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International Schools

A list of Madrids International Schools as recommended to us by MumAbroad members. We have also included several interviews with School staff. We are constantly updating our International Schools section so we would really appreciate your comments

  • Hastings School

    Recommended by Tina Collins

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    Hastings School is a fully authorised British School founded in 1971 offering both primary and secondary education to students of all nationalities. They have a broad and balanced curriculum, giving specific attention to literacy and numeracy, ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum. There are two campuses: one for the nursery section and another for the junior and secondary section.
    Nursery: Calle Azulinas 8, 28036, Madrid, (+34) 9135999131
    Junior and Secondary: Pº de la Habana, 204 y C/ Azulinas, 8, 28036 Madrid (+34) 91359062

    "All 3 children have been very successful, despite their very different personalities.....This is the feature that I like most about the school. They provide detailed feedback on homework and they are always willing to arrange a meeting if we feel the need. So all in all very positive. They also happen to be relatively inexpensive. However, they do have waiting lists for most years. About 80% of their intake is Spanish, but the teaching is entirely through English (except of course for Spanish and French)" (TC, Dec 08)

    Click here to read an interview with Principal Kevin Godden

  • Madrid Montessori

    Recommended by Sonya Dowsett

    A small, bilingual school in the centre of Madrid that follows the Montessori method. Emphasis placed on respecting each childs individuality, with low child/adult ratios. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the school. After-school activities offered. Children's House for 3-6 years and Elementary Program for 6-12 years.
    Calle Henares, 13 28002 Madrid
    Tel: 91 563 2969

    "Its a school that approaches the Montessori method from a purist point of view. Good materials, high teacher to student ratio, innovative and stimulating environment."

  • Holy Mary Catholic School

    Recommended by Samblas Quintana

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    Primary and Secondary British school with Catholic values teaching children from aged 2 until 16. The school follows a British based curriculum and is based in the centre of Madrid. Situated in a beautiful building with outdoor space.
    Member of NABSS
    Condes del Val nº 12, Madrid 28036
    Tel: 91 458 59 09 to contact the Head Teacher directly for new admissions. for any general school information or questions

    "I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my family’s experiences with this school as my son, attends Holy Mary as one of the Reception pupils. Mr. Hurst, Marta, and María Riva de Aldama explained their project, the values they said that they were going to instill in our son’s education such as the respect, discipline, and the importance of a good education that accompanies the development of knowledge in a Catholic environment full of care and love, were enough to convince me that Holy Mary was the school for my son. As this year comes to a close, I am certain that I have taken the correct decision. Ángel is very happy at Holy Mary. Holy Mary has created a familiar environment where he feels confident, knows exactly what is expected of him, and receives daily encouragement that makes him desire to be a better student and person. A big part of my son’s life is cultivated in school and that means effective communication between home and school is crucial for his development and education. Holy Mary pays great detail to this aspect to the point in which we punctually receive information about school events, periodical reports, and we are informed daily about how Ángel spends his time in school. They also provide many ways for me to communicate with the school staff about any events regarding our son. To give an example of how effective this communication is, I would like to mention something that happened to my son. Last October, he had to go through a surgical intervention, which kept him away from school for a month. Throughout this time, Holy Mary kept us fully informed about the work which were been done in class in his absence and gave us sources to help our son in his proper return.

    The academic aspects of Holy Mary have also surpassed our expectations. The school has established a system in which each childs effort is valued, giving them the desire to improve. Reception children receive homework every day, which is not only a useful way for us to see their improvements daily and involve ourselves in their formation, but also a way to help our children create study habits which will prepare them for many years to come. Holy Mary completes its curricular classes with a variety of extracurricular activities that aid in rounding off the formation of our children. Among the many activities that are available are the computer club, which reinforces our children’s contact with new technologies, different sports clubs that enable them to value effort and teamwork, and literature and art clubs. The school also organise periodically conferences for parents in which they talk about relevant aspects in the education of our children." 

