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 the 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.
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.
If you’re looking to move to Spain with kids, I bet you want to know more about the Spanish Education System. Guess what? This post is just for you! Did you know that Spain doesn’t have high school?
Well the school year is officially over! Anya (8 yrs – 3rd grade) and Lars (11 yrs – 5th grade) both completed a full year attending school in Spain. When we first planned this adventure, one of our top priority goals was for the kids to learn how to speak Spanish. This was going to be accomplished by having the kids study abroad and attend a Spanish elementary school. Of course we weren’t going to just ship them off to study, we were going as a family. It was also a priority for Alan and I to improve our skills with the Spanish language.
Well, it’s finally here. We’ve had test scores here, graded papers there, but today was the first concrete evidence of how the teachers think our kids are doing. In short, they kicked some serious butt! I’ll get to the details in a bit, but Heidi and I are extremely proud of the kids. Continue reading