You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Andorra with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Andorra. Teaching may follow English speaking programs as well as the French or Spanish education system.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (children of diplomats, NGO staff, multinational corporation executives). There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be in any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide additional accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
By law, students must attend school until age 16. There are three systems of schools: Andorran, French and Spanish. They use Catalan, French and Spanish, respectively, as the main language of instruction. Schools are built and maintained by Andorran authorities, but teachers in the French and Spanish schools are usually paid for by France and Spain.
The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
Col-Legi International del Pirineu
Address: Poliesportiu de l'Aldosa
La Massana, Principat d'Andorra
Tel: (376) 838 366
Annual Tuition Rates: €750, then €670 per term. Additional fees of €140 for food and €150 for transport.
Translated as "International School of the Pyrennees", this is an independent school that offers classes from nursery, to primary, to secondary school. The school is fully authorized by the Spanish ministry of Education and Science and the curriculum is based on the Spanish national curriculum. Catalan, English and French classes are also offered. There is also the option of a boarding school. There is a restriction on local (Andorran) students as the school runs on a strict policy of integration and education.