  • Institucion Educativa SEK

    Recommended by James Sinclair

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    International bilingual school for students from 1 to 18 years of age, offering extra-curricular activities and summer camp with Cambridge University examinations and links to schools in Ireland and France and with the Camilo Jose Cela University.
    Castillo de Manzanares s/n Urb. Villafranca del Castillo, 28692 Villanueva de la Canada Madrid. Tel: 918 150 892
    and Urb. Ciudalcampo. San Sebastián de los Reyes. 28707 Madrid

    "SEK has several centres in Europe including one in Barcelona. Small, inner-city private non-denominational Spanish school - part of group of 6 schools so really well resourced, caring progressive attitude 5 mins from Atocha stn. We chose it because 1) location 2) positive environment 3) no points system ie. easy to get in 4) impressive resources. Not officially bi-lingual but they are serous about languages/environmental & behavioral development issues." (JS)

    Click here for an interview with Andrew Atkinson of SEK Institution

  • British School Madrid

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    The British School Madrid is a co-educational day and boarding school for children from the age of 2 to 18 years. Founded in 1969, it is the largest British school in Spain with over 1,880 pupils representing 48 nationalities. It is the first British curriculum school in Spain to have had full UK accreditation through the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The school is a member of COBIS and NABSS. Pupils follow the English National Curriculum and are prepared for (I) GCSE and GCE AS and A Levels. There are also optional Spanish studies and preparation for Spanish university entrance. The school is divided into 3: King's Infant School (Chamartin), King's College School (La Moraleja) and King's College (Soto de Viñuelas). King’s College has high academic standards and the official examination results show that the school is on a par with the very best independent schools in the UK, with students graduating into top universities in Britain, USA and Spain amongst others. An Oxbridge preparatory group works with the most able students to prepare university applications. There is a very experienced Careers and University Entrance Advisory Department for all students. Sixth form scholarships are available.
    (+34) 918034800

    Click here to view the 3 Madrid schools

  • Fundacion De Santa Ana Y San Rafael

    Recommended by Brigida Niemas

    Fundacion De Santa Ana Y San Rafael is a concertado, Catholic run infants, primary and secondary school.
    C/ Doctor Esquerdo 53 28028 Madrid (+34) 915738015

    "I am very happy with the principles and level of discipline imparted to my son by this Marianistas run school." (BN, Dec 08)

  • Escuela Infantil El Ardal

    Recommended by Tania Thompson

    Spanish nursery for children
    Senda Ardal 4, 28708 San Sebastian De Los Reyes (+34) 916237526

    "“El Ardal” is unique. Their curriculum is based on creativity and fun. Music, art and drama are part of the weekly agenda. English is taught by native English teachers through play every day. The installations include a heated swimming pool and large shaded garden. When I met the Director, Paloma, I knew immediately this was the place and that Arabella and Cameron would be very happy and fulfilled here." (TT, Nov 08)

  • CP Inf-Pri Ntra Sra de La Almudena

    Recommended by Katrina Hendry

    C/ de Lope de Rueda48, Tel 915735899

    "Belle’s school is a state school "NTRA. SRA. DE LA ALMUDENAand she has a wonderful teacher- Marisa. Marisa is professional yet very approachable and warms with the kiddies. She shows an interest in the individual child. The school may look like an uninviting concrete environment but her teacher makes up for every bit of it!" (KH, Feb 08)

  • Hastings Primary School

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    International nursery (and infants school) with pre-nursery, canteen and summer activities.
    Nursery school - Pso de la Habana 204, 28036 Madrid. Tel: 913 590 621
    Junior and Infants school - C/ Azulinas 8 28036 Madrid 913 533 875

    "Teachers take a personal interest in the development of each individual child."

