One of the key questions facing new families is where to educate our children – be that in the Spanish state education system, a regional Catalan or Valencian-speaking school, or one of the many international schools in Spain. It’s a subject of much debate. 


Whether you are searching for a particular national curriculum from your home nation or a local state school with a good language or international department, there are many options for expat families living in Spain. If you are moving to one of the 5 popular expat regions we have links to below, the education opportunities increase.


Whatever your choice, the following sections aim to give an insight into the English education choices available to parents here in Spain and the at times complex lottery of applying for a state placement. Follow the regional links below for the guide to the best rated multilingual and international schools in Spain – covering Catalonia, Madrid, The Balearic Islands, Andalucia and the Costa Blanca, as recommended by local parents based in each of these regions.


In the Spanish School System section below you’ll also find a breakdown of the different stages of Spanish state education system, as well information about homeschooling and some options for children with different special needs and developmental issues.


Do please add comments of your own to a school your child is attending to help other parents make this important decision for their own families.


In the below regions of Andalucia, Catalonia, Valencia & Murcia, The Balearics and Madrid you’ll find nurseries, forest schools, multilingual colegios and a wide range of international schools in Spain. Spanish-language schools will offer either the Bachillerato or a Formación Profesional, while many private or international schools in Spain can offer multilingual education paths and diverse qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, British A-Levels, American High School Diploma or SATs (or indeed a combination of the above).