Best International Schools on the Costa del Sol

2nd November 2022
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When you made a decision to move abroad with the family, one of the most important tasks is to find a good school for the children. When looking for your new home you will have to take into consideration the travelling distance to the school.

Costa del sol has a great selection of good international private schools from kindergartens to schools with a complete secondary education. In these private schools, education is conducted in a foreign language (English, German, French, Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian), sometimes they are taught in 2 languages. International school is a good option for a smooth transition of children.

We prepared a selection of popular international schools on Costa del Sol including British, American, German, French, Scandinavian located in Malaga, Fuengirola, Marbella, Estepona, Sotogrande. Some of the following schools are mentioned in the 100 best schools of Spain in Forbes and El Mundo.


English-speaking schools in Costa del Sol

The British School of Malaga

The school was established in 2000 as the only British school in Malaga city to teach the British Curriculum to students from 3 to 18 years old. The school also offers extracurricular activities like football, gymnastics, robotics, judo, art and dance classes.

Location: Calle Centaurea, 8, 29018 Cerrado de Calderón, Málaga, Spain

Aloha College

A private school was founded in 1982. It offers the International Primary Curriculum, National Curriculum England, IGCSE, A Levels, IB Diploma and Spanish Curriculum. There are around 840 students representing 57 nationalities. The student’s age is from 3 to 18 years old.

Location: Urb. El Angel, Nueva Andalucía, 29660 Marbella, Malaga, Spain

Laude San Pedro International College

The school was founded in 2004 for students aged 3-18 years old and it is now part of International Schools Partnership (ISP) offering their students the possibility of learning through international experiences. The college provides full British Curriculum (the International Primary Curriculum, GCSEs and A Levels) and Spanish equivalent (ESO and Bachillerato). There is a wide range of after school activities such as football, karate, gymnastics, robotics, piano, harp, electronics and much more.

Location: Avenida de la Coruña, San Pedro de Alcántara, 29670 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

Sotogrande International School

It is a day and boarding school with more than 1000 students from over 45 countries, which follows the IB programme for 3 -18 years. The school provides IB Programme - Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). After the school children can take the advantage of the amazing sport activities including tennis, padel, polo, football, golf, fencing, rugby, swimming and sailing.

Location: Av. de la Reserva, s/n, 11310 Sotogrande, Cádiz, Spain

Swans International College

Originally founded as a primary school in 1971 in Marbella the school now has another secondary school campus in Sierra Blanca with over 500 students in total.  The school follows the British educational system and the Sixth Form students undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Location Primary School: Urb. El Capricho, Marbella, 29602, Malaga, Spain

Location Secondary School: Lago de los Cisnes, 29602 Marbella, Malaga, Spain

Atlas America School of Malaga

Atlas American School is the first American school on the Costa del Sol offering the U.S. school curriculum to students from 3 to 18 years old. The students will graduate with American High School Diploma. The school offers Spanish and French Language Programms. Students from Grades 10,11 and 12 have an opportunity to participate in Entreprenuership Program to develop their future business skills.

Location: Calle Monda N2, Selwo Hills, 29689 Estepona, Malaga

Scandinavian schools in Costa del Sol

Suomalainen Koulu

A private Finnish school was founded 1991 in Los Pacos, Fuengirola. It offers a preschool, a comprehensive school and an upper secondary school. The school follows the national curriculum and Basic Education Act of Finland with the exception of mandatory Spanish offered in all grades. The school is recognised and holds an official status in Spain.

Location: C/ Jose Salik 4, 29640 Fuengirola (Málaga), Spain

Den Norske Skolen

A private Norwegian School located in Benalmádena about 15 minutes west of Malaga. The school follows the National Norwegian curriculum and offers modern, high-quality education methods to ensure future orientated education.

Location: Avenida Cerro Del Viento s/n Arroyo De La Miel 29631 Benalmadena, Málaga, Spain.

Svenska Skolan Costa del Sol

The Swedish School started in 1969 in Fuengirola and is one of the oldest Swedish institutions on the Costa del Sol. It is also one of the largest Swedish schools abroad with 320 students. The school offers education from preschool to high school. It follows the Swedish Curriculum and Swedish School regulations, also the students have an opportunity to study some subject in Spanish to enable them to apply to Spanish universities in the future.

Location: Avenida Acapulco 11, 296 40 Fuengirola, Spain

Svenska Skolan Marbella

Svenska Skolan Marbella is a small exclusive school for Swedish-speaking children living in Marbella. The school was founded in 2003 with 15 students originally. Now there are about 200 children attending the school. The school offers preschool for children aged 3-5 years and primary school year F-6 according to Swedish curriculum. The school is approved by the Swedish National Agency for Education and hold all necessary Spanish permits to run school activities.

Location: Svenska Skolan Marbella, Urbanización La Alzambra, CC Vasari, Local 1-D, 29600 Marbella (Málaga)

German School in Costa del Sol

Deutsche School Malaga

The school was founded in 1898. It is officially recognized by the German and Spanish administrations and it is approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education and offers nursery, primary and secondary education, with a lot of options of after school activities.

Location: Deutsche Schule Málaga, C. Velazquez, 3, 29610 Ojén, Málaga

French School in Costa del Sol

Ecole Francaise Internationale Marbella (EFIM) This is a kindergarten and elementary school that offers innovative trilingual education (French, English and Spanish) for children aged 3-11 years built on the hybridization of active pedagogies and in accordance with the French National Education program.

Location: French International School of Marbella, Calle Jacinto Benavente , 29601 Marbella, Malaga


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