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TOP-20 Spanish secondary schools for foreign students after grade 7, 8, 9, 10

Education information

Nowadays, education in Spain is really popular among foreign students due to excellent climatic conditions, opportunity to continue studying at prestigious universities of the world. Moreover, Spanish secondary schools provide inexpensive and high-quality courses.

SMAPSE offers 20 best secondary schools in Spain available for foreign students. Due to descriprions of programs and courses at schools, tuition fees and student feedback, it's reallly easy to make the right choice.

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Main features of studying at secondary schools in Spain as an international student

Studying at modern Spanish schools has following structure:

  • Initial stage (6 - 12 years);
  • Compulsory level (up to 16 years);
  • Full secondary level (Bachillerato).

Students after 16 years old also continue studying practical disciplines and prepare for getting profession under the Formacion Profesional. The school education lasts up to 18 years.

The main distinctive feature of education in Spain is the presence of schools that were founded by the church (colegios concertados). Such educational institutions allow pupils to pass both general subjects and religious disciplines. At the same time, studies are conducted according to the secular type. Much attention is paid on learning languages.

Besides, foreign students can enter private schools that provide British educational system or American-Spanish model. These are international institutions that meet all international quality standards of education. Such schools provide students with International Baccalaureate or A-Level diplomas.

After taking the compulsory courses foreign students can either choose a professional programme or pass special tests and apply for Bachillerato. The programme Bachillerato meets the level of secondary education in America, grades 10-11. It rovides 3 years of in-depth study of core subjects.

International students wishing to enter Spanish high school can choose from:

  • Local system - Spanish Bachilerato
  • International European or American system

Each of the programs lasts 2 years. After taking the course, students receive graduation certificates and can enter universities all over the world.

Private schools in Spain

Tuition fees for studying at secondary schools in Spain

Today, foreign students choose international institutions in Spain that provide English educational system. At such schools Spanish is studied like a foreign language, while all studies are conducted in English.

In Spain it's possible to get both bachelor's and master's degrees. Despite the low cost of studying at national universities, diplomas of private and state higher institutions are recognized all over the world. There are 47 state universities and 10 private universities in Spain, therefore foreign applicants have a wide range to choose from.

The cost for studying at private schools depends on the rankings, exams results, prestige and history of the chosen school. The average cost per year varies 20 000 - 35 000 EUR with accommodation.

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Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

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4 Red Bank Catholic High School
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7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
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16 Darlington School
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22 Milton Academy
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24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School

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29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

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7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40                   St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School
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Vladislav Selikhov
Good afternoon! I need information for a graduate of grade 9 16let, j, inexpensive training in English. Thank you
Smapse Manager
Good afternoon, Vladislav. Our specialist will contact you shortly!
Good afternoon. I need help in selecting a private school and submitting documents, my son is 16 years old, the beginning of education in 2020, the country is Spain, studying in Spanish, type of accommodation boarding / residence. I would be grateful for the feedback.
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