spain (if possible). Solicit their views on international schools. The three keys to selecting the right international school are research, research and research. As international schools do not teach the national curriculum (unless they opt to), there is less information available online and especially from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture so it is important to get as much information as you from other parents.

Tuition fees are expensive, with some schools charging from 4,000€ (£ 3,450) per year to well over 8,000€ (£ 6,900) at some senior school, especially for boarders. You will also need to factor in other costs such as extra-curricular activities, school lunches and extra tuition (if necessary), books and meals. Admission into international schools is highly competitive and you are strongly advised to initiate the admission process as early as possible. Do note that most international schools will require prospective students to come in to be interviewed and assessed to determine which class would be most appropriate for them.

In selecting an international school, the following resources may prove useful:

Good Schools Guide - https://www.gsgi.co.uk/site
Best Schools Abroad - https://www.bestschoolsabroad.com/

For a comprehensive list of international schools for expats in Spain, do see:

Also, https://www.learn4good.com/schools/international_schools_spain.htm



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