If you are moving to Mallorca with a family, you should consider getting your child a place in an educational establishment as soon as possible. Find out about Mallorca’s excellent choice of international schools and the education they offer in this comprehensive guide to the International Schools on Mallorca.
Educating your child on Mallorca
The thought of disrupting your child’s education, especially during the crucial examination years, can be a real stumbling block for parents planning a new life abroad. Fortunately, the number of international schools offering high-quality education here on Mallorca means that this is not necessarily a problem, especially if you wish your child to receive a British education. In fact, small campuses and reduced class-sizes along with a multicultural environment usually means that most children thrive, developing language skills more quickly and effectively and benefiting from the attention of teachers who know the names of every student in the school, never mind the class!
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The main difference between the international schools on the island is the language of instruction. Although the majority of these schools teach in English and follow the British curriculum, there is also a French school and a joint German and Scandinavian college. If you would like your child to be educated in a second language, then obviously he/she needs to either start very young or already have a good knowledge of the language. It’s unrealistic to expect a teenager to integrate into a whole new system of education in a language he/she barely understands and international schools are aware that this scenario is not in the child’s, or the school’s, best interests.
Most of the centres require students to sit entrance exams in the core subjects – Maths, English (or another language of instruction) and sometimes Science – and will not accept students who show little understanding of the work their future classmates are doing. Extra tuition can sometimes provide the answers: if parents promise that their child will have extra curricular language coaching until he/she reaches an acceptable standard, the schools are often flexible. But you have to ask!
Also worth bearing in mind is that many of the schools have long waiting lists, especially for primary classes, so it’s better to contact the centres as soon as you know your child will be needing a place. As well as the school fees, there’s often an enrollment fee to consider, payable when you register your child, as well as the cost of any uniform, books and equipment.
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British Schools on Mallorca
Here are the schools offering the British educational system on Mallorca:
This school was founded in 1985 and is set in seven acres of spectacular grounds, which include playing fields and a swimming pool. Unlike the other international schools, The Academy is situated well outside Palma, but this is compensated for by a privileged location with its own sports facilities. The school takes students aged 2 to 16, and offers Cambridge IGCSE exams as well as nursery education for children between 18 months and 3 years old. The language of instruction is English and other subjects offered include Catalan, German, history, geography, Spanish, maths and science. The school offers a huge variety of extra curricular activities, from ballet to guitar, as well as revision and extra help in academic subjects. For information about current fees, please contact the school.
Situated on the outskirts of Palma in a stunning old property, reformed for a modern education, pupils enjoy learning together. […] The Academy International School
Baleares International College
Established in 1957, Baleares International College offers gold-standard education and families have two fantastic campuses to choose from: a larger campus in Sa Porrassa for children aged 3 to 18, and a smaller school in Sant Agustí on the outskirts of Palma for children aged 2 to 11. Both provide the same fully-immersive British experience, the same English National Curriculum and the same highly qualified and experienced teaching staff, along with a wide range of facilities and extra-curricular activities.
With students from over 40 different countries, BIC has one of the most varied international student bodies in Spain.
[…] Baleares International College (B.I.C)
Bellver International College
Bellver International College was founded in 1950, making it the longest established private British school in Spain, and offers the British National Curriculum to students aged 3 to 18. All students are expected to take the Cambridge IGCSE exams at age 16 and the Advanced Levels at 18. The school has students from many nationalities and offers the Spanish system in tandem with the British, so local students are able to take both A-Levels and Selectividad (the Spanish university entrance exam, due to be phased out). Students born in Spain also learn Catalan, while those born outside the country take Spanish and French. German is also offered as a compulsory subject in secondary. The school has limited sports facilities, so all students go to a sports centre in Palma. There is a strict uniform code for both normal classes and sports which all students are required to adhere to. Uniforms are sold in the school shop. School fees range from 2200€ to 3560€, depending on age.
Close to the sea, near to a palace, pupils enjoy a wide range of subjects to study and a close-knit community from whom to learn. […] Bellver International College
King Richard III
Originally known as the American school until 2001 and now teaches the British National Curriculum. Students are taken from 3 years old and continue in the primary school until 11, when they move into the secondary school. At 16 years old, students are expected to sit Cambridge IGCSE exams in the core subjects as well choosing from a range of other subjects from the arts, humanities and sciences. Advanced Levels are taken at 18. The school caters for foreign nationals as well as Spanish-born students, offering both systems of education to Selectividad. Students are expected to wear school uniform and there is a separate sports uniform. For information about current fees, please contact the school.
