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Enrolling your child in Spanish Public Schools

Schools in Madrid - Steps into Spain

Written bystepsint

25/01/2021

Admissions to Public and Concertado schools are allocated based on a points system.  The more points a student has, the more priority he or she has in admission to a given school.  It can become a little complex, even for those of us that have been living here for a long time!

Depending on the type of school the enrollment process is different. Private schools are completely separate to the State and therefore manage their own admissions process which are unique to their school. Some require admission tests, interviews etc. Others have quite long waiting list so it is always a good idea to plan ahead.

In today’s blog we will explain in detail what is covered and considered eligible regarding the points system for Spanish Pubic and Concertado schools Each point becomes extremely valuable when you are applying for a highly solicited school! Beware that application processes do tend to vary depending on La Comunidad, what we outline below is specific to Madrid.

Applications for Primer ciclo Infantil (0-3 years)

1 Work situation of both parents / legal guardians – up to 5 points:

– Both parents or legal guardians are working full /part time.

– Single parent family with  parent working full /part time.

2.1 Family income (per capita income of the family unit), according to the following sections – up to 5 points:

Renta per cápita hasta 1.811,00 euros 5 points

Renta per cápita de 1.811,01 euros a 3.343,00 euros 4,5 points

Renta per cápita de 3.343,01 euros a 4.876,00 euros 4 points

Renta per cápita de 4.876,01 euros a 6.409,00 euros 3,5 points

Renta per cápita de 6.409,01 euros a 7.941,00 euros 3 points

Renta per cápita de 7.941,01 euros a 9.473,00 euros 2,5 points

Renta per cápita de 9.473,01 euros a 11.005,00 euros 2 points

Renta per cápita de 11.005,01 euros a 12.538,00 euros 1,5 points

Renta per cápita de 12.538,01 euros a 14.070,00 euros 1 point

Renta per cápita de 14.070,01 euros a 15.660,00 euros 0,5 point

2.2 Siblings already enrolled at the nursery or the adjoining school – 2 points

2.3 Parents or legal representatives working in the nursery – 0,5 points

2.4 If an older sibling is accepted at this same school – 1 point

2.5 Familia numerosa:

General category (up to 4 children per family) – 2 points

Special category (up to 5 or more children per family) – 3 points

2.6 Applicant in foster care situation – 1 point

2.7 Applicant born, or to be born, in multiple birth – 1 point

2.8 Recognized condition of disability (equal or greater than 33%) of the parents, legal guardians or siblings of the applicant – 1 point

 3.Distance from centre to the family home or place of work:

3.1 In the same municipio as where the school is located – 3 points

3.2 Within La Comunidad de Madrid – 1 point

4. Social – Economic situation:

4.1 There are social – economic situations which are not specified in the points system, but if agreed by the Schooling Support Service or the School Principal and accredited by Social Services, that involve inadequate care for the child, this makes their schooling especially necessary – up to 2 points

4.2 Other  circumstances not outlined in points system, but are accredited and agreed by the Schooling Support Service or the School Principal –  up to 1 point

In the event of tie-breaker they will prioritize following points:

  1. Children from families with lower annual per capita income.
  2. Children with siblings enrolled at the school.
  3. Proximity of the home or workplace of the parents or legal guardians.
  4. In the event that the tie continues, it will be resolved by a unified draw.
APPLICATIONS FOR:
  • Segundo Ciclo Infantil (3-6 yrs.)
  • Primaria (6-12 yrs.)
  • Secundaria (12-16 yrs.)
  • Special Education

Primary Criteria

1 a Siblings enrolled at the school, parents or legal guardians who work at the school:

For each sibling enrolled at the school and for each parent or legal guardian that work there – 10 points

1b Family address or workplace of the student’s parents or legal guardians:

  1. Family home or workplace of one of the parents or legal guardians located in the same municipality as the school requested – 4 points
  2. Regarding Madrid capital, in addition to the score obtained in above section, if the family home or workplace of either of the parents or legal guardians is located in the same district as the school requested – 5 points
  3. Family home or workplace of either of the parents or legal guardian is located within la Comunidad de Madrid but not within Madrid capital – 2 points

1c Annual income of the family unit:

If either of the parents or legal guardians of the student is receiving the benefit Renta Mínima de Inserción (basis income) – 2 points.

1d Existence of a legally accredited physical, mental or sensory disability of the student, parents, siblings or, where appropriate, the legal guardians of the student – 1,5 points

1e Familia numerosa:

General category (upto 4 children per family) – 1,5 points

Special category (upto 5 or more children per family) – 2,5 points

2. Secondary Criteria

2 f Children whose parents, legal guardians or siblings are former students – 1,5 points

2 g Other circumstances, which may coincide with some of the remaining criteria for admission, agreed by the school and that must be made  public by  the school – 1 point

3. In the event of a tie break:

If this does take place, it will be settled by applying the criteria in the order that is shown below.

  1. Highest score obtained in the section of siblings enrolled at the school or parents or legal guardians who work there.
  1. Highest score obtained in the section of proximity of the family home or place of work of one of the parents or legal guardians.
  1. Highest score obtained in the disability section of the applicant student, either parents, siblings or, where appropriate, the student’s legal guardians.
  1. Highest score obtained in the section on the accredited situation of a large family.
  2. Highest score obtained in the annual income section of the family unit.
  3. Higher score in the parents’ former student status section, legal guardians or one of the applicant’s siblings at the school.
  1. Higher score in the section of other circumstances agreed by the school according to objective criteria that must be made public by the school.
  2. Public draw carried out by the acting on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

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