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Ages 3 to 18

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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction German
Native German teachers
Extra languages (other than German)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €5,846
to: €8,577
Address: Carrer d'Alfons XII, 95-105, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
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Number of students

650
There are usually 2 classes in each age level from P3 to Grade 12.

Number of nationalities represented in the school

20

Most common nationality

Spanish

Ratio of local students to international students

1 : 2.5

Max. number of students per class

Kindergarten: 18
Primary: 25
Secondary: 20
Gymnasium: 17

Average number of students per class

22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

At ESB we have a few German speaking teaching assistants to help with language skills.

Native German speaking teachers

Yes, half of the teachers are from Switzerland.

Language support for students not fluent in German

In case the teacher recommends extra classes, the school organizes them.

Additional language classes offered by the school

German is the basic language. Then Spanish, Catalan, English and French are added.

Use of technology in the classroom

Teachers show content via computer, projector and loudspeakers. They also use chalk board at the same time.
Students starting 3rd grade primary and upwards, work with iPads for many activities.

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)

In case of quarantines, the school switches to online video conferencing.
Students receive work via a popular LMS and connect with their teachers via video conferencing.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Teachers assign homework to their students.
In lower levels the intention is to apply learned content at home. In higher levels, the content mostly is studied at home and in school the problems are discussed.

Approximate hours of homework given

Time for homework increases gradually. From 10 minutes in early primary to 1-2 hours in higher levels of secondary school.

Uniform required

No uniform ist required. In Switzerland, students do not use uniform.

Waiting list

There is a waiting list. Best is always to contact the admissions officer via phone or mail.

Entry evaluation for students

ESB performs an evaluation before enrolling new students.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The evaluation usually aims at assessing language levels (German, Spanish, Catalan, English) as well as Mathematics.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Our registration process for the following academic year is usually 1 October - 20 December.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we allow students to join an academic year that has already started, in case there are vacant places and the student passes the assessment.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

90% of our students attend a higher educational institution after graduating from ESB.

External examinations or assessments available

The students at ESB achieve C level from Goethe Institut in German language, C level from British Council in English language.

Results in these examinations

Usually the students have good results in these examinations.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Students to not practice religious education at ESB.

School bus service available

The school is located right next to Metro Station "Plaza Molina / Sant Gervasi". There is no service provided by the school.
Parents have organised a school bus service from Poble Nou in Barcelona, passing through the center, up to Plaza Molina.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The school employs a psychologist and an educational psychologist in Kindergarten / Earl primary. They help to detect issues and assess solutions together with the parents.

Learning support offered

No specialized programs are offered by the school.
ESB has a regulation that takes into account dislexia and similar difficulties and supports the students.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The teachers at ESB are used to work with a wide bandwidth of knowledge within a group. Therefore, they can support more talented students within the group.
No special or separate classes are offered.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, students have access to an educational psychologist.

School start time

Kindergarten - G4: 9:20h
G5 - G12: 8:35

School finish time

Kindergarten - G6: 16:35 (Wednesdays 13:00)
G7 - G12: 16:35 (Tuesdays 13:00 of 14:00)

Supervised care before/after school

The school offers care from 8:00 till 9:20 and from 16:35 till 18:00.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

ESB offers many clubs and activities. We even offer German courses for the parents of our students.
Also individual music classes (piano, violin, guitar, percussion and voice building)

School provided lunches

Yes, the lunch is prepared and cooked at ESB based on mostly ecological ingredients.
90% of students eat lunch at school.

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

Our school kitchen does not offer alternatives.

Sports activities included

Physical education usually accounts for 3 lecture hours per week.
G6 -G12 takes the bus to external sport grounds once a week.

Sports facilities at the school

Sports facilities are limited since the school is located very centric in town.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The extra-curricular sports teams participate in the Barcelona city school league CEEB with "futbol sala" and "volleyball".

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Schweizerschule Barcelona is a Swiss international school in Barcelona. It recently celebrated its 100 years' anniversary.
German and Spanish are the vehicular languages. It offers a familiar learning environment for ages P3 to Grade 12.
In Grade 12 students can pass the Swiss Highschool exam "Matura" which is converted automatically into a Spanish highschool exam.
The school follows the Swiss study plan in combination with Spanish and Catalan requirements. Thus a switch to a local school is possible without any additional exams.

Teaching approach of the school

Our School stands for openness and tolerance and our educational system encourages creativity and curiosity, as well as the motivation for active and independent research, understanding and learning. We promote teamwork, network thinking and at the same time, autonomy, a sense of responsibility, respect for oneself, for others and for the environment are promoted. We intend, in addition to their intellectual training, to shape the personality of our students to turn them into autonomous and responsible individuals, capable of achieving high academic goals. Our teachers look after our students individually and promote them according to their needs.
The Swiss School of Barcelona follows a pedagogical line based on humanistic educational principles and is based on the current guidelines of education in Switzerland without neglecting the evolution and characteristics of the local environment and encourages teamwork, interconnected thinking, interdisciplinary work and valuing and accepting different points of view.

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