Investing in your children’s future is important, and you have several excellent choices to choose from, either between the Spanish public and private schools, or between English, Scandinavian, Finnish and German International schools.
All international schools are fee paying. Fees vary from school to school.
See our guide for a list of International Schools.
Spanish state education is open to all EU citizens and is free from pre-school to 18 years of age.
There is, however, self-payment for books, stationery and extra-curricular activities.
Villages and suburbs have their own nursery and primary schools, but secondary schools get pupils from a larger catchment area.
The catchment area is of great importance. If you're set on a particular school, make sure you look for a home in the right area.
Compulsory education is divided between Primaria and Secundaria.
Alternatively the students can opt for a Módulo Prefesional, a general training for the workplace, as long as they have their certificate to show they have completed their ESO.
Higher education - applicants for Spanish universities are expected to complete the Selectividad entrance exam in their final year of Upper Secondary education.