August 2012 changed our lives forever. We were venturing off into the unknown, moving to Spain for 1-2 years. We wanted our kids to experience an education in Spain.
So many people ask us about the kids education in Spain and it is never easy to answer. You see we can’t speak for all of the schools in Spain, we can only share with you our experience. We are certain that everyone has different experiences depending on location, type of school and the biggest variable, the students attending.
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We have been living in Spain a few years and have so many things to share with you. Keep on reading and we will show you tips for planning and preparation, as well as share our experiences about public education, banking, medical insurance and more. Oh and we can help you with obtaining your Spanish visa as well. We have helped so many people and families with making their dream to live in Spain, come true. Keep on reading and if you would like help, we offer consulting! (We can help you with the visa process, deciding where to live and more).
We have written many posts on how we obtained our Non Lucrative Residence Visa and were able to move to Spain. I thought it would be helpful to organize them all here for you. When looking for residency in Spain, there are several options for the Non EU citizens, specifically US Citizens, Canadian Citizens and Australian Citizens. Alan has written a very detailed and very affordable ebook to help you through the process of applying for the Non Lucrative Residence Visa for Spain. There are many other types of Spanish visa options available, but this is what worked for us.
First let me start by saying that we have a limited source of data for this post. It is just our opinion and Comparison of the 1 Primary School we attended in USA and the 1 Primary School we are attending in Spain. This is by no means meant to generalize for a country or even a city/district.
These are just the things we have personally experienced or observed in our own little Wagoner Bubble! 🙂
If you are living or have lived in Spain with kids in public school, please share your observations as well. Continue reading
Well, we were in the school and we there to turn in our papers to go to school and the secretary said Lars and I need to go to class now. My parents were so worried because we didn’t have books, supplies or snacks. I didn’t want to go because we weren’t ready. They took us to class anyway.
Hey, its Lars today I will be writing about some, uh what’s the word, different things in school. First of all in Spain, the schools are not fancy; they are very basic and plain. About a month ago, my parents had completed some paperwork and enrolled me in a school. My parents were given a list of supplies: a “rubber” (eraser), 6 rolls of toilet paper, and some note books.
Last week each of the kids brought home a note stating it was “Reunion night with the Teacher” on Monday October 1st. It stated that cycle 1 and 2 would meet at 4pm and cycle 3 would meet at 5pm. We assumed it was a meet the teacher type of event, so we were very excited to attend. Continue reading
First Day of School – not Monday
So it’s Monday night, and I’ve filled out the (hopefully) last of the paperwork. Tomorrow, we’ll get up early (8AM is early for us), and turn it in. So after a good night’s rest, it’s 7:58, and Lars comes bounding in the bedroom. “It’s time to wake up! We need to turn in the paperwork so we can start on Wednesday.” Continue reading
As of Friday morning we had all of the required paperwork for registration for school in Spain. We finalized out rental contract Thursday afternoon and stopped by the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) to obtain our Certificado de Empadronamiento (register as official citizens of the community). Continue reading