Top 10 International Schools in Barcelona

Top 10 International Schools in Barcelona

About Barcelona

Apart from having one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Barcelona has so much to offer for expat families. Sitting right next to the Mediterranean it offers the kind of lifestyle that people living and working in more northern latitudes could only dream of. Summer by the sea, winter in the mountains only two hours away and historically important architecture in all directions. What’s not to like?

Since the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, it has grown to be one of the most important international cities in Europe. In recent years, concerns around political instability have caused some companies to think twice about relocating but the reality on the ground is that life hasn’t been greatly affected apart from the occasional protest or strike. Companies such as Amazon, Facebook, PepsiCo and more have ignored the noise and continued their investments in this beautiful city.

Language Considerations

Language in and around Catalonia can be slightly complicated - Castellano is the accepted language across Spain and in Spanish-speaking countries around the world. However, Spain is more complicated than you would imagine before you live here! Regions around Spain have their own languages with around 8 other languages spoken in total. For those regions, they represent the uniqueness of the people there and their differences from the Spain of Madrid. Catalonia is no different where Catalan is the official language taught in schools; this can make life much more complicated for expats who may not see Catalan as a language that would benefit their children in the same way Castellano would. The reality is that something like 440 million people speak Castellano versus 10 million for Catalan.

School Locations

International schools in and around Barcelona offer an alternative where children can be taught in English, French and German. The majority of are located close to Barcelona but some of the best schools can be found in areas such as Castelldefels and Sitges just south of Barcelona.

You can see the full list of schools in Barcelona or the top 10 below.

The Best International Schools in Barcelona

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Barcelona school should be in the top 10, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they choose their next school. You can find your school in the Barcelona list, or search by name here.


The Olive Tree School 

5.0 from 8 reviews
Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 16 Max Class Size:20
DESCRIPTION

The Olive Tree School provides dynamic, personalised education for 3-16 year olds. We founded The Olive Tree in a cosy ground floor of a house in Sitges to provide a school that was warm, caring and with high academic expectations. Now, many years later, we have spacious premises with beautiful grassy gardens, a science lab, two ICT suites, an airy art studio, two large, full libraries, two outdoor classrooms, two thriving vegetable plots and an indoor and an outdoor theatre. However, we have remained true to our original values. Those centre on high expectations for all children leading to academic excellence. We guide every pupil on their path to developing a spirit of independence, optimism and innovation. We inspire our pupils with an excitement for the world of ideas! Our dedicated team of teachers are British-government trained, and employ a variety of teaching styles in the classroom. We create an environment where children experiment with new concepts, and follow their curiosity. Discovery and a free exchange of ideas are essential to us.

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SIL School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
Curriculum:English, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

Colegio Sil offers an experimental, active and global teaching from 4 months of age, accompanying our students in their personal growth, playing, experimenting and sharing experiences that will establish the foundations of their own learning process. The trilingual project of Colegio SIL focuses on English, Catalan and Spanish to provide students with a solid linguistic competence in all three languages, expanding to a second foreign language in secondary school. Colegio SIL guarantees quality education to students, based on an educational system that focuses on the daily academic progress of the student.

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Benjamin Franklin International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
Curriculum:American, Spanish, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

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: 100% Pass Rate.

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Highlands School Barcelona 

5.0 from 5 reviews
Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

We are a private, bilingual, catholic school with the mission of educating leaders of the future through academic excellence and integral formation, accompanied by personal guidance. Highlands School Barcelona was born with the idea of offering an innovation, vanguard, and distinctive catholic school, with a high level of English within the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. That idea became reality in 2000. Highlands School Barcelona has managed to make a name in Catalan society offering a quality service, looking towards the future but without forgetting it origins. Nowadays, Highlands School Barcelona is going through a period of remodeling, moving towards to an international projection, helped by a privileged location close to Barcelona and with a unique project in the city.

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English School Barcelona 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 16 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

The English School is a unique, friendly international school which offers an exceptional level of linguistic and cultural education. Children here start their full English immersion at 3 years of age. The school has just one class per year group, with a limited number of pupils in each class. This limit on class size really sets us aside from other schools. We pride ourselves on the time and attention we dedicate to each of our students, time and attention that are simply not an option for most schools.

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American School of Barcelona 

5.0 from 3 reviews
Curriculum:American,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

Established in 1962, ASB is an English language based private international school, composed of a rich assortment of heritages, cultures, and languages.  We offer an internationally enriched American curriculum for students from age 3-18, leading to the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Across divisions, school members are committed to providing educational excellence and are united by their desire to continuously improve through innovation.Today, the school is comprised of approximately 900 students, representing more than 50 countries.

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ISCAT International School of Catalunya 

5.0 from 3 reviews
Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

The International School of Catalunya (ISCAT) is a coeducational British Day and Boarding School located in La Garriga, Barcelona. Through our personalised and authentic learning programmes, we provide students aged 3-18, from Nursery to Year 13, with a formal British education. We follow the British National Curriculum, the portal to study across the UK, USA, Spain and the rest of the world.

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Zurich Schule 

4.9 from 6 reviews
Curriculum:Swiss Primary Language:German
Age Range:2 to 16 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

The quality of our teaching is based on a pedagogy based on collaboration and teamwork, in small groups and on an ongoing evaluation. We highlight the positive aspects of the learning process and trust in our students, valuing their opinions and prioritizing their human formation in a family atmosphere.

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Princess Margaret School 

4.8 from 5 reviews
Curriculum:Spanish, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 16 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

Princess Margaret School is an IB school. We are part of the set of schools recognized worldwide by the International Baccalaureate applying the PYP (Primary Years Program). From the 2017-2018 academic year, we have been also implementing the MYP (Middle Years Program). The IB is an innovative and international method that requires continuous training of the teaching staff, obtaining clear and tangible results. Currently we are the first and only school in Barcelona to obtain the official PYP certification with 5 special mentions, 3 of which highlighted the excellent cohesion of the whole school team.

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Akua School 

4.8 from 5 reviews
Curriculum:IB, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 12 Max Class Size:Unknown
DESCRIPTION

At Akua we firmly believe that education is the basis for creating new forms of coexistence, taking into account people and the planet as unique beings, with great potential still to be developed. The projects we work on are related to research and science in the field of education, entrepreneurship and training.

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This is just the first few schools listed according to their review scores. There are plenty more amazing schools in our database.

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Ian has lived in three different countries with his family of five. He currently teaches ICT in an international school near Barcelona.


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