What sets us apart
BFIS is an international school in Barcelona offering an International American curriculum from Nursery to Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12. Curriculum is primarily taught in English, including learning support and foreign language programs.
We are a truly international school in Barcelona with more than 50 different nationalities. Instruction at BFIS is entirely in English, with language courses offered in Spanish, Catalan and French. BFIS is a private, non-for-profit school located in the beautiful Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, with many public transportation options nearby. Excellent International Baccalaureate Diploma Program results. BFIS graduates receive offers of acceptance from some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||19 students / class|
|Maximum||22 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
|Ratio of local students to international students||
|Max. number of students per class||
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
|Native English speaking teachers||
The great majority
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
Yes. EAL (English as an additional language support is offered until Grade 8)
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Spanish, French, Catalan
|Use of technology in the classroom||
BFIS integrates technology in the classroom through digital boards, use of ipads and computers. BFIS has 1:1 computer program from Grade 6 to Grade 12. Teachers use different digital platforms and tools to deliver instruction. Teachers and students use also Google Classroom to communicate and deliver homework. BFIS also has a Middle and High School Makerspace whith latest technology: 3D printers, Laser cutter, Vinyl cutter and many other tools to design and create products.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
|Approximate hours of homework given||
It is different for every grade and subject. Upper high school grades need to dedicate more time to homework and self-study than lower grades. In Elementary, students have a very little amount of homework but they are encouraged to read every day. In Middle School the average amount of time dedicated to homework can go from half hour to 1 hour per day. High School students a bit more time, an average of 2 hours.
Yes, for many grades
|Entry evaluation for students||
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
From Nursery to Grade 2: BFIS does observations
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
There is no deadline. We enroll students all year long
|Students can join after academic year begins||
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
|External examinations or assessments available||
IB Exams and SAT
|Results in these examinations||
Near 100% pass rate
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
|School bus service available||
Yes, three different bus routes
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Yes. BFIS has a Learning Support Department and a Counseling Department
|Learning support offered||
Learning support at BFIS encompasses a variety of strategies to meet the needs of students with mild to moderate learning differences. It is the job of the learning specialist to provide students with strategies and/or remediation such that they are able to experience academic success. Depending on the needs of each individual, students are supported either in class or outside of class during the regular school day.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
BFIS has been working on a pilot program for Gifted and Talented students that will be implemented next school year 2019-2020
|Student access to education psychologist||
Yes. We have an Elementary Counselor, a Middle School Counselor and a High School Counselor to support students with ther social-emotional needs.
|School start time||
All divisions of the school start at 8:35 am
|School finish time||
At 4 : 00 pm
|Supervised care before/after school||
For Early Childhood and Elementary students the school offers supervised care before the school starts, from 7:45 to 8:35 am at no cost for the families. There is also supervised after-school care but it has a cost of 7€ per hour/per day. After-school care is offered until 5:00 pm
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
The after-school activities program differ from each division.
|School provided lunches||
Yes. BFIS has its own kitchen
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
Yes. BFIS offers special diets: vegetarian and gluten free
|Sports activities included||
Physical Education classes
|Sports facilities at the school||
Auditorium : used for PE classes when temperatures are below 5ºC or when it rains.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
BFIS has sports teams for soccer, basketball and volleyball. The teams compete in different international tournaments.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Warm and welcoming international school community (1/3 internationsl, 1/3 US, 1/3 local)
|Teaching approach of the school||
BFIS teachers employ a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners and to place the student at the center of learning. The school believes that in order to meet the needs of all learners, they must differentiate instruction.
Why choose BFIS
A Truly International School
BFIS is 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 of over 50 nationalities and cultural heritages - is the heart and soul of our school.
21st century skills
In order to prepare students to lead in a 21st century work environment, we have to provide a 21st century learning environment. Innovation and technology are providing new ways of teaching and learning beyond interactive boards and computers in the classroom, increasing student engagement and active learning. Our teachers design learning experiences and assessments that call for the application and transfer of 21st century skills. These skills include: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, and leadership.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is a challenging and stimulating two-year curriculum (Grades 11 and 12) emphasizing critical thinking, multi-disciplinary learning and inter-cultural understanding. The IBDP curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. It is an academically challenging and rigorous program of education that aims to nurture independent, life-long learners who are prepared for success at university and beyond. The IBDP has gained recognition from the world’s leading universities.
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. Both academic subjects and extracurricular activities complement each other and develop a well-rounded, socially skilled, and healthier student. Participating in the right extracurriculars can help students follow their passions, form friendships, learn new skills and — of course — enjoy themselves.
Our school is divided in two different campuses: Early Childhood (EC) and Elementary School (ES) Campus, and the Middle and High School (MS/HS) Campus
Starting in January 2021, with the inauguration of the new Middle School building, the EC/ES Campus will be an EC/ES and MS Campus, leaving the High School Campus only with High School students.