Understanding Spanish end of term reports

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If you’re planning on a  long term rental in Spain and have children, there are some excellent Spanish and International schools available.

Choosing the Spanish option helps your children learn the language and integrate into the country. However, it can be tough for the parents, especially when the dreaded end of term reports arrive, full of troublesome Spanish and mysterious initials.

Here’s your guide to figuring out the next end of term report.


In exams the students are normally given a mark out of 10, anything of 4 and under being a fail, 5 means that they are through by the skin of their teeth, 6 is satisfactory, 7 is good, 8 very good  and of course a 9 or 10 is an excellent mark.

Initials and general terms

NM = Necesita Mejorar – needs to improve

S  = Superado – this means your child has passed this subject

B = Bien – good

Sobresaliente = Excellent

Ausente = Absent, usually the number of days absent is recorded on the report card too. 

The body of the report

It is impossible to guess what will be written by the teacher, but here are some typical phrases to look out for:

Ha mejorado mucho – has improved a lot.      Tiene que mejorar – has to improve.      Muestra mucho interés –shows a lot of interest.      No tiene interés – has no interest.      No trae las materiales – doesn´t bring the materials.      Sigue igual – remains the same           No está atento en clase – Doesn’t pay attention in class   Es buen educado – He´s well mannered.      Es buena chica –  She’s a good girl        Está siempre tarde – is always late      Distrae facilmente – easily distracted       Su nivel de español le impede – his/her level of Spanish holds him/her back

Don’t be mistaken by the word “regular” which in English implies that something is normal but in Spanish it means less than satisfactory.

Asignaturas – Subjects:

Conocimiento – General Knowledge      Sociales – basically humanities       Historia – history and Geografia – geography.      Plástica – Art and Crafts      Medio Ambiente – Environmental Studies      Matemática – Maths      Inglés – English      Lengua – Spanish language      Informática – IT (computer studies)      Technología – Technology      Alemán – German      Francés – French      Recreo – recreation time      Física – physics      Ciencias Naturales – Natural Science      Química – Chemistry      Biología – Biology

Michelle Lewis is a Spanish Teacher, Translator and Interpretor. She can help with a wide range of issues in Spanish including; NIE, residency, registering at the medical centre, medical appointments, importation of cars, problems with the Town Hall, the gestor, the police, or Telefonica. Email michellejlewis@hotmail.com or call 680 155 254 for more information.

If you’re considering moving to Spain and would like information on the different areas and their proximity to schools, we’ve produced some excellent Costa del Sol Area Guides describing all the popular areas along the coast and will be expanding these to include other parts of Spain this year. On our website there are also lots of Spainish long-term rental properties for you to search through.

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