Benjamin Franklin International School
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
Martorell i Peņa 9, 08017, Barcelona, Spain
Tel: (+34) 93 434 2380
Fax: (+34) 93 417 3633
National, US, curricula.
330 students, 3-18 yrs.
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
The student body is 28% American, 32% Spanish and 40% from 30 other
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.