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Best schools in Valencia Spain

A snapshot: schools in Valencia 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

American School of Valencia  (pending)

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma/ Spanish Bach; ages 2-18; co-ñed; day; independent; private non-profit; 850 students

Founded in 1980 and located in Los Monasterios near Puzol, 30 kms from central Valencia. Students are roughly 90 per cent Spanish with the remainder from over 25 other countries. The vast majority of graduates remain in Spain for university but a small percentage move on to leading institutions in North America, the UK and the rest of Europe. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Caxton College 

Adapted English curriculum/ Spanish curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level/ Spanish Bach; ages 1-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,440 students

Located in Puzol, a beach community 20 kms from central Valencia. Starting with the endearingly named ‘Baby Caxton’ and continuing up to A Levels or Spanish Bachillerato. Currently, the majority of students are Spanish but with an increasingly large international cohort. Respectable results at IGCSE and A Level. Inspected by Cambridge Education for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

Click here to read our full review of Caxton College.

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

British College La Cañada

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 510 students

The British College, La Cañada opened in 2008, making it a relative newcomer in Valencia’s international school scene. Students can take the exams (Selectividad for Spanish students and PCE for expats) that Spanish universities require in year 13. La Cañada is a suburb about 10 kms from Valencia’s city centre, close to urbanisations popular with expats. Inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for British Schools Overseas (BSO) and accredited by the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).

British School of Alzira

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 550 students

Opened in 1997 as the first of three family run schools. All based in cities, south of Valencia. Alzira is In the Valley of Aguas Vivas, about one hour's journey by either train or road from Valencia. Offering a full English curriculum and Spanish language and cultural studies to students from over 20 nationalities, on a purpose-built campus. 

British School of Valencia

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level/ Spanish Bach; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 880 students

Founded in 1992 and recently acquired by Cognita (currently running over 70 international schools) as its seventh school in Spain. Situated in the heart of Valencia, rare for an international school. Classes are taught in English and enrolment at age five or above requires passing an English language and maths assessment. However, students are able to choose the option of the Spanish Bachillerato rather than A Levels. Accredited by the National Association of British Schools in Spain.

Cambridge House Community College

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level/ Spanish Bach; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,300 students

Founded in 1986 with just ten pupils. Located in Rocafort, less than 10kms west of Valencia. Vast majority of students are Spanish with approximately 5 per cent British or from other nationalities. Popular with local parents and there are often waiting lists. Accredited by the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).

Colegio Mas Camarena

Spanish curriculum/ Spanish Bach/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; privately owned; 3,000 students

A large school located in Betera outside Valencia. Unusual, in teaching the Spanish curriculum in English (over 50 per cent in elementary) as well as in Spanish, the English element decreasing further up the school.  Option of the Spanish Bachillerato or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Regularly cited as one of the leading Spanish schools, the campus offers great sporting facilities as well as a language and music school. In 2018, they opened an ‘International Student Hall of Residence’, a sport, residential and leisure complex for international (Russian and Chinese cohorts) students.

Cumbres School Valencia

Spanish curriculum/ Cambridge 1, 2/ IGCSE/ A Level/ Spanish Bach; ages 6 months-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit

Bilingual (English/Spanish), private, Catholic school located in Moncada, north of the city. The school forms part of the Regnum Christi schools network. Both boys and girls can attend Cumbres but are taught in separate classes and have the option of taking A Levels or the Spanish Bachillerato.

El Plantio International School

EYFS/ National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 600 students

Located in Paterna, just outside the city centre and founded in 1982. Offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma since 1999, with a strong speech and drama focus in the secondary school including vocational training or the IB with a drama option. Classes taught in English but Spanish introduced at age five and Valencian part of the curriculum. Weekly or full boarding available in secondary school. Accredited by the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).

English School Los Olivos

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

A small school, in comparison to other private schools in Valencia, and run by a British cooperative of teachers. Opened in 1976 and located in residential Campolivar, 9 kms from the centre of the city. Now in partnership with Xicotets Nursery School. For the last eight years 100 per cent of graduates have passed into Spanish universities, often with a high average mark. The majority of pupils are Spanish from the Valencian community. Accredited by the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).

Iale International School (Elian's)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ Spanish Bach; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 500 students

Located between L’Eliana and La Pobla de Vallbona, two popular expat suburbs. The Elian’s schools are now part of the rapidly expanding International Education Partnership (Swedish education company with schools in Sweden and Spain). The group bought out their Spanish partners in IES S.L., the Monzonis family, in 2018. Immersion in English at nursery level and a British education up to the end of year 11 but English decreasing steadily thereafter. Valencian taught from primary level and the sixth form delivers a Spanish curriculum leading up to the Spanish Bachillerato. Accredited by the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).

Lycée Francais de Valence

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,000 students

On a campus in Paterna to the northwest of the city, which has excellent transport links. Located here since 1889 and one of the oldest international schools continuing in operation in the country. This is a long-established French school that happens to be in Spain. All 75 classes are taught in French following the French curriculum and roughly one third of students are French nationals. Part of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education.

Valencia Montessori School

American curriculum/ Montessori; ages 18 months-12; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 220 students

A bilingual (English/Spanish) nursery followed by a Montessori based curriculum taught in English. Brilliantly located next to the pseudo, African children’s paradise of the Valencia Bioparc, with suitably decorated, primary colour classrooms. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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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