State Education in the Balearic Islands 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 inthe Balearics listed in alphabetical order. Where possible we have also interviewed the Head Teacher and spoken to mums whose children attend the schools.
A list of the Balearics International Schools as recommended to us by MumAbroad members. We are constantly updating our International Schools section so we would really appreciate your comments
A list of the Balearics 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
"I do believe in Spain Spanish parents should become more involved in the education of their children, this means less hours in school and more with the parents. This is more the case with the international community. I would like to point out how difficult it is in Spain for parents to combine family life and work because of the long working hours and low productivity, nevertheless this seems to be changing positively towards a more European system" (Oliver Marcos Walker, Director of the Academy, Sept 2010)