If you are a foreigner thinking about starting to live in the Spanish territory, the school your children will go to is one of the factors you should first take into account when making your decision. Understanding how the educational system works in Spain will be fundamental, and the range of schools available should be a priority when choosing the city where you will settle in with your family. Therefore, in this article you are about to get an overview of childcare in Spain, that will help you choose the perfect school, nursery or high-school!
- Pre-school education
Age 0 – 3 years, not compulsory and not free
Price range: Public nursery – 150€ to 200€ / Private nursery – ca. 300€
- Infant education
Age 3 – 6 years, not compulsory
- Public nursery, completely free
- Private nursery, fees vary
- Primary education
Age 6 – 12 years, obligatory
Pay for materials and extras, e.g., Meals
- Secondary education
12 – 16 years, compulsory and free
Pay for materials and extras e.g. Meals
- High school
16 – 18 years
Pay for materials and extras, e.g. Meals
In Spain there are three different educational systems
- Mixed or "centros concertados"
Obviously, there are many differences between each of them. Nevertheless, all schools, nurseries and high-schools in Spain are required by law to teach the same content, as this is something that is determined by the central government. So, in that sense you will not find any difference as far as the information to be received.
However, the methodology used to teach such content can be quite different, and that becomes the differential factor that makes you choose one option or the other.
In addition, as a general rule, all schools in the country (and at all educational levels) work hard on being as inclusive as possible from an early age, and encourage diversity, so foreign children usually have no problems integrating with their peers.
Home schooling is not legally permitted in Spain.
it is not necessary for parents to be legal residents in Spain if they want to enroll their children in school, they only have to be registered in the townhall in which they live, and provide this certificate or census so that the school has the address written down in case any incident happens.
Many foreign parents send their children to public schools because they are close by and promote the integration of their children. Contrary to the belief that public schools always guarantee the better education, public schools in Spain do very well.
If you prefer to send your child to a private, bilingual school, here is a selection of schools in the region:
Glorieta del Reino Unido, 5, 03008 Alicante
Av. de la Condomina, 65, 03540 Alacant, Alicante
Av Locutor Vicente Hipólito, s/n, 03540 Alicante
Avenida de levante, 10, 03670 Monforte del Cid, Alicante
Camí vell de Alacant, Km 3, 03295 Elx, Alicante
Calle Pintor Aparicio, 16, 03110 Mutxamel, Alicante
Calle Filipinas, 15, 03193 San Miguel de Salinas, Alicante
pueblo bravo, Av. del Mar, 2b, 03170 Cdad. Quesada, Alicante
Carrer Joan Fuster, 13, 03203 Elx, Alicante
Partida Captivador, 18, 03530 La Nucia, Alicante
Avenida De Valencia, 8 (Polígono El Ríu), 03420 Castalla, Alicante
Carretera de L’Alberca, 51, 46901 El Vedat de Torrent (Valencia)
Calle 105, 32, 46190 Riba-roja de Túria, Valencia
Schools – Murcia
S/N, Calle las Palmas, 30740 San Pedro del Pinatar
Calle Ermita Vieja, 26B, 30006 Murcia
Urb Oasis, Calle Penélope, 30710 Narejos ( Los ), Murcia
Urbanización La Torre Golf Resort, Calle Pez Volador, s/n, 30709 Roldán, Murcia
Calle Sierra de la Fuensanta, s/n Montevida, 30150 Alberca Las Torres, Murcia
Colonia Buenavista, s/n, 30120 El Palmar, Murcia
Av. Valencia, 39, 30500 Molina de Segura, Murcia
Av. Don Juan de Borbón, 1, 30007 Murcia