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 three diplomas: 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 54 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 it is registered as a private foundation in the Catalonia Foundation Registration (Registro de Fundaciones de la Generalitat). BFIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and School, 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 education organizations: NAIS, MSA, AAIE, NASSP, BISA (Barcelona International Schools Associations).
Curriculum: The school’s education 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, non-profit school, with a focus on challenging and supporting each individual student. The BFIS curriculum is aligned with Common Core Standards in Math and English with Social Studies also using the C3 Framework). Science classes study the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), 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 or students with special needs. Tutorial assistance is available within the community for children in need of additional support. Students in each school division are supported by a counselor for academic and social emotional issues and an additional college counselor in high school for 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 101 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, there were 671 students.
Facilities: BFIS is located in Barcelona city, in the Sarrià neighborhood. The school is divided into two different campuses at the same location: Early Childhood and Elementary School (EC/ES) Campus, and the Middle and High School (MS/HS) Campus. The Elementary School building hosts students from Nursery to Grade 5. The building was inaugurated in 2016. It is a student-centered design with 16 bright classrooms with flexible furniture, 12 offices, playground rooftop, a big cafeteria, sports court and two playground spaces. The Elementary School campus also has a library K-Grade 5, a music room, a computer lab and a health center. The MS/HS Campus is currently hosting students from Grades 6 to 12. The building was renovated in 2011 and has a library, two science labs, a makerspace, an art room, garden playground, a sports court, auditorium and outdoor eating area. In December of 2020 BFIS will inaugurate a completely new Middle School Building with 15 classrooms with flexible seating, two additional science labs, a design lab, a library media center and a rooftop area.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: N-PK:11,300 €; grades K-5: € 14,180; grades 6-8: €14,530; and grade 9-12: €17,300. The school also charges an annual matriculation fee of €1,100-1,000 and a one-time capital fund fee of €6,000.
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and provided by the school.