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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 the top 10 international schools in Madrid according to our users. However, there are another 49 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.

Recommended Schools

Thames British School

Thames British School is a leading International School in Madrid. We provide high quality education following the Cambridge International Programme AS/A Levels and IB Diploma Programme. We offer the full complement of education from the ages of 1 to 18 years old.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €4,725
to: €11,550
Reviews
(2 reviews)

The Global College

The Global College is an innovative IB boarding and day school in the center of Madrid. Our highly personalized curriculum, superb career guidance, and urban campus provide an amazing pre-university experience.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
16 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €17,700
to: €17,700
Reviews
(1 review)

Lighthouse American School

The school where we would have liked to go.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 14
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: €8,600
to: €9,800
Reviews
(4 reviews)

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 - 2023/2024
from: €8,170
to: €16,270
Reviews
(1 review)

International School of Madrid

We are a family school in the heart of Madrid, and since 1971 have been offering a quality British education to children aged 2 to 18 from all over the world. We are known for our child-centred approach, happy atmosphere and high standards of academic achievement.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €5,765
to: €13,685
Reviews
(2 reviews)

Best 10 International Schools in Madrid

Out of a total of 59 International Schools in Madrid.

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

Fontenebro International 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, International
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €3,560
to: €6,220

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 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €4,600
to: €14,000
Reviews
(4 reviews)

Brewster Madrid

Brewster prioritizes joyful learning and is committed to continuous improvement through innovation and research. We offer students the opportunity to shape their educational journey so that each student has the skills, confidence, and desire to exert a positive impact on the world. All Brewster students belong to an inclusive and welcoming network that stretches across the globe. This inclusiveness helps our students build a deep sense of recognition, respect, and appreciation for different cultural, ethnic, and national groups. In essence, Brewster strives to provide students with a humanistic and meaningful education - an education that empowers our students to become good citizens who recognize, appreciate, and positively impact both their local and global communities.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: €6,180
to: €23,014
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €6,090
to: €10,100

Casvi International American School

Established in 2017, Casvi International American School is a private, international, co-ed school, located in Tres Cantos, and based on the American school system whose mission is to educate and create citizens of the world.
Curriculum
IB, American
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €6,240
to: €9,970

Virtus The British Sixth Form College

Virtus is a Sixth Form College, a British school specialising solely in the A-Level stage (15-18 years of age) and university entry. The mission is to bring out the potential of future generations by offering them a cutting-edge education focused on personalisation, innovation and excellence.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
16 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €23,000
to: €23,000

Thames British School

Thames British School is a leading International School in Madrid. We provide high quality education following the Cambridge International Programme AS/A Levels and IB Diploma Programme. We offer the full complement of education from the ages of 1 to 18 years old.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €4,725
to: €11,550
Reviews
(2 reviews)
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
12 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
Reviews
(8 reviews)

Agora Madrid International School

Agora International School Madrid is a private, bilingual international school in Madrid. It focuses on achieving educational excellence via an enriched and coordinated curriculum tailored to meet the specific needs and requirements of each of its students. The school has an integrated Music School and its curriculum extends from Preschool to Pre-University. Agora's senior students are offered the opportunity to study the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Curriculum
IB, Spanish
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €3,750
to: €8,350

Colegio Suizo Madrid

We offer a multicultural, multilingual, personalized, internationally recognized education committed to the personal and social development of the student. We integrate technology and encourage creativity, critical thinking, responsibility and autonomy. Our teaching language is German, students also learn English and French, as well as Spanish.

We enjoy around 25,000 m² with green areas in a perfect location in Alcobendas, next to La Moraleja. We cover all educational stages, from the age of two. Our students obtain the "Swiss Maturity", a title approved worldwide that allows the student to choose between studying in Spain, in the rest of the European Union, in Switzerland, as well as in other countries.

Our pedagogical objective is to achieve an integral and personal education of children and young people. We are, together with the families, that partner who is at the side of the students in the first stage of their lives, with the purpose of providing them with the skills, tools and abilities necessary for them to embark on their path towards the future in a responsible, competent and successful way.
Curriculum
Spanish, Swiss
Languages of instruction
German, Spanish
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: €6,150
to: €10,430

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