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10 advices to choose a school in Spain

10 advices to choose a school in Spain

When you need to choose a school in Spain, the situation can be a dilemma for you, since it is difficult to choose an educational center in a foreign country: “bilingual”, “religious”, “a public or  private school?”, “near home” or “that good school with its own pedagogical method which is far away?” We help you choose a school in Spain.

1. What is the center’s educational project?

The way they transfer knowledge at school: what method of learning they use and whether they have any oriented towards education. It is also good to have references about the strengths of the school: whether it stands out for its musical training, new technologies, literature, sports, oratory…

If it is an alternative pedagogical method, parents must first verify that it is certified by the Ministry of Education, they must become more involved in the follow-up of the studies and verify that at each stage the objectives set by the ministry are met.

2. How many students per classroom?

Tipically in Spain there are un 20 or 30 students per classroom. Of course, if the school has smaller classes, it is a point in its favour, because the attention to the child will be more personalized.

3. How far is the school?

It is important to keep in mind this aspect, because it depends on where you are going to have to take transport, if you need to. In addition, if you have to pick your child up from the school, it will be subject to your work schedule. However, this is not decisive, because sometimes it compensates what the school offers us even if it is further away. It all depends on the preferences of the parents.

4. What importance do you give to languages?

Do your kids speak Spanish? Is it a bilingual center? Do they offer other languages, apart from English and Spanish? A fundamental point in the preparation of the child, which is no longer exclusive, because there are now bilingual public schools.

5. What is the school’s concept?

What are the moral, religious and ideological lines of the center? These lines should be adapted to the education we want to provide our children, so that there are no contradictions with our beliefs.

6. What is the day-to-day life in the center?

To know this, nothing better than visiting the school, checking how classes are and how the school distributes time, talking with other parents who have their children at that school about their experience… In short, see yourself how the day-to-day life at the school.

7. Does it include dining?

And if so, what kind of menu do they offer? Beyond the knowledge your children can gain at the school, a healthy and balanced diet is determinant for the health and the development of the child.

8. What extracurricular activities do they offer?

Extracurricular activities are important so that the child can develop other skills and abilities. Pay attention to your preferences and what the center offers.

9. What time do they leave school?

The schedule of the school must be compatible with parents’ work and activities, so that the child can be well attended and there are no picking up problems.

10. Do you offer good facilities?

It is necessary to take into account the school amenities, especially new technologies, such as computers and electronic whiteboards, with which children will grow and will be decisive in their future.

About Zofia Piwecka

Mrs. Zofia is a mother of 3 children attending a school in Spain. She has been living in different parts of Spain for several years, so she got to know different schools around Spain. Our expat Zofia is the direct contact for schools and educational centers around Spain.

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