Educational offer in Madrid
Madrid offers a wide variety of schools for your children. You can choose among public, state-assisted and private.
Public schools are secular, free and many of them bilingual (Spanish and English education). To access to any of them, you must know the requirements dictated by the Madrid Government. March is generally the month to apply for admission.
State-assisted schools are governed by the same admission system as publics, but its management is private. Most are Catholic and teach all classes in Spanish.
The list of private schools is wide and varied. Some private schools are also international, offering a different curriculum than Spanish. Most international schools in Madrid follow the British curriculum. but you can also find schools from other countries: France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Japan, USA, etc.
The admission to these centers depends solely on their individual requirements.
Many private schools are religious, some are secular with optional religion classes (such as public schools) and only some of them are secular and don´t offer any religious classes.
Classes begin in early to mid-September and end in mid to late June.
Some schools offer in July activities and summer camps for their students and other children.
The school hours are from 9 am until 4-5 pm. Most schools are open before and take care for children whose parents begin earlier to work. Many also offer breakfast.
The afternoon departure time varies from one school to another, but all offer extracurricular activities and sports after school.
All children are required to have school lunches. Some schools have their own kitchen where they make daily menus, and other have arranged a catering service that brings prepared food to the school every day. Only very few schools give the option to bring your own food.
Many schools organise bus routes for their students.
If you are planning to move to Madrid with your family, it is important to organise the schools admissions as soon as possible, as many international schools sometimes have no vacancies.
Our recommendation is to find first the school that best suits your family needs, and then find a house nearby. Most international schools are located in residential areas, outside the city, although you can find some of them at the center of Madrid.