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Hello,

I read school threads back to 2016 and did not find anyone in situation like ours.

We want to move to Malaga with two kids: 6 and almost 3.5. Be both know some Spanish - I am at A2 level, my husband B2. So far our plan looks like this:
1. We are coming to Malaga in the end of February, planning to be there for about 3 months - we want to look around where we would like to live etc.
2. In March it's the time to register kids for school. And right now this worries me the most:
- can we sign them up for school without permanent address? For now we rented an airbnb apartment for a month
- how do we choose the school? our kids are bilingual - Polish/English so I was looking at the public bilingual schools in Malaga
- can we just go to school to talk to the teachers, to sea the facilities?
- are there maps of school districts? I read that child is assigned to a school near home - is there an actual zone for each school? I could not find it anywhere.
- What happens when we move? In March on school forms I can give the airbnb apartment's address but that is not where I will live permanently.
- are there big differences between schools? Maybe I worry too much about it
3. During those 3 months we want to decide where to rent permanently.
4. Come back home in the end of May or so - pack, etc.
5. Move to Malaga before school starts.

I was thinking we should book our permanent apartment when we are here in spring. Is it possible to find a place now but move in in 5-6 months? Or is it too risky?


Thanks in advance for all the answers

Cheers!

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Hello,

I read school threads back to 2016 and did not find anyone in situation like ours.

We want to move to Malaga with two kids: 6 and almost 3.5. Be both know some Spanish - I am at A2 level, my husband B2. So far our plan looks like this:
1. We are coming to Malaga in the end of February, planning to be there for about 3 months - we want to look around where we would like to live etc.
2. In March it's the time to register kids for school. And right now this worries me the most:
- can we sign them up for school without permanent address? For now we rented an airbnb apartment for a month
- how do we choose the school? our kids are bilingual - Polish/English so I was looking at the public bilingual schools in Malaga
- can we just go to school to talk to the teachers, to sea the facilities?
- are there maps of school districts? I read that child is assigned to a school near home - is there an actual zone for each school? I could not find it anywhere.
- What happens when we move? In March on school forms I can give the airbnb apartment's address but that is not where I will live permanently.
- are there big differences between schools? Maybe I worry too much about it
3. During those 3 months we want to decide where to rent permanently.
4. Come back home in the end of May or so - pack, etc.
5. Move to Malaga before school starts.

I was thinking we should book our permanent apartment when we are here in spring. Is it possible to find a place now but move in in 5-6 months? Or is it too risky?


Thanks in advance for all the answers

Cheers!
I can't answer all your questions, but I can tell you a few things
Bilingual state schools can have varying levels of no bilingualism, but they are not really bilingual. It means that some subjects, often but not only less academic subjects are given in English ( P.E and art for example. Sometimes subjects are taught by 2 teachers, one speaking Spanish and the other translating! It depends on the school and who's teaching what that year.
School visits are not really the norm for state schools, but if you approach them they will probably let you visit.
You have a lot of good questions,and I think you're right to be asking them. I'm sure others will be able to help you more

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Hello,

I read school threads back to 2016 and did not find anyone in situation like ours.

We want to move to Malaga with two kids: 6 and almost 3.5. Be both know some Spanish - I am at A2 level, my husband B2. So far our plan looks like this:
1. We are coming to Malaga in the end of February, planning to be there for about 3 months - we want to look around where we would like to live etc.
2. In March it's the time to register kids for school. And right now this worries me the most:
- can we sign them up for school without permanent address? For now we rented an airbnb apartment for a month
- how do we choose the school? our kids are bilingual - Polish/English so I was looking at the public bilingual schools in Malaga
- can we just go to school to talk to the teachers, to sea the facilities?
- are there maps of school districts? I read that child is assigned to a school near home - is there an actual zone for each school? I could not find it anywhere.
- What happens when we move? In March on school forms I can give the airbnb apartment's address but that is not where I will live permanently.
- are there big differences between schools? Maybe I worry too much about it
3. During those 3 months we want to decide where to rent permanently.
4. Come back home in the end of May or so - pack, etc.
5. Move to Malaga before school starts.

I was thinking we should book our permanent apartment when we are here in spring. Is it possible to find a place now but move in in 5-6 months? Or is it too risky?


Thanks in advance for all the answers

Cheers!
You at the very least need to be on the padrón in order to register for state school.

Many town halls won't accept airbnb for this, & many will want you to be registered residents before they take you onto the padrón.


