American School of Barcelona
Esplugues de Llobregat
Established in 1962, American School of Barcelona (ASB) provides an independent American education to students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 from the local and international communities of Barcelona. The school uses an American/Spanish curriculum with instruction in English.
The school’s educational program includes the best of both the US and Spanish educational systems, and it also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in the last two years of high school. The school’s overall academic program is similar to that found in a US college-preparatory school, with a focus on developing strong academic skills, problem-solving ability, critical thinking, and creativity. It also offers a robust program in host-country studies as well as the Spanish and Catalan languages. The school is divided into an Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. Students take standardized tests such as the International Schools Assessment (ISA), PSAT, and SAT. The school is fully accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Small group and individualized language instruction are offered in both Spanish and English-Language Learner (ELL) for non-native speakers. ASB has specialists on staff for students with special needs as well as a full-time nurse.
Located in a residential area just 15 minutes from the center of Barcelona, ASB overlooks the city and Mediterranean Sea. The nearly 4-acre campus includes three buildings, two soccer fields, a library/media center, maker space, auditorium, gymnasium, fitness center, two basketball/volleyball courts, soccer field, and multiple outdoor play areas. The arts program has two large visual art rooms, two music rooms, and break-out practice rooms.
The school is officially called The American School of Barcelona, Fundación Privada. The foundation, registered in 2011, is governed by a set of by-laws within the framework of the Catalonian Civil Code. The school board works and makes decision within the by-laws.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance of ASB. It’s structured to support the school's long-term goals in achieving its mission of fully developing each child's unique potential by providing a high-quality curriculum in an English-language base, a respectful and diverse environment, motivated by life-long learning and committed to creating a stronger global awareness.
American School of Madrid
Pozuelo de Alarcón
Established in 1961 as a not-for-profit organization, American School of Madrid (ASM) is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school. It offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. Instruction is in English.
ASM is divided into a Lower School for up to grade 5, Middle School for grades 6–8, and Upper School for grades 9–12. The curriculum is similar to that of US college-preparatory, private, non-profit schools. The school's testing program includes the National Merit and College Board tests. Spanish, French, and Chinese are taught as foreign languages. Most graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Spain, and Great Britain. For students in grades 1–8, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and remedial reading are offered. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, International Baccalaureate Organization, and Spanish Ministry of Education.
ASM’s 11-acre campus is located in a privileged location in Pozuelo de Alarcón, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the country and just 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Madrid´s city center. In addition to classrooms, the school's facilities include two gymnasiums, a playground, early childhood center, science labs, 600-seat auditorium, multipurpose room, cafeteria, fitness and weights room, health and yoga room, robotics lab, running track, soccer field, baseball field, and classrooms specifically for art, music, and drama.
The school is governed by a Board of Trustees. Board members are parents of current ASM students, and membership is self-perpetuating. Guided by ASM's foundational documents, the board focuses on long-term strategy, developing school policy, and ensuring the school is both sound and strong financially. The board is also responsible for hiring the head of school, and delegates to the headmaster the responsibility for day-to-day administration, program development, and implementing policies set by the board.
Benjamin Franklin International School
Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) is an independent, coeducational day school that offers an English-language college-preparatory program from nursery (age 3) 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. Graduates receive an American high school diploma, Spanish high school bachillerato certificate, or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. BFIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, authorized by both the Spanish Ministry of Education and Catalan government, and authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
The school’s educational program includes elements of both the US and Spanish educational systems as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in the last two years of high school. The academic program is similar to a US college-preparatory, private, non-profit school with a focus on challenging and supporting each individual student. The curriculum is aligned with AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards, which reflect international benchmarks for achievement as well as the Common Core Standards. The 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 facilities are divided across two campuses in the same location. One campus has the Early Childhood and Elementary School building as well as the Middle School building. Across the street, another campus has the High School building. Both campuses have Wi-Fi.
The Early Childhood and Elementary School campus has 16 classrooms, an art room with a clay oven, 12 offices, meeting room, staff room, library, music room, computer lab, health center, sports court, rooftop patio, cafeteria, and two playgrounds.
The Middle School building for grades 6–8 has 15 classrooms, science labs, a design lab, three meeting rooms, library and media center, learning support room, language lab, and changing rooms.
