Education on the Costa del Sol.
Top International Schools.
Finding a suitable school for your children is one of the most critical tasks when deciding to move abroad with your family. It’s essential to consider the commuting distance to the school when searching for a new home.
Fortunately, Costa del Sol offers a great range of high-quality international private schools catering to children from kindergarten to secondary education. These private schools typically provide education in foreign languages such as English, German, French, Swedish, Finnish, or Norwegian, with some offering bilingual instruction. Opting for an international school can ease the transition for your children.
We have compiled a list of famous international schools in Malaga, Fuengirola, Marbella, Estepona, and Sotogrande. These schools include British, American, German, French, and Scandinavian options, with some featuring in Forbes and El Mundo’s 100 best schools in Spain.
Costa del Sol schools that teach English.
Established in 1982, a private school located in Urb. El Angel, Nueva Andalucía, 29660 Marbella, Malaga, Spain, provides a comprehensive range of academic programs, including the International Primary Curriculum, National Curriculum England, IGCSE, A Levels, IB Diploma, and Spanish Curriculum. The school has a diverse student body with 840 students from 57 countries, ranging in age from 3 to 18.
The address is Urb. El Angel, Nueva Andalucía, 29660 Marbella, Malaga, Spain
Laude San Pedro International College
Established in 2004, the school caters to students aged 3-18 and has since become a member of the International Schools Partnership (ISP), offering an educational environment emphasizing international experiences. The institution delivers a complete British Curriculum that includes the International Primary Curriculum, GCSEs, A Levels, and the Spanish equivalent of ESO and Bachillerato. Moreover, students can participate in various extracurricular activities, such as football, karate, gymnastics, robotics, piano, harp, electronics, and many more.
The school is at Avenida de la Coruña, San Pedro de Alcántara, 29670 Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
Swans International College
Having originated as a primary school in 1971 in Marbella, this school has grown to include a secondary school campus in Sierra Blanca, with a total student population of over 500. The institution adheres to the British educational system, and students in the Sixth Form undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
The primary school is located at Urb. El Capricho, Marbella, 29602, Malaga, Spain.
The secondary school is at Lago de los Cisnes, 29602 Marbella, Malaga, Spain.
Sotogrande International School
With over 1000 students from more than 45 countries, this institution offers both day and boarding options and follows the IB programme for students aged 3-18. The school provides the full range of IB programmes, including the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). Additionally, the school offers students a range of exceptional athletic opportunities, including tennis, padel, polo, football, golf, fencing, rugby, swimming, and sailing.
The school is at Av. de la Reserva, s/n, 11310 Sotogrande, Cádiz, Spain.
Malaga’s British School
Established in 2000, this is the only British school in Malaga city for students aged 3 to 18. It follows the British Curriculum and provides extracurricular activities such as football, gymnastics, robotics, judo, art, and dance classes.
Located at Calle Centaurea, 8, 29018 Cerrado de Calderón, Málaga, Spain
Atlas America School of Malaga
Located in Estepona, Malaga, Atlas American School is the inaugural American school on the Costa del Sol. It delivers the U.S. school curriculum to students aged 3 to 18 years, enabling them to obtain an American High School Diploma upon graduation. The institution also provides Spanish and French Programmes to enrich students’ linguistic skills. Moreoverstudents can participate in the Entrepreneurship Programme, which assists in fostering their business acumen and developing future business skills.
The school is at Calle Monda N2, Selwo Hills, 29689 Estepona, Malaga.
Scandinavian schools in Costa del Sol.
Svenska Skolan Marbella
The Marbella Swedish School caters to Swedish-speaking children residing in Marbella and is an elite, smaller-sized educational institution. It was established in 2003 with a mere 15 pupils, but presently, it boasts an enrollment of approximately 200 students. Based on the Swedish curriculum, the school provides preschool education for children aged 3 to 5 years and primary school education for years F-6. Additionally, the school has obtained approval from the Swedish National Agency for Education and possesses all the requisite Spanish permits necessary to operate educational activities.
The address of Svenska Skolan Marbella is Local 1-D, CC Vasari, Urbanización La Alzambra, 29600 Marbella (Málaga).
Established in 1991 in Los Pacos, Fuengirola, this private Finnish school provides educational services for preschool, comprehensive school, and upper secondary school students. The institution adheres to the national curriculum and the Basic Education Act of Finland, with the mandatory inclusion of Spanish instruction in all grades. This school is officially recognized in Spain and holds an official status.
The address for this location is C/ Jose Salik 4, 29640 Fuengirola (Málaga), Spain.
Den Norske Skolen
Situated approximately 15 minutes west of Malaga in Benalmádena, this private Norwegian school adheres to the National Norwegian curriculum. The institution utilizes modern, high-quality educational methods to provide forward-thinking and future-oriented education.
This institution is at Avenida Cerro Del Viento s/n, Arroyo De La Miel, 29631 Benalmadena, Málaga, Spain.
Svenska Skolan Costa del Sol
Established in 1969 in Fuengirola, the Swedish School is among the earliest Swedish institutions on the Costa del Sol. This educational establishment is also one of the most prominent Swedish schools abroad, catering to approximately 320 students. The school provides educational services from preschool to high school, following the Swedish Curriculum and School regulations. Additionally, students can study certain Spanish subjects, which can help them in the future when applying to Spanish universities.
The address of this location is Avenida Acapulco 11, 29640 Fuengirola, Spain.
French School in Costa del Sol
Ecole Francaise Internationale Marbella (EFIM) is a school for children between the ages of 3 and 11. It provides an innovative trilingual education in French, English, and Spanish, based on a blend of active teaching methodologies, and aligned with the French National Education program. EFIM’s curriculum combines these different approaches to provide a strong educational foundation for its students.
The French International School of Marbella is located at Calle Jacinto Benavente, 29601 Marbella, Malaga.
Deutsche School Malaga
Established in 1898, the school holds official recognition from the German and Spanish administrations. Additionally, it is approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education and offers nursery, primary, and secondary education, along with an extensive range of after-school activities.
The address of Deutsche Schule Málaga is C. Velazquez, 3, 29610 Ojén, Málaga.
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