State Education in Andalucia is co-educational, free and conducted in Spanish. Places are allocated according to where you live and although education doesn’t begin until the age of six many babies start at nurseries (guarderias) at the age of four months and almost all are at school (preescolar) full-time from the age of three. All children have the right to free education, however in many schools the demand simply outweighs the number of places resulting in a point system at the initial stages and then often a lottery is drawn with many parents unable to secure a place at the first school of their choice. Unlike in many European countries, there is limited job mobility within Spain, meaning that children normally remain at one school for the duration of their education and therefore it is not as common for places to open at a later stage.
In this section you can find all the international schools and nurseries in Andalucia listed in alphabetical order. Where possible we have also interviewed the Head Teacher and spoken to mums whose children attend the schools. For those interested in a local school you will find a brief explanation of each of the stages of schooling for children and the regional list of schools broken down into nurseries, preprimary and primary and secondary.
A list of Andalucias International nurseries as recommended to us by our members. If you would like to recommend an International nursery, please do let us know by sending us your comments
A list of Andalucias International Schools as recommended to us by MumAbroad members. We have also included schools with several schools. We are constantly updating our International Schools section so we would really appreciate your comments
Primary education is currently obligatory in Spain from 6 years old, although there are moves to bring that down to 3 for reasons explained previously. State-funded Secondary Education (ESO) is taught from age 12 until 16 and all pupils are taught in Spanish. Pupils study a mix of subjects, some of which are obligatory and others optional (which can vary depending on the school). All abilities are taught together. At the end of 4 years, pupils attain the qualification of graduado en Educación Secundaria. This is followed by the Formación Post-Obligatoria where students can study for the Batxillerat, for a place at University or gain more practical training ((formació professional or FP). ) such as IT or catering. Students can do the Batxillerat at the same Instituto or choose to move to another Instituto, private or semi-private school but in these cases, they need to re-enroll.