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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 21 students / class
Maximum 23 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €13,050
to: €22,197
Address: Carrer de Jaume Balmes, 7, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

950

Number of nationalities represented in the school

55

Most common nationality

American, Spanish,

Ratio of local students to international students

Local students 30% and International 70%

Max. number of students per class

Depends on the division, but in general 23

Average number of students per class

Between 20 and 23

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, there is a teaching Assistant in each class up to grade 3.

Native English speaking teachers

Some are native speakers and others are Spanish or from other countries

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, our school provides ELL (English Learning Support) to all those students who need it.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Core academic subjects are taught in English, with a complementary Spanish and Catalan program emphasizing language, literature, and history. French is offered as an after- school activity through our partnership with the Institut Français de Barcelone. The IB diploma program in 11th and 12th grades gives an option for students to do self-study in native tongue languages.

Use of technology in the classroom

Students use ipads from PK4 up to grade 5th. From grade 6th on all students use their laptop.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

ASB is operating virtual classrooms during COVID19 confinement, from Elementary up to High School teachers use google classroom tools, and online videos.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Students don't have homework in Early Childhood and Elementary, they start having some assignments from grade 6th.

Uniform required

No, they don't

Waiting list

When a grade level is full, qualified applicants will be placed in the waiting pool. When a seat becomes available, the Admissions Committee will review all candidates in the waiting pool and make an offer of admission to the candidate that is the best match for the class, taking into account the admissions criteria mentioned above. This is not an ordered list, or based on first-come, first served.

Entry evaluation for students

There is an assessments and some tests

Brief description of entry evaluation required

In Elementary and Middle school we request an onsite visit to evaluate the student's English and math level. High School applicants are required to take a writing assessment

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

While there is no deadline, applicants for September admissions are strongly encouraged to complete their application by February 1. The first round of admissions decisions are generally made by the first week of March.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we offer rolling admissions. While most students start in September, students may also enrol at other times during the school year as long as there is space available.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100% but some of them take a gap year before.

External examinations or assessments available

ASB and many other international schools take this standardized tests that aligns with the PISA test and IB tests. Students take the International School Assessment (ISA) in grades 3 through 8 in the areas of reading, math, and expository writing. Students also take MAP test in grades 3 through 9.

Results in these examinations

ASB is pleased to say that our students earn well above international averages

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, we are not a religious school

School bus service available

Yes. We offer six bus routes into Barcelona, one to Sitges, Gavá, Castelldefels, and one to Sant Cugat.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

In the Elementary and Middle School, we provide limited learning support services for students with mild learning difficulties and for those who need support in developing early literacy skills through temporary targeted academic interventions. In the High School, we offer very limited support, such as allowing for extended time on assessments.

ASB does not have a separate program or classes for students with learning difficulties. Therefore, a primary consideration in offering admission will be the student’s ability to access the regular curriculum with limited support, and the level of resources needed to support the applicant. We cannot offer places to students who need extensive curriculum modifications or constant one-to-one support.

Student access to education psychologist

Absolutely, the school has 4 counselors on campus that serve 4 divisions. When students require additional assistance, they make referrals to outside agencies.

School start time

At 9AM

School finish time

At 4PM

Supervised care before/after school

ASB offers supervised care from 8:30AM

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer many academic, sports and performing arts activities like arts and craft, robotic, maker lab, soccer, basketball, drama, music etc.

School provided lunches

Hot, healthy lunches are prepared daily in our kitchen. Students and staff enjoy their meals in our spacious new cafeteria, with a beautiful view overlooking part of Barcelona all the way to the Mediterranean sea. ASB also offers a food truck service for students who wish to have sandwiches, hamburgers, wraps, smoothies and veggie options.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, ASB offers gluten free and vegetarian menu. Lunch service is optional, students can bring their lunch box from home.

Sports activities included

Physical education activities and sports are included in the school curriculum.

Sports facilities at the school

At ASB there are two soccer fields, two basketball courts (one indoor), and a covered gym. Our Elementary building has a rubber made rooftop where students can do PE activities.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

We have soccer, basketball, volleyball and Flag football teams.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

International, private, non-profit American School founded in 1962. IB School since 2007.
Mission
Our mission is to empower pre-school through 12th grade students to become global citizens with the critical thinking skills and the self-confidence to maximize their potential.

Vision
The American School of Barcelona seeks to continuously improve through innovation. Our aim is to be recognized as the leading international school in Europe, empowering students to lead with integrity, to open minds, and to transform the world.
Our Core Values
Caring, Student-centered, Innovative, Rigorous, Resilient.
Core ideology
Continuously improve through innovation.
Create responsible global citizens.
Develop independent and critical thinking students.
Provide a caring environment that gives students the self-confidence to maximize their potential.
Educate for diversity.

ASB is:
is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
is recognized in Spain as a Centro Extranjero (foreign school) by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Spanish Ministry of Education
receives a grant from the US Department of State's Office of Overseas Schools
belongs to the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS) and European Council of International Schools(ECIS) regional associations
participates in the European Sports Conference (ESC), a regional sports league made up of schools from around the region
leads the Barcelona International School Association (BISA) and has close ties with other international schools in Spain.

Teaching approach of the school

In ASB We believe that quality instruction inspires inquiry, curiosity, creativity, communication and collaboration, and is what creates an outstanding education for our students. We take great pride in the quality of the educators we have on our staff and our continual focus on reflection and professional learning. We believe that the best instruction is firmly rooted in standards like Common Core, Next Generation Science, and International Baccalaureate. From these standards, our teachers design high quality assessments that give a clear view of students’ level of mastery of knowledge and skill objectives. Teachers design lessons, activities and projects that give students an opportunity to learn and develop through differentiated learning experiences.

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