Top 20 Best International Schools Madrid

Top 20 Best International Schools Madrid

Spain’s capital city of Madrid is the third largest in Europe with a population of 3.3 million.  This more than doubles if you include the metropolitan area.  In spite of this Madrid is an excellent place to bring up a family.  It is a beautiful and surprisingly green city, with tree lined avenues and many parks and playgrounds.  Public transport is excellent and Madrid is considered to be very safe and affordable when compared with other major European cities.  Like most of Spain, locals are very sociable and welcoming towards children; cafés and restaurants will have all age ranges and unlike a lot of Northern Europe, it's OK for the kids to heard as well as seen!

Madrid is world renowned for its abundance of art and culture.  The city has a vast array of museums, galleries, monuments and interesting architecture including a fully preserved Egyptian temple, a thank you gift from Egypt to Spain. 

There are around 50 international schools in Madrid, 26 of these are British and many other nationalities are represented including American, French, German, Swedish and Swiss.  Many schools are bi, or even tri-lingual and 14 are International Baccalaureate schools.

Salamanca, Retiro and Arturo Soria are considered to be excellent areas to live with families, as is El Viso with its sought after villas.  They are all close to the city, yet relatively quiet and with easy access to public transport and Retiro Park. Mirasierra is on the edge of the city but still well served by public transport.  There are more houses here as opposed to apartments.  These areas are all close to many international schools including Colegio San Patricio, Maxwell, Dallington, Numont and City Country School.  The nearby  neighbourhood of Conde de Orgaz, has a large French speaking community and is in close proximity to the Lycée Français de Madrid.

Chamberí is a traditional Madrid neighbourhood to the North of the city close to Parque Santander and a wide variety of leisure activities.  Puerta de Hierro, with a selection of more modern housing, is a little further out but still with good transport links.  Both of these areas are convenient for the American School of Madrid.

La Moraleja is a wealthy suburb to the north east of the city convenient for a number of international schools including St. George Madrid, The Scandinavian School and Liceo Europeo.  A car is essential here.

Where Madrid international schools are distributed (view our Madrid schools directory to see a live map):

Best international schools Madrid


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Note: our lists are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Madrid school should be in the top 20, get reviewing and help parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they choose their next school! You can find your school in the Madrid schools directory, or search by name here.


Dallington School 

5.0 from 8 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 10
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Dallington School offers an extraordinary learning environment, where the welfare of the student is our main priority. Dallington School is a British school following the British Education System, for pupils´ from 2 to 18 years of age. Our teachers and senior consultant staff are native English speakers with experience in UK delivering the National Curriculum. The British education system essentially wants the children to have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding in order to respond to the needs and demands of modern society. More than ever teachers will concentrate on developing childrens´ understanding and skills through different ways of learning. Dallington School is a unique learning environment located in one of the best areas of Madrid, Parque Conde de Orgaz (near Arturo Soria). We have a lovely garden of 2000 square metres, and facilities that offer a welcoming and healthy atmosphere with dedicated areas for reading, art, music, dance and sports. Dallington School has a commitment with the education in the Christian values. We offer Catholic Religion and our pupils can be prepared for their First Communion and Confirmation.

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St. George Madrid 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
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St. George is a private British school, located in Madrid, with classes from 2 to 18 years old. We have students from more than 40 different nationalities who, from the first day, learn English with native teachers. For us, the most important thing is that each child reaches their own maximum potential and aims excellence so that they have all the tools they need to excel in the future. Our school offers a British International education to children of families living in Madrid, both expatriate and local. Our curriculum takes the best of the British education system and effectively adapts it so that students develop as globally-minded, international individuals. We are a fast growing school that is working hard to nurture talent right across our community—staff, students and parents, and we pride ourselves on our open tolerant environment where making mistakes is a vital part of the learning process. We actively promote our school values of Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Kindness and Personal Best as these underpin how we characterise ourselves as a school. Students who come to St George are challenged to rise to these values by a dedicated, highly qualified and largely expatriate staff.This ensures an effective transition into universities all around the world, giving our students both the confidence and the academic results they need to progress. St George students and staff are friendly and open.

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Numont School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 11
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Numont British Primary School in Madrid was founded in 1962 by Margaret Ann Swanson, whose vision was to provide good, sound British Education for children of all nationalities. Mrs Swanson believed that learning in a multi-cultural setting provides children with a rich and stimulating environment, which leads to tolerance and understanding. As the first British School in Madrid we keep such vision for our children´s education. Numont has occupied its present location in C/Parma since 1969. It has grown in size since its early days but it still retains a sense of familiarity that has enabled it to remain a friendly environment which offers a broad and varied curriculum. In our premises, we have children from Nursery to Year 7 (2 to 12 years old). However, after Numont School there is a variety of other British Schools that our children attend from Year 8. We have an agreement with International School of Madrid, where our children are guaranteed a place in Secondary, as from Year 8.