The High School campus for grades 9–12 has 25 classrooms, a library (shared with the Middle School), makerspace, two science labs, art room, garden playground, sports court, auditorium, and outdoor eating area.
The Foundation Board is responsible for the governance of Benjamin Franklin International School, including its fiduciary oversight, policy, and long-range strategic planning needed to ensure the school’s continued success. The board includes up to 10 volunteer members chosen to create a mix and balance of backgrounds, skills, and perspectives. Each member may serve a three-year term, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Foundation Board follows a self-perpetuating governance model, acknowledged as best-practice for independent schools by the European Council of Independent Schools (ECIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Benjamin Franklin Foundation was created in 1986, under the Spanish Ley de Fundaciones, as a not-for-profit, educational foundation. The foundation’s corporate charter and bylaws provide the operational framework that ensures the school’s character and mission remain safeguarded and perpetuated. Its bylaws are registered with the Protectorado y Registro de Fundaciones de Catalunya and are available upon request.
British Council School
Calle Solano, 5–7
Pozuelo de Alarcón
Founded in 1940, British Council School is one of the oldest bilingual schools in Europe. The school is recognized by the local education department as a British school to year 11 and as a Spanish school in Bachillerato for years 12 and 13. British Council School was the pioneer British school in Spain from the very first day it opened its doors, when the school was based in Mendez Núñez Street in Madrid. Since then, the main objective of the school has been not only to offer a bilingual and bicultural education but also develop future citizens with values such as freedom, honesty, integrity, creativity, and professionalism.
The school uses an English national curriculum until the end of secondary school when students progress to the Bilingual Baccalaureate (BiBac) program. This is complemented by classes of Spanish culture (geography and history), language, and literature, taught in Spanish. In their final year of secondary school, students take International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams. The Spanish Ministery of Education recognizes the results of IGCSE exams as equivalent to the Spanish Title of Graduation in Educación Secundaria Oblogatoria (ESO).
British Council School has two campuses in Madrid. The 6-acre Pozuelo de Alarcón campus has the Early Years, Primary, and Secondary school buildings, located on either side of Calle Monzón. Located in El Viso, in the heart of Madrid, the second campus, has the Infant School, for children 2–5 years old. It is situated in a unique urban space with outdoor facilities to bolster early-years learning. Facilities at the campuses include classrooms, art rooms, a 300-seat auditorium, gymnasiums, five science labs, libraries, music rooms, playgrounds, soccer field, computer labs, and interactive whiteboards.
It is the role of the School Board to provide strategic guidance for the school and effectively oversee and review the school’s management. Governance practices require the school to formalize and disclose the roles and responsibilities of the School Board and its members. The governing body provides non-executive leadership. The regulations make clear that the head teacher is responsible for the educational performance of the school as well as internal organization, management, and control. The relationship between the principal and chair of the board is pivotal to the success of the school.
The English School
In response to a growing demand from parents within the area, The English School opened its doors in September of 2002. It is a bilingual, coeducational British multicultural school with children of different nationalities, although the majority of students are Spanish. The school is situated within a quiet residential area of Mutxamel, with easy access from the various towns within the area. There is an early years program, primary years program, and secondary program for students ages 3–18. The English National Curriculum is used.
The early years program includes nursery for ages 3–4 and reception for ages 4–5.
The primary years program for ages 5–11 combines the core subjects of English, mathematics, and science with courses such as history, geography, information and communication technology (ICT), art and design, music, physical education, and personal, social, health, and economic (PSHE) education.
The secondary program for ages 11–18 focuses on the subjects of English language, mathematics, science, history, geography, German, Spanish, art, ICT, music, physical education, and PSHE education. Students prepare for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations, which they take at the end of grade 11.
The school's facilities include air-conditioned classrooms, a heated swimming pool, dining room, ecological garden, fully equipped theater, playgrounds, soccer field, and basketball court. Transportation is provided through the bus company Cabecò D`Or.
To ensure open and fluid communication between home and school, The English School hosts meetings at the beginning of the school year to inform parents about the activities that will take place as well as the objectives and academic content of the year. There are also individual meetings with the teachers each term to inform parents of their child’s progress.
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