Schooling in Catalunya is free and compulsory for children aged 6-16 years. Primary education (educació primària) is the first stage of obligatory schooling for children aged 6-12 years and Secondary education (educació secundària) is the period of schooling from 12-16 years.
Although many children attend school from age 3 in Barcelona and indeed much of Spain, this is not compulsory. Schooling from 3-6 years is known as infants education (educació infantil) or parvulario (divided into years P3, P4 and P5).
The follwing links can provide useful information for choosing a school in Barcelona:
Schools by Area
- Barcelona es una Bona Escola is a catalogue of Barcelona private and public shools by district. A printed version is also available from Town halls and the Department of Education:
- You can search for both public, private and international schools in Barcelona using this link: Schools Search by District
In order to find out which public schools are located in your official catchment area and for which you will be allocated the most points, you can input your address here: Search for schools in your official catchment area
Maps showing the àrees d'influencia, by school for both public and private centres, is also available here: Map of catchment areas
Home Schooling Programme: Clonlara School based in the US offers a home-based teaching programme with offices in Barcelona.
Home Schooling Site for Catalunya: An association supporting Home education in Catalunya who organise the annual Home Schooling day on 15th September.
Free Education or Educació Lliure projects are on the rise in Barcelona and the surrounding areas. These offer a different model for education and an alternative to the public pre-schools. These projects usually involve a greater degree of parent participation and can be categorized as associations. They typically offer places to children from 18 months up to 6 years of age. To find out about projects near you visit: http://www.educaciolliure.org/
2013/2014 application forms and information on the "preinscripció process will be made available in February 2013. You only need to complete this application process if your child is going to school for the first time or is changing schools.
Read more about the School application process in Barcelona and key dates for 2012/2013 below. If you cannot see the information please click again on Applying for Schools in the upper-right hand menu.