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Highlands School Los Fresnos 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 16
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Highlands School Los Fresnos is a private, Catholic and bilingual learning center that is part of the Regnum Christi international educational network, dedicated to the education, training and teaching of children and youth. In the school, the stages of Infant (from 1 year), Primary and Secondary are taught. Born with the mission of fully bringing each of its students under the slogan semper altius. It means in Latin always higher and expresses our aspiration to achieve, every day, the maximum development of our students in all its aspects so that it reaches the best version of itself and contributes to the good of the society of which it is a part. Therefore, our hallmarks are: academic excellence, bilingual education (English-Spanish), Catholic and comprehensive training and personal accompaniment. We seek to forge whole people within a reduced educational model favoring a climate of closeness, joy, freedom and responsibility from a Christian vision of man.

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Lycée Moliére 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:French, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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Le Liceo French Molière is an international private educational center that welcomes children of all nationalities, from Maternelle (3 years) to Baccalaureate (18 years). A differentiated pedagogy according to the needs, an organization of schooling in five cycles of three years and a positive evaluation allow to accompany all students to the greatest possible success. The pedagogical project is articulated around the learning of three languages, French, Spanish and English whose levels are accredited by official European certifications (CECRL). Students develop their multilingual skills and acquire a multicultural and scientific background that prepares them for successful mobility. Homologated by France and recognized by Spain, the French Lyceum Molière offers its students a double diploma at the end of the course that enables them to continue their higher studies wherever they wish. An international student exchange program with other high schools in France or Canada consolidates language learning and helps students gain even more autonomy.

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Scuola Statale Italiana di Madrid 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:Italian Primary Language:Italian
Age Range:4 to 18
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Scuola Statale Italiana di Madrid is an Italian international school in Madrid , Spain . Owned by the Italian government, it has to kindergarten, primary school, middle school, and high school levels.

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Laude Fontenebro School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
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As a member of the International Schools Partnership, Laude Fontenebro School offers a unique bilingual education programme in the north-western part of Madrid for children aged 1 to 18. It has a clear international vocation that aims to ensure that its students receive an unbeatable and comprehensive education. Founded in 1996, Laude Fontenebro School offers a comprehensive education of the highest quality. We educate students to be capable of determining the course of their own future. Laude Fontenebro school life revolves around learning and students. We want to contribute to the development of solvent students, able to continue learning throughout life, curious, cultured,  educated and responsible. We seek their comprehensive training, not only the acquisition of knowledge, but also the development of skills and abilities. We promote universal values and all with the aim of developing the various talents of our students. We help children and students learn to levels that amaze them; inspire children and students to be successful now and equip them to be successful later; we are truly international, working in partnerships within and across regions, cultures and languages; we are aim to be the first choice for children, students and their families in the area.

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LIFE International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 11 Max Class Size:20
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LIFE opened with nine students in the fall of 2017, offering Preschool through Kindergarten for children ages 3 – 5. In 2018, 20 students were enrolled in Preschool through grade 2.  In September of 2019, LIFE added grades 3, 4, and 5 of the primary, and will continue to add grades until the school offers a full range of education for students 3 – 18 years old.  Simultaneously, plans are being made to move LIFE into a purpose-built facility, designed to accommodate the long-term growth of the school. As a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), we commit to offering an education that inspires our students to reach their full potential.

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Maxwell School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 14
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Maxwell School offers children a unique personalised learning experience that prepares them for the future. We use the best educational practices to stimulate their love of learning allowing them to achieve academic excellence through a creative and collaborative environment. The aim of our model is to ensure that each student receives a well-rounded bilingual curriculum that targets his or her academic, emotional and social communication needs through the use of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. We aim to create an education structured by the British National Curriculum yet prepared to teach students for a changing world. Our vision: to promote creative, joyful, compassionate learners. Our mission is to motivate each student to strive for academic excellence. The school provides a dynamic, stimulating environment that fuels the quest for knowledge, allowing our pupils to achieve their individual potential as well as enabling them to transport this learning to other aspects of their lives.

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Evangelical Christian Academy 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:5 to 18
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The Evangelical Christian Academy, founded in 1973, is an international Christian school offering a quality education from 1st grade through 12th grade to students of Christian workers as well as to international and national students. Evangelical Christian Academy exists to serve families by equipping students in the academic disciplines, challenging them to love God, apply His truth, and care for others. This vision shapes every facet of ECA’s existence. ECA offers a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum in an American-based system. Students at ECA study Bible each year, and a Christian worldview is integrated into every aspect of the curriculum.

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British Prince School 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 11
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British Prince School offers a high quality British education for children between 18 months up to 10 years of age. All ages follow the requirements of the National British Curriculum. We aim high to provide a British Education of the highest quality by using a safe, familiar, happy, positive, and stimulating learning environment, with rich and colourful experiences both in and out of the classroom, incorporating a variety of materials, resources and nature. We follow andwork in accordance with the National British Curriculum and provide complete immersion into the English language so that children are able to use these set skills as a normal part of the school life. Our aim is to work collaboratively with families and staff to provide and maintain an inclusive culture of learning both, personal and supportive to develop a learning environment where children are treated as unique individuals to help develop their self-confidence and academic confidence to explore their strengths and better their weaknesses.

