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Benjamin Franklin International School

Martorell i Peņa 9, 08017, Barcelona, Spain
Tel: (+34) 93 434 2380
Fax: (+34) 93 417 3633

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

The Benjamin Franklin International School was founded in 1986 as a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school to meet the needs of the local and international communities for an American curriculum school.

The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. BFIS is sponsored by the Office of Overseas Schools of the US Department of State and is authorized by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The school is a member of ECIS and MAIS.

The American college preparatory curriculum includes a wide range of AP courses and specialized classes in Spanish, Catalán and French. The extra-curricular activities include sports, music, drama, chorus, Student Council, Model United Nations, Math Team and Yearbook. College and guidance counseling services and an Optimal Match Program are available for all grades. ESL classes are available for grades 1-10 and SFL in grades 1-12. The majority of BFIS graduates attend colleges and universities.

The teaching staff are experienced and certified in their grade level or subject area. Many have advanced degrees. Sixty-two percent are American, 27% are Spanish and 11% are British and Swiss. There are specialists in music, art, physical education, computer and library sciences.

The student body is 28% American, 32% Spanish and 40% from 30 other countries.

The school day is from 08:55 to 16:00 for all students. The 2003/2004 academic year will begin on September 3 and end on June 18, with standard American and host country school holidays, for a total of 177 instructional days.

The campus is located in Sarriá, the upper, residential part of Barcelona, with easy access to public transportation. A school bus service is also available.

Hot lunch and snacks are prepared in the school kitchen. In addition to classrooms, there are fully-equipped science labs, a computer lab, an art room, music room, and library.

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