Schools in Spain – Moving with family to the sun?

MiMove on 2022-03-09

Are you planning to move with your family to Spain but feel that you need a better idea of the different schools you can find there? The youngest in the family need a smooth transition to a school where they can thrive. There is a lot to consider and many questions to answer regarding something as important as education.

Time for class! – The British School of Málaga

The Spanish south coast is popular among people from all over the world. Therefore, we also see a diverse crowd of pupils here. Especially in private schools, children come from all corners of the world.

We met The British School of MálagaAltea International School and the Swedish Short-Term School in Puerto Banús and asked them to tell us a bit about themselves.

The British School of Málaga

As you might guess, English is the official language at the British School of Málaga. However, 75% of the students are from Spain, which makes Spanish the school’s unofficial language. Although most students are Spanish, we also find children from 34 other countries! Education for children between 3-18 years is offered at the British School of Málaga.

The school successfully combines three key factors: English as the learning language, a double degree, and a creative and practical learning method. The staff works to develop each student’s qualities in the best possible way.

Geography class at the British School of Málaga

The British School of Málaga was founded in 2000 and is part of the International Schools Partnership education group. It’s an open and welcoming school community that’s very family-friendly. The school has about 700 students and is located in a quiet residential area of Málaga, only 15 minutes away from the city centre and the beach. The academic year is divided into trimesters; from September until the Christmas holidays, then from the second week of January until Easter, and the third period, which begins after Easter and lasts until the last week of June.

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AIS International School

At AIS International School in Alicante, the classes are in English. In addition to Español (Spanish), children also learn Valenciano, the regional language. German is offered as a modern foreign language from 7th grade. The school offers the British curriculum for primary school (start at age 6), secondary school and A-levels (two years of academic preparation for university studies).

AIS is unique in its pedagogical approach with a Steiner-Waldorf focus, including mindfulness practice. The AIS education model provides a balanced education where equal emphasis is placed on academic results, creative expression and socio-emotional development.

Children are inspired to be creative and critical thinkers by a committed teaching team that offers a caring and supportive environment. Some lessons are held outdoors in nature where the children learn to take care of the school garden and play sports. The school year is divided into trimesters starting and ending simultaneously as at the British School of Málaga.

Learning about the power of nature at Altea International School

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Swedish Short-Term School in Puerto Banús

The Swedish Short-Term School in Puerto Banús is starting its operation during the first week of November 2020. The goal of this school is to be a good option for families who want to try out living in Spain for a while.

The children bring with them the syllabus, textbooks and digital aids from their teacher at home in Sweden. You simply move the teaching to a different location, but the teaching and learning stay the same. With a short-term school, we want to encourage Swedish families to see other cultures and extend their stay without the children’s schooling has to be an obstacle“, says the owner AnnaKarin Lundqvist. The school is for children from preschool to grade 6. Students can enrol for any amount of weeks, and they can also choose a sports profile, such as paddle or tennis.

If you plan to move to Spain with your family, the children’s change of school (or start) should not be a problem. The selection is significant, and you can usually find something that fits your child. Because Spain’s south coast is quite international, it usually’s easy for children to integrate. Especially if they already speak English.

When you can start and which courses or grades can be transferred to the new school is usually individual as it depends on the child’s previous school and grades. Feel free to consult with each school about what applies.

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The schools’ contact information:

British School of Málaga

Altea International School

Swedish Short Term School in Puerto Banús

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