  • Escula Aguirre (Salamanca)

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

    Pío Baroja 4 Madrid 28009 Spain

    "Living in the Retiro/Salamanca area there are many schools to choose from, and I looked at many. Initially I sent my son to a Concertado, but found there was little parent involvement encouraged and it was v. religious. So changed at the beginning  of 2 year of infantil to a wonderful public school. His teacher was like a second mother, very interested in his personal development, full of useful suggestions, and actively encouraged parents to come in There was a  parent rota; reading stories, arts and crafts, cooking and science experiments, an excellent way for any parent to observe the class dynamic and environment" (AL, July 08)

  • Aquinas American School

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    New American School in Madrid: Aquinas American School is a K-12, Catholic, private, co-ed school. Founded in 2012, offerings the U.S. curriculum as well as the official Spanish program. The school is located in Pozuelo de Alarcón, in the quiet Monte Alina neighborhood, a privileged residential area bordering Mount Boadilla, a protected natural park with over 1500 acres of pine and holm oak groves.
    C/ Transversal Cuatro, nº 4
    Urbanización Monte Alina
    Pozuelo de Alarcón
    28223 – Madrid


  • The American School of Madrid

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    This is a private, independent, not-for-profit co-educational day school for children in grades pre-k (age 3) through 12 (age 17/18).  ASM offers the U.S. high school curriculum, the International Baccalaureate and the official Spanish program. Currently, the school enrolls approximately 800 students from over 50 countries around the world. The school follows the American education system.
    Ctra. Aravaca a Húmera, km. 2 - 28224 Pozuelo de Alarcón - 913572154

  • British Council School

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    Early years, primary and secondary education for children aged between 3 and 18. Spanish English curriculum. Facilities include computer rooms, sports, music, drama and large auditorium. The school is divided into three departments (Early Years, Primary and Secondary).
    C/ Solano, 3-5-7 - 28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón – (+34) 913373612

  • The English Montessori School

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    Nursery, infant, junior and senior school. The English Montessori School is a private co-educational school which caters to the educational needs of students of the Spanish and International communities in Madrid. Children from the age of three to eighteen years of age are admitted to a complete and highly successful educational experience.
    Avda. La Salle, s/n. - 28023 Aravaca (Madrid) - (+34) 913572667/68

  • International School of Madrid

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    British school founded in 1971 with strong emphasis on Spanish language and culture.Bilingual primary school affiliated with the National Association of British Schools in Spain, offering extra-curricular activities, meals, transportation, summer camp and excursions.
    Primary school: C/ Rosa Jardón, 3 - 28016 Madrid
    Secondary school: C/ Serrano Galvache, 13- 28033 Madrid (+34) 913592121

  • International College Spain

    Recommended by Leona Poelstra

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    Located ten kilometres north-east of Madrid, this is a co-educational, international baccalaureate school in English open to students of all nationalities. It was founded in 1980 and exists to serve students aged 3 - 18 in the international and local communities. ICS offers an international education of the highest quality in an international environment of over 60 nationalities.
    C/ Vereda Norte, 3. La Moraleja - 28109 Alcobendas
    Tel: 916502398 / 99

    "ICS is the only school in Madrid offering a full international curriculum throughout the whole range in English (Kindergarten to Grade 12), by means of the three prestigious International Baccalaureate Programmes. The Diploma Programme leads to the IB Diploma and the ICS Graduation Diploma in Grade 12, the Middle Years Programme leads to the MYP certification in Grade 10 and the Primary Years Programme is offered in the Primary school. The IB Diploma Programme is widely recognised as the passport for entry to the best universities throughout the world" (LP, May 2011)

    Click here to read more about the school

  • Kensington School

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    Independent, co-educational British day school for pupils in the primary and secondary age range. Offers extra-curricular sports, music and drama activities.
    Av. de Bularas 2, 28224 Pozuelo de Alarcon. (+34)917154699

  • Lycèe Français

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    Nearly 4000 pupils but every year there is a surplus of demand with not enough places. Follows the French education system and has particularly good results in Maths. Bachillerato students have excellent placements in companies.
    Plaza del Liceo, 1
    Tel: (+34) 917489490

    "Listed in top 11 International Schools 2009/10 in annual el Mundo top 100 Schools in Spain."

