In the modern world, education in Spain for schoolchildren and students has become one of the most popular in Europe, second only to education in the UK and Ireland. The particularities of education in Spain can lead to a dead end, since, at first glance, the education system in Spain is quite confusing. However, experts present to your attention not only a list of the best educational institutions in Spain that accept foreign students for their education , but also the peculiarities of secondary education in Spain in general.
Why Spain? Many students from all over the world choose this country in particular, since education in Spanish schools is mainly focused on the personal development of each of the students, teachers place great emphasis on individual work with students and help the latter decide on their future profession or specialization at the university. In addition, foreign languages are taught in Spanish schools from the beginning.
Top best 20 schools in Spain
1.SEK Ciudalcampo International School - El Castillo
With a demanding and quality educational model recognized nationally and internationally, they belong to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), which is committed to its three programs (the Primary School, the Middle Years, and the Diploma).
They have the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation, which requires teaching and management staff to be at the forefront of pedagogical methodologies. And they are part of the international association Round Square, made up of 168 centers, whose objective is to serve as a platform for future leaders.
The main axes of its educational program are excellent curricular preparation, intense education in languages and values, and a commitment to methodological innovation. Their teachers educate under the principles of multiple intelligences, promoting the development of their individual capacities.
It seeks to create a stimulating educational environment in which, with information technology tools, the desire to learn is awakened. In addition to the multilingual project - it has the International Dual Baccalaureate diploma - social cooperation activities are carried out at national and international level with organizations such as the Red Cross.
It has its own dining room (which includes breakfast), a sports school, various extracurricular activities and summer courses, medical service and speech therapist, among others.
3.Balder School Center
Through its own educational system and in constant analysis of the pedagogical avant-garde, it seeks to educate committed people. The objective is to achieve the maximum autonomy of the students through values such as responsibility, motivation to learn and increased self-esteem. In addition, it seeks to develop personal talents by fostering creativity, teamwork and individual challenges. Learning is achieved through practice, not memory.
The school has a gifted program, of which more than 10% of the school community is part. Their talents, abilities, and abilities are enhanced to achieve balanced development, allowing students to delve into areas such as research, experimentation, and creation.
With a bilingual language project since childhood, it is the official exam center for the Cambridge English tests. In addition, your students can choose between physical activities in their sports club such as taekwondo, parkour and breakdance, or more common ones such as football or artistic gymnastics.
4. British Council School
The British Council School, founded in 1940 in Madrid, is the first British school in Spain that provides bilingual education for children from two to 18 years old (80% of classes are in English, the rest are in Spanish). Its educational program promotes success and passion for languages, literature, performing arts, sports, as well as the ability to speak publicly. Always promote Spanish and British culture together, so that students learn and enjoy the best of both countries.
The Somosaguas campus of the British Council School.
The educational model is based on the English National Curriculum, which guarantees a high level of education and access to the best universities in Spain, the UK, the USA and other countries. All this contributes to the promotion of the basic values of citizens who are able to withstand such challenges of the modern world as stability, loyalty, friendly relations, flexibility and the desire to succeed.
Outside of the classrooms of the British Council, education does not stop. The school has sports facilities, a library and laboratories that complement the education with extracurricular activities.
5. European Lyceum
The school life of the European Lyceum covers all aspects of the student's life path - from preschool education to high school - and 95% complete it. The priority of this center is to teach happy children through an international educational model, free education and active learning. Education in the classroom and beyond is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, according to which education is protected in conditions of freedom, equal rights and respect for pluralism.
Make educational visits, study trips and exchange with other countries. Its students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities such as music lessons (piano, singing or guitar), languages (English, Chinese, French and German) and sports such as football or basketball, boxing, diving, skateboarding, etc.
The technological capabilities of the European Lyceum, a leader in the field of computer services, allowed classes to continue as usual during the pandemic. Their students connected to the virtual classroom through devices provided by the center to monitor their every activity, including sports events.
6. Colegio San Patricio Madrid
This school teaches Spanish in a multilingual program from the age of two and with the possibility of obtaining both national and international baccalaureate levels. Behind this is the San Patricio Foundation, which is responsible for the development of educational, cultural, artistic, social and international cooperation programs. Its students have the opportunity to participate, among other things, in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Program and in volunteer activities.
Thanks to jazz groups, choirs and orchestras, the art in this school is consolidated as another of its pillars. Not only when it comes to ear training. As well as plastic and fine art, which are complemented by visits to galleries and museums. Science has an important weight, which is presented in the Research program, which its students attend to demonstrate their teamwork skills, perseverance, effort and rigor. The center has a scholarship system, which is received by more than a dozen students.
