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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 12 students / class
Maximum 17 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €8,600
to: €9,800
Address: Camino de la Zarzuela, 42 Aravaca (Madrid), Spain
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Number of students

Our full capacity is 180

Number of nationalities represented in the school

We have students form Spain, United States, Europe and Latin America

Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

Around 70% of our students are local.

Native English speaking teachers

Our teachers are licensed native teachers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

No, all students must speak English. We have support for students who do not understand Spanish.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Besides English, which is the language of instruction, we offer Spanish 6 hours weekly. In 3rd grade students start with their third language, Chinese.

Max. number of students per class

No more than 17 students per class. There is only one class in each grade. We want the school to be small and family like, since we believe it is the only way to get to know each and every one of our students and their needs.

Average number of students per class

Around 12 students in each class.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, when there is the need

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is present in our school, but it is not our main vehicle of instruction. Each classroom has a digital board and students have access to tablets, depending on the activities they are doing.
In 4th grade, each student has a Chromebook.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available


Do teachers assign homework to their students?

No homework will be sent home besides reading, for students 7 years old or younger. Starting mid 1st grade, our students have weekly homework.

Approximate hours of homework given

No more than 15 minutes every day.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We haven't reached 12th grade yet.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, we work with a team of specialists that ensure we are accommodating and giving each child what they need.

Learning support offered

Speech therapy or dislexia among others.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We adapt to the learning rhythm of each student.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students

We do have an application procedure. We want to get to know our students, how they learn best and their families.
We assess English level, as well as reading, writing and math skills.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

First step would be a family interview to explain our project and answer all doubts families may have. If they are interested in our school, then we have a more formal interview with the family where we try to learn about them and their expectations. The following step is knowing the child, where we set up an interview in a friendly environment as asses their academic level.

Waiting list

Not yet, but considering it is a small school, we believe there will be soon.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The normal timing in Spain to accept students is during spring and until June. Since we are an international school, we accept students all year around.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

School opens at 8:05, classes start at 8:45

School finish time

Classes finish at 15:45, pick up time is until 16:00

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, both. In the mornings is free of charge. In the afternoons, they can join any after school club they like.

School bus service available


School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, we adapt to the needs of our students and staff

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Soccer, basketball, judo, ballet, painting, music, flag football.

Sports activities included

During the week, the children have two hours of physical education where they work on their physical health and learn how to practice different sports.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, basketball and soccer. Ballet and judo do exhibitions twice a year.

Sports facilities at the school

Basketball court and soccer field

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Lighthouse American School is an american school with IB certification (PYP 3-12 years) and accredited by the NEASC. The school is located in Valdemarín, an exclusive neighborhood in Aravaca (Madrid). The setting is very natural and quiet, full of vegetation and glorious old trees. At Lighthouse American School you will find: · Native teachers · International atmosphere · Natural environment · Family conciliation

Teaching approach of the school

The school years is the time where students are formed as learners, as active engaged citizens, and to a great extend, it marks their opportunities for the future. That is why at Lighthouse they take this into account and try to maximize their opportunities.
1. Curricular opportunities: their students will be able to study wherever they like.
· In Spain: certification validated by the Community of Madrid
· In the USA: NEASC certification, which annually evaluates the school under 15 headings and through more than 120 indicators.
· International Baccalaureate: with its recognized prestige and academic excellence, it will allow them to study in about 50 OECD countries.

2. Opportunities for personal development: Lighthouse educate people with values.
· They train their students in social-emotional intelligence.
· They train and evaluate in the skills of the future: creativity, innovation, complex problem solving, etc.
· They help their students face the unknown, developing skills such as proactivity, resilience, analysis and problem solving.
· They help them acquire values such as sustainability, social innovation, companionship, etc.

· 3. Wellness opportunities: the habits students acquire in school will stay with them for a lifetime.

· Family conciliation

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