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School Spotlight: Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS)

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Snapshot: Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS)

Year founded: 1986
Public or private: Private
Profit/Not for profit: Not for profit
Day or boarding: Day
Segregation type: Co-Educational
Religious affiliation: None
Curriculum: IB DP, United States of America
Instructional language: English
Alternate instructional language: Spanish
Start grade: Kindergarten
End grade: 12


About: Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS)

Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) is a truly American-International school in Barcelona. The school is MSACS accredited and an authorised International Baccalaureate World School for the Diploma Programme.

BFIS is a non-profit school that offers an International and American curriculum to students from three to 18 years old. It is a medium-sized school with 719 students and 101 teachers representing 55 different nationalities. The language of instruction is English. Other language courses are offered (Spanish, Catalan, French). BFIS graduates obtain great IB results and receive offers of acceptance from the best universities and colleges worldwide.

BFIS takes pride in being an inclusive and diverse school that fosters a strong sense of belonging among students, parents and teachers. Intercultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion are the heart and soul of our school.


Ethos: Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS)

Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) is proud to be one of the best international schools in Spain and Europe. BFIS aims to educate students on how to develop empathy, to care about complex problems, and to prepare them to collaboratively find solutions in a multicultural and global world.

BFIS knows every student is different, with some excelling in science, some in languages, some in math, some in the art studio, some on the playing field, and some on the stage. BFIS believes that it is the school’s obligation to create an environment in which every student has the opportunity and support to discover their interests, pursue their passion, and develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive. BFIS’ successful IB results and university acceptances from all over the world are the living proof of BFIS delivering its mission of success for all students.


Facilities: Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS)

Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) facilities are divided in two different campuses in the same location. One campus hosts Early Childhood and Elementary School building, as well as the Middle School Building. Across the street, another campus hosts the High School Building. BFIS facilities are purposefully designed to meet the needs of the students at each stage of their development.

Early Childhood and Elementary School Campus (Nursery to Grade 5)

BFIS Early Childhood (EC) and Elementary School (ES) Campus is currently hosting students from Nursery to Grade 5. Starting in January 2021, once the new Middle School building is inaugurated, the EC/ES campus will also host Middle School students (Grades 6, 7 and 8). Features include:

  • 16 classrooms with flexible seating
  • 1 art classroom with clay oven
  • 12 offices
  • 1 meeting room
  • A staff room
  • Library k – grade 5
  • Music room
  • Computer lab
  • Health centre
  • Sports court (now occupied by construction)
  • Rooftop patio
  • Blue playground
  • Front playground (now occupied by construction)
  • A big cafeteria

Middle and High School Building (Grades 6-12)

The Middle and High School building was inaugurated in January 2021. The building is hosting more than 440 students from Grades 6 to 12. Features include:

  • 15 classrooms (between 50 and 55 m2)
  • Additional classrooms in the Orwell building
  • Science Labs: 4 (80 m2 each)
  • Design Lab/Makerspace: 1 (77 m2)
  • Meeting rooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 per floor
  • Staircases: 2
  • Library Media Center: 1 (450 m2)
  • Flexible seating in all classrooms
  • High efficiency heat and AC.
  • Rooftop area : 300 m2
  • Storage room: 93 m2
  • Social space for students on each floor
  • Learning support Room: 18,3 m2
  • Language lab: 21 m2
  • Changing rooms for gym: 3 (64 m2)
  • Security booth + resting room: 15 m2


Location: Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS)

Barcelona is a wonderful city for both staff with families and who are traveling and working alone. The city offers an unparalleled quality of life, wonderful beaches, endless nightlife and restaurants, amazing architecture, and culture as beautiful as the city’s surrounding landscapes.

Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) is in the Sarrià neighborhood. The charming residential neighbourhood of Sarrià is part of the broader, notably affluent Barcelona district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. This is the fabled Zona Alta, the elevated swathe of real estate that stretches from Diagonal up into the rolling Collserola Natural Park.

The Sarrià-Sant Gervasi area takes in some of the finest homes, modernist buildings, elite schools, hidden corners and shops. It is also one of the neighbourhoods with most green spaces in the city. It is the perfect location in Barcelona for our school.


Benefits: Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS)

Accommodation: Housing search assistance.

Flights/Transport: Transportation allowance from home of record.

Utilities: Settling in allowance.

Moving Allowance: Shipping baggage allowance.

Medical: Health insurance.

Other: Financial support for advanced degrees (Master/PhD).

Bonus: Contract extension bonuses.


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