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 56 nationalities and cultural heritages. BFIS also has a highly engaged school community and strong Parent Teacher Association (PTA). In 2021 the school was awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award demonstrating that BFIS is a forward-thinking school actively engaged in protecting our planet.
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.
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 2021-2022 school year, BFIS has 136 total staff including 111 teachers. All teaching faculty must have a Bachelor’s degree.
Enrollment: Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is 692 (early childhood (nursery and PK): 44; elementary (K-5): 244, middle school (6-8):166, high school (9-10):121; IBDP (11-12); 117).
Facilities: BFIS is located in the Sarrià neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. The school is divided into three different buildings on two adjacent campuses. One campus hosts the early childhood and elementary school building, inaugurated in Spring 2016, and a brand-new middle school building that opened its doors for students in 2021, both equipped with flexible furniture. The campus shares a new library, two science labs, a computer lab, sports court, two outdoor playgrounds, two rooftop patios and a cafeteria with its own kitchen. The High School campus has its own library, two additional science labs, one makerspace or design lab, lawn, a sports court, auditorium, and outdoor eating area.
Finances: In the 2021-2022 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: N-PK:11,300 €; K-5: €14,180; 6-8: €14,530; and 9-12: €17,300. The school also charges an annual matriculation fee of €1,100-1,000 and a one-time entrance fee of €6,000.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Spain, Barcelona BFIS) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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