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Best schools in Valencia Spain

A snapshot overview of schools in Valencia that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups 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 descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Schools in Valencia reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

American School of Valencia  (pending)

American curriculum/American High School Diploma/IB Diploma/Spanish Bach; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 750 pupils

Founded in 1980 and located in Los Monasterios near Puzol, 30kms 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 (MSACS).

Caxton College

School developed curriculum/Spanish curriculum/IGCSEs/A-Levels/Spanish Bach; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,700 pupils

Located in Puzol, a beach community 20kms 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 increasing international cohort. In 2018, 93 per cent achieved A*-C at IGCSE and 78 per cent gained A*-C grades at A-Level.

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 Canada

Private, co-ed, ages 3 to 18

The British College La Cañada opened in 2008, making it a relative newcomer in Valencia’s international school system. The school follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, offering IGCSEs and A Levels. Pupils are also able to take the exams that Spanish universities require in year 13. La Cañada is a suburb about 10km from Valencia’s city centre, close to urbanisations popular with expats. There is a metro station in La Cañada which is on Line 2, but it is an almost half an hour walk away from the school.

British School of Valencia

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 800 pupils

Founded in 1992 and recently acquired by Cognita (currently running 74 schools in nine countries) as its seventh school in Spain. Situated in the heart of Valencia, rare for an international school. Enrolment at age five or above requires passing an English language and maths assessment and classes are taught in English.

Cambridge House Community School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels/Spanish Bach; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,300 pupils

Founded in 1986 with just ten pupils and located in Rocafort, less than 10kms west of Valencia. Vast majority of students are Spanish with approximately 5 per cent British. Popular with local parents and there are often waiting lists.

Colegio Mas Camarena

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

A large school located in Betera outside Valencia. Unusual in teaching the Spanish curriculum in English (over 50 per cent in elementary) and Spanish, the English element decreasing up the school. 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, opened an ‘International Student Hall of Residence’, a sport, residential and leisure complex for international students.

Cumbres School

Adapted curriculum/IGCSEs/Spanish Bach; ages 0-18; 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.

El Plantio International School

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

Located in La Canada, just outside the centre of the city and founded in 1982. Offering the IB 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 5 and Valencian part of the curriculum. Weekly or full boarding available in secondary school.

English School los Olivos

School developed curriculum/Spanish curriculum/IGCSEs/A-Levels/Spanish Bach; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 pupils

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, 9kms from the centre of the city and 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.

Iale Elian's

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/Spanish Bachillerato; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 500 pupils

Located between L’Eliana and La Pobla de Vallbona, two suburbs often chosen by expat families. The Elian’s schools are now part of the rapidly expanding (36 schools in Sweden, four in Spain) International Education Partnership (Swedish education company). 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 to one third of classes. Valencian taught from primary level and sixth form delivers a Spanish curriculum leading up to the Bachillerato.

International Montessori School of Valencia

Montessori; ages 3-12; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned;

The only internationally focussed Montessori school in Valencia, located in Paterna to the northwest of the city, which has excellent transport links. Offering a bilingual, French/English, primary education with a condition of entry at age 6 or above that they speak either French or English fluently.

Lycée Francaise de Valencia (Paterna)

French National Curriculum/Bac/Brevet; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,000 pupils

On a campus in Paterna to the northwest of the city, which has excellent transport links. Here since 1889 and one of the oldest international schools still existing, this is a French school that happens to be in Spain. All 75 classes are taught in French following the French Curriculum and graduates obtain French qualifications. Roughly one third of students are French nationals.

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