  • Montessori Aravaca

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    Teaching based on Montessori method - motivation, confidence and good values. Follows UK curriculim & Spanish curriculum with subjects such as languages, literature, Social Science & Mats. Bilingual teaching.
    Avda. La Salle, s/n. / (+34 ) 913572667

    Montessori Aravaca is listed in el Mundo's top International Schools 2009/10

  • Montessori Los Fresnos

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    Based on UK education system for children aged 2 to 18 years. Bilingual.
    Avda. de Mataespesa, 45 - 28430 Alpedrete (Madrid) - (+34) 918579300

  • Montessori El Enebral

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    Bilingual education for Spanish and British children is available at a private co-educational primary school offering full coverage of the British National Curriculum complemented by Spanish subjects.
    Pº de Belmas, 2 - 28400 Collado Villalba (Madrid) - (+34) 918501053

  • Numont School

    Recommended by Julianne Taylor

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    Numont, established in 1962, is a small family school located in a quiet , residential area in Madrid. Numont is a co-educational primary school for children between the ages of two and eleven which follows the British curriculum. Mostly British staff.
    C/ Parma 16, 28043 Madrid
    Tel: (+34) 913002431

  • Runnymede College

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    British international school providing junior and secondary education The aims of the Runnymede College are: to provide an all-round, academic, liberal humanist education to all students regardless of their sex, race, religion or nationality. There is no religious instruction. To help each child to maximise his or her potential, whether intellectual, artistic or physical, by expecting high standards and using methods appropriate to achieve this.
    Calle Salvia 30, 28109 La Moraleja s 
    Tel: (+34) 916508302

  • Scuola Italiana

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    Over 1000 pupils and 96 teachers. Personlized style of teaching with lots of contact with parents. Teaching all in Italian except for Spanish classes. Always a high demand for places and has had consistently good academic results.
    Agustín de Bethencourt, 1. / (+34) 915330539 /

    Listed in the top International Schools 2009/10 in el Mundo's annual list

  • St Anne's School

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    St. Anne's School was established in 1969 and is a co-educational independent school which provides a British education for children aged three to eighteen. The school is based in one of the most prestigious residential areas of Madrid in Avenida Alfonso XIII. The School is a member of the National Association of British Schools in Spain ( NABSS) and is inspected by this body as well as by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
    Avda. Alfonso XIII, 164 - 28016 Madrid - (+34) 915612717

  • St George's British School, Madrid

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    One of the successful St George's chain of schools. The school aims:
    - To provide a secure, stimulating, motivating and tranquil learning environment for our pupils.
    - To help and encourage pupils to achieve their best and to attain the highest possible academic level.
    - To provide a British education in a bicultural environment.
    - To help prepare pupils for adult life by encouraging self-confidence, mutual respect, a sense of duty and ethical values.
    - To ensure pupils benefit from Spain´s language and culture through complementary Spanish studies.

    The fully equipped and modern facilities are situated on 9.000m2 grounds. Facilities include: purpose built classrooms (music, art, ICT), special needs classrooms, indoor sport facilities / gymnasium, kitchen and dining hall, outdoor play areas, outdoor sport facilities, assembly room, library and science laboratories. "All the classrooms in the school our bright, spacious and fully equipped. Overall our facilities offer a pleasant, stimulating and secure environment for teaching and learning."
    c/ Salvia, 40, 28109 Alcobendas (La Moraleja) Madrid 691 489 028

  • St Michael's School

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    St Michael´s School is a private Catholic bilingual School offering education to girls and boys from the age of two through to eighteen. It was founded over 30 years ago and currently has 3 sites in the suburbs of Madrid and another in Segovia which also offers a boarding section. The Nursery department is a recognised British School following the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage and commencing key stage1.
    Río Guadiana, 2 - 28660 Boadilla del Monte (Madrid) - (+34) 916330078