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  • Truly International

    With over 70 nationalities, we are a diverse and welcoming school which prepares students to succeed anywhere in the world

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  • Globally-Respected Curricula

    We are the only school in Madrid to offer all three International Baccalaureate Programmes in English

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  • Learning to Love Learning

    We believe in helping a child to discover and pursue their passions, whether that’s in the classroom, on the pitch or on stage

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  • A Passion for Teaching

    Our teachers are dedicated to delivering high-quality education, and to helping every child reach their potential

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  • Join Our Community

    We are proud of our growing family of parents, teachers and socially-confident students. We’d love to welcome you too

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  • A Vibrant Place to Be

    The school year is packed with activities and achievements. Celebrate them with us

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  • Tailored to Every Child

    Our students love coming to school. Get in touch with us and we can talk about how we can make your child’s school days special

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Admissions FAQs

Our friendly Admissions Team is here to help you with any questions you may have.

Welcome from the ICS Admissions Team

Welcome from our Admissions Team

Thank you for your interest in International College Spain (ICS). It is our role to help guide you through the school admissions and enrolment process, and to answer any questions you may have.

We have had the privilege of welcoming many families to our school over the years and seeing students go on to achieve great success around the world. Our school attracts children from both local and international communities. Every family we meet is unique. 

While most students join us at the beginning of the academic year, we are able to admit children throughout the year, space permitting. We welcome enquiries at any stage in the year, whether you are already living in Madrid or are moving in the future. It is never too early to start the process of finding the best school for your child. 

Please get in touch at any time by email, by phone or simply completing our enquiry form.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child to ICS. In the meantime, please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about our School.

Aurora López Martín, Silvia Rodríguez and Natalie Gallagher admissions@icsmadrid.org

Aurora López Martin, Admissions Manager

Do you admit students throughout the year?

As an international school, we are pleased to offer rolling admissions, therefore enrolling students throughout the academic year. Our teachers are used to settling students in at short notice and we offer a full on-boarding service to allow students to be easily integrated into their relevant year group, regardless of the time of the year.

How many nationalities do you currently have within the college? Approximately what is the ratio of local pupils to non-Spanish pupils?

We currently have 72 different nationalities with approximately 34% with Spanish nationality. 

Teaching and Learning
What curriculum does the school follow and what language are pupils taught in?

We offer the three IB Programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the IB Programme). The medium of instruction is English throughout.

What ages attend your school?

Our School is open to students from the ages of 3 to 18. We offer programmes beginning in Early Years through to the Diploma Programme.

Approximately what percentage of children go on to University from the school? Do many of them go on to higher education outside of Spain?

Students at ICS can be assured of receiving an education that will prepare them for further education at universities worldwide. Graduates of the class of 2019 made over 350 applications to schools in a range of countries including the UK, USA, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Norway, Korea and Switzerland. The 2019 graduates attended universities in the UK 48%, Spain 18%, USA 10%, Other countries 24%.

What foreign languages do you teach?

As an international school, languages are an important part of our learning experience. We welcome students from a variety of countries speaking many different mother tongues. Our curriculum recognises the importance of a strong native language as a base for learning. We offer Secondary School students classes in more than 20 mother tongue languages including Hebrew, Arabic, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese and Portuguese amongst others. These classes are provided on a private basis and when a teacher is available.

Are foreign parents concerned that their children may not be getting a sufficient level of Spanish?

Our host country offers not only its culture and traditions to us as international citizens, but a language spoken globally. We place great emphasis on learning Spanish and have expert teachers trained in the International Baccalaureate teaching styles to deliver Spanish to native and non-native students.

ICS Students learn Spanish from K3 up to Grade 12, furthermore one of the highest pass rates and scores for our students in the IB Diploma are in Spanish Language and Literature.

We adapt Spanish lessons to our students’ needs, offering different levels in both Primary and Secondary Schools for students native and non-native.

How do you support children with English as an Additional Language Supports (EAL)?

