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Updated: May 2024
Sitges Guide Schools in Sitges

Schools in Sitges & Sant Pere de Ribes

A guide to the different types of schools in the area and enrolment processes 

Catchment Areas

International & other private schools are equally in reach for everyone. For public schools, your choice depends on whether you are resident in Sitges or Sant Pere de Ribes. Note that some addresses that seem to be in the former, are actually in the latter (eg some houses in Valpineda)

School Locations

Schools in Sitges and Sant Pere de Ribes

(Exact addresses are included in the lists of schools)

Additional International Schools with School Bus Services

If you are resident in Sitges or Sant Pere de Ribes you can easily reach the same fee paying schools: the international schools & escolas lliures (free schools). You can also reach the two further international schools (in Castelldefels/Gava) in about 20 minutes  (dedicated school buses also available from Sant Pere and Sitges). For those who don’t mind longer journeys, there are even more international schools further into Barcelona, which are not included here.

The main difference between living in Sant Pere or Sitges is in which public schools are available to you. When enrolling for public primary or secondary schools, or the escola concertada (Escola Pia in Sitges) preference is given to those who are registered as resident in the municipality. 

Types of Schools

These options teach predominantly in Catalan. However, feedback from non-Spanish/Catalan speaking families who send their children to Catalan schools  generally indicates their children end up speaking fluent Spanish as well as Catalan.

An escola concertada is an independent school run by a religious order, which charges a reduced fee because it is subsidised by the government. In Sitges, the escola concertada is called Escola Pia. It is not overtly religious, nor does it require its students to be. 

The free schools or Escolas Lliures follow their own curriculum, although this is usually approved by the Catalan government (as is the case with La Serra, in Sant Pere). There may be elements of Montessori, Waldorf or other approaches. Teaching at our local options is predominantly in Catalan. Often, there is a cooperative feel, heavily involving parents.

International schools follow the national curriculum of another country. In Sitges, the options are British and French (there are American options in Barcelona, too). At secondary level, British schools follow the standard British format (GCSE and A-levels) and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Some allow children to take Spanish national qualifications as well. 

List of Schools

Public Primary Sitges

Type of School: State Infant and Primary

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location: Carrer de Rafael Llopart, 0, 08870 Sitges

Website: https://agora.xtec.cat/escolaestevebarrachina/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State Infant and Primary School

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location: Carrer Ramon de Dalmases, 2-10, 08870 Sitges

Website: https://mariaosso.cat/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State infant and primary school

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location:C/Passeig del Margalló cantonada Passeig Puig de Sant Isidre
08870 Sitges

Website: https://agora.xtec.cat/ceip-agnesdesitges/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State infant and primary school

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location: Av. Camí de la Fita, 90, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona

Website: https://escolamiquelutrillo.cat/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Public Secondary Sitges

Type of School: State Secondary

Ages: 12-18

Location: Avinguda Camí de la Fita 35, 08870, Sitges

Website: https://www.sitges.cat/serveis/ensenyament/educacio-secundaria/institut-joan-ramon-benapres

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State Secondary

Ages: 12-18

Location: Carrer Mestre Manel Torrens Girona, 2-6 08870 Sitges

Website: https://agora.xtec.cat/iesvinyet/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Escola Concertada Sitges (Primary & Secondary)

Type of School: Escola Concertada

Ages: 3-18 

Location: Carrer de Sant Isidre, 19, 08870 Sitges

Fees: Approximately 200€ per month from 3-16yrs and 500€ per month from 17-18yrs

Website: https://sitges.escolapia.cat/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Public Primary Sant Pere de Ribes

Type of School: State Infant and Primary

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location & contact:Carrer del Carç, 102, 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes tel: 938 96 10 01 email escola@elscosterets.cat

Website: https://www.elscosterets.cat/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: Public Infant & Primary

Ages: 3-11

Location & Contact: ldefons Cerdà, 3
08810 Sant Pere de Ribes tel 938960295

Website: https://agora.xtec.cat/ceipelpi-ribes

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: Public Infant and Primary

Ages: 3-11

Location & contact: Rda. de la Masia Nova, 7
08812 Sant Pere de Ribes. tel: 93 814 84 11

Website:https://agora.xtec.cat/ceipmediterrania

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State Infant & Primary

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location & Contact: C/Margarida Xirgú, 11
08810 Sant Pere de Ribes tel: 93 896 49 67

Website: https://agora.xtec.cat/ceiplesparellades

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State Infant and Primary School

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location & Contact :Av. Onze de setembre, s/n 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes tel:93 896 15 85

Website: https://agora.xtec.cat/ceiprieraderibes

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State infant and primary school

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location & contact :C/ Miquel Servet, s/n
08812 Sant Pere de Ribes tel:938930634

Website:  https://agora.xtec.cat/ceiplesroquetes

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State infant and primary school

Ages: 3-11yrs

Location: Avd. Puigmal s/n 08812 Les Roquetes tel: 93 893 21 35 

Website: http://www.xtec.cat/ceip-santaeulalia/index.htm

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Public Secondary Sant Pere de Ribes

Type of School: Public Secondary

Ages: 12-18 

Location & contact: C/ Joan Maragall s/n 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes Tel:93 896 14 05

Website: https://iescanpuig.com/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State Secondary

Ages: 12-18

Location & Contact :C/ Joan Cuadras i Marcer, 1
08810 Sant Pere de Ribes Tel:938 961 220

Website: https://insmontgros.cat/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State Secondary

Ages: 12-18

Location & Contact: Carrer de Miquel Servet, 96, 08812 Sant Pere de Ribes, tel:938 14 35 85

Website: https://www.insalexandregali.cat/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: State Secondary

