In 2012, the Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA) was formed so that our international education community could benefit from sharing information, collaborating on projects, and engaging in on-going conversations with each other and leaders in the Barcelona community. BISA school leaders meet every other month to plan projects, visit and learn from each other, and reflect on our work.
In our short history, we have already created an annual international university fair, held student sport tournaments and talent shows, as well as collaborated with the local government and institutions in attracting international families to the great city of Barcelona.
BISA will participate in the Barcelona Expat Week 2020. This event is the virtual meeting point for foreign residents in Barcelona who are interested in knowing the huge variety of possibilities, at both a professional and personal level, that the city can offer them. – See more here.
This web page gives you an overview of our mission and provides you with links to our BISA Member Schools. If you would like more information about BISA or how to become a member, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA) is a professional organization that strives to improve the quality of education in its member schools through several venues. It promotes the sharing of resources, professional development, and communication and interchange; the organization also attempts to create international understanding in Barcelona and beyond. BISA serves as a liaison between its member schools, local governments, and pertinent local and international education organizations.
All the BISA members have international academic programs from outside of Spain, but they may also incorporate Catalan and/or Spanish academic programs and requirements; regardless, each international school is influenced by its geographical location in Barcelona and the local culture and curriculum.
The BISA focus is to help its members evaluate and meet the varying educational needs which result from providing an international education in Barcelona. BISA Members meet periodically to provide opportunities to connect and share.
The American School of Barcelona (ASB) is an international, private, non-profit, coeducational day school serving students from 3-18 years old in the greater Barcelona metropolitan area since 1962.
Our competitive IB results, and highly qualified native-English teachers, enable students to access elite universities globally. Our 930 students are from more than 55 different nationalities and the school is renowned for its personal and familiar approach to our diverse community. ASB’s mission is to empower preschool through 12th grade students to become global citizens with the critical thinking skills, and self-confidence to maximize their potential.
A truly International American school in Barcelona BFIS offers a differentiated American curriculum from Nursery to Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12. We are a truly international school in Barcelona with more than 50 different nationalities. Instruction at BFIS is entirely in English, with language courses offered in Spanish, Catalan and French. BFIS is a private, non-for-profit school located in the beautiful Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, with many public transportation options nearby. Excellent International Baccalaureate Diploma Program results. BFIS graduates receive offers of acceptance from some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
The Lycée français de Gavà Bon Soleil was founded in 1969 and welcomes 1,380 students from preschool to high school.
It follows the French pedagogical system until the 4th year of ESO and is accredited by the French Ministry of Education.
The final two year course of Bachibac allows students to obtain either the Bachibac (the “Bachillerato” and the “Baccalauréat” qualification), or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
The LFG offers a comprehensive educational system based on humanistic and secular values, as well as fostering cultural openness through multilingualism.
The British School of Barcelona (BSB) is one of the most important international schools in Spain, having been recognised year after year as one of the 20 best international schools by national newspaper, El Mundo, in its annual 100 best schools in Spain rankings.
The British School of Barcelona is a caring, learning community with high expectations. With over 60 years of history, BSB offers an all-round international approach to children’s learning and development. Our educational aims focus on academics, student’s character and global mindset. We pursue academic excellence, whilst helping students realise their full potential, and develop learning habits and 21st century transferable skills to meet the demands of a fast-changing world. The school offers an international environment with qualified teaching staff and first-class facilities where students can flourish and thrive. Every year our students attend a broad range of university destinations with most graduates accepting offers from Russell Group, and other British, Spanish and international universities of their first choice
BSB is formally recognised and accredited by the British government for teaching the English National Curriculum, and by the International Baccalaureate Organization to deliver the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). We are also authorised to validate the Spanish ESO and Bachillerato (Secondary and Sixth Form) by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Catalan department of Education.
There is an extensive programme of after-school activities during the school year, holiday STEAM camps and a four-week summer school in July.
BSB provides an educational journey for students from 3 to 18 years that takes place in three different campuses:
Carrer Ginesta, 26 | 08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona) | Spain | T. +34 93 665 15 84
Passeig Isaac Albéniz, s/n | 08870 Sitges (Barcelona) | Spain | T. +34 93 811 03 05
Carrer Ginesta, 2-10 | 08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona) | Spain | T. +34 662 926 109
In September 2019 the school expanded its sport facilities with a state-of-the-art 9,000 square metres rugby and football pitch which has helped upgrade the sports offer for BSB students. The new stadium, adjacent to BSB Castelldefels, has been certified by World Rugby and BSB has opted for social environmental responsibility by using sustainable materials and renewable energies in its design and maintenance
The British School of Barcelona has been part of the international education group Cognita since 2007.
The DSB, founded in 1894, is a private German school abroad, which offers a future-oriented education in a tri-cultural environment.
The DSB provides a complete training that goes from Nursery to High School / Abitur for children of German, Spanish and Catalan speaking.
