Public vs. private schools: Key considerations to help you choose the best educational option

Public vs. private schools: Key considerations to help you choose the best educational option

When choosing whether to send your children to a public or private school in Spain, a number of factors come into play depending on each family’s needs and preferences. An important factor to bear in mind is that, in contrast to private schools, public schools depend on the state and come at no cost for families. 

Nonetheless, the main differences to take into account are important aspects such educational quality, the commitment and professionalism of educators, the curriculum, the school’s infrastructure, educational resources, innovative technologies, personalised attention and extracurricular activities.

Autonomy and curricular flexibility:

Unlike public and charter schools, private schools do not receive any state funding and therefore have greater autonomy to develop different and innovative educational projects or curriculums.

Private schools are free to choose their own traditional or specific teaching approach, such as the Montessori method, the Waldorf method or the International Baccalaureate (IB) and other international educational programmes that are recognised for their academic excellence and focus on students’ all-round development.

The availability of specific educational programmes such as the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) or A levels (British curriculum) are a significant factor when choosing between public, charter or private schools.

Due to the autonomy enjoyed by private schools, students can also enrol and start throughout the academic year, as long as there are places available. They have freedom of access, can set their own admission requirements and fees and provide individual and personalised information to families.

Educational quality:

The search for academic excellence is one of the areas in which private schools shine. The commitment of teachers, teaching coordinators and management plays a fundamental role in achieving academic excellence and ensuring that all students know how to learn from those around them and are able to identify how to meet their full potential. 

What’s more, private schools focus on innovative teaching techniques and strategies in order to provide teachers and students alike with more educational resources and a variety of projects and innovative activities that best suit their needs.

Personalised teaching:

One of the main characteristics of private schools is the personalised attention offered to students. This means that education professionals focus on each and every student and monitor their learning to provide optimal support for their education.

These actions help students improve their academic performance.

Innovative technological resources:

Innovative technological tools and resources are frequently used in private schools. By applying technology in the classroom from the first years of schooling, students are able to understand and assimilate the subjects studied in class.


The well-kept and innovative infrastructure and modern facilities offered by private establishments give students the chance to enjoy a better school environment.

Access to extracurricular activities and resources:

Private schools usually offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and resources, such as sports, art, music, languages and field trips. These may be important aspects to consider in terms of students’ all-round development.

Diversity and the school environment:

The ethnic, socio-economic and cultural diversity found in private schools creates an enriching and inclusive environment in the classroom. 

In this sense, special attention is paid to social and emotional skills, which are fundamental for students’ academic, personal and professional success. To this end, schools place great importance on ethical, civic and moral values, as well as the development of leadership skills, responsibility and respect for others. This helps create a positive school environment and fosters students’ all-round development.

In the specific context of BSS schools, our establishments are committed to academic excellence, quality infrastructure, highly qualified staff and a wide range of educational programmes and extracurricular activities. 

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