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Best schools in Mallorca Balearic Islands Spain

A snapshot: schools in Mallorca 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.


International schools

Academy International School (The)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE; ages 2-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 330 students

Opened in 1985, as a nursery school with just 25 pupils, on an old property in Marratxi, 15 minutes by car from Palma. English curriculum up to IGCSEs, mainly taught in English with additional classes in Spanish and Catalan. Relaxed school with outdoor lessons, golf, riding (ponies on site) and gardening.

Agora Portals International School

Adapted curriculum/ IB Diploma/ Spanish Bach; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 370 students

One of the group of Agora schools, owned by Globeducate. Founded in 2008 and located near the coast at Portais Nous, near Calvià, in slightly unexciting but very well-equipped new buildings. Offering the alternative of the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the Spanish Bachillerato as well as a full Music, Sports and Arts programme. Not externally accredited but a member of the British Independent Schools Association and the Best Schools in Spain.

American International School of Mallorca

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma; ages 12-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 150 students

Newish on the Balearic scene, only opened in 2016. In the grounds of the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor and set up under the guidance of Academy International School, with the option of enrolling in a professional tennis programme. The curriculum is designed around the America Reaches Out (AERO) framework and delivered in English but students also have to take three Spanish subjects and study Spanish as a foreign language, in senior school. Swiftly accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Baleares International College

EYFS/ Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 450 students

Founded in 1957 on two campuses. A larger all-through campus in Sa Porrassa and a smaller nursery and primary in Sant Agusti on the outskirts of Palma. An Orbital International Education school and a member of (although not accredited by) the Council of British Overseas Schools (COBIS). Nearly 40 per cent of students tend to achieve A*-A at IGCSE with around 25 per cent achieving the same grade at A Level.

Bellver International College

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 250 students

Longest established, privately owned, British school in Spain, founded in 1959. Located in residential Marivent on the western edge of Palma. Classes taught in English and Spanish but the Selectividad (Spanish university entrance exam) is due to be phased out, leaving A Level as the only range of courses taught in the sixth form. Limited sports facilities, so students have to be bussed to a sports centre in Palma.

Escola Global Mallorca

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ Spanish curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 270 students

Established in 2008 and moved to new premises on the outskirts of Palma in 2013 in order to accommodate a secondary section. School buildings are simple, as their commitment to nature means that classes are often conducted outdoors. Wide range of workshops from art courses to web design, theatre and sport.

Green Valley International School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ candidate IB Diploma; ages 6-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

Only opened in 2017 and currently applying for authorisation to teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. They also operate a pre-school in Palma called Happy Faces Kinder. Green Valley was recommended by a parent but as yet there is little information about the school.

King Richard III College

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ Spanish curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level/ Spanish Bach; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 350 students

A bilingual Spanish school, opened in 1969. A member of and inspected by the National Association of British Schools in Spain and also authorised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. They offer the choice of A Levels or the Spanish Bachillerato and exams overseen by the Associated Board of the Royal College of Music and the Duke of Edinburgh international awards.

Lycée Francais de Palma                                     

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 540 students

Currently located in El Terreno on the western edge of Palma but a new school is under construction and intending to open in Sa Teulera, in 2021. The new site will provide the capacity to teach 750 students. A member of the network Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education. A few subjects are taught in Spanish and Catalan is taught from age six.

Mallorca International School – My School

EYFS/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ GCSE; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 200 students

Slightly confusing, for the outsider, to be sure about the official name of this new school. Opened in 2016, as the first private, international school in the north of the island. Originally teaching nursery and primary years, it has now expanded organically into a secondary school. A member of the National Association of British Schools in Spain and recognised by the Balearic Ministry of Education.

Montessori School of Mallorca

Montessori; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 90 students

Opened in 2015 and located on a rural site on the outskirts of Santa Maria in the middle of the island. Pupils are taught in English, Spanish and Catalan but the school operates as a British school in Spain in line with the National Curriculum for England.

Palma College

IGCSE/ A Level/ BTEC; ages 16-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned;

Small, dedicated sixth form college based in the heart of the city, opened in 2012. Classes are taught in English and they run a tutorial system. BTEC Sports is also available as are a few IGCSE subjects including English, Maths, French, German and Spanish. Over 20 nationalities at the college. 

Queen's College Mallorca

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ Spanish curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 students

Founded in 1977, in a beautiful location overlooking the bay of Palma. Impressive exam results with around 50 per cent achieving A*-A at A Level in a recent year. Graduates mainly move on to British (often leading institutions) or Spanish universities with the occasional US destination. Approximately 50 per cent of the students are Spanish nationals.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

 

 

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