Ages: 12-18

Location & Contact: c. Guifré el Pilós, s/n
08812 Les Roquetes (Sant Pere de Ribes) Tel: 938930827 / 63478 4121

Website: https://agora.xtec.cat/insxaloc/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: Escola Lliure (Free School)

Ages: 1-6

Location & Contact: C/Garraf 6, Urb. Vora Sitges, Canyelles. tel: 692 94 72 11 email:  info@arrelwaldorfgarraf.com

Fees: 

Website: https://www.arrelwaldorfgarraf.com/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: Escola Lliure (Free School)

Ages: 2-6

Location: Disseminat, 64, 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona

Fees: Contact School

Website: https://elpetiteden.wordpress.com/ 

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: Escola Lliure (Free School)

Ages: 3-12yrs

Location: camí del Montgrós, s/n – 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes (Barcelona)

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Fees: Contact School

Website: https://espaiobertlaserra.org/

Sitges English Speakers Feedback:

Type of School: British Curriculum. Students take GCSE and then can choose IB diploma or A-Levels. Students can also take the Spanish ESO qualification at the end of year 11 if they wish

Ages: 2-18. Pre-primary and primary are in Sitges. Secondary can be in one of two campuses: Castelldefels or Barcelona. Most Sitges residents will choose Castelldefels for proximity, and because the school operates a bus service from Sitges.

Location: In Sitges: Passeig Isaac Albéniz, s/n Sitges (Vallpineda). In Castelldefels: Carrer Ginesta, 26 08860 Castelldefels. In Barcelona: Carrer Lucà, 1, 08022 Barcelona. Tel: 93 665 15 84 (general enquiries) or 937079598 (admissions enquiries) email:enquiries@bsb.edu.es

Fees: around 7-16k per year depending on age (there are also part time options for pre-primary)

Website: https://www.britishschoolbarcelona.com/

  • Type of School: French Curriculum.

    Ages: 3-18, culminating with the French National Baccalaureate.

    Location & contact:Rambla del Garraf, 134, 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes
    tel:938962267 email: infobelair@ecole-belair.com

    Fees: €5.2-6.5k per year, depending on age, plus meals and enrolment fee

    Website: https://lyceebelair.es

Type of School: British Curriculum

Ages: 3-16, culminating with British GCSEs

Location & contact: Carrer Modistes 8, Esquina Rambla de Garraf
Sant Pere de Ribes tel: + 34 93 188 62 15    email: General information: admin@olivetreeschool.cat Admissions information: admissions@olivetreeschool.cat

Fees: Around €8.5k to €12.5k per annum, depending on age, plus registration fee of around €2.6k

Website: https://www.theolivetreeschool.es/

Type of School: British Curriculum

Ages: 3-18, culminating with British A-levels 

Location & contact: 14-16 Rambla del Garraf, Sant Pere de Ribes tel:938 93 67 12 email: admissions@richmondinternationalschool.com

Fees: Around €1000 per month including lunch

Website: https://www.richmondschool.es/

Type of School: British international curriculum until IGCSE, then IB (international baccalaureate)

Ages: 3-18

Location & contact: Carrer de Josep Lluís Sert, 32 08850 Gavà tel: 932777899 email: Info@bcgava.com

The school’s dedicated bus service stops in Olivella, Sant Pere de Ribes, and Sitges

Website: https://www.britishcollegegava.com/

School Enrolment

Timing

There are two stages: the pre-enrolment (Preinscripció) and, once you know which school your child has been assigned, the enrolment (Matricula)

The preinscripció involves filling out an online form (which will include student details, where you live, what your preferred choice of school(s) is, etc) and scanning the right documents (see paperwork, below).

In 2023 the period for preinscripció is :

  • Pre-primary (Educación infantil) (3-6 yrs) & Primary (educación primaria) (6-11yrs) 6th – 20th March
  • Secondary (Educación secundaria obligatoria) (11-16yrs):  8th- 20th March
  • A-level equivalent/6th form: (Bachillerato) (16yrs)  20th- 26th April

There is then a period where school assignations are announced, and where parents can dispute the assignation if they are not happy with the result

Enrolment (Matrícula:)

  • Educación infantil, educación primaria & educación secundaria obligatoria: 20th – 28th June
  • Bachillerato (16yrs) 22nd June to 3rd July

Paperwork

The online application process can be found here. In order to proceed with the online application, it is necessary to have an digital ID, such as the certificado digital. For this particular process, you can also use IDCAT, the Catalan digital ID system,  which can be obtained online here, so long as you have your TIE/NIE, your Spanish social security card, and a mobile phone number.

You can also do it in person at the municipal office in Sitges (near Lidl and Aldi) at C/ De las Pruelles núm. 2. Polígono Industrial  Mas Alba (Call 93 811 42 55 M-F 0830-14.00 or email educació@sitges.cat)

The paperwork required at various stages of the process is generally as follows:

  • EU Passport and/or ID card of the child and a parent or guardian (if not, then non-EU passport and TIE)
  • Copy of EU birth certificate or an officially translated non EU birth certificate
  • Certificado de empadronamiento 
  • Vaccine record (having only some or none of the recommended injections is not currently a bar to entering a school in Spain, but it does usually have to be recorded)

Timing

Most of the international schools will take a new student at any time of the year if they have a place available. Usually, current students are asked to confirm their attendance for the following September’s new academic year by April. If there is a waiting list for a particular year group, schools will decide which new students can be offered a place from May onwards.

Paperwork

Most international schools operate a similar process for admissions, which includes:

  • Enquiry
  • School Visit
  • Fill out Application 
  • Assessment and/or Interview
  • Offer of a place
  • Submit admissions documentation and pay enrolment fee

The admissions documentation will typically include passports of the parents and student, references from a previous school (if applicable), and a health record, 

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