Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS)

Co-Education (3-18)
Day School
+34 934 34 23 80
Carrer de Martorell i Peña, 9, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
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Year of Foundation1986
Enrollment Phase / GradesAll year (From Nursery to Grade 12)
BoardingDay School
Number of students694
Nationalities50
Teacher Student Ratio1:6
AccreditationsSpanish Ministry of Education, Catalan Department of Education, International Baccalaureate Organization, Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges
HeadmasterColin Boudreau
Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)€ 10,727
Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)€ 16,417

Description

BFIS offers a differentiated American curriculum from Nursery to Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12. We are a truly international school in Barcelona with a roughly one-third breakdown among US, International and Spanish families. Our diverse and engaged student body, faculty, and parent community-now comprised over 50 different nationalities and cultural heritages. is the heart and soul of our school.

Our staff also comes from different countries and bring a rich diversity of knowledge and experiences to the classroom, helping our students to appreciate and understand differences, as well as develop an open-minded perspective to create a more tolerant and respectful society. At BFIS we embrace our diversity as a source of pride and strength and consider it an essential element of our identity.
Instruction at BFIS is entirely in English, with language courses offered in Spanish, Catalan and French. Our graduates receive offers of acceptances from some of the most important colleges and universities worldwide.

PERFECT LOCATION
BFIS is located in Barcelona city, with easy access to public transport and primary freeways coming in and out of the city

TEACHING APPROACH
BFIS supports and encourages students to be curious independent learners who pursue their passions and understand the beauty and power of knowledge. Our teaching approach is based on differentiated instruction and places the student at the center of the learning process. Small class size: 15-18 students

INNOVATION
Innovation takes many different forms at BFIS, were kids are empowered as active constructors of their own understanding to a design thinking programs with the incorporation of maker spaces to build solutions for different problems and needs, to robotic classes, flexible seating, 1:1 laptop programs and cutting-edge professional development for BFIS faculty.

BFIS GRADUATES
BFIS pass rates and average scores in the IBDP are always significantly above the national and world averages. BFIS graduates leave the school with impressive results that have gained them entry into a range of competitive colleges and universities in the US, UK, Spain and other countries in both hemispheres.

MISSION
Our purpose is to engage our diverse school community in the pursuit of educational excellence and success for all students

VALUES
Maximize individual potential: All students should have the opportunity to maximize their individual academic, social and emotional potential.
Cultural diverse community: We take pride on our diversity and build on the strength of our differences.
Character development: BFIS supports students in developing clear ethical principles which will guide their actions and decision-making because doing what is right requires honesty, integrity and courage.
Life-long learning: Students should cultivate the habits of mind to be curious, independent learners who pursue their passions.
Shared responsibility: Success is achieved through teamwork and collaboration
Hard work and perseverance: Effort and commitment are more important than talent and should be cultivated in all aspects of school life.
Joy: Joy and wonder are essential elements in the learning process which breed passion and creativity.

Academics

Curriculum

International Baccalaureate, American Curriculum, Others

Languages of instruction

English. Spanish, Catalan and French classes are instructed in their own language

Foreign languages

French, Spanish and Catalan

Examinations

International Baccalaureate examinations, SAT, ACT

University counseling

Yes

Learning support

Yes

Extra-Curricular

At BFIS we believe that academics are not the only component of a well-rounded education. Extracurricular activities also play an important role with a positive impact on student success. We also offer students opportunities to take on leadership roles to challenge themselves and gain valuable skills in leadership and collaboration, which will serve them well at university and beyond. Our extracurricular programs offers different activities in the fields of performing arts (theater, musical theater, choir, instrumental lessons), sports (swimming, taekwondo, tennis, mini-tennis, fencing, in-line skating), team sports (volleyball, basketball, soccer), arts and academics (just art! game design, cooking, gardening, math club, chess) and other leadership programs such us debating club, Junior Achievement, National Honors Society, Ambassadors Club, Student Council, etc.
School trips
Community service
Performing arts
Sports
Summer programs

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