4 tips to choose a school abroad

4 tips to choose a school abroad

Choosing the right school for your kids is probably one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make as a parent when you relocate to Ibiza. So much depends on individuality – each child is different; each family differs in their requirements which makes choosing a school a very personal decision!

To help you narrow down your options, we’ve come up with 4 very basic ideas that you should consider:

Think ahead

Are you planning to stay permanently in Ibiza or Spain? If you will be moving elsewhere in the future, consider selecting a school that will provide a continuity of education. For example, if you will be returning to your home country it makes sense to choose a school running a curriculum that ties in with your home country’s system.

If you are moving permanently, a local school may be the best option for your children. This is especially important if they need to learn a new language, as full immersion seems the best way to achieve this.

Research first

The obvious place to start is the internet, look at the websites of the schools but also join some Facebook groups or forums of Ibiza residents to ask some advice. The school websites naturally place an incredibly positive spin on their school, so it’s good to ask a third opinion to balance the information.

Consider the age of your children

Young children are more adaptable and flexible than older children who have already settled into a particular school system. Some children adapt very well to moving between the different curricula but some do not. This can be very hard to judge until it’s too late, so it may be in their interest to continue with what they are used to, even if the school itself doesn’t appeal to you.

If you have more than one child, it will, of course, be easier to get them into the same school. However, that isn’t always possible, so this is something else to take into account when making your decision.

Lifestyle

Does the school day fit in with your lifestyle? In Ibiza the school day finishes at 2pm. If you will be working until late, this may cause difficulties.

How far away from you home is the school? How will the school run work? Remember that in Ibiza public transport is not so well organised, especially in winter, where there are fewer buses available. You may struggle to do the school run on public transport – so chances are that you will have to bring the kids and pick them up every day. Consider the location of the school carefully.

To get an idea about the type of school options available on the island read this: Education in Ibiza.