7. English Montessori School (TEMS)
The TEMS teaching method is based on the Montessori philosophy, which is aimed at constructively promoting the potential of each student, preparing him for the challenges of an increasingly complex and demanding society, as well as raising awareness of international cooperation that promotes peace and harmony. To do this, the education focuses on various aspects of people's lives: intellectual, social, emotional, physical, ethical and moral. The education is individual and dynamic, conducted in spacious classrooms, and teachers have support assistants who will meet all the needs of students.
The British curriculum is taught from a very early age, although it is mixed with subjects in Spanish, such as language and social sciences.
A wide catalog of extracurricular activities, such as men's and women's football clubs, judo, tennis, multisport, ballet, rhythmic gymnastics, funk dancing, African drums, theater, rock school. And, of course, other languages, such as Chinese, German or French.
8.San Patricio Toledo International School
The International School of San Patricio Toledo combines local culture and traditions with modern education. In addition to studying in a hybrid system between national and international, its students can participate in various activities, such as volunteering, social projects, individual and team sports, as well as art, music, dance and theater lessons. Teachers teach boys and girls diversity, taking into account the different characteristics that make up a person (their race, gender, origin, sexual orientation, special needs, religion and social class).
As for facilities, in addition to basic facilities such as a library, biology, physics and chemistry laboratories and sports fields, the center has a swimming pool, athletics tracks, an orchard, gardens or conference rooms. The environment is equipped with a high-quality teaching staff, medical care and a psychological office to meet all the needs of students.
9. St. Peter's School Barcelona
St. Peter's School Barcelona is a private international school for students from 12 months to 18 years old, where they are ready to face various challenges that they will face in life. To do this, he seeks to educate critical and open-minded thinkers who are ready to live, study and work wherever they want. The main element of education is bilingualism, although this does not mean that other subjects that provide scientific, technological, humanistic and communicative knowledge necessary for boys and girls are left aside.
The pedagogical project is based on providing answers to a world full of challenges and constantly changing, so it corresponds to the latest trends in education, such as the full inclusion of new information technologies in student learning tools.
The international curriculum focuses on scientific methods and contextual learning. In other words, the goal is for students to be able to independently conduct the entire research process, starting with observation, through research and ending with the development of a final hypothesis.
10.Royal College of Madrid-Alicante-Mercia
Royal College Group schools have a long and outstanding tradition of leadership in the field of education. Its mission is to deliver a high-quality British education, providing all students with a transformative learning experience.
Effective and innovative learning based on the latest trends in British educational practice, allowing students to achieve their academic goals and improve their prospects for the future. At the same time, individual talent is encouraged and the importance of comprehensive education in all areas of development is emphasized: physical, emotional and social.
New technologies are fully integrated into the educational model of Royal College Group schools. All classes in their schools are equipped with interactive whiteboards and Wi-Fi, and students have individual electronic devices to monitor their classes both in educational institutions and from home. They have a library, laboratories, computer, music and art rooms, courts, gyms and tracks for various sports.
11.Seville International School-San Francisco de Paula
The basics of studying at the International School of Seville-San Francisco de Paula are respect and work. Its goals are to promote the well-being of its students, stimulate their feelings, promote the development of citizenship and instill rights and responsibilities. All this is from a teaching with ideological and secular independence.
Students of this educational institution have the opportunity to learn bilingualism from preschool education to obtaining an international baccalaureate. Visits, excursions, theater performances, concerts and conferences, among other things, are included in school hours, which are aimed at developing entrepreneurship, reflection, critical thinking, as well as the intellectual and cultural character of the student. An example of this is the program of the National Conference, which is dedicated to different countries every year. His goal is to bring a universal and European dimension to the cultural environment of his students, so that they grow up as tolerant and open people. Volunteering and solidarity actions were not left aside.
12. Basic School
Founded in 1962 as part of the Institución Libre de Enseñanza, the current educational model of this center is based on a combination of its origin, constructivism and neurodidactics. The combination of all these factors creates a pedagogical trend aimed at dynamic, collaborative and interactive learning. Thus, it strives to provide the student with tools that will allow him to develop his own procedures for solving life situations. Always accompanied by teachers and their families and taking into account the emotions that each experience awakens.
For this purpose, the school has - in addition to the national curriculum and the IB program-an educational, emotional and social intellectual project, as well as programs of coexistence and learning in diversity. It has a library of emotions for developing students ' creative abilities, scientific experiments in elementary school, robotics classes, seminars on environmental education and environmental education, as well as solidarity projects.
Other areas are also not ignored, such as languages (four, besides Spanish: English, French, German and Chinese) or cultural and sports events.
13. Agora Sant Cugat International School
The Agora International School in Barcelona is part of the Globeducate group and has an international curriculum that includes IB. The educational project is multilingual and allows students to master English (in which 50% of subjects are taught), French and German.
