Education In Javea

The state funds schooling in Spain or parents can opt to go private, just like in the UK. In Spain, it is compulsory to attend school between the ages of six and 16 years of age. 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 attend a university.

Javea has six primary-secondary schools, which are Spanish and Valencian language-based. The Spanish education system is organised in three stages. Kindergarten (non-compulsory) caters for ages 3 to 6, then pupils move onto primary education (primaria) from the ages of 6 to 12, and the third stage is secondary (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria or ESO) for students aged 12 to 16. 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 four years in the Instituto, they may progress to a university.

Kindergarten and primary classrooms are often housed on the same site, and in Javea six schools are catering for children of kindergarten and primary age. Classes are taught in the local dialect of Valenciano, except for Vicente Tena where lessons are taught in Castellano (Spanish). One of the schools, the Colegio Maria Inmaculada, is semi-private.

These schools then feed into the town’s two institutos, where children receive compulsory education to the age of 16, completing four years of ESO (obligatory secondary education). Once ESO is completed, pupils may leave school or continue to the age of 18 and take elective exams to gain entry into university or other forms of higher education. Students leaving at 16 must have an ESO certificate to access vocational or government training courses.

International Schools In Javea

Due to the large expat populace, living in Javea offers parents the choice to select an education for their children from the Spanish or British systems. We are fortunate to have two excellent international schools in Javea. Parents can choose the Laude Lady Elizabeth School, located on Cumbre del Sol, for KS1 and KS2 (2 -11 years) students. Elder KS3 pupils (aged 11- 18) attend a second branch of the school in Llíber. This school follows an IGCSE and A level exams in KS3/4 itinerary. The Lady Elizabeth School currently has pupils from 26 different countries.

The Laude Lady Elizabeth School
The Laude Lady Elizabeth School

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 also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, and boarding is 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.

Xabia International College
Xabia International College

The other international school in Javea is the Xàbia International College situated in Javea on the Careterra de Portichol. It has a site for KS1/KS2 pupils and another currently under construction in the Calle Cantallops in Javea for KS3. The school teaches the British curriculum and like the Lady Elizabeth school operates IGCSE and A level exams. When starting the school 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 currently around 250 pupils attending XIC from more than 20 countries. The school prides itself on small class sizes to ensure each pupil receives the individual attention they need. For full information, visit the Xàbia International College website.

Both the Laude and the XIC schools are private. Both offer a full international curriculum taught in 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 four years. 

Further Reading:

Spanish Education System