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Guide to Public and Concertado School Applications 2021/22

Public schools applications - Steps into Spain

Written bystepsint


It’s that of year, the application process for Public and Concertado schools in  Madrid is about to open. For families that are entering the Spanish education for the first time system it can become a little overwhelming. For that reason we’ve prepared a brief guide outlining you how the school application process works, key dates and deadlines.

Pre Application:

April 7th onwards:

All Public and Concertado schools publish the number of available places in each year group. This will help to give you an idea of whether or not it is possible for your child to get a place based on the number of points that your family has.

During Application process:

April 8th – 23rd

– School applications are made via Secretaría Virtual except for a technical difficulty making it impossible to be able to do so. In this case, it can be completed by accessing, via the button Acceder a la solicitud (Access application), the corresponding form which, once completed, must print 3 copies and hand it into the educational centre that is requested first. (*In times of Covid when most schools have strict guidelines in place, I would choose this route as a very last resort, and definitely contact school directly before appearing at school secretary).

– The admission application must be signed by both parents, or legal representatives of the student, unless it is proven that it is impossible to do so or one of them does not hold parental authority, in which case they must present a responsible declaration.

Apply online using one of the following:

  • Certificado Digital
  • La Clave
  • Raices / roble log in details
  • Access without digital certificate through a record in the computer system in which the following fields will be collected: ID, name and surname, mobile phone, email, password and security question. The registration will be activated by means of a message to your mobile phone, which will allow access with your ID and password. This option facilitates access for all new families joining the educational system.

There are several helpful resources provided by La Comunidad de Madrid. Another good one is this FAQ page. It can be very reassuring to see that almost families have the same questions when accessing the Spanish education system for the very first time.

Post Application process – key dates

May 5th

The centres publish the provisional list of students who have applied for the centre as first choice.

May 6th  7th  and 10th

Deadline for claiming the lists of applicant students.

May 18th

Publication of the lists with the provisional score obtained by the students.

May 19th  20th  and 21st

Deadline for claims to the provisional list of scores.

May 28th

Publication of the final score list, once the claims have been reviewed.

June 4th

Publication of the list of admitted in each centre.

 Up to June 18th

Adjudication of a school place by the Schooling Support Services to students not admitted.

June 15th  – 29th

Enrollment period for the Second Cycle of Early Childhood Education and Primary Education Centres

June 22nd – July 9th  

Enrolment period in Secondary Education Centres.

If you need our help or guidance with the application process, please do get in touch. We will guide you and direct you and give you our honest and unbiased opinion on chosen schools.

Sinéad Galvin is an educational consultant and founded Steps into Spain (a boutique educational and relocation consultancy located in Madrid) to help families find the right school for their child in Madrid. She uses her professional and personal experience of Spanish schools, the Spanish education system and the Spanish way of life to ensure that parents are knowledgeable and informed about what to expect and can secure the best school for their child.

Steps into Spain will take stock of your children’s educational needs and overall family requirements (housing, paperwork and general settling in). Our trusted and expert service is provided to families who are moving to Madrid from abroad. And also, to families that already live here and need some extra guidance and support.

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