According to the Boletín Oficial de Canarias pre-registration for school places in the Canary Islands will open on the 12th April for the academic year 2012 to 2013.
Parents should complete the Solicitud de Matrícula available from the school at the earliest opportunity between the 12th and 30th April, this document together with any additional forms for transport, religion, comedor etc should be returned together with the following documents proving your residency in Lanzarote and child’s age:
Padron certificate (Certificado de Empadronamiento) available from your Ayuntamiento
Copy of the libro de familia or child’s birth certificate
Copy of residencia certificate (Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión) available from the Comisaría de Policía in Arrecife
Copy of the parents D.N.I. / N.I.E. / passport
Child’s Vaccination Certificate (Cartilla de vacunaciones) available from the Centro de Salud
Copy of your Social Security card (Cartilla de la Seguridad Social) available from the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS) in Arrecife
Four headshot photos of the child sized 25mm x 30mm
Provisional lists of primary school students will be posted on the notice board at the school on the 16th May, the final list is released on the 8th June. Secondary school applications should be made between the 16th April and 4th May.
The state school system is known as Ley Orgánica de Educación (LOE) and provided free of charge to Spanish residents, some schools have a uniform and all expect the parents to provide stationery and text books at the start of each year. Children from the age of 6 to 16 are required to be in school, there are different schools available according to the child’s age:
Jardin de Infancia: Nursery for babies of 0 to 3 years of age
Educación Infantil: Pre-school for children of 3 to 5 years of age
Educación Primaria: Primary school for children from 6 to 11 years of age
Educación Secundaria Obligatoria: Secondary school for children of 12 to 15 years of age
Bachillerato: Further education (two years) for students of 16 to 17 years of age