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Education in Ibiza


Education in Ibiza

If you’ve decided to move to Ibiza with your kids, it’s time to look at the school options available on the White Isle. For being a small island, Ibiza boast not only great public school options, but also some exceptional private schools, which you may wish to consider if your kids do not speak Spanish yet.

Let’s have a look at the public options

Firstly consider that all the public school teach in a mix of Castilian and Catalan, with Catalan being the main language. Also take into consideration that deadline for submitting applications for new starters is usually around mid May. When you will submit the application, you can express your interest up to a max of 5 schools. Usually children are allocated to schools firstly based on the area where they live. If you would like your kid to join a state school outside your area, then you have to hope that the school has some places left after they assign the spots to children who live by the school, although a points system is used which takes into consideration other factors such as: where the parents work or if the child has an older sibling already attending the school.

Let’s have a look at the private options available. 

If your kids speak Spanish you might want to consider the Spanish private school of Ibiza, Colegio Mestral. This school is located in Ibiza Town, in the neighbourhood of Can Misses. They teach in Spanish and Catalan is a compulsory subject only for Spanish citizens. The students can stay up to the age of 18 and multilingualism is promoted throughout the years. Some subjects are also taught in English, to enable students to learn the English language in a more natural way. 

If your kids do not speak Spanish, a good option is the Morna International College. The school is based in Santa Gertrudis, in a traditional finca surrounded by beautiful gardens and views. The school follows UK National Curriculum up to A levels from nursery and reception years. The classes are taught in English and Spanish is mandatory throughout the years. Morna promotes multilingualism as pupils can learn also German as a facultative language between years 7 and 10. The school also is great to support any interest the pupils might have in art, science and IT. 

The third option is a French private school, The  College Français, based in San José. The school teaches mainly in French and it’s a great option if your are coming from a French speaking country and your kids do not speak Spanish yet, or also if you would like your kids to obtain mastery of the French language and receive a French education. The students can stay up to the age of 16.

There is also an alternative school available: The Green School. This school follows the Italian Montessori approach to teaching, which has an emphasis on independence for children, for example, students can learn concepts from working with materials rather than direct instruction. The school taught in English and Spanish and until now pupils can stay only up to middle school, high school is not available yet.

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