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When you make the move over to a new country with your family it can be hard to now what choices to make with your children’s education. If you are renting long-term in Spain, especially in the popular expat areas such as the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava, parents can make the choice between highly regarded International schools, which educate children in English and work to the UK GCSE or A-Level systems or the International baccalaureate.
For example, parents in the Costa del Sol have a fantastic choice of 20 International schools for all ages including:
ALOHA COLLEGE, Nueva Andalucia www.aloha-college.com
BENALMADENA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE, Nueva Torrequebrada www.bic-benal.com
COLEGIO LAS CHAPAS www.attendis.com
SWANS COLLEGE, Marbella www.swansschool.net
ST. ANTHONY’S COLLEGE, Fuengirola www.stanthonyscollege.com
SUNNY VIEW SCHOOL, Torremolinos www.sunnyviewschool.com
THE ENGLISH INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE, Calahonda www.eic.edu
THE SOTOGRANDE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, www.sis.ac
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF MALAGA, Benalmadena www.interschoolmalaga.com
MAYFAIR ACADEMY, San Pedro www.mayfairacademy.com
THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, ESTEPONA www.marbellaschool.com
THE BRITISH COLLEGE, Benalmadena www.thebritishcollege.com
If your children already speak Spanish, or you would like to send them to state schools, there are also lots of excellent options. Of course it can be difficult for children to adapt to a new school and a new language, but they can quickly catch up with the others, especially if they are well prepared before they get there.
Some people are nervous about whether their children will integrate OK, or be bullied because of their nationality. Website Eye on Spain has produced an excellent guide to educating kids in Spain from their own experience and plenty of research. From this guide, there is an excellent piece about expat children going to Spanish state schools which will be a very useful resource for any parent considering this issue for their children.
Please let us know about your experience of the Spanish education system or the Spanish International schools by commenting below.