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“What am I Getting into?”
December 7, 2015:A homeschool father and author of one of the first books on home education in Spain shares about homeschooling.

Homeschoolers Want Legal Vacuum Filled in Spain
April 24, 2013: Families in Spain fight for a legal framework to support families who choose to homeschool.

Another Court Ruling on Homeschooling
December 19, 2012: The Granada Provincial Court in Spain ruled against licensed teachers who kept their son from the public school to homeschool him yet also stated that the parent’s actions did not constitute criminal behavior. (Spanish)

President of the top education advisory body supportive of home education
November 29, 2012: Francisco López Rupèrez, President of the State Board of Education, speaks favorably of home education.

International Homeschooling—Watch Video from a Dozen Countries
January 2, 2012: Homeschoolers from across Europe gathered for a meaningful time of sharing experiences and learning about the homeschool laws in other countries.

Homeschool Leader Interviews
November 16, 2011: Hear about the current homeschool situations in a number of European countries, recorded at a recent European conference.

Spanish Court Drops Charges Against Homeschooling Family
September 16, 2011: The Christian Post documents the recent court victory in Spain.

Court Victory: “Thank Heaven and Thank HSLDA”
September 13, 2011: An online petition and a legal brief proved instrumental as a Spanish court dropped charges against the González family.

Homeschooling Situation Becoming Urgent
September 9, 2011: HSLDA asks members and friends to support Spanish homeschoolers as authorities in Spain grow increasingly hostile toward home education.

Homeschooling Challenged in Spain
August 29, 2011: Another Spanish family is in court for homeschooling. HSLDA urges members and friends to support them by signing an online petition.

Court Drops Charges Against Family
April 28, 2011: A Spanish court dropped the case against a homeschool family after receiving hundreds of letters and emails from HSLDA families and homeschoolers around the world.

Family Facing Legal Difficulties
February 7, 2011: After a December ruling that denied parents the right to homeschool in Spain, homeschoolers are facing legal difficulties. Please write the court today to help show that homeschooling is a positive and accepted form of education around the world.

Spain Holds First National Congress on Homeschooling
November 22, 2010: The first—ever homeschool congress in Spain drew attention to a “booming” method of education and brought together supporters of homeschooling.

 Country Information

Compulsory Attendance: 6-16

Legal Status: The legal situation in Spain is somewhat precarious, with legal precedent which states that while it may not be illegal, it could, under certain circumstances, be considered to be illicit. The biggest difficulty families face is leaving the school system as there is no established path for this process. This situation can possibly lead to legal action against the family which could result in a school attendance order, though there are families who don’t encounter such difficulties, and a small, though relatively active, homeschooling community in different parts of the country.

Estimated number of homeschoolers: 2,000 families

 Contact Information & Resources

ALE - Asociación por la Libre Educación
Association for Free Education
POC: Daragh McInerney

Phone: +34 722 349 019
Avenida de la plata 63, pta 1
Valencia 46006

Last Updated: July 5, 2016