International Schools in Andalucia
When raising a family in southern Spain, or on the Costa del Sol, one of the most important decisions is which education system and/or what international schools in Andalucia to choose for your children. Andalucia is the autonomous region covering a wide area including Malaga and Marbella, with many American, British and international schools to choose from.
Pre-school and Early Years in Andalucia
Some of the best pre-school and early years options include The Globe and Toy Box nursery schools in Granada, and The Alma Forest Pre-School in the Pinar Del Rey nature park near San Roque, offering a personalised, holistic approach to early years education for little ones aged 3 to 6.
International Schools in Andalucia
Some of the top international schools in Andalucia include the Sotogrande International School, an IB day-and-boarding school with over 40 nationalities. SEK-Alborán in El Ejido, Almería is a member of the IB® World Schools International Community, offering an International Baccalaureate education for pupils aged 3 to 18 from all over the world.
British families have an excellent range of international schools in Andalucia to choose from, with a school to suit every child’s requirements.
Schools for Younger Children in Andalucia
For younger children, The International School Estepona, is a British primary school and nursery, situated in Benavista, Estepona, in the heart of “The New Golden Mile” on the Costa del Sol. Calpe School in Marbella is another international nursery and primary school following the British National Curriculum for boys and girls aged 2 to 10 years.
British-Style Schools in Andalucia
Some of the best British-style schools in Malaga include the Laude San Pedro International College (offering GCSEs, A-Levels and the Spanish Bachillerato) and Novaschool Sunland International, a private school with a British International Curriculum for students from 3 to 18 years old. Considered to be the oldest British school on the Costa del Sol, St Anthony’s College is another excellent option located between Mijas and Fuengirola.
Bilingual Schools in Andalucia
Sunny View School in Torremolinos teaches a programme based on the English national curriculum as well as being fully authorised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The Benalmadena International College is a modern and dynamic British school located in Nueva Torrequebrada, between Benalmádena Costa and Fuengirola and also approved by both the British Council and the Spanish Education Authority. The British School of Malaga is a very highly regarded institution offering a British education in a bicultural environment complemented by immersive Spanish studies. An IB World School, Colegio Internacional Torrequebrada (CIT) in Benalmadena is authorised by both the British Council for Early Years and Primary and the Spanish Education Ministry in Secondary and Baccalaureate.
British Schools in Southern Andalucia
Further South, Aloha International College offers a British-style education for international families in Marbella, enabling students to gain qualifications from both the British and Spanish examination systems. Other top English schools in Marbella include Swans International School (offering GCSEs and IB), Mayfair International Academy and The English International College (both of which offer GCSES, AS and A2 Levels).
British Schools in Inland Andalucia
Further inland, The International School of Andalucia in Seville offers IGCSEs and A-Levels and the Colegio Británico de Sevilla (CBS) teaches the National Curriculum of England and Wales, with most classes taught in English, incorporating Spanish language, history and culture as an integral part of the syllabus.
Other British Schools in Andalucia
Other popular British schools in Andalucia include the Almuñecar International School (or AIS) in Almuñécar on the Costa Tropical near Granada. AIS is a not-for-profit school founded by a consortium of parents for both Spanish and international families seeking a British-style education at a more affordable cost, for pupils aged 3 to 19 years.
Multilingual Education in Andalucia
Additionally there are top British schools in Almería, Córdoba and The English Centre (El Centro Ingles) in Cádiz, all offering British style exams and a multilingual education for expat families in Andalucia.
If you need more information before choosing an English speaking international school in Andalucia, read this Expatica guide to enrolling your child in the Spanish state education system.
This is the Mumabroad.com directory of the best international schools in Andalucia, recommended by parents living along the Costa del Sol and further inland in the surrounding region. Do please let us know if you have any comments or recommendations of your own to add regarding a school that your children currently attend.