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CurriculumsIB and Spanish
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 3 to 12
Yearly fees: Not public
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Spanish
Native English and Spanish teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Spanish)
Class sizes Average 16 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2023/2024.

Address: Calle San Ildefonso, 18, 28012 Madrid Spain
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English and Spanish speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish

Yes. Immersion Program to give individualized support to non-native Spanish speakers

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, German and Chinese

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

PDI in each class, access to tablets and laptops for IT learning and inquiry. Digital books for 5th & 6th grades. Full student access to Microsoft 365. Robotics kits and 3D printers to support IT & Maker competencies.

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)

Yes. In addition to providing a virtual classroom when necessary, we provide a hybrid model allowing our teachers to provide classes in-person and online simultaneously.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

SEK Santa Isabel is a non-denominational school. Catholic religion is a mandatory elective by the Spanish Ministry. Students have the option to choose Civics Values or Catholic Religion.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Due to the mandatory nature of Catholic Religion as a subject, Civics-Values is the alternative. In addition, diversity is celebrated as we promote global citizenship and international mindedness throughout our school.

External examinations or assessments available

Spanish Ministry exams (EP3 & EP6), Cambridge YLE & PET exams, Alliance Français DELF, Goethe FIT1

Results in these examinations

100% pass

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, in Primary.

Approximate hours of homework given

Primary 1 -3: 15 min max daily, Primary 4-6: 30 min max daily.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

The School´s Guidance Counselling team collaborates with school staff, parents, students and the community to create a safe and respectful learning environment helping students achieve academic success and develop social/emotional skills.
Counsellors work both on diagnosis and treatment of learning difficulties, including adaptations.
The school also offers support in psychological counsel and speech therapists.
The Immersion Program provides individualized support to non-native Spanish speakers

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The school offers adapted curriculum and personalized support for gifted, able and talented students.
In addition, the Stellar Program offers a full learning curriculum for school students on Saturdays.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Evaluation practices depend on the age of the student. All evaluations consider firstly social interaction between members of the family and with school staff. Additionally basic competencies are reviewed for Early Years students and assessments introduce curricular requirements as the ages go up. Maths, Reading, Writing and English are the main focus for Kindergarten and Primary

Waiting list

Yes, if necessary, but currently only specific grades

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Registration is open year round.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

9:00 am

School finish time

4:30 - 5:15 pm (gradual dismissal)

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available

Yes. Class teachers are the bus monitors ensuring personalized care.

School provided lunches


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

Yes. Menu is adapted by nutritionists.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Karate, Dance, Gymnastics, Football, Chess, Robotics, Storytime, Theater/Drama, Yearbook, Story Makers, British Counsel English enrichment, Flamenco, Fencing, Magic, Yoga, Music Theory, Instruments: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Percussion, Kumon, Choir, Chinese, Debate and Oratory.

Sports activities included

Swimming, Racquet Sports, Football, Athletics, General Coordination (Early Years)

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school

Library, Art Room, Music Room, Maker Space (IT & Project development space), School Urban Gardens, Outdoor Recess.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, Outdoor playgrounds

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Nestled in the historical center of Madrid, SEK Santa Isabel, is the only school in the center of Madrid offering the International Baccalaureate®’s Primary Years Program.
Students learn in real world settings where their classroom extends to the, palaces, traditional markets, parks and museums, such as the Reina Sofía Museum, the Prado Museum, The Royal Conservatory of Madrid and Buen Retiro Park. The school has the unique opportunity to continually collaborate with these and many other nearby entities to further connect learning with experts in the artistic, cultural, historical, scientific, or entrepreneurial fields.
SEK Santa Isabel is known for its close and ongoing contact with families, personalized attention, educational innovation and excellence, and multicultural environment.

Teaching approach of the school

The International Baccalaureate´s Primary Education Program called “PYP” is a trans-disciplinary programme of international education, designed to promote children’s integral development. Its purpose is to encourage a complete and all- round development, focusing on students’ social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs, as well as their academic potential. The philosophy of the Primary Education Programme has a direct influence on our young students, which goes on to be expressed in a series of personal attributes and qualities ideal for a student with an international perspective. Focusing on Inquiry and connection to real-world concerns and solutions, allows children to apply knowledge, connect learning, and maintain motivation while maintaining high standards of academic excellence.

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