Although March is 'registration time' for schools, you can in fact register at any time. You might not get your choice of school - but then even by registering in March there's no guarantee.

Get your long term accomodation sorted out first - & if you prefer a particular school try to find accomodation nearby.

Some places might have school district maps, but I've never seen one. Ask at the ayuntamiento.

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I can't answer all your questions, but I can tell you a few things
Bilingual state schools can have varying levels of no bilingualism, but they are not really bilingual. It means that some subjects, often but not only less academic subjects are given in English ( P.E and art for example. Sometimes subjects are taught by 2 teachers, one speaking Spanish and the other translating! It depends on the school and who's teaching what that year.
School visits are not really the norm for state schools, but if you approach them they will probably let you visit.
You have a lot of good questions,and I think you're right to be asking them. I'm sure others will be able to help you more
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Bilingual state schools can have varying levels of bilingualism, but they are not really bilingual. It means that some subjects, and those are often but not only, less academic subjects are given in English ( P.E and art for example). Sometimes subjects are taught by 2 teachers, one speaking Spanish and the other translating! It depends on the school and who's teaching what that year.
School visits are not really the norm for state schools, but if you approach them they will probably let you visit.
You have a lot of good questions,and I think you're right to be asking them. I'm sure others will be able to help you more

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I agree with what the others have said:

Families that relocate can register their children in a new school as soon as they move, no matter what time of the year it is.

Your family needs to be empadronado in order to register your kids in school during March registration. To be empadronado you have to have a rental contract/lease, ie a permanent address.

"Bilingual" schools aren't really bilingual. They're designed to help Spanish children learn English, and only a few of the classes are actually taught in English. So there's really no point in limiting yourself to this type of school.

Each town hall should have a school district map, if you're interested. But just living in a school district doesn't guarantee your kids a space in the district school. It simply means that during March registration they have priority over children from outside the district for any available space in the school. At any other time of the year the school district is irrelevant. Your kids can only register at a school that has space available at the time of registration.

The difference between one state school and another is usually minimal. The teachers are all assigned to schools by the regional government, and in fact from one year to the next many teachers are re-assigned and move school. What can vary from one school to the next are the facilities and services. These might or might not include air conditioned classrooms, sports facilities, a hot lunch program, or before and after school care. And of the course the children themselves can vary, depending on the neighborhood where the school is.

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I agree with all that is posted above, except for the supposed similarity of state schools.

My kids have been to two different primary schools within a few Kms of each other and they could not be further apart in terms of quality.

Sadly, the results of exit exams are no longer published in a league table in Madrid as they used to be, but maybe for Malaga they are still available?

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Have you got your NIEs?

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Thanks for all the answers.

We don't have NIE.

I think finding the permanent apartment is the main priority now. We arrive in Malaga in the end of February. Do you think it's possible to rent an apartment, get NIE and padron before the end of March?
I am looking at the possible apartments now and will arrange the viewing so we can see them straight away.

At the moment we are interested in El Consul area with these three schools:
CEIP Rectora Adelaida de la Calle
C.E.I.P. "Profesor E. Tierno Galván"
CEIP Pintor Félix Revello de Toro

Do you maybe have/had kids in any of them?

Thanks in advance for any input, it's all very much appreciated

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Thanks for all the answers.

We don't have NIE.

I think finding the permanent apartment is the main priority now. We arrive in Malaga in the end of February. Do you think it's possible to rent an apartment, get NIE and padron before the end of March?
I am looking at the possible apartments now and will arrange the viewing so we can see them straight away.

At the moment we are interested in El Consul area with these three schools:
CEIP Rectora Adelaida de la Calle
C.E.I.P. "Profesor E. Tierno Galván"
CEIP Pintor Félix Revello de Toro

Do you maybe have/had kids in any of them?

Thanks in advance for any input, it's all very much appreciated
You don't register on the padrón until you actually live here.

Ayuntamientos are supposed to see your resident card/cert before you do so, although not all do.

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Hi,
I am sorry, unfortunately I have no advice, but would love to follow the thread as we are also thinking ab relocation to Spain with kids 6years old and 2year old. We have use 3 languages at home, English, Polish and Italian. Husband can decenty communicate in Spanish, however kids use mainly English. I am considering private school with British system, my daughter is already in year 1 in UK. I was wondering if anyone can share an experience on quality of Spanish public school vs private ones? And settling experience, perhaps following Spenish system would give them better options for a future?

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