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Schools in Lanzarote - Canary Islands Now

Schools in Lanzarote

You will find a good number of schools in Lanzarote, all providing a high standard of education for all age groups. Our guide covers nursery & pre-school/infant schools, primary schools, secondary schools and further education.

The school year runs from 1st September to 31st August with regular activities running between 1st September and 30th June.

School Calendar
http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/educacion/web/primaria/calendario_escolar.html

Nurseries / Day Care

Nursery translated as Jardin de Infancy or Guardia take babies from 0 – 3 years old.

Much like in the UK they are generally private and fee paying.

They have the intention to further babies and toddlers physical, mental, social and emotional development.

Pre School & Primary Schools

Pre schools, Educación Infantile is for children aged from 3 to 5 years old is offered at most primary schools but it is not compulsory.

Primary schools, Educación primaria usually accommodate children aged between 6 and 11 years old.

Normally there are 3 stages to the curriculum, with each stage lasting 2 years. Students need to pass each stage, otherwise they may need to repeat a year before they can move on to the next.

Typical subjects (taught in Spanish) include Spanish, Maths, Science, Sports & Physical Education, Geography, History and a second language.  Religious studies are offered but can be opted out of for alternative options.

The school day will usually run between 9am and 1pm, the children will have a morning break with a snack and lunch will be eaten at home.

At the start of the school year (September) parents will be given a list of materials and text books that will need to be provided for the start of the new school year.  For these items you should budget in the region of 150 to 200 euros per child plus a school uniform if they have one (not all schools have a uniform)

Secondary Schools

Instituto or Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO) is for children between the ages of 12 and 16.

Children attend ESO classes in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th years with exams taken each term.  Parents will get school reports and will also have the option to attend parents evenings to follow their child's progress.

All ESO subjects are graded between 1 and 10 with 5 or more being a pass mark.  As with primary school, if a student fails to pass to the required standards they may be asked to re-sit a year or catch up during their summer holidays.

Attendance is compulsory and the school day usually runs from 8am to 2pm, with a morning break and lunch served at home.  When a student reaches their 16th birthday they are able to leave school without qualification or continue to complete the full school course and get their secondary education certificate which is the equivalent of UK GCSE qualifications.

Further Education

It is possible to study english A levels at Colegio Hispano Britanico, the private school situated in Puerto del Carmen. 

The Bachillerato is the spanish equivalent to A level education. It consists of a 2 year course that is taught in Spanish with an additonal foreign language, philosophy, physical education, history and one of these options:

  • Art: History of art, sculpture & painting
  • Nature & Sciences: Biology, chemistry, physics including math
  • Sciences & Engineering: Physics, math, chemistry including technical drawing
  • Humanities: Latin, Greek, history of art