The campus, currently about 1650 students, includes, in addition to a spacious building with modern science rooms, a large auditorium, a cafeteria, a spacious library as well as large outdoor and indoor sports facilities.
The German School of Barcelona stands for:
• Technical and methodical learning at a high level of performance
• Intercultural encounter and cooperative school environment
• Consistent education in values: respect, tolerance, openness and fairness are especially important
• Education for self-reliant, dedicated people
• Promoting creativity and diversity
ES International School offers an independent, private, co-educational American curriculum for 6 to 18 year olds (1st through 12th grades). With students from more than 40 nationalities, it is located within the campus of the Academia Sánchez-Casal, a world-class tennis training center. Tennis and sports are an essential part of the school curriculum and the academic and athletic programs are coordinated so that students can achieve significant success, both in their sport and in their schooling, without compromising one for the other.
With locations in Barcelona, Spain and Naples, Florida, USA, ES International School – Academia Sanchez-Casal has been offering an American Elementary, Middle, and Senior High School program since 1999. Our student population is very international, and the predominant language on campus is English. Spanish is taught as a second language.
ESIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, offers the Advanced Placement (AP) program in High School, and is approved as an International Baccalaureate (IB) school for the Primary Years Program (PYP), 1st through 5th grades only.
Edward Paul Giles, a graduate of Cambridge University, founded Kensington School in Barcelona in 1966
The aim of the school is to provide a British education for the international community in Barcelona..
Kensington School is one of the oldest British curriculum schools in Spain, it follows a ‘pure’ British curriculum and is able to dedicate all of its time to subjects within the National Curriculum for England and Wales.
Although academically non-selective, students at Kensington School achieve remarkable examination results at both GCSE and Advanced Level..
The student body is very international and it is a joy to see children from around the world coming together each day to take advantage of everything Kensington School has to offer.
At Kensington School our pupils feel relaxed, secure and valued. They are prepared for the ever changing demands of our modern global society in a warm and welcoming environment.
Le Lycée Français de Barcelone est implanté à Barcelone depuis 1924. Il est directement géré par l’Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger (AEFE), un réseau de près de 500 établissements dans le monde entier.
L’enseignement dispensé suit le programme scolaire français et est homologué par le Ministère de l’Education Nationale. Il va de l’école Maternelle jusqu’au Baccalauréat conformément au système éducatif français. Le Lycée est également reconnu et autorisé par le gouvernement espagnol et intègre les programmes prévus par les accords culturels franco-espagnols.
Les objectifs sont fondés sur des valeurs partagées dans une société démocratique : respect de l’autre, autonomie, responsabilité, confiance, intégration des différences, laïcité, solidarité, équité et tolérance.
L’objectif final est de rendre l’élève acteur de:
Oak House School is a private, non-profit foundation with a Board of Governors, comprised of seven parents, elected through the Parents’ Association. At Oak House School we lay the firm foundations upon which our students’ futures are built. Our approach to teaching and learning fosters curiosity, creativity, effort and resilience, thus encouraging each student to achieve their personal best at all times.
We help our pupils to develop into self-confident, honest individuals who have a strong sense of social responsibility and a respectful attitude towards others, with an international outlook on life, developing an intercultural understanding.
Our mission is achieved through a strong home-school partnership, which we believe is an essential element in our pupils’ education.
In Early Years and Primary, Oak House School is formally recognised and accredited by the British government to teach the English National Curriculum, and we also introduce Spanish and Catalan languages to cover the legal requirements established by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Catalan Department of Education for International schools in Catalonia. In Secondary, we teach the Spanish ESO curriculum, in addition to preparing our pupils for the Cambridge IGCSE Exams. Finally, we offer both the Spanish Bachillerato (accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Catalan Department of Education) and the International Baccalaureate® (IB Diploma Programme) taught in English, fully accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Centrally located, the Swiss School Barcelona offers children and young people between the ages of 3 and 18 not only a demanding education at a high academic level (double degree Swiss Matura and Spanish Selectividad), but also individual development of social and personal skills. A familiar environment (700 students) and respectful interaction with each other form the base for successful learning.
ESB is a multicultural and multilingual school whose educational model is based on the principles of Swiss pedagogy. The different cultures of the school live together harmoniously and in addition to the first language of instruction, German, the students also learn Spanish, Catalan, English and French.
We prepare people for the demands of a globalized world and an international job market.
SEK-Catalunya is a private trilingual school (English, Spanish and Catalan), with a long tradition in providing a well-rounded and demanding education. It delivers an international curriculum of high standards offering all three International Baccalaureate programmes (PYP, MYP and Diploma) which seeks to develop strong ethical values and character integrity, in order to allow its students to become useful and successful citizens.
SEK-Catalunya promotes a quality international education based on active learning where students learn by doing, experimenting and investigating. They are always highly motivated due to teamwork, a perfect frame where they can apply their own initiative and collaborate with others. This dynamic learning formula ensures that students develop their full potential. Our school nurtures individual development, independent thinking, creativity and an extensive and close interaction with the community in a privileged natural environment.