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American High School of Bilbao

ES - 48080402, Soparda Bidea 10, 48640 Berango, Vizcaya, Spain
Tel: (+34) 94 668 0860/61
Fax: (+34) 94 668 0452

School Summary
National, US, curricula.
310 students, 3-18 yrs.

The American School of Bilbao has existed as a private non-profit school for children of all nationalities since 1967. The school follows an American international curriculum in English for grades Pre-Kinder through grade 12 and fulfills the requirements for complete validation of studies in the Spanish and American systems. Students are prepared to take the Spanish UNED examinations for university entrance as well as receiving a US High School diploma.

The school has been accredited since 1985 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). It was officially recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a 'Foreign School Located in Spain' in 1981. The academic level of the School is constantly checked by Stanford tests. The PSAT/NMSQT is administered to 10th and 11th graders with Advanced Placement Examinations available in certain areas.

The school also hosts an EFL program which runs on Tuesday/Thursday evenings, Saturdays, the entire months of July and August and services over 1,200 students from the surrounding communities. There are considerable waiting lists for some of these programs.

The American school of Bilbao is located in the rural community of Berango, approximately 20 kilometers to the north of Bilbao and 120 kilometers from the French border. The school is near the coast with the full flavor of the Spanish lifestyle all around supplemented by the richness of the Basque heritage. Information about the local area can be obtained at the web site:

The school's present facility, on 16,000 square meters of land, is comprised of 19 classrooms, a library, a science laboratory, a computer room, an art studio, a ceramics studio, a music room, an audio-visual room, locker rooms, a pre-school playground, two outdoor hard-court soccer pitches, a lounge for 11th and 12th graders, and a covered basketball court. A new building houses a computer laboratory, faculty rooms, a multi-purpose room, a large new library and administration offices.

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