Schools in Portugal fall under one of two sectors: state or private. Both sectors are a mixed bag when it comes to quality of education, and private education isn’t always better. International schools are generally of a high standard and are a good option for those who can afford it.
Children in Portugal tend to attend school based on the neighbourhood in which they live or that in which their parents work. It follows that many of the richer economic areas are linked to the highest quality educational institutions. Rural areas and less economically developed regions of the country are especially notorious for poor quality schools, though the larger urban centres and the expat-friendly Algarve area provide some good options.