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How to enroll your child in school in Spain

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Enrolling your child in a school in Spain is an important step towards their education and overall development. Spain offers a variety of public, private, and international schools, each with their own enrollment procedures. In this article, we will guide you through the general process of enrolling your child in a school in Spain.

Firstly, you need to choose the right school. Before enrolling your child at any school, it is essential to research and select the one that aligns with your family’s expectations, needs, and values. Consider location, curriculum, extracurricular activities, language of instruction, and educational philosophy. Public schools in Spain offer a free education and, depending on the school, may have limited language options, while private and international schools require tuition fees but offer more diverse programs.

Whilst researching schools, you can start gathering the necessary documents to enroll your child. These may include the following:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Passport
  • NIE or residency card
  • Vaccination records
  • Academic transcripts or report cards from previous schools attended

Make sure to have these documents apostilled, if they have been issued in a non-EU country, and officially translated into Spanish by a sworn translator in Spain if they are in a different language.

Once you have chosen the school, whether that be a public or private school, contact them to inquire about the enrollment process. Most schools have an administrative office or admissions department that can guide you through the necessary steps. They will provide you with information on application deadlines, required documents, and any additional requirements specific to the school.

Schools in Spain usually require parents to fill out an application form. This form gathers basic information about the child, such as their name, age, date of birth, and previous education. It is important to complete this form accurately and truthfully.

Attending an interview or assessment is sometimes required, more commonly in private schools or for children that may have additional needs, before accepting the child’s enrollment. This is often done to evaluate their language skills, academic level, and social development. It is a good idea to prepare your child for this process by discussing the potential questions or activities they may encounter.

Private and international schools generally require payment of an enrollment or registration fee upon acceptance. This fee secures your child’s place in the school. Additionally, be prepared to pay tuition fees and for school uniforms. Public schools in Spain do not require a uniform or tuition fees, but there may be extra costs for school material or extracurricular activities.

Once your child’s enrollment is confirmed, you can begin preparing for their first day of school. Check with the school for a list of required supplies and uniforms, if applicable. Purchase these items and ensure that your child has everything they need to start the year on the right foot.

It is a good idea to take the time to familiarise yourself with school policies and procedures before your child starts school, such as attendance, homework, and discipline. Knowing and understanding these policies will help you support your child’s educational journey and establish a positive relationship with the school.

Enrolling your child in a school in Spain can be a smooth and straightforward process if you follow these steps. Remember to start early and be prepared with all the necessary documents and information. By investing time and effort into choosing the right school and understanding the enrollment process, you can ensure your child receives a quality education in Spain.

If you would like help with enrolling your child at a Spanish school,  please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information, please contact Pellicer & Heredia on +34 965 480 737 or send us an email to info@pellicerheredia.com

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