What is CICAE?

CICAE is an Association of Private and Independent Schools in Spain with international projection whose main goal is to defend and promote independent education. CICAE’s foundation lays on the concern of a group of professionals involved in private education all over Spain to better defend its position in the educational sector.

Constituted in september of 2010 and promoted by nine educational institutions of foremost quality and prestige, it groups 35 institutions representing 54 schools with more than 55.000 students from different autonomous regions of Spain.

It promotes a ground for a variety of institutions with many years of experience, joined by the common strive to improve the quality of education, aspiring to grow and take in the majority of Spain’s best private schools.

CICAE aims to encourage educational debate, to propose and share initiatives and ideas that contribute to improve education in our country and to bring out the importance of private education as an essential entity in Spain.



CICAE is a private schools association for the promotion and development of independent education that contrinutes to the improvement of teaching.


  • To be recognized by society as a distinguished association for the leadership in education of its members.
  • Promote improvement and adaptation of our members towards the educational and social reality of the 21st century.
  • Encourage the debate around education amongst civil society.
  • Be a point of reference for parents in the process of choosing a school.
  • Be the main representative of private education.


  • Compromise with quality and improvement of education.
  • Freedom of ideology and thought amongst its members.
  • Political and economic independence.
  • Defense of academic excellence
  • Promote continuous learning and innovation.


  1. CICAE is an instrument to defend independent education, seeking to clarify to society the importance of the difference between private and sponsored schools.
    We consider that institutions which receive sponsorship by the state, should be non-profit entities, following the general rule that private business cannot be made with public money.
  2. The association seeks to be the site for the exchange of good educational practices, search of new methodologies, evaluation of pedagogical systems, teacher training and schools organization systems. Conferences, seminars, debates and training courses as well as field trips on compared pedagogy will be organized.
  3. Our Association welcomes all Institutions sharing the same foundational objectives regarding high quality education and of foremost quality and prestige in educational sector.
  4. As an elite group with a broad vision of education and solid experience we share the conviction that the future of every country will depend on the quality of education. Therefore, we will stand to defend what we consider beneficial for education in Spain.
  5. We claim an upper level of autonomy for schools of high quality education as well as direct funding to families who do not choose institutions sponsored with public funds.

Our schools need to be free from the logical barriers imposed by dependance of public funding. Consequently, we pretend a better level of autonomy in schools organization and more freedom in design and curriculum development.

Understanding education as a right, families that choose private independent schools are saving costs to the State. Therefore, we demand tax benefits or bonuses during compulsory education stages.



Colegio Virgen de Europa

D. Enrique Maestu​ Unturbe

Vice President

Colegio San Patricio

D. Gabriel Castellano Zapatero

Vice President

Institución Educativa SEK

D. José Luis Delso


Institución Educativa Los Sauces

Dña. Pilar Sainz González


Colegio Arturo Soria

D. Ángel de la Vega Uhagón



Agora Portals – Globeducate

D. Rafael Barea Roig


Colegio Británico de Aragón

D. Miguel Cendegui Gimeno


Colegio «Estudio»

D. Luis Jerónimo Andrades


Colegio Internacional Lope de Vega

Dña. Áurea González Martínez


St. Peter’s School

D. Josep Mª Ginjaume Culell


The British School of Barcelona – Cognita

D. Pedro Sampedro Arroyo


Yago School

D. Ramón Resa Rodríguez



Elena Cid

Communication and Projects


Natalia Repila