Excellent facilities in a school that feels like a second family with sports and the arts enjoyed along with core subjects. […] King Richard III College
Students from 3 to 18 years of age follow the British National Curriculum and they may also obtain the Spanish Selectividad. The site occupies an idyllic location overlooking the bay of Palma, surrounded by woodlands and Bellver Castle. The school achieves a high academic record, regularly placing students in prestigious universities such as Cambridge and Imperial College. The school is in the process of building an adjacent Sports Centre.
Academic excellence with native English speaking teachers offering a comprehensive education in an atmosphere of respect and kindness. […] Queen’s College
Escola Global was established in 2008 and after steadily growing the number of pupils on its roll, moved to impressive new premises in 2013. The new building on the outskirts of Palma is light, bright and modern. Children from 3 to 16 years follow the British National Curriculum in an environment that values the four pillars of nature, nutrition, movement and creativity. Fees start at € 6,650 per year.
An holistic approach with nutrition, creativity, movement and nature forming an important part of the school’s philosophy. […] Escola Global Mallorca
Montessori School of Mallorca
The Montessori method is based on a philosophy of child development with joyful learning. Emphasis is placed on independence, freedom withing limits and respect for the child’s natural progression. At this rural-feel school on the outskirts of Santa Maria, students aged from 3 to 12 follow the British Montessori curriculum, and are taught in English, Spanish and Catalan. Annual fees range from € 5,400 to € 7,250.
Preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s world using independence in learning and freedom within an environment that allows for creativity, growth and harmony. […] Montessori School of Mallorca
This is an exclusive, private Sixth-Form College, located near the Cathedral in Palma, offering the internationally recognised Edexcel A-Level qualifications for entrance to universities worldwide. Subjects are taught in English, and the highly qualified international teachers have extensive experience with this age group. The focus is very much on the individual and what best serves their path to a successful academic future. Small classes, a wide range of more than 14 A-Level subjects and a full enrichment programme of both cultural and life skills are on offer. Fees range from 16,000€ to 18,000€ per year.
Preparation in academic and life skills allow today’s young adults to become tomorrow’s decision makers. […] Palma College Sixth Form
An English private sixth form college located in the centre of Palma de Mallorca offering internationally recognised qualifications for entry to universities world-wide. […] Palma College
Schools of other Nationalities
Now available on Mallorca, you will find international schools based on other curriculum such as Agora which is the only facility offering the International Baccalaureate, the French school, the Swedish school and the American high school.
Strategically situated in the south west, Agora Portals is a very popular school and part of the highly-regarded NACE educational network. Taking children from infancy through to age 18, there is the option for pupils to sit National and International Baccalaureate examinations. Classed as a private Spanish school, it places great emphasis on multilingual education, and offers first-class sporting facilities. Monthly fees range from € 600 to € 750.
This private school in Calvia with excellent facilities and efficient administration sets the standards of bilingual education in Mallorca. […] Agora Portals International School
Lycée Français de Palma
This school provides a French curriculum based education for students from 2 to 18 years old. The school is licensed and inspected by the French government. Students study English, Spanish and Catalan and all other subjects are taught in French. The majority of the students are native French speakers, although there are a large number of Spanish pupils who are able to follow the Spanish system as well as the French and can take the Selectividad as well as the International Baccalaureate in their final year.
A truly multi-lingual school enabling children to be fluent in four languages and confident in themselves. […] Lycée Français de Palma
Located in the El Terreno district of Palma, this is the only recognised German School on Mallorca. This small school follows the German education system for students aged 3 to 18. Eurocampus also works in partnership with the Colegio Français to organise several projects. The average termly fee starts from 550€.
If your preference is for your child to be schooled in German in Mallorca, you’ll be pleased to know Eurocampus Deutsche Schule offers that very option. […] Eurocampus International school
The American International School of Mallorca
Opened in September 2016, The American International School of Mallorca worked in conjunction with The Academy to develop a programme of schooling and sporting excellence based on the American high school system. Students achieve their US high school diploma, and there is the option of enrolling in an intensive professional tennis coaching programme. Affiliated to the Rafa Nadal Academy, it boasts serious sports facilities and the input of a remarkable team of both sports trainers and academic teachers. Fees start at € 10,500 a year.
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