These schools are publicly owned and run by the different Autonomous Communities. They are free.
Private schools that are subsidised by the Autonomous Communities to provide compulsory education free of charge. Some charge a moderate amount for teaching materials, clothing, or other services.
Privately-owned establishments whose cost depends on many factors, such as the enrolment fee, academic level and whether services are included, or not, eg. transport, school meals, special classes, sports, facilities, etc. The minimum cost is around EUR 300 per month, while the maximum depends on the services agreed and the type of school, and may total more than EUR 600.
These may be full or part-time, depending on the educational level studied and the school chosen. A continuous day of teaching, without any breaks, usually runs from 9.00 to 14.00, leaving the afternoons free. If the day is split, the classes end at lunch time, for example from 9.00 to 12:30 and then from 15.00 to 17.00. Most primary education establishments split their teaching day, with small time variations, while secondary schools usually teach over a continuous day.
Applications for compulsory schooling open in the months of March and April. There is a special period in September. However, applications for compulsory education are accepted throughout the school year if there is a good reason for changing schools.
There may be variations between the different Autonomous Communities, but starting dates are in mid September and finishing dates are in June, with holidays at Christmas, Easter and in the summer.
There are some establishments in Spain that provide education in accordance with the educational systems of other countries. Information on these establishments can be obtained through the educational bodies of the respective countries or their embassies. It is also possible In certain educational establishments to pursue studies leading to a dual qualification based on the educational systems of both countries.
Information on all the aspects of the Spanish education system is available from the Consulate or Educational Attaché of the Spanish Embassy in your country.
Text last edited on: 08/2010
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