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My husband and I have contemplated a move to Spain to get better weather etc (all the usual stuff) but the schools are very important to us. I would like my kids to be educated in English as well as Spanish, so the state school system is out. I was looking at the websites for some of the international schools around the Marbella/Malaga area to get an idea of fees, but it seems that none of them is keen to publish this info. Knowing how much fees can vary for private schools here, I was wondering whether anyone can give me an idea of fees in that area of Spain. I know I can find all this information out if I meet the school etc, but we're not at that point yet and the fees may make the decision for us!
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The state system offers bilingual education in an ever-increasing number of schools.

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I'm trying to remember lol!!! I'm not sure if it was 1,300€ (for two children) a month or a term . I seem to remember we got a 10% discount for the second child and it went up when they were both in "secondary". The school uniforms and equipment were NOT cheap tho and it all had to be the right stuff. My daughters skirt alone was 95€!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was at the British College, Benalmadena.

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How old are your kids, barbarazzi?

We moved here with the idea of intl schooling but after speaking to expats (some here) changed our minds. For us, the benefit of a foreign language education outweighed the cons of state schooling here.

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How old are your kids, barbarazzi?

We moved here with the idea of intl schooling but after speaking to expats (some here) changed our minds. For us, the benefit of a foreign language education outweighed the cons of state schooling here.

I think it depends on the kids ages, the length of time you're planning to be in Spain (the curriculum in Spain is different from the UK, so its not easy to slot back) , what sort of further education you're kids might take up (university??) and Spain is in financial crisis, is it fair of Expats to expect free education as things are!!??

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Fees rise incrementally as children progress through the years. At the international school my children attend in Torremolinos, that means in years 12/13 when they are at their most expensive, the annual fee is around 8,000 euros. Expect to pay double at the international schools close to Marbella.
As Jo has said, uniform is expensive, and you also have to pay for books, stationary etc., as well as external examination fees (GCSEs and GCEs). My daughter's GCSE's this year have cost the best part of £1000 as she is taking 11.

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I think it depends on the kids ages, the length of time you're planning to be in Spain (the curriculum in Spain is different from the UK, so its not easy to slot back) , what sort of further education you're kids might take up (university??) and Spain is in financial crisis, is it fair of Expats to expect free education as things are!!??

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but you can only get access to the state education system if you're registered resident - & you've got to be able to prove income blah blah to register - so you're contributing to the economy - so it's not as if you're just taking is it?

yes though, for older kids or families who are only planning to stay a year or so International makes sense

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My husband and I have contemplated a move to Spain to get better weather etc (all the usual stuff) but the schools are very important to us. I would like my kids to be educated in English as well as Spanish, so the state school system is out. I was looking at the websites for some of the international schools around the Marbella/Malaga area to get an idea of fees, but it seems that none of them is keen to publish this info. Knowing how much fees can vary for private schools here, I was wondering whether anyone can give me an idea of fees in that area of Spain. I know I can find all this information out if I meet the school etc, but we're not at that point yet and the fees may make the decision for us!
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You're right. I've looked at about 5 and the only one I've seen so far that gives prices is this one in Xabia. I tell you, it's not cheap
Xbia International College

As elenetxu says, there are more and more "bilingual" state schools now, and they are improving it seems but I don't think they are really an alternative for native speakers who want to continue with a native standard of English yet. It has to be said a lot of the private schools aren't up to standard either, unfortunately. Also recently this was discussed and it seems that the bilingual state school hasn't kicked off in Andalucia yet.
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You're right. I've looked at about 5 and the only one I've seen so far that gives prices is this one in Xabia. I tell you, it's not cheap
Xbia International College

As elenetxu says, there are more and more "bilingual" state schools now, and they are improving it seems but I don't think they are really an alternative for native speakers who want to continue with a native standard of English yet. It has to be said a lot of the private schools aren't up to standard either, unfortunately. Also recently this was discussed and it seems that the bilingual state school hasn't kicked off in Andalucia yet.

What do you mean by kicked off? Andalucia was, at least in the government studies I had to read for my end of master's project, one of the "pioneer" regions in bilingual ed.

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What do you mean by kicked off? Andalucia was, at least in the government studies I had to read for my end of master's project, one of the "pioneer" regions in bilingual ed.

We were in Andalucia when we moved to Spain and my daughter went to a bilingual school. We were told that the "bilingualness" wasnt for the British kids to learn Spanish, but for the Spanish kids to learn english. Only certain lessons were taught in English - but the British children were not allowed to attend those classes. Several British parents tried to get them to change their minds, but to no avail. However, the curriculum was still spanish, which is very different, so if you intend returning to the UK, it can cause problems

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