Aloha College Marbella was founded in 1982 by six teachers, at the behest of local and expatriate families, who invested their own money in what was then and is to this day a not-for-profit-making project.

The school has grown from 210 pupils to nearly 900 currently and from one small building which housed everyone to the present 27,000 m² of buildings and sport/recreational areas.

When it opened it was one of the first IB schools in Spain. A new Secondary school was opened in September 2004, effectively doubling the size of the school. The modern, purpose-built accommodation has, in addition to normal classroom provision, seven well-equipped laboratories, three dedicated computer suites, two libraries & media centres, four art & design studios and a Music Department with a tiered performance area and a drama studio.


The not-for-profit status means that all of surplus income is reinvested straight back into the school, which causes the school to improve in all possible areas each year: improving and refurbishing facilities, investing in new technological equipment, or facilitating the continued professional development of the staff.

Many of the students who attended the school in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s continue to have an active relationship with the institution, either as parents of current students or by attending open events held by the school throughout the academic year.

Perhaps the most illustrative case is Rosa Gómez, who was one of the students who inaugurated the school on October 4, 1982 and today is the President of the Aloha College Foundation.

There are many illustrious alumni who have studied at Aloha College throughout its more than 40-year history. These are just a few from a long list:

  • Millie Bobby Brown, actress (Stranger Things and Enola Holmes, among others)

  • Princess Sophie Von Hanau (Princess Hanau and Countess of Schaumburg)

  • Melodie Nakachian, (subject of a movie and daughter of Raymond Nakachian and Kimera)

  • Bernardo Espinosa, professional footballer (Atlético Nacional, Girona, Middlesborough, Sporting Gijon, Sevilla and ACFC)

  • Dean Huijsen, professional footballer (Málaga, Juventus, Roma and ACFC)

  • Sanna Rydstrom, Youtuber (+6.6 million followers, IamSanna)

  • Rima Zahran, social media influencer (300 thousand followers)

  • Naomi Shimada. Writer, BBC podcaster and influencer (83.5k Instagram followers)

  • Joaquín Trias. Fashion designer. He has presented several collections at NY Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, among others.

Our success is due to the atmosphere and environment we have developed over 40 years. As you walk around the high quality teaching and learning school you will see kind, happy students fully engaged in learning, taught by professional, qualified teachers with a passion for their subject and care for every child.