Chester College International School, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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Chester College International School is a small, private, coeducational, international American day and boarding school founded in 1985, for students from Early Childhood I (age 3) up to Grade 12 (age 18). 

Chester College I. S. is accredited by AdvancED and the Spanish Ministry of Education. Credits taken in Chester College are automatically transferable to other American schools. Similarly, transfer systems apply to other educational systems.

In addition to a stimulating and caring environment, Chester College International School offers its students:


  • A values-based quality English-Spanish bilingual-preparatory education modeled on an American curriculum.
  • Small classes ensuring tailored, personal attention: all classes are small (average pupil: teacher ratio of 8:1).
  • Intensive foreign language courses in Spanish or English for students who need additional language support.
  • Preparation for College entrance examinations: American SAT and AP tests, as well as the Spanish Selectividad.
  • Extracurricular activities including Music and Sports


Number of students

Boarding School:







Day School:








7 days boarding: 

GBP 28 305

About the school

There are 8 classrooms, a central hall, a Science laboratory, an Art room, a Music room, a Computer room, a library, two football pitches, a tennis/basketball court and a large outdoor swimming pool.

Chester College I. S. accommodates a small international group of Middle and High School boarding students (Grades 7 – 12) whose parents live abroad or a long distance away from the School.


Boarding modalities:


There are two boarding options: full boarding (Monday to Sunday) or weekly boarding (from Monday to Friday or Saturday morning) for students who can return home at weekends.


Boarding students may stay at C.C.I.S´s boarding residences or in carefully-selected local host families, who work closely together with the school.


Student residences:


The boarding residences are situated at walking distance from the school grounds, with separate premises for boys and girls.


All meals take place in the main school building. Resident dorm parents accompany the students at all times.


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Academic life


Elementary School curriculum is articulated around the following areas: Speaking and listening, Writing, Reading, Science and Social Studies, Mathematics, Music, Religion, Physical Education, Art and Technology .


After Elementary School pupils continue along the Middle and High School programmes (Grades  7 to 12 in the American system).


Chester College International School (CCIS) has a stable local student base and from Grade 7 onwards, it also opens its doors to boarding students, both from other parts of Spain and across the world.


CCIS offers an American college-preparatory values-based quality education. Credits taken at CCIS are automatically transferable to other American schools. Similarly, transfer systems apply to other educational systems in Europe and the rest of the world.


The school´s language of instruction is English or English + Spanish, depending on the student´s goal and language level.


CCIS has a proven success record in official college and university entrance examinations. Its graduates have been accepted at universities of their choice in Spain, the US and all over the world.


CCIS is an official The College Board SAT ® and AP ® examination center and prepares students for both types of exams.


Chester College International School offers the U.S. school curriculum as well as the official Spanish program.






Appropriate High School students are entered for a variety of external examinations:


SAT and AP exams


American College Entrance Tests


Students who successfully complete Grade 12 and meet the Spanish official requirements may be entered for the Spanish University Entrance Exam (Selectividad)


Since 2014, Chester College International School is an official SAT and AP examination centre.


All students will be expected to take an external language exam, administered by the following internationally-recognized institutions:


Instituto Cervantes DELE (Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language): Inicial, Intermedio and Superior


Trinity College London: Examinations in Effective Communication


Trinity College London: GESE and ISE


University of Cambridge, UK. Examinations in English. TOEFL.






Sport and culture





Chester College's Summer Camps & Programs have been bringing English and Spanish language and cultural experiences to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, since 1985.

Chester College International School´s summer programs are hand-crafted educational language experiences that aim at promoting effective communication through linguistic immersion and repetition, Music, Drama, Sport… and so much more!

 International Summer Camps:

1)Chester English Summer Program 2018

Boarding participants

1 – 29 July: Full Program

1- 15 July: Session 1

15 – 29 July: Session 2

2)Chester English MINI Camp ( 3-7 years old )

July 2-27:  Full Camp

 July 2-13:  Session 1

July 16-27:  Session 2

3) Spanish International Summer Camp

Resident Campers

1 – 29 July: Full Camp

1 – 15 July: Half-Camp 1

15 – 29 July: Half-Camp 2

Location Description

Located in the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the region of Galicia, in Northwest Spain, on spacious green grounds, overlooking the wide Ulla valley.

Travesia de Montouto, 2 Teo Santiago de Compostela CP: 15784

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