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CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 6 to 18
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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 10 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €11,450
to: €13,140
Address: Autovía de Castelldefels C-31, km 191 08820 El Prat 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


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

United States

Ratio of local students to international students

One local for every 7 international

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, extra tuitorials are offered at a cost.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish, and optionally Catalan

Max. number of students per class

22 in High School
20 in Middle School
12 in Elementary

Average number of students per class

15 in High School
10 in Middle School
5 in Elementary

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom


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)

Yes, our school uses the Microsoft TEAMS platform.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available

SAT, AP College Board.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, but in a reasonable amount. Most work is generally accomplished in class.

Approximate hours of homework given

Two hours per day approximately for high-school students

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. The school has an on-site Learning Specialist for students with learning needs.

Learning support offered

Tutorial support from a Learning Specialist is available to help students with their educational and organizational needs. Entails an extra cost.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The flexibility of our curriculum allows students to advance to higher-level subjects when necessary. Small classes allow teachers to adapt content and work with students on a more personal manner. Honor and Advanced Placement (AP) subjects are offered for talented students.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, we have an educational psychologist and a sports psychologist on campus.

Entry evaluation for students

No. Admission is based on previous academic results and recommendation letters from teachers.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Level tests for English, Math and Spanish (if applicable) are performed during the first week of school, for placement purposes.

Waiting list

Sometimes, depending on enrollment. Early application is recommended, especially for high school grades.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

A rolling admissions basis is used, with no set deadline. Applying before May 31 is strongly recommended.

Students can join after academic year begins

Our school has two sessions: Fall and Spring Terms. Students can start at the begining of a semester. Exceptionally, the school may allow students to join once a term has started but this is determined on an individual basis only.

School start time

Elementary: 9:00 am
Middle School: 8:00 am
High School: 11:20 am

School finish time

Elementary: 4:40 pm
Middle School: 4:00 pm
High School: 6:30 pm

Supervised care before/after school

On a case by case basis for Elementary School students only.

School bus service available

Yes, to certain areas of Barcelona and environs.

School provided lunches

Yes, a full buffet is offered.

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

Yes, upon request. Vegetarian options are offered on a daily basis.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Our school emphasizes sports. Therefore, students may register to train in tennis and equestrian sports/dressage. Some students take part in sport activities offered at various academies in the Barcelona area, such as: football (soccer), basketball, swimming, waterpolo, etc. Our school also organizes activities during the school year, such as excursions to museums, cultural events or monuments, nature activities, theme parks, etc. The Eco-Committee is particularly active in organizing events to support sustainable and green initiatives on our campus and community.

Sports activities included

Students are required to take a physical education class of 5 hours per week. This PE program includes basic tennis lessons and fitness training at the gym.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, for tennis and equestrian competitions.

Facilities at the school

Library, science lab, multi-purpose activities hall.

Sports facilities at the school

27 tennis courts, paddle courts, beach volleyball courts, basketball, football pitch and a fully equipped gym. Ping pong tables as well as a beautiful outdoor pool which is open in the warmer months. An equestrian facility is also available on-site.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

ES American School was founded in 1999 and offers an independent, coeducational, American Elementary, Middle, and Senior High School program located in Barcelona, Spain. It is the objective of our school to provide students with an excellent academic and athletic experience which prepares them for the challenges of today’s world. All students receive individual attention, close academic guidance and personal counseling, in order to ensure both the acquisition of academic competencies and the development of individual strengths and talents. Students follow an American academic program, but also benefit from the multitude of cultures represented by their teachers and fellow students.

Teaching approach of the school

The mission of ES American School is to be an exemplary learning and athletic community. We challenge ourselves to be better through an emphasis on critical thinking, and intellectual and social awareness. Students develop a passion for learning through individualized support in a nurturing environment. Our success is founded on effective communication and an engaging academic curriculum.
Our constant endeavor is to inspire and empower students to be lifelong learners. We promote excellence and independent critical thinking in a culturally diverse, ever-changing society. We strive to create confident students who will have the necessary tools to become high achieving 21st century global citizens.

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