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Best International Schools and Bilingual Schools in Altea

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you''re moving to Altea with kids, choosing a school if often your first decisions and impacts where you''ll live. Here are some popular bilingual and international schools in Altea

Altea, a picturesque coastal town in the province of Alicante, Spain, is a serene destination for expats and digital nomads seeking a tranquil lifestyle under the Mediterranean sun. While Altea itself is not a large city brimming with international schools, it does offer a few options for expat families in need of bilingual or international education for their children. The most popular schools in the vicinity include Elian's British School La Nucía and Costa Blanca International College, both of which are within a reasonable driving distance and cater to the international community.

Elian's British School La Nucía

Grades: Nursery to Year 13
Location(s): La Nucía, a short drive from Altea
Website: www.ellians.com

Elian's British School La Nucía offers a British curriculum leading to IGCSEs and A-Levels. With a focus on academic excellence and personal development, the school provides a well-rounded education. Facilities include modern classrooms, science labs, sports areas, and a theatre. Extracurricular activities range from sports to music and drama, ensuring students have a diverse educational experience.

Costa Blanca International College

Grades: Nursery to Year 13
Location(s): Benidorm, accessible from Altea
Website: www.costablancacollege.com

Costa Blanca International College follows the English National Curriculum and caters to students from over 20 nationalities. The school emphasizes a family atmosphere and individual attention to support student growth. Facilities include science labs, computer rooms, and sports courts. A wide range of extracurricular activities complements the academic program.

Sierra Bernia School

Grades: Nursery to Year 13
Location(s): Alfaz del Pi, near Altea
Website: www.sierraberniaschool.es

Sierra Bernia School offers a British education and is known for its small class sizes and personalized attention. The school follows the British curriculum and prepares students for IGCSEs and A-Levels. Facilities include a library, ICT suite, and sports areas. The school also provides a range of extracurricular activities to enhance the educational experience.

Xabia International College

Grades: Nursery to Year 13
Location(s): Javea, within driving distance from Altea
Website: www.xabiainternationalcollege.com

Xabia International College serves a diverse student body with a British-style education. The school offers a broad curriculum and a variety of IGCSE and A-Level courses. Students benefit from modern facilities, including science labs and art studios. The school's extracurricular program includes sports, music, and drama clubs.

Lope de Vega International School

Grades: Infant to Bachillerato (equivalent to A-Levels)
Location(s): Benidorm, a short commute from Altea
Website: www.lopedevega.es

Lope de Vega International School offers a bilingual Spanish-English education with an international focus. The school follows the Spanish curriculum alongside the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme for older students. Facilities include a swimming pool, auditorium, and science labs. Extracurricular activities are diverse, ranging from robotics to equestrian sports.

The Lady Elizabeth School

Grades: Nursery to Year 13
Location(s): Llíber, reachable from Altea
Website: www.laudeladyelizabeth.com

The Lady Elizabeth School is an established institution offering a British education to students of various nationalities. The curriculum leads to IGCSEs and A-Levels, with a strong emphasis on languages and global citizenship. The school boasts excellent facilities, including a music studio and sports fields. A wide array of extracurricular activities is available to students, fostering a well-rounded education.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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