Schools in Spain

A brief overview of the Spanish School System

The school year in Spain is divided into trimesters: September to December, January to March and April to June. You will have two weeks of Christmas holidays, one week of Easter holidays in March/April and every now and then a long weekend due to a public holiday. Summer holidays are from the end of June to mid September.

In Spain you will graduate after 12 years. Depending on your age, you will attend either the third or fourth year of secondary school (3rd or 4th de la E.S.O.) or the first or second year of higher secondary school (1st or 2nd del Bachillerato).
If you want to get detailed information about the Spanish school system, take a closer look at this document:

State Schools and Private Schools

It's your choice!
If you choose a State School, we will first find you a host family and then enroll you in the nearest school so that you don't have a long way to get there. The school day starts at around 8:30 in the morning and ends around 14:00. You will have lunch with your host family.
If you are interested in the Private School Program, you can choose one of the schools listed here. They all have an excellent reputation.
Classes end around 17:00 hrs. At noon you will eat in the school canteen.


The school offers both the American curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The school is located in a quiet and privileged residential area. The town of Pozuelo de Alarcón is only 20 minutes by train from the centre of Madrid.

Students can be accommodated either in the boarding school or with a host family. Accommodation in the school's residence is in double rooms with private bathrooms.

What makes the school special:
  • Students will certainly not be bored at this school. There is a very wide range of extracurricular activities on offer.
  • Whether you stay at the boarding school or with a host family, you can take part in all the school excursions and activities that Aquinas organises at the weekend.
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The Boarding school from the outside.

Kristin and Alejandra, the director of the International Departments, in the boarding school.

One of the cosy rooms.



The school is located in the town of Castilleja de la Cuesta, just 6 km from beautiful Seville. Students can reach the city centre in just 15 minutes by bus.
Yago school offers the International Baccalaureate and the Spanish Curriculum.

What makes the school special:
What sets the Yago School apart is its open and forward-looking attitude:

- Year 11 students are offered a two-week internship in a top Spanish company. The students can thus get a taste of Spanish professional life.
- Some lessons are held in the fresh air. In a climate like Seville, this is a blessing.
- Music and art have top priority!
- The Boarding facilities are amazing - brand new! 
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pool. 


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Sole and Carmen with the International Department of the School.


Kristin with the director of the school, Alexander Wickham, the director of the boarding school, Richard Lennox, and Evelyn Domínguez, the director of Admissions.

Sage College was founded in 2006 in beautiful Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz by  Norwegians. In fact, students follow the British Curriculum.

With a vibrant international community made up of local and international students, English is the main language. In this way, students can improve their English while also learning Spanish in one of the sunniest locations in Spain!

The school offers two options: the student can attend the day-school and stay with a host family or they can choose to live at the modern Sage - Boarding school which is integrated in the same building.

If you would like to study in a British School, but with blue sky and sunshine, that is the school for you!

The special offers:

  • In Year 12, students can organise their own timetable in many respects. If their Spanish is not yet good enough, they can also take some of the Spanish subjects as guest students.

  • The school is characterised by its pleasant family atmosphere. There are only 10 students in some courses. This allows for a high level of individualised attention.

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The Camarena Canet school is located in the town of Canet d'En Berenguer. The beach is just a few minutes from the school and sunny Valencia is a 30-minute drive away.

The school offers the International Baccalaureate and the Spanish curriculum.

What makes the school special: 

- Spanish lessons and English support
are offered to international students at no extra cost.
The atmosphere at the school is very friendly. Silvia, the director, is fantastic! She is the perfect combination of professionalism and warmth!

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Kristin with Luis, head of the International Department and Silvia, the school director.



Socrates Educa International School was founded as a reference school in the south of the beautiful region of Catalonia. The location is perfect: right on the Mediterranean coast with great beaches. Tarragona is a 15-minute drive away and Barcelona a good hour. Both cities are easily accessible by train.

Students can choose to study the Spanish Baccalaureate or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

What makes the school special: 

  • The Spanish curriculum and the IB are taught entirely in English. Only the Spanish subject is taught in Spanish. The school is therefore suitable for students who enjoy an English education in Spain and also want to acquire a good knowledge of the Spanish language.
  • The school has its own educational project, "Sòcrates Educa". The aim was to create an innovative, international, pluralistic, inclusive and avant-garde school.

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Kristin with the school's international department
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