The catering company Aramark prepares and serves food on site. All children have school lunches. The menu, overseen by experts, follows Madrid nutritional guidelines and aims to provide children with a healthy and balanced diet. In addition to lunch, the children are provided with a snack during the day. The snack consists of either fruit, a sandwich, milk and biscuits, or a yoghurt. Adapted menus (such a vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free, etc.) are available for those who require them.
The Primary Menu can be viewed here: https://www.elgustodecrecer.es/Menus/Colegio/827
The Secondary Menu can be viewed here: https://www.elgustodecrecer.es/Menus/Colegio/828
There are ten bus routes that bring children to school from around Madrid. The routes are organised by Marcelo via his company Pear S.L. The company is independent from the school and you will be billed directly by them. Contact Marcelo by email or
In line with our belief that education is not solely about the academic curriculum, the International School of Madrid offers an extensive range of extra-curricular activities to help children pursue and develop other interests and abilities.
The following activities are currently offered:
Field trips and excursions provide important moments in a pupils learning. They offer the opportunity to encounter and explore new and interesting things in an authentic setting. They ignite interest and engagement and provide experiences that can be recalled long after the visit. Residential trips also, in many cases, provide pupils with their first experience of being away from home.
Therefore at the International School of Madrid all classes take several excursions per year, to a wide variety of places. Recent day trips have included:
The farms La Granja Escuela el Rodeo, La Esgaravita and Nuestra Tierra; The art galleries Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado and Caixa Forum; The museums Museo Arqueolσgico Nacional, Museo Nacional de Cinecia y Tecnologia, Museo del Ferrocarril, Museo San Isidro, Museo de Ciencas Naturales, Museo del Traje; the wildlife and nature parks Faunia, Madrid Zoo, Safari Madrid, Adventura Amazonia and Real Jardνn Botαnico; as well as activities such as rock climbing, orienteering and skating.
In addition to this there are also resedential language, geography and science trips organised over the year for Secondary pupils, both in Spain and abroad. Recent trips have included to the Gredos Centre in the Sierra de Gredos , to London, and to see the Large Hadron Collider in Serne.
Pupils in Years 7 to 9 go on an induction camp with their teachers and camp monitors in the hills near Madrid in September. An annual skiing trip is offered to pupils in Years 7 - 13 in February and a week-long camping trip for pupils in Years 3 -6 is arranged during June.
The House System
The House System has been an integral part of the International School of Madrid since its foundation in 1971 by Anne Mazσn. The houses are named after the four saints of the United Kingdom Saint George (Reds), Saint Andrew (Blues), Saint David (Yellows) and Saint Patrick (Greens). From Year 2 upward, each child is assigned to a House, which they then belong to throughout their time at the school. The House System gives pupils the opportunity to co-operate with children outside of their form and year group. It also helps secure a sense of belonging amongst House members and provides opportunities for student participation and even for leadership roles. The House System helps to promote our core values.
Teachers award House Points for good work and behaviour, with the most successful team being awarded a prize. Pupils take part in competitive House events throughout the year, including sports, singing and talent competitions. Members of each House are elected to the schools Student Government where they offer ideas for school improvement and help organise events to raise money for charities.