In addition to languages, music and visual arts, they improve students ' communication skills. The school has a direct connection with the Conservatorio del Liceo de Barcelona, which allows its students to receive a basic music diploma. In addition, there are lessons in painting, drawing or fine art. In addition to physical education and swimming lessons, the school has a sports center and a semi-Olympic swimming pool to convey to students the importance of physical activity for health.
14.Sotogrande International School
This international Baccalaureate and boarding school offers individual education that aims to interest students, help them discover their strengths, identify their hobbies and develop outstanding learning skills, while the tutor is a fundamental figure. Students take interdisciplinary programs.
education with the help of technologies is accredited by the Apple Center certificate. During the quarantine of 2020, in addition to full-fledged work in the virtual classroom, students had the necessary computer equipment to be able to monitor classes from home.
Another pillar that this school is proud of is multiculturalism. Representatives of more than 40 nationalities coexist in it, which enriches the cultural experience of the entire school community and helps to teach students diversity and values of respect for other cultures, races, religions and lifestyles.
15.Los Sauces School
The Los Sauces education methodology is active, straightforward and constantly updated. Students actively and dynamically interact with the teacher. In his system, excursions and trips are necessary for getting in touch with the city and nature. His last support is the constant updating and constant updating of pedagogical techniques.
Infrastructure: libraries, laboratories, sports facilities (courts and swimming pools), gardens and computerized classrooms with an Internet connection to be able to combine outdoor learning with technological experience (with support for cybersecurity education ). This approach made it easier to switch to telecolledge during the pandemic, when students were provided with the necessary equipment.
Los Sauces schools also have services such as a psychology room, their own kitchen and nutritionists, which they consider necessary for the growth and well-being of their students. People who have received an education in the arts and sciences come out of their classrooms with an open and comprehensive vision of the world and its diversity.
It puts into practice various educational models according to the school stage and pedagogical evidence. In Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary, the Sunrise Program is carried out, an international plan that seeks to awaken the natural interest in learning, provide the necessary tools for the search and management of information, and enhance the collaboration skills and leadership of students .
The Tablet Assisted Learning Project integrates iPads into the classroom to develop digital skills and allow the student to create a personal learning environment. It also has the Entusiasmat program to teach mathematics in a contextualized way and adapted to the reality of the students. And thinking routines are carried out to foster skills.
In addition, they have classes in programming, robotics and 3D design, and sports and cultural activities.
17.Laude Fontenebro School
A comprehensive and personalized educational project, in accordance with the qualities, aptitudes and values of its students, who learn in a welcoming, pleasant and comfortable environment, and with a teacher who cares about their emotional well-being as the basis for their learning. This is understood as a process of constant improvement, and is carried out with the 'good struggle' method, with which the student leaves their comfort zone and overcomes manageable difficulties.
Students become accustomed to both languages and new technologies from the early years, as tools for solving problems.
18.The English Center
From kindergarten to high school, the center has its own curriculum that guarantees a student profile prepared for an international environment. The school has a great interest in instilling an awareness of social responsibility, it offers an education to make its students tolerant, generous and committed people.
The methodology is based on the love of learning, improvement and the use of different vehicular languages. Decision-making, initiative, critical spirit and creativity are promoted. Always taking care of the individual, but also cooperation.
Solid and established values are combined with constant innovation and a staff of specialized teachers in the different subjects of the curriculum and extracurricular activities (among which various sports and artistic activities such as dance or music stand out). In addition, it has a tutoring plan to closely monitor the development of each student.
The Vizcaya School is a Cooperative for the Teaching of Parents of Students that assumes the cooperative principles formulated by the International Cooperative Alliance. Its educational objective is to help students structure their personality and achieve progressive levels of personal autonomy.
The pedagogical methodology is a mix between constructivism, meaningful learning and active learning. That is to say, the student acquires tools to obtain knowledge in an active way, investigating, participating, experimenting and creating. Connected with the social and natural environment, and always in deep respect for diversity. The center is also committed to an individualized education taking into account the differences between its students, but without neglecting teamwork.
It has a department of psychology and guidance, which aims to guide and support children in all aspects of their development and emotional well-being. Sports spaces, own dining room, school transport and other services complete its offer.
20. Irabia-Izaga School
School life at the Irabia-Izaga School begins with just one year and, since then, it has begun to work in English with the students. It is also the only school in Navarra accredited as a Cambridge Educational Partner School for implementing its methodology in the classroom. It also has the international PSQM and ISTF certifications that certify the quality of science teaching in English. Beyond the bilingualism that accompanies the student in all his stages, the educational model is mixed during the infant stage and of education differentiated by sex in all the rest of the stages.
This institution carries out various educational innovation projects around various areas: critical and creative thinking, communicative competence, cultural and artistic competence, digital competence, global competence and cooperative learning.