The Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) is an independent, coeducational, IB world school, which offers an English-language, college-preparatory program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. Founded in 1986, the school offers a differentiated, American curriculum, fully accredited with strong academic programs, including learning support and foreign languages. BFIS offers 3 diploma programs: American High School Diploma, Spanish High School Bachillerato Certificate, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. BFIS is a truly international school with a student body representing more than 50 different nationalities and cultural heritages. BFIS also has a highly engaged school community and strong Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Organization: The school is governed by a 10-member board (all BFIS parents). 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. BFIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, authorized by both the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Catalan government, and authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The school is a member of the following educational organizations: NAIS, MSA, CASE, IBO, AAIE, NASSP, Barcelona Global and BISA (Barcelona International School Association).
Curriculum: The school’s educational program includes elements of both the U.S. and Spanish educational systems and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in the last 2 years of high school. The academic program is similar to a U.S. college-preparatory, private, nonprofit school, with a focus on challenging and supporting each individual student. The BFIS curriculum is aligned with Common Core Standards, which reflect American benchmarks for achievement. The BFIS curriculum establishes developmentally appropriate learning objectives at every grade level. 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. Tutorial assistance is available within the community for children in need of additional support. High school students are supported by 2 counselors for academic and social emotional issues and 1 college counselor in the process of making decisions about students’ post-secondary futures. Most graduates, upon completing the BFIS program, attend some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, Spain, UK, and other countries all over the world.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 97 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, there were 697 students from 51 different nationalities: 311 students in N-grade 5,159 students in grades 6-8, and 227 in grades 9-12.
Facilities: The school moved to its present location in a residential area of Sarrià, Barcelona in 1991. In September of 2011, the school expanded by opening its new middle and high school building with its own library and common area, including state-of-the-art technology. The elementary school includes a completely renovated early childhood center with its own building, a sport court and patio, and a separate new elementary building for grades K-5, with playground, sport court, covered patio, rooftop patio, art facilities, and lunchroom. In 2012, BFIS inaugurated a new library for the elementary school. In 2013, the school inaugurated a completely new auditorium and new fully equipped science labs. In 2016, the school inaugurated the first purpose-built building for elementary students. In 2017, BFIS launched a completely new cafeteria, a new elementary music room, a new health center, and a new computer lab. In 2018, the school implemented flexible seating in all elementary classrooms and a new MakerSpace in the middle and high school building. In October 2020 BFIS will inaugurate a completely new Middle School Building.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: N-PK: €11,000; grades K-5: €13,750; grades 6-8: €14,100; and grades 9-12: €16,830. The school also charges an annual matriculation fee of €1000-€950 and a one-time capital fund fee of €5,900.
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.