We know that choosing a new school in a new city can be an overwhelming process. Fortunately, we have some top tips to help you find the right international school in Barcelona.
The list below details key information about the schools considered to be the top international and private options in Barcelona and the surrounding area:
The Learn Academy: International School Barcelona
The Learn Academy (TLA) is a leading International School in Barcelona focussed on students 15 years and over. The school has very small class sizes of 8 students or less so that teachers have the time to provide individualised feedback necessary to help students develop the confidence and knowledge they need to excel. The Learn Academy is an accredited Pearson Edexcel Testing Centre teaching the British Curricula. Students graduate with their A Level qualifications which they can use to apply to universities globally. TLA offer students the chance to experience what learning with them is like by attending a trial day at their campus in the centre of Barcelona. The Learn Academy is innovative, has exceptional teachers and is focussed on helping students exceed their potential.
Phone: (+34) 684 07 19 77
The British School of Barcelona
The British School of Barcelona (BSB) has one campus in Castelldefels and another in Sitges . The school caters for children from 3 – 18 years and has a mix of both local and international children. BSB follows the English National Curriculum and is fully accredited by the British and Spanish Governments. BSB also offers a Pre-University Centre near their main campus in Castelldefels for students 16 – 19 years old. The centre offers Advanced Level Examinations (A-levels), the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), and the Spanish Bachillerato.
Phone: (+34) 93 665 15 84
The American School of Barcelona: International School Barcelona
The American School of Barcelona (ASB) offers education for children between the ages of 3 and 18. The campus is located in the greater Barcelona metropolitan area and has a student body of over 50 nationalities. Instruction is delivered in English, primarily by North American-trained teachers. The school also has a strong focus on Spanish and Catalan language classes. All graduating students earn an American diploma, with most electing to study the IB programme in their final two years.
Phone: (+34) 93 371 4016
Benjamin Franklin International School
The Benjamin Franklin International School is located within the city of Barcelona, in the neighbourhood of Sarrià. It caters for students from Nursery to Grade 12 and there are currently 699 students at BFIS. The school population is made up of one third of students from the US, a third from Spanish families and a third from other countries. BFIS offers the American curriculum from Nursery to Grade 10 and awards three diplomas: the American High School Diploma, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), and the Spanish Bachillerato Certificate.
Phone: (+34) 93 434 2380
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St. Peter’s School Barcelona
St. Peter’s is essentially a local private school with a largely international teaching body.The school has a strong reputation among locals and thus the student body is largely local. Instruction is delivered in English with a strong focus on languages. For the majority of high school, students are required to learn Spanish, Catalan, English, German and French. The school offers the Spanish Curriculum, with the opportunity to sit the International English GCSE exams in certain subjects. St. Peter’s also offers the IB programme in the final two years of school, alongside the Spanish qualification. The school provides care and learning opportunities for children between the ages of 12 months and 18 years.
Phone: (+34) 93 205 4805
Email: email@example.com (main office)
La Miranda is also a local private school with an international feel. Instruction is delivered equally in English, Catalan and Spanish. This means that your child will be required to study certain subjects, such as maths, in Catalan or Spanish. While there are additional language support classes for new students, be mindful that children will be expected to learn and study, without too many concessions, in all three languages. This school is very popular amongst local families and also has many international students. La Miranda offers the Spanish Baccalaureate qualification in the final two years of school.
Phone: (+34) 93 3717 358
Kensington International School Barcelona
Kensington is located in the suburbs of Barcelona and is a small school, with a community feel. Instruction is delivered in English and is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Students at the school sit the GCSE and A-level exams through the Edexcel exam board. Class sizes are small, exam results are strong, and there is an international student body. Extracurricular activities and subject offerings are somewhat limited due to the number of students. If you prefer a small school, this might be the one for you.
Phone: (+34) 93 203 54 57
The British College of Gavà (BCG)
The British College of Gavà is located approximately 20 km from the centre of Barcelona. The school opened its doors in September of 2015 and now works with students from Nursery to Year 13. The school is a registered Edexcel examination centre and students sit GCSE and A-level examinations. The British College works with several professional sports academies and helps athletes manage the demands of school and sport commitments. The school focuses on ‘nurturing happy and confident learners equipped with the personal skills to tackle any challenge they should face.’
Phone: (+34) 932 777 899
European International School Barcelona (EISB)
The European International School, or Europa as the locals call it, lies just beyond the mountains that surround Barcelona. The school is around 25km from the heart of the city and has an extensive campus with impressive sports facilities. The school caters to children from 1-18 years old and delivers the Spanish Curriculum. In addition, they offer secondary students the opportunity to study IGCSEs and A-level qualifications. The school also offers various educational programmes for athletes, where students work towards either the Spanish Bachillerato Certificate or a range of online certificates, with the aim of providing specialised instruction for athletes.
Phone: (+34) 935 898 420
The Olive Tree School
The Olive Tree is situated near the coastal town of Sitges, around 45 km from the centre of Barcelona. The school provides for 3-16 year olds and boasts small class sizes and fantastic exam results. Instruction at the school is in English but the student body is made up of over 27 nationalities. Secondary students at The Olive Tree study the British curriculum and work towards the GCSEs. The school is also an official Edexcel examination centre. The Olive Tree offers a wide range of enrichment activities and places focus on ‘community, balance and deep thinking.’
Phone: (+34) 93 188 62 15
Oak House School
Oak House is a private school nestled below the mountains in Barcelona’s neighbourhood of Sarrià. Students on roll range from 3-18 years. The Early Years and Primary programmes at Oak House follow the British curricula and are fully authorised under the British system. However, at Secondary level students switch to the Catalan education system, where they complete the local requirements in addition to the Cambridge IGCSE exams. From ages 16-18, students can elect either the IB Diploma Programme or the Spanish Bachillerato, taught in Spanish, Catalan and English.
Phone: (+34) 932 524 020