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Colegio San Patricio 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:Spanish, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
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San Patricio School is a private institution, dedicated to education, with three educational centres in the north of Madrid. These centres are located at Calle Serrano No. 200 (Madrid), paseo de Alcobendas No. 9 (La Moraleja - Alcobendas) and in Soto de la Moraleja, at Calle Jazmín No. 148 (La Moraleja - Alcobendas). The first two schools offer the last three and four years of pre-school, and every year of primary school, respectively. The third offers the mandatory secondary education and the Baccalaureate, which can either be the National Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, or the Bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB).

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European School of Madrid 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
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Pioneers in Early Education since 1991. The European College of Madrid and its Infant School, Bebin, offer an innovative and personalized education in an emotional and multilingual environment. Based on the consideration That every child is born with an intelligence potential That needs to be stimulated and developed, we use a methodology That Enriches the teaching-learning process and Provides the student with the maximum possibilities of development in the different areas of knowledge Until They Have access to University. Since the academic year 2017-2018 we worked with KiVa . KiVa is the acronym for Kiusaamista vastaan (anti-bullying), but in Finnish also means cool, cool. It is a proven program developed at the University of Turku (Finland) to prevent and address bullying in schools.

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City Country School 

4.8 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:Montessori, American Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 15
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The Montessori pedagogy forms the foundation of our practice at City Country School, encompassing the philosophy, the curriculum and the methods of instruction. The methods of instruction include the rigorously prepared environment, the three-period lesson, close observation, concrete didactic materials, freedom of choice, freedom of movement, the three-hour uninterrupted work cycle, long works (which we call projects), going-out, independent, as well as collaborative work, small group lessons, individual presentations, direct and indirect instruction, mixed-age groups. Our mission is to provide an education that supports children in their self-creation, in the development of their passion for learning and in their connection to the world.

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Little Acorns Nursery 

4.8 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 8
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Little Acorns is a small, privately run British School where children learn and develop in a protected, happy and homely environment. Little Acorns British Infant and Primary School delivers a truly British education utilising not only the English language but more importantly the methodologies for teaching and learning from the UK. Children from 12 months work with native English teachers and are immersed in a completely British experience. Utilising the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in our infant school and the British National Curriculum in our primary school, children learn through engagement and enjoyment. Our children are active participants in their own learning and because each child is unique, we use real life experiences and experimentation to facilitate learning. Children are encouraged to ask questions, to have debates and to problem solve.

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Colegio Suizo Madrid 

4.6 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:Swiss, Spanish Primary Language:German
Age Range:2 to 18
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The students at Colegio Suizo Madrid represent the heart of the school and receive a multilingual education with German as a driving language and Spanish as a second language. English is incorporated from 5th grade of Primary and French from class 9. We follow the curriculum of Switzerland. This plan, adapted to Spanish regulations, meets all the requirements of the official Spanish program and is approved by the Spanish and Swiss authorities. Upon completing their studies, students obtain the official Swiss Maturity diploma . This opens the doors to all Swiss, Spanish and numerous international universities.

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International College Spain 

4.5 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18 Max Class Size:22
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We are the only school in Madrid offering the three prestigious IB programmes in English providing students with a stimulating academic curriculum in a caring learning environment combined with a unique international focus. Our Be Ambitious philosophy drives our educational offer. We believe there is no limit to what your child can achieve. We ignite your child's curiosity and tell them to reach for their dreams, to step outside their comfort zones and try something new, and above all, to be ambitious.

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Hastings School 

4.5 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
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Educational excellence and happiness go hand in hand at Hastings British School Madrid. Our pupils are multilingual and well prepared, by the time they leave school on an academic and emotional level, to face future challenges. At Hastings School, the British school in Madrid, we are interested in providing the best possible education for your child. Our professionals take care of each child’s integral development within an enriching atmosphere. We offer British education from the ages of 2 to 18 within the city of Madrid. All of our school campuses are located in the heart of Madrid and can be easily accessed both by public transport and on foot.

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International School of Madrid 

4.5 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
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The International School of Madrid is a family school in the heart of Madrid, and since 1971 have been offering a quality British education to children aged 1 to 18 from all over the world. Our motto isRespect, Loyalty and Friendship and these words form the foundation of everything we believe in. We are known for our child-centred approach, happy atmosphere and high standards of academic achievement. We are incredibly proud of the success that our pupils achieve, not just academically, where they outperform their UK counterparts, but also in sports and the arts. Thanks to the school’s broad and balanced curriculum and our unique mix of Advanced level British and Spanish subjects in Years 12 and 13, our students leave prepared to enter British, US and Spanish universities. But, even more importantly than that, we are proud of how well our students behave and of the good adults that they grow up to become.

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King's College The British School of Madrid - Chamartín 

4.5 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 7
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King’s Infant School is a British school located in the Chamartín neighbourhood in the centre of Madrid. It offers facilities specifically built for children between the ages of 2 and 7 (from Pre-Nursery to Year 2) and has a capacity for more than 200 students. King’s Infant School, The British School of Madrid is part of the King’s College school network, founded in 1969, which provides a high quality British education to more than 8000 students across the globe.

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