Education In Javea
Schooling in Spain is funded by the state unless parents opt to go private, just like in the UK. It is compulsory to attend school between the ages of six years and 16. While attending school is free, parents will usually have to pay for books, uniforms and other materials that may be required. After the age of 16, a student can then go on to high school (bachillerato). Only pupils who finish high school can go on to a university.
Javea has 6 primary-secondary schools which are Spanish and Valencian language based. Once children reach the age of 14, they move to what’s known as the “Instituto” and study there for 2 or 4 years. After 4 years in the Instituto, they may progress to University.
We are also very fortunate to have three International Schools in Javea, the Laude Lady Elizabeth School which is based on Cumbre del Sol, the Xàbia International College, and the recently opened Steve Jobs School. All three schools are private. Laude and XIC offer a full international curriculum which is taught in both English and Spanish, and cater for children from nursery age up to 18 years; the equivalent of staying on in the Instituto for the full 4 years. The Javea Steve Jobs School is the first Steve Jobs School to open in Spain, although there are 40 Steve Jobs schools worldwide. This school has recently opened, and currently caters for nursery and primary aged children, although there are plans in place to expand for secondary school pupils in the not-too-distant future.
Beginning in 1994, the goal of the founder of Xàbia International College was to provide a quality education based on the English National Curriculum within an international environment. There are current around 250 pupils attending XIC from more than 20 countries. The school prides itself on small class sizes to ensure each pupil receives the attention they need. For full information visit the Xàbia International College website.
The Laude Lady Elizabeth School currently has pupils from 26 different countries. The school aims to create a culturally diverse atmosphere where pupils can learn about other cultures, to prepare them for careers in an ever-shrinking and fast-changing world. The Laude offers a wide range of extra curricular activities, and boarding is also available, even for the odd over-night stays when a parent might be absent due to business, etc. Find out more about the Laude Lady Elizabeth School here.
The Steve Jobs School offers a stimulating and technical environment, where children are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills and use their imagination and creativity to solve problems. Steve Jobs teacher training involves looking at the needs of each individual student rather than setting one lesson for an entire class.While the use of the latest technology is encouraged and used in the classroom (all pupils have their own iPad) there are also plenty of outdoor activities in place as part of the curriculum. To find out more, visit Steve Jobs School Javea.