There is an abundance of information available on education in Spain, so how do you really know which
system is the best for your child. It is also not surprising the school you decide on will depend on a number of key variables:
- Academic standards
- Distance from your home
- Your financial budget.
Enrolling into a Spanish School
The simplest option would be to enrol your child at the local Spanish State School.
This has two key advantages – your child will pick up the Spanish language with ease, however this is can be dependant on the age of your child. Moreover, Spanish State Schools are free of charge.
Therefore, if you are on a budget and cannot realistically afford any extra outgoings of 400€ to over a 1000€ per month for Private International education the truth of the matter is you really have no other alternative in their education in Spain, other than the state schools.
However, if you are in the position of being able to afford Private International schooling, then you clearly have a lot more options available.
Southern Spain, including Marbella, has a varied selection of Private International Schools, British Schools, German Schools, Swedish schools and a Finnish school. The fees though vary from school to school, but generally the International schools are not dissimilar in their fees.
In some schools if you have more than one child attending they offer a far better deal as they normally give discounts for additional children attending. This is an important factor to consider when buying a property for sale in Marbella and relocating, it could perhaps help you in your final decision of what is the best educational route to take for your child.
Education in Spain, Useful contact:
National Association of British Schools in Spain – www.nabss.org
The choice of School in Marbella will further depend if a British Education is a major priority and if in the future you’re hoping for your child to enter into a UK University. If this is the case then we recommend the English International Schools as they are realistically the best option.
However, if you want your child to be completely bilingual, then you could put your child directly into the Spanish system as you would have the English speaking at home, and then concentrate on English grammar in extra classes outside of school. Another key factor to consider with your child going to Spanish school is weather you are able to help with the Spanish homework and communicate with the school?