50 Spanish Words About School to Jump-start Your Learning

I love school. There, I’ve said it.

And, I’m not kidding. I love school a whole lot!

And the truth is, so do a lot of people.

School is exciting. It’s particularly exciting if we’re talking about school in Spanish—or even better, attending school in a Spanish-speaking country. That’s not possible for everyone, but if you’re thinking of moving to Spain for any reason at all, the ins and outs of the Spanish school system as explained by Expatica might be on your radar.

Many Spanish language learners are fortunate enough to participate in a study abroad program. IES Abroad offers tons of options for learners to choose from.

Learning basic Spanish words about school is also a huge help to anyone considering going to art school or to any other special-interest learning programs in a Spanish-speaking country. is an excellent resource for finding some amazing programs.

If you do decide to study abroad, learning some essential Spanish words and phrases about school will give you a significant head start on settling in. Spanish learners who study basic school terms will certainly navigate the Spanish educational situation more easily once they arrive at their dream destination, so it makes sense, then, to get these important words into your skillset as quickly as possible.

But even if you can’t go to school abroad, these terms will prove useful in many Spanish conversations, and many words like “desk” and “notebook” are sure to crop up in a number of non-school-related situations.

We’ve compiled a list of 50 essential Spanish words about school to get you started. Let’s check them out!


50 Spanish Words About School to Jump-start Your Learning

An important grammar tip to remember is that the indefinite articles el (the) or la (the) are used before Spanish nouns. The plurals are los (the) and las (the), and they come in handy when using Spanish school words.

For example, school becomes la escuela (the school) in Spanish, although when translating it, it isn’t necessary to add “the” into the English translation.

Basic Spanish School Words

La escuela (school)

Me gusta la escuela. (I like school.)

La universidad (university)

Voy a la universidad. (I go to university.)

La escuela de arte (art school)

Voy a la escuela de arte. (I go to art school.)

La clase (class/lesson)

¿ Dónde es la clase? (Where is the class?)

Me gusta mucho la clase. (I like the lesson very much.)

El comedor (dining hall)

¿Dónde está el comedor? (Where is the dining hall?)

La biblioteca (library)

La biblioteca está por allá. (The library is over there.)

El gimnasio (gym)

El gimnasio está aquí. (The gym is here.)

El pasillo (the corridor)

Ve por ese pasillo y gira a la izquierda para encontrar la biblioteca. (Go down that corridor and turn left to find the library.)

Un semestre (the semester)

Estoy aquí por un semestre. (I’m here for a semester.)

El curso (course)

El curso es difícil. (The course is difficult.)

Las clases (classes)

Las clases son difíciles. (The classes are difficult.)

Los exámenes (exams)

Yo estudio para los exámenes. (I study for exams.)

Los grados (grades)

Nosotros estamos en diferentes grados. (We’re in different grades.)

La secundaria (high school)

Estoy en la escuela secundaria. (I’m in high school.)

La primaria (elementary school)

Mi hermana está en la escuela primaria. (My sister is in elementary school.)

Spanish School Words About People

El profesor (the teacher, masculine)

El profesor es amable. (The professor is nice.)

La profesora (the teacher, feminine)

La profesora es lista. (The professor is smart.)

El alumno (the student, masculine)

El alumno camina a la escuela. (The student walks to school.)

La alumna (the student, feminine)

La alumna lee en la biblioteca. (The student reads in the library.)

El estudiante de intercambio (exchange student)

El estudiante de intercambio es de Francia. (The exchange student is from France.)

Los estudiantes (the students)

Los estudiantes son ruidosos. (The students are noisy.)

La compañera de estudio (study partner, feminine)

La compañera de estudio escribe bien. (The study partner writes well.)

El compañero de estudio (study partner, masculine)

El compañero de estudio lee rápido. (The study partner reads quickly.)

Important Spanish School Verbs

Explicar (to explain)

Quiero explicar el problema matemático. (I want to explain the math problem.)

Enseñar (to teach)

Mi hermano quiere enseñar. (My brother wants to teach.)

Aprender (to learn)

A todos nos gusta aprender. (We all like to learn.)

Estudiar (to study)

Necesito estudiar más para mis exámenes. (I need to study more for my exams.)

Leer (to read)

Debe aprender a leer en la escuela primaria. (He must learn to read in elementary school.)

Escribir (to write)

Ella debe aprender a escribir en español. (She must learn to write in Spanish.)

Spanish School Subjects

Arte (art)

Arte es mi clase favorita. (Art is my favorite class.)

La biología (biology)

No le gusta la biología. (He does not like biology.)

La ciencia (science)

Estudio mucho para los exámenes de ciencia. (I study a lot for science exams.)

La física (physics)

La física es un desafío para aprender. (Physics is a challenge to learn.)

La geografía (geography)

La geografía nos enseña sobre el mundo. (Geography teaches us about the world.)

La historia (history)

A mi hermana le gusta la clase de historia lo major. (My sister likes history class the best.)

Las matemáticas (mathematics)

Nos gusta nuestra profesora de matemáticas. (We like our math professor.)

La música (music)

Me gusta la música. (I like music.)

La química (chemistry)

A veces me gusta la química. (I like chemistry sometimes.)

El español (Spanish)

Yo estudio español en la escuela. (I study Spanish in school.)

El inglés (English)

Estudio inglés en casa. (I study English at home.)

El francés (French)

Mi hermana estudia francés. (My sister studies French.)

La informática (computer science)

Yo aprendo más en informática. (I learn the most in computer science.)

Spanish Words About School Objects

El escritorio (the desk)

El escritorio es muy grande. (The desk is very big.)

La silla (the chair)

La silla es dura. (The chair is hard.)

La mochila (the backpack)

Mi mochila es pesada. (My backpack is heavy.)

Un libro (book)

Un libro me hace feliz. (A book makes me happy.)

Un libro de texto (textbook)

Un libro de texto es caro. (A textbook is expensive.)

Un libro de apuntes (notebook)

Tengo un libro de apuntes. (I have a notebook.)

El diccionario (dictionary)

Leo el diccionario. (I read the dictionary.)

La computadora (computer)

La computadora es nueva. (The computer is new.)


School is such an incredible adventure in any language. Whether you’re planning to study in Spanish or are just curious about Spanish school vocab, this list will definitely boost your conversational skills.

And if you’re still craving more knowledge, Just Landed is filled with tips regarding schooling in Spain, so take a peek at their site for even more info on studying abroad.

Remember, learning can be so much fun! Introduce yourself to your classmates and maybe you’ll find that school is the perfect spot for making new friends.

And really, learning in Spanish? What’s not to love?

Good luck!

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