If you plan to relocate to Mallorca with children of school age, then the question is which type of school should I choose. The decision will depend primarily on the life plans of the parents: is the move to Mallorca permanent or is it for a specific period of time? Does the education provided and the final certificates meet with the requirements and conditions of international universities and colleges? Does the education received open doors to numerous options for further education and a fulfilling career? And finally: Can the cost of education be “borne”?
The Spanish education system
In Mallorca there are essentially three types of schools: the Spanish state school, the Spanish private school and international schools. The Spanish state school is free of charge (with the exception of textbooks) and available to children of all nationalities. The education level however, is often referred to as below average. Therefore, Spaniards who can afford to prefer to send their children to fee paying private schools. These schools have an above average level, although linguistically speaking the classes are mostly conducted in Catalan, not Spanish (Castellano).
International schools on Mallorca
Non Spanish parents, if they can afford it, prefer international schools that focus, linguistically speaking and referring to the courses offered, on the requirements of an international audience. Small classes, internationally trained teachers and a multicultural environment, lead, as experience has shown, to the international schools producing a significantly higher level of performance than the Spanish schools. Spanish private schools and international schools often have waiting lists and enrolment tests, so that parents should start searching at the earliest opportunity in order to find the right school for their children.
A link will lead you to the website of each school where you will be able to obtain further information.
Bellver was founded in 1950 and is the oldest privately owned British school in Spain. All students are taught following the syllabus of the British school system in both English and Spanish. In addition French, German and Catalan are also offered. The school is an official examination centre for Cambridge and Edexcel.
Number of students: 320 from 3 to 18 years of age
Requirements: entrance examination from 6 years of age in English and other subjects
This is a completely independent day school providing a complete education up until the age of 18. English, Spanish,French and German are taught here. Number of students approx. 270 between the ages of 3 and 18.
Requirements: Assessment in English and Math
The Balearic International School was founded in 1957 and is an idependent day school that teaches students from the ages of 2 to 18 years of age following the British school syllabus. Classes are taught in English by experienced teachers. Spanish,German and French are also taught by native speakers. The college has the latest technology and well equipped sports facilities inlcuding a gym,swimming pool and playing fields.
Number of students: 290
Requirement: Basic English
Founded in 1977, Queens college presently has 315 students from the ages of 3 – 18. It prepares students for the GCSE and high school, and equivalent qualifications in the Spanish educational system. Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan
Number of students: 350
Requirement: Basic English
This private school opened in 2008 and is designed for 1.400 students between the ages of 0-18. In addition to Spanish, English,German,French, Catalan and Mandarin(Chinese) are also taught.
In this private school classes are taught in French. The curriculum follows the French National Curriculum and also prepares for the Spanish university entrance exam. In addition to French and Spanish, Catalan and English are taught.
Number of students: 392
Requirement: French test ( except for the first pre-school class)
Sie wurde 1985 als private Vorbereitungsschule gegründet und hat jetzt mehr als 150 Schüler im Alter von 3 bis 14 Jahren. Sprachen: Englisch Spanisch, Katalan, Deutsch.
Anforderungen: Einstufungstest in allen Fächern)
It was founded in 1985 as a private preparatory school and now has more than 150 students from the ages of 3 to 14. Languages: English,Spanish,Catalan,German.
Number of students: 200
Requirements: Assessment tests in all subjects
This private school is supported by the Swedish government. It offers a complete education and also has a kindergarten. Besides Swedish they teach Norwegian, Spanish and English.
Number of students: 140
Requirements: spoken and written Swedish