Spain, Barcelona: Benjamin Franklin International School

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Date: 12/09/2011 Location: Barcelona Spain Description: Benjamin Franklin International School - State Dept Image



The Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. Founded in 1986, the school offers a differentiated, American curriculum, including learning support and foreign languages and is fully accredited. Graduates receive an American High School Diploma, a Spanish High School Bachillerato or an IB Diploma. To maintain its global community, the School has an admissions policy which requires 1/3 of the students must be American, 1/3 Spanish and 1/3 International. The school also has a highly involved school community and strong Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Organization: The School is governed by a 10-member Board. BFIS is legally recognized as a Spanish Association and is owned by the Benjamin Franklin Foundation which is legally incorporated in Delaware, U.S.A.

Curriculum: The School’s educational program includes elements of both the U.S. and Spanish educational systems, Advanced Placement courses, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in the last two years of high school. The School’s overall academic program is similar to that found in a U.S. college-preparatory, private, non-profit school. The BFIS curriculum is organized around the standards and benchmarks of AERO (American Education Reaches Out) that reflect the international benchmarking of Achieve and the Common Core. High School students are supported by two College Counselors (one for international applications and one for Spanish applications) to help students make decisions about their academic future at BFIS and beyond, as well as with the lengthy college application process. Most graduates, upon completing the BFIS program, attend colleges and universities in the United States, Spain, and the UK. Small group and individualized language instruction is offered in both Spanish and English for non-native speakers. BFIS has learning specialists on staff for students with special needs. Psychological testing and tutorial assistance are available in the School and/or community. The School’s testing program includes the International Schools’ Assessment, the PSAT and PLAN tests. The School is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization, and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 80 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 561 (N-grade 5: 296; grades 6-8: 134; and grades 9-12: 112).

Facilities: The School moved to its present location in a residential area of Barcelona in 1991. In September of 2011, the school expanded by opening its new Middle and High School building at Torras i Bajes, with library and common area, including state of the art technology. The Elementary School includes an Early Childhood Center with its own patio and a separate building for grades K-5, with playground, art facilities, and garden. There are 2 fully equipped laboratories for science, plus Music, Drama, and Art programs on site. The entire campus has wireless internet access.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 academic year, about 99 percent of the School's income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: N-K.: $10,913; grades 1-5: $13,560; grades 6-8: $13,897; and grades 9-12: $16,477. The School also charges a matriculation fee of $1,008-$1,089, and a one-time capital fund fee of $4,704. Optional fees include a lunch fee of $1,653 and a bus fee of $2,096-$2,365. Fees are payable in euros or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.) Exchange rate: 1.00EUR=1.36USD.

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