If you are relocating your family to the Marbella area one of the first considerations you will have to consider is schooling. With people from all over the world choosing to live in Marbella there are many excellent international schools in the area.
There are different nationality schools to choose from but for this article we are just going to focus on schools that follow the English curriculum.
Swans International Primary and Secondary School
The are situated just outside the city center. First founded in 1971, the school has continued on the same campuses over the years. The school takes in three to eighteen year-olds and is one of the oldest international schools in this part of Spain. The school follows a wide and balanced curriculum and students in the Sixth Form can take the International Baccalaureate diploma program which is run by the nonprofit international foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. The school is also accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).
Owned by a nonprofit Fundacion Aloha College which is administered by a Board that counts parents as members, is attended by students between the ages of three and eighteen. Students at the Primary level are educated according to the well known Early Years program that is followed internationally. From the age of 11, the English National Curriculum is followed. Students between 16 and 18 have the choice to either pursue the A-level or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Academic learning is complemented by encouragement of other activities, including sports, music, drama after school, as well as excursions and school trips.
English International College (EIC)
The takes in over 500 girls and boys and prepares them for their A levels based on the English National Curriculum which is followed in an international context. It offers education at the Primary and Secondary levels as well. Most of the students in the school have English as their first language, though a fifth of them come from ethnically diverse backgrounds. This creates a multicultural environment in the school. The school was founded in 1982, and boasts a good reputation in the region for its high level of academics, equal emphasis on sports, and encouragement for students to explore and pursue their individual talents as well.
The British School of Marbella (BSM)
BSM uses the English National Curriculum at the early levels and follows a practical and experience-based education, to equip them for effective learning in the future. The focus of the school is holistic education. Children are not only given intellectual education and language lessons, but they are also encouraged to participate in sports, music, and in growing to be responsible citizens. While formal and traditional, the school has a modern and progressive approach to education. It employs a high standard of faculty, and children are encouraged to reach their full potential in whatever they do. Admission to the school is selective. Applicants from age 5 (Year 1) have their Mathematics and English skills tested. All applicants are also interviewed with a view to obtaining a holistic impression before admission.
There are many international schools in Marbella, so we recommend that you do your research and come up with a shortlist of schools in your area. Wherever you choose you are sure to be happy with the standard of education that your child is receiving. s