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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 43 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 53 International Schools in Madrid.

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

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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 - 2021/2022
from: €5,680
to: €13,135

International College Spain

International College Spain is the only school in Madrid offering the three prestigious IB programmes in English, providing students with a stimulating academic curriculum in a caring learning environment combined with a unique international focus.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €10,332
to: €21,735
Reviews
(5 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 - 2022/2023
from: €8,170
to: €15,341

SEK International School - Santa Isabel

SEK-Santa Isabel is a bilingual international school: Spanish-English. The International Baccalaureate® programmes are offered from 3 up to 12 years of age.
Curriculum
IB, Spanish
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 12
This school does not make their fees public.

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
15 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €16,800
to: €16,800

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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 - 2022/2023
from: €6,955
to: €10,407

King's College The British School of Madrid - Chamartín

King’s Infant School in Madrid’s city centre is part of King’s Group, a prominent education organisation founded in 1969, which provides a high-quality British education to more than 8,000 students across the globe.
The school is located in Madrid’s central business district of “Chamartín” and offers a dedicated learning campus with thoughtful in and outdoor play facilities, specifically built for children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old (from Pre-Nursery to Year 2). Like its sister schools King’s Infant School offers the English National Curriculum and is fully accredited by the Department for Education in the UK as ""Excellent"" in every category from the latest external school inspection report as a British School Overseas (BSO)
Young children are naturally inquisitive; the school embraces this to develop it into a love for discovery and learning. King’s Infant School creates inspirational learning opportunities, encouraging pupils’ first hand exploration and engagement. The quality start which they receive at King’s Infant School allows pupils to secure a solid foundation from which future learning experiences can be built upon. Success is based upon a partnership between pupils, parents and staff working together to celebrate successes and overcome challenges.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 7
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €7,350
to: €8,460

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 - 2022/2023
from: €8,600
to: €14,000
Reviews
(3 reviews)

Colegio San Patricio

Please See the educational model.
Curriculum
IB, Spanish
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €6,605
to: €13,100

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