Students who are new to English or are still acquiring English for academic purposes receive English as an Additional Language (EAL) support as they adapt to learning in English. The ICS EAL Programme teaches English through content areas to students who have not reached academic proficiency in English. In Primary and Secondary, EAL teachers support students as they develop English skills needed to access and participate fully in the IB curriculum. The programme provides small group instruction and in-class support to students in grades 1-12. This is based on educational research and best practice in international schools around the world. Students who are identified as requiring EAL support will join the EAL program. Additional fees apply.  

School Services
Do you offer a lunch service?

Our school cafeteria cooks fresh foods every day to give your child the nutrition needed for a healthy lifestyle and an attentive mind. Students can opt for the school lunch menu each term or bring a packed lunch from home. Learn more about how we support your child's nutrition and see sample school lunch menu options.

Do you have a bus service?

We offer a private school bus service to help your child get to school safely and on time every day. Learn more about our bus service.

Do the students wear a uniform? 

Due to the international nature of our student body and differing cultures, we do not have a school uniform but a physical education kit which is worn on gym days. This ensures that the students are comfortable and prepared to participate in sports appropriately. Find out more about our PHE kit.

Do you offer extracurricular activities?

We offer a programme of over 50 different extracurricular activities, clubs and sports for you and your child to enjoy. From the arts to sports, discover our many different activities.

School Philosophy
What is the philosophy of the school?

Our Mission is to provide students with a high quality international education which places a strong emphasis on fostering respect for other people’s identity and culture. Find out more about our Mission and Vision

How can parents gauge the academic success of the school?

Our excellent academic outcomes and support throughout each child’s learning journey are testament to the academic success at ICS. Scores above world averages in ISA testing, MAP testing, the MYP and DP confirm this. A healthy & confident child will be more attentive in class and achieve more. We offer a disciplined and stable environment which helps our students feel happy and secure at all times, allowing each child to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, maturity, stability and a genuine appreciation and respect for others. 

The ICS Community
What makes the school stand out from other international schools in Madrid?

We are the only school in Madrid offering the three prestigious IB programmes in English, providing students with a stimulating academic curriculum in a caring learning environment combined with a unique international focus.

With so many different nationalities, how do you ensure a sense of community within the school?

We are a welcoming and caring school community dedicated to building the social and emotional confidence of every child. Respect for all nations and cultures is instilled in our learning and a priority characteristic we instil in our students and staff.

Our Parent Association, is a source of information and the parents' link to our School through educational matters committees and organising social events.

The wonderful work and dedicated involvement of our parents ensures that close knit community we are so proud of.  We have various committees where parent collaboration is key to a healthy, safe, caring family feel at ICS. Our Welcome Committee, Care Committee, Country Ambassadors and social events are fundamental in bringing our community together to celebrate our cultural and international environment.

How does the school ensure that children are sufficiently integrated into the local community?

International College Spain makes excellent use of the rich cultural opportunities offered to us by our host country. School visits and trips are organised regularly throughout the school year to enhance the learning experiences in the classroom.

Our base in Madrid provides us with a rich cultural landscape to explore through day visits and trips with our students. Our students will visit local places such as galleries and museums, or sites of historical significance or scientific interest. 

We also offer residential visits and trips abroad for multicultural experiences and learning.

The school is located 10 minutes north of the city centre. Can you tell us something about the campus?

Set in 3 hectares of beautiful gardens, both the Primary and Secondary School buildings are safe and idyllic. ICS offers perfect surroundings for perfect learning.
La Moraleja suburb is exclusive within the Madrid community, with high security patrols helping children and parents feel safe and secure.

What facilities do you have?

Our Primary School students benefit from music rooms, spacious classrooms, a space for movement and dance, a large gym and three separate playgrounds. Early Years students have dedicated classrooms and a play area. Our Secondary School facilities are set up to support students as they master a wide range of subjects. There are rooms for design technology, computer technology, art and design, music and drama. Students can explore the wonders of science in one of seven science laboratories, or revise for their Diploma Programme in a dedicated study room.