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American and Spanish
Ages 3 to 18

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CitySantiago de Compostela
CurriculumsAmerican and Spanish
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Boarding available
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 8 students / class
Maximum 12 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:

This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2024/2025.

Address: Travesía de Montouto, 2, 15894 Teo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

All the details about this school in their own words

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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

English as a Foreign Language
Spanish as a Second Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

German, French, Gallego.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Specific learning platforms. eg ITC are used for certain subjects. Primary and Secondary students have ICT and Robotics as a subject.

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: fully implemented learning live lessons platform was deployed since 2020 (for emergency periods only).

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Chester College has a Christian-Catholic ethos. Catholicism is offered as an optional subjects in all grades.

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

The school naturally welcomes students of all religions, or none. The school kitchen caters for student's special diets, for religious or health reasons.

External examinations or assessments available

Dual diploma if all requirements are completed: the American High School Diploma and the Spanish Título de Bachiller.
Most students sit the EBAU (Spanish University-access exams). A significant percentage sit SATs and APs.

Results in these examinations

95% pass rate.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

It depends on the grade. Lower Primary students normally have 10-15 mins of reading homework, and sometimes a little bit of Math. Upper Primary students normally need around 30 minutes of focused time, but not necessarily every day. Homework time will increase proportionately in Middle and High School, particularly around assessment period.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The school assessed every case individually. A suitable individual learning program is offered to a student with special learning needs, in all cases where - post-assessment - the School's Board decides that the School can pull together all the necessary internal & external resources the student's particular situation requires.

Learning support offered

Individual learning programs.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The school is ideally suited for gifted children, due to its small teacher:student ratio that allows very personalised individual learning programs, built around the child's strengths and weaknesses.

Student access to education psychologist

Students in need of an educational psychologist are referred to an outside professional who works closely with the school.

Entry evaluation for students

Student Assessment.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Interviews with family and prospective students. Presentation of previous school transcripts. Language level assessments (English /Spanish) and subject-level evaluations (particularly Math or Chemistry) performed through in-house internal tests, if required.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline, but registration prior to June is highly recommended.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

Kindergarten - G6: 9:30
G7-G12: 9:00

School finish time

Kindergarten - G6: 16:30
G7-G12: 17:30

School bus service available


School provided lunches


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

All dietary requirements can be catered for.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Chester offers many clubs and activities, including sports and instrumental sessions (one-to-one).

Sports activities included

Daily Physical Education for all Early Learning and Primary students. Middle and High school students have P.E. lessons almost every day of the week.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Internal competitions only.

Facilities at the school

Library. Science lab. Reading and Drama clubs.

Sports facilities at the school

Ample outdoor fields, including a tennis/basketball court, 2 football/baseball pitches and an outdoor swimming pool.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Chester College International School is a small, private, coeducational, international American day and boarding school founded in 1985, for students from Early Childhood I (age 3) up to Grade 12 (age 18), located in the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Teaching approach of the school

Rigorous educational program, aimed at identifying and developing each students’ knowledge-base, skills and talents.

English and Spanish as core languages of instruction, the percentage of each being dependant on the student’s language level, with the overall aim of reaching a 50:50 balance. The school can cater for students with no Spanish.

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