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Benjamin Franklin International School

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CurriculumInternational, American, Spanish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): €14,740
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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 19 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: €14,740
Address: Carrer de Martorell i Peña, 9, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
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Number of students

693

Number of nationalities represented in the school

51

Most common nationality

Spanish

Ratio of local students to international students

30%

Max. number of students per class

22

Average number of students per class

18-20

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

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

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?

Yes

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.

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

Yes, for many grades

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

From Nursery to Grade 2: BFIS does observations
From grade 3 to Grade 11 : English and Math assessments

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline. We enroll students all year long

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

IB Exams and SAT

Results in these examinations

100% pass rate

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. BFIS has a Learning Support 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

Early Childhood and Elementary School start at 8:35 am
Middle and High School start at 8:50 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.
Early Childhood: Swimming, Multisports, Gardening, Music and Movement
Elementary School: Swimming, Fencing, Minitennis, Inline skating, Intro to Volley, Intro to Basketball, Taekwondo, Art, Gardening, Math Club, Video Production, Chess, Theater, Music
Middle School: Team Sports (Basetball, Volleyball, Soccer), Cheer Dance, Yoga, Math Club, Chess, Theater, Music, Manga Drawing
High School: Team Sports (Basetball, Volleyball, Soccer), Math Club, Theater, Music, Yoga, Cheer Dance
BFIS Clubs: Feminist Club, Middle School Student Council, High School Student Council, Allies CLub, Yearbook Club, Model United Nations CLub, Going Green Club

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.
Three sport courts: one in the Early Childhood campus, one in the Elementary campus , another one in the for Middle and High School campus.
The Elementary building also has a rooftop with padded rubber floor used for lower grades PE classes.

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)
American curriculum and IB Diploma Program
English is the language of instruction
Success for all students (100% pass rate in the IB Diploma Program)
Great location in Barcelona
Small class sizes
Dedicated and talented teachers from all over the world

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.
21st century curriculum standards call for new and different ways of teaching and learning. At BFIS, these include Project Based Learning (PBL), experiential learning, and technology integration. To prepare students for college, career and life as engaged global citizens, BFIS 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 curriculum is aligned to progressive standards that have been developed for schools in the USA and adopted by international schools around the world.
BFIS believes in the development and education of the whole child. Intellectual growth is complemented by opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, physically and creatively as well.

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