Primary and Secondary Schools in Spain


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About Primary and Secondary Schools in Spain

As a modern nation with a large economy and a dynamic and free political society, Spain relies heavily on its education system. Education in Spain is taken very seriously, as evidenced by the extremely high youth literacy rate (99.6%), and the enrollment ratio, which at 93.7% is the 6th-highest in the world. Almost 94% of school-age children in Spain are enrolled in an accredited program, and only Japan, Canada, and the Scandinavian countries score higher on this metric.

Primary and secondary education in Spain can roughly be separated into 4 stages: pre-school, primary school, secondary school, and college prep. At all four levels, education is provided free of charge by the state, although there are private schools as well for parents who prefer and can afford them. The middle two stages are obligatory, while the 1st and 4th are optional.

Pre-school, the first level of Spanish education, is for kids ages 3-6. Although it is not mandatory, it is a popular option for parents who are either busy or who do not want their kids to miss out on these important years of socializing and learning. Most children in Spain attend pre-school. The second stage of a Spanish child’s education is primary school, which lasts from age 6-12 and is roughly the equivalent of first grade through sixth grade in the American system. Education at this stage is mandatory.

The mandatory portion of secondary school is known as the ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria), and represents the third step in the four-step process. This stage lasts until age 16, at which point children are no longer required by law to stay in school. In practice, however, many choose to do so anyway. The final step in Spanish secondary education is known as the Bachillerato, and it is typically a college preparatory stage lasting from age 16 to 18. Education at the Bachillerato level includes a set of core courses such as history, Spanish language, science, and philosophy, along with electives that depend upon student interest. These electives could include art, music, advanced math and science, foreign languages, religion, or a number of other areas. This flexibility may contribute to the popularity of Bachillerato-level education in Spain. Like in other countries, teenagers are often fiercely independent, and so they may be more likely to continue with their education if they are given some freedom and ownership over its direction.

Spain, with its long and storied history of intellectual contributions (especially in the areas of geography, science, literature, and politics) is a nation with a healthy respect for the importance of education. Since education always begins in early childhood and is the most important duty for a young child, families, teachers, and government institutions in Spain put significant time and resources into educating their children at the primary and secondary levels.

If you’re moving to Spain with young children, chances are you’ve put a lot of thought into figuring out how to ensure that they get a high-quality education. Fortunately, Spain has one of the best education systems in the world, as evidenced by its extraordinary enrollment ratio of 93.7%. This, along with a high youth literacy rate, places Spain in the top 5 nations of the world when it comes to primary and secondary education. Knowing that a good education can help shape the rest of a child’s life, many parents are rightly concerned about ensuring that they can find good schools wherever they go. In addition, it is important for them to be aware of the relevant laws and regulations that are in effect in the host country.

All children in Spain must complete the same course of mandatory education. Compulsory education in Spain begins at age 6, which is the 1st year of primary school–however, by the time they reach this age, most Spanish children have already completed two to four years of non-mandatory preschool. Primary school last until age 12, and covers a comprehensive range of topics including geography, history, language skills, math, basic science, and of course music and the arts.

At age 12, students in the Spanish system move on to the ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) level, which includes the final 4 years of mandatory education. Many Spanish students stay in school for an additional 2 years after completing their ESO. Called the Spanish Baccalaureate, this additional schooling prepares students for college and enables them to take elective courses in the arts, sciences, or humanities. While not required by law, completion of the Spanish Baccalaureate is common, and is highly advisable whenever possible.

In addition to its numerous public and privately-funded primary and secondary schools, Spain is also home to international schools that cater specifically to the needs of children from other countries. These schools typically offer classes in English, and may also base their curriculum, teaching style, and grading system on North American or British standards. This is a good way to provide continuity if your child’s stay in Spain is going to be brief. Primary and secondary coursework at international schools in Spain is generally recognized by foreign schools, so children will not face the unpleasant situation of repeating a grade when they return to their home country. Mandatory schooling laws apply to international schools just as they would to any other.

In Spain, education is highly prized as the backbone of a healthy society, and significant investment on the part of the government and private actors has made Spain a global leader in education. For expatriates living in the country, this can be a considerable advantage–Spanish schools are in many cases better than those in the home country. There is, then, no reason to be concerned about the quality of education that your children can receive while you are living and working in Spain.

List of Primary and Secondary Schools in Spain

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Contact: Academia Dante

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Reyes Católicos 17, 1º, Alicante , Spain
Academia Dante is a center, located in Alicante, Spain, specializing in the provision of private lessons in all subjects and levels. This kind of educational support is provided to students of all levels – primary, college, and access modules. The class sizes are small, and the center prides... See full description.
Contact: Almuñecar International School

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Urb. Los Pinos, S/N, Almuñecar, Granada, Spain
Almuñecar International School is an institution established in 1989 - currently owned by a consortium of parents. It is an independent, co-educational school, which was created with the aim to serve both native Spanish and expatriate European families, who would like their children to pursue... See full description.
Contact: Aloha College

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Urbanización El Angel, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Aloha College was established in 1982, and is situated on the outskirts of Marbella in Spain's Costa del Sol. It offers British style education to students from ages from three to eighteen years old. The institution is separated into Junior School (3-10) and Senior School (11-18). Aloha College... See full description.
Contact: Altaviana

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Centro Femenino Concertado, Cronista Almela y Vives, 5, Valencia, Spain
Altaviana is a female concerted institution, teaching secondary school and vocational training, in the areas of tourism and hospitality and located in the city of Valencia. The Centre has taken agreements with other public and private institutions for the teaching of continuing and occupational... See full description.
Contact: American School of Bilbao

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Soparda Bidea, 10, Berango, Vizcaya, Spain
The American School of Bilbao is an international school, established in 1967 by the American and British expatriate community in the Bilbao area. It is a private, non-profit institution, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (N.E.A.S.C.) and the Council of... See full description.
Contact: American School of Madrid

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Apartado 80, Madrid, Spain
The American School of Madrid is an institution established in 1961. It is situated on a 10-acre campus in Pozuelo de Alarcón, a suburban residential area, about twelve kilometers outside of Madrid, Spain. Its primary aim was to respond to the needs of international executives and their... See full description.
Contact: American School of Valencia

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Apartado de Correos, nº 9, Puzol, Valencia, Spain
The American School of Valencia was established in 1974, since when it has grown from 27 to 750 students. It is an international, private, bilingual, university- preparatory school, receiving students from nursery to grade 12. ASV aims to offer a broad and well-balanced curriculum in a positive... See full description.
Contact: Artxandape Ikastola

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Anselma de Salces 1 Bis, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain
Artxandape Ikastola is a school, providing Christian education in Basque (D Model). The institution accepts students from the ages of 2 to 16, and is divided into three departments: Infants (2-6 yrs.), Primary (6-12 yrs.), and Compulsory Secondary Education (12-16 yrs.). All classes except... See full description.
Contact: Baleares International School

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Calle Cabo Mateu Cock, 17, Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
The Baleares International College is a school based in Mallorca, Spain. Since its founding in 1957, it has been serving the foreign community there. Pupils are accepted from the age of 3 and usually remain at the school until they have completed their advance level examinations. The school... See full description.
Contact: British School of Alicante

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C/ del Reino Unido, 5, Alicante, Spain
The British School of Alicante is an international school, based in Alicante, Spain, strictly dedicated to the provision of high quality bilingual education. BSA teachers are committed to not only setting high educational standards, but also developing the children’s behavior and social... See full description.
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