A snapshot: schools in Madrid considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.
Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.
(pending) means that the school is on our list to review.
By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.
Adapted curriculum/ Spanish curriculum/ IB Diploma/ Spanish Bac; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 410 students
A bilingual school, founded in 1981 and owned by the Globeducate global education group. Located in a residential area to the west of Madrid. Offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Spanish Bachillerato. It also contains an integrated Music School. Not externally accredited but a member of the British Independent Schools Association and the Best Schools in Spain.
American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 980 students
Founded in 1961 and located to the west of Madrid near Aravaca. An American education but also offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Usually, under the patronage of the current American Ambassador and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA). Roughly equal cohorts from the US, Spain and other countries. Graduates head more or less 50/50 to university, either in North America or the UK and Europe.
School adapted curriculum/ GCSE/ Bibac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,950 students
Opened in 1940. The first British school in Madrid, charmingly known as 'El British', expanding very quickly to 1,500 students and now has close on 2,000. The only school in the world to be run by the British Council and offers the Bibac, an exclusive, patented Bilingual Baccalaureate which gains students entry to leading global universities. The school now also runs a nursery, British Council Infant School, based in the El Viso district in the heart of Madrid.
National Curriculum for England/ Spanish curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 850 students
Made up of one nursery, two primaries, one nursery and primary and one primary and secondary. All operated by the large international education group, Cognita, who acquired the group of schools in 2010. Recently, nearly 40 per cent of students gained A*-A at A Level and over 50 per cent obtained the same grades at IGCSE.
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 900 students
Founded in 1980 in Alcobendas and acquired by Nord Anglia Education Group, who now run nearly 70 international schools. The only school in Spain, belonging to the group and also the only school in metropolitan Madrid to offer all three original International Baccalaureate programmes. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 800 students
Founded in 1971 in the El Viso district of central Madrid. Starting with only 38 pupils, the school has continued to expand and a brand new building for years 7-9 opened in September 2019. An impressive over 45 per cent of students achieved A*-A at A Level recently and over 40 per cent A*-A at IGCSE, with Oxbridge and Russell Group universities given as graduate destinations.
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ Cambridge 1, 2/ IGCSE/ Spanish Bach; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 students
One of two ‘Kensington’ schools in Spain. This one was founded in 1968 in the residential suburbs of north Madrid. A non-selective international school teaching the British curriculum and also preparing students for entry to Spanish universities, with the Spanish Bachillerato and for the DELF exams of the French Institute. 90 per cent of students are Spanish.
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ I/GCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 2,315 students
On three sites, the main school, in the countryside between the city and the mountains, teaches pre-nursery to sixth form. The second campus (King's College School) is for pupils from age three to 16 in the residential area of La Moraleja in Madrid and the third (KIng's Infant School), in Chamartin, caters for pre-nursery to year 2. All three were previously run by King’s education group, which was founded in Spain but were bought and taken over, unexpectedly, by Inspired Education in October 2019. Just over 40 per cent of students gained A*-A at A Level in a recent year. Inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate for British Schools Overseas (BSO).
French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; state; 3,500 students
A rare example of a French international school to have been opened in the 19th century (1885). A huge school with roughly half the students holding French passports. Part of the French Agency for Education Abroad (AEFE) network and accredited by the French Ministry of Education.
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 870 students
The first British school in Spain, founded in 1967 by the parents of the current head. Now located in La Morleja. Traditional British education with rigorous academics leading to over 70 percent of students gaining A*-A at IGCSE. An impressive over 60 per cent of students achieving A*-A at A Level, leading to several Oxbridge offers.
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 1-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,400 students
The SEK Education Group, established in 1892 in central Madrid, now has three schools and a university in the city. The schools, which teach in English and Spanish, are accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
SEK Castillo in the northwest of Madrid educates children from 4 months to 18 years offering three all-through International Baccalaureate programmes.
SEK Ciudalcampo (in the north of Madrid) is an all-through school, with impressive sports facilities, offering three International Baccalaureate programmes and is the only school in Spain recognised by the global network of innovative Round Square schools.
SEK Santa Isabel is a primary school in central Madrid teaching the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme preparing children to move on to other SEK schools.
Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned
Opened in 2010 in Los Dominicos and owned by British Education System Limited, who own four other schools in Spain. Offering a British based curriculum but also incorporating Spanish language and culture lessons and the Duke of Edinburgh international awards.
For more information on the schools above, please go to each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.