Barcelona Education

What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
There are several private international schools available for expats' children that offer an American, English, French or German curriculum. There is also an abundance of public schools. The choice often depends on budget and proximity of the schools.
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What are some examples of these schools?

  • Col-legi Europa: An international school in Sant Cugat for children aged from 12 months to 18 years
  • American School of Barcelona: Located in Esplugues, provides an American curriculum for children from 3 years of age.
  • École Ferdinand de Lesseps: A school in Barcelona center with a French curriculum for children from 3 years of age

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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
There can be a high demand for spots in the international schools; however, this is countered by the high rotation of students who are only in the city for a determined amount of time. It is worth investigating well in advance. It can vary from year to year, depending on economic conditions, etc. If you are thinking of sending your kids to a local public school, you won't have any problems in finding a spot for your child in the proximity of your home.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Preschools are widely available, but spots may be limited because of the high demand.
An example of an international pre-school is Blossom Kindergarten in Esplugues
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most international schools provide bus transportation services from the housing areas popular with expats.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
A typical school year starts mid-September and ends in June.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
All of the education in local (public) schools is conducted in Catalan.
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