One thing that makes Andorra such a tempting place to live is that the standard of education is very high. Small countries often get a bad reputation when it comes to schooling, but this certainly isn't the case with Andorra. As a parent, you can expect to choose between three different public school systems:
It's worth noting up front that Andorra's public schools are completely free.
Once you choose an education system, attendance is mandatory until your child is 16. Home-schooling is not currently permitted in Andorra. Regardless of which school system you choose, students will be heavily exposed to English, French, Spanish and the official language of Catalan.
En outre, vous pouvez retrouver les matières suivantes dans tous les systèmes scolaires d'Andorre. Il s'agit notamment de:
L'objectif est de former des élèves équilibrés et diversifiés sur le plan linguistique et culturel. D'après notre expérience, l'Andorre fait un excellent travail d'éducation de ses élèves. Il n'est pas étonnant que le taux d'alphabétisation en Andorre soit de 100 %. Peu de pays dans le monde peuvent s'en vanter. En tant que parent, vous pouvez être sûr que vos enfants reçoivent la meilleure éducation possible.
Le système français
As mentioned above, you can choose between three key school systems in Andorra. French is one of the more popular options, with about half of Andorran children attending a school that is part of this education system. Students officially enter the system at 6 years old, though there is a maternal system starting at age 3. There is a focus on literature, music, mathematics, the French language and art.
In the French system, each year will bring an additional subject. That means one more class will be added to the curriculum with each passing year. Upon finishing upper secondary school, children receive a diploma. After that, many take the next step to further their education. Children who complete their studies in the French system can later attend university in France for free.
Le système espagnol
Once one of Andorra's more common education systems, the Spanish system's numbers have dwindled over time. This system is managed by the Spanish government and is a less common option for expat children. The school consists of three disparate levels:
Enseignement élémentaire : de 3 à 6 ans
Enseignement primaire : de 3 à 6 ans ;
Enseignement secondaire : de 12 à 18 ans.
Upon completion of the Spanish schooling system, students can pursue higher education in Spain. This is often appealing to both students and parents. It opens up the opportunity for students to take flight in a larger country, as Spain also has some rather renowned universities. In comparison to Andorra, job opportunities can be plentiful in this region.
Le système andorran
Finally, you have the Andorran schooling system. Given the number of expats in Andorra who are not from Spain or France, this is a popular option. Most expats do place their kids in the Andorran system. Schools in Andorra are committed to teaching French from a very early age. While not commonly spoken abroad, Catalan remains the main language in Andorran schools.
Once students complete secondary school, they receive a certificate that allows them to further their studies in Andorra. However, students are not limited to staying within the principality. Instead, the certificate will allow them to pursue an education in another European country (this includes colleges and universities).