Schooling system

You have 2 choices for schooling, either state schooling or private:

State schooling:

Children from 3 to 5 years old in Spain have the option of attending the Pre-school stage (infantil or popularly known as preescolar), which is non-compulsory and free for all students. It is regarded as an integral part of the education system with infants' classes at almost every primary school. There are some separate nursery schools (Colegios Infantiles).

Spanish students aged 6 to 15 undergo primary (colegio) and secondary school (instituto) education, which are compulsory and (like the preceding preschool from age 3) free of charge. Successful students are awarded a Secondary Education Certificate, which is necessary to enter the post-compulsory stage of Schooling (principally the Bachillerato) for their University or Vocational (Formacion Professional) Studies. Once students have finished their Bachillerato, they can take their University Entrance Exam (Pruebas de Acceso a la Universidad, popularly called Selectividad) which differs greatly from region to region. The compulsory stage of secondary education is normally referred to by its initials: ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria).

Private schooling:
There are 2 private schools within the Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa area :

  • Mar Azul International School:
Mar Azul school aims to provide the highest calibre of childcare through a personalised programme designed to meet the busy schedules of our parents. We try to make our school an extension of your child’s home, offering the time, opportunities, stimulation and resources for your child to explore, create, imagine, and enquire under the watchful eye of our trained nursery team. The child’s safety and happiness is paramount, so we ensure that we have qualified, vetted staff who have had years of experience of working with children. A safe and secure building and constant supervision ensure the child’s safety.


  • El Limonar
The Limonar International School offers an integrated program of bilingual studies for students from 3 to 18 years that fosters cultural interaction between English and Castilian. We develop a challenging curriculum that follows the National Curriculum for England and Wales, together with the requirements of the Spanish educational system.
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