Best 10 International Schools in Madrid

International Education in Madrid

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If you’re considering becoming an expat in Europe, there are few better places to base yourself than Spain. It has a great climate, a relaxed and family-oriented way of life, and plenty of culture and history to soak up.

Lucky for you, it also has one of the highest numbers of international schools on the continent, and at some of the lowest prices.

While school fees may be lower in Spain than elsewhere in Europe, in Madrid they are unfortunately higher than the national average. The yearly cost also does not include ‘extras’ like meals, transport or extra-curricular activities.

That being said, there are still many worthy contenders to check out in the Spanish capital.

A unique feature of international schools in Madrid is the high proportion of local Spanish students. In some schools, some 80% of the student body is made up of local kids.

This is in part because many international schools are state subsidised. To be granted funding by the Spanish government they must meet certain criteria, one of which is offering a minimum of 25% of school places to native children. Each class must also have at least 20% local students.

Subsidised international schools must also teach a bilingual curriculum, i.e the Spanish curriculum alongside foreign curricula. They must teach through Spanish as well as other languages. And subsidised or not, every international school must be approved by their country’s embassy.

English is the most common language of instruction in Madrid’s international schools, but due to the large numbers of local students, Spanish often rules in hallways and playgrounds. You can be sure your child will pick up the local language quickly!

There are a selection of international schools in or close to the centre of Madrid. However, the majority are located in leafy suburbs on the city’s outskirts, between the bustling city and the lush mountains. These schools usually have much bigger campuses with plenty of outdoor sports grounds and surrounding grounds.

Madrid’s international schools cater for children from age 2 or 3 right up to 18 years. Secondary education in Spain is compulsory up to age 16, after which students can opt to complete a ‘Bachillerato’ for a further two years. Some international schools will take students up to pre-Bachillerato level only.

European curricula rule in Spain’s international schools, with the British national curriculum being the most common. Outside of Europe, you’ll find plenty of schools offering the American curriculum, but not much else.

The school day runs from 9am to 2pm for primary school, and slightly later (around 3pm) for secondary students. Class sizes are small to medium, with around 25 students per class being the norm.

Native English-speaking teachers are commonplace in Madrid’s international schools. As Spain is a largely Catholic country, it’s not uncommon to see international schools run with a Catholic or Christian ethos too. As with any large capital city however, it’s easy to find just about any type of school in Madrid.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Madrid. However, there are another 38 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Madrid based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Madrid

Out of a total of 48 International Schools in Madrid.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Recommended Schools

King's College The British School of Madrid - Chamartín

Experienced and passionate British teachers. Conveniently located in the Chamartín district of central Madrid offering purpose-built facilities for children between the ages of 2 and 7.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 7
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €5,180
to: €7,728
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St. George Madrid

We are a private British school, located in Madrid, with classes from 2 to 18 years old. We have students from more than 40 different nationalities who, from the first day, learn English with native teachers.
Curriculum
IB, British, Spanish
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €6,500
to: €12,760
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King's College The British School of Madrid - Soto de Vinuelas

We are a co-educational day and boarding school which provides British education for children between ages of 20 months and 18 years. It’s located on an attractive 12-acre site in a leafy suburb of Tres Cantos called Soto de Viñuelas.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €5,180
to: €16,194
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King's College The British School of Madrid - La Moraleja

King's College The British School of Madrid - La Moraleja offers academic excellence for over 600 students between the ages of 3 and 16. La Moraleja is located just 15 minutes drive from the city centre in one of the most desirable residential areas in Madrid.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 16
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €5,180
to: €12,633
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Maxwell School

Maxwell School has a small teacher/student ratio; as a result it is able to provide all students with a tailor-made education that addresses students' strengths and individual needs.
Curriculum
British
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
4 to 14
Yearly fees - 2018/2019
from: €8,348
to: €12,000
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Scandinavian School of Madrid

Happiness, respect for others, creativity, independent thinking, lifelong learning, empathy
Curriculum
British, Swedish
Languages of instruction
English, Swedish
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €6,520
to: €9,774
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Laude Fontenebro School

Laude Fontenebro School is a private, bilingual (English/Spanish), co-educational day school for children aged 1-18 in Moralzarzal, in the northwest of Madrid. We belong to ISP (International Schools Partnership) with seven schools in Spain and one school in Cambridge (UK). We impart the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). German and French as Second Language in Primary-Sixth Form. Emotional Education (Botin Foundation), Bachillerate in Arts. 100% English Immersion for Pre-Nursery children.
Curriculum
British, Spanish
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €3,243
to: €5,590
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Endaze British International School

British education with native English-speaking teachers, qualified and experienced with the British Curriculum. Special focus on the personal and social development of each student, based on the school values: Respect, Honesty, Responsability, Kindness and Equality.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Holy Mary British Catholic School

We are a unique British Catholic school in the heart of Madrid. All children are educated through strong morals and with excellent behavior. Boys and girls learn with each other. Children learn to have respect for each other, support each other and enjoy learning. All children are encouraged to achieve their full potential.
Curriculum
British, Catholic
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Colegio San Patricio

Please See the educational model.
Curriculum
IB, Spanish
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €7,750
to: €9,550
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