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  • St George's British School, Barcelona

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    St. George's British School in Barcelona aims to educate children into becoming confident, knowledgeable, and creative adults who are equipped to make a significant contribution to the modern world. Pupils at St. George's follow courses based on the National Curriculum and recognised British examinations, in conjunction with obligatory elements of the Spanish and Catalan curriculum. 

    The school's objectives are:
    To provide a secure, stimulating, motivating and tranquil learning environment for our pupils.
    To help and encourage pupils to achieve their best and to attain the highest possible academic level.
    To provide a British education in a bicultural environment.
    To help prepare pupils for adult life by encouraging self-confidence, mutual respect, a sense of duty and ethical values.
    To ensure pupils benefit from Spain´s and Catalan language and culture through complementary Spanish and Catalan studies.

    Carrer de l’Esperança, 13
    Barcelona 08017
    Telf.: 931 293 024
    Email: sec.barcelona@stgeorge.es
    http://stgeorge.es/barcelona/

  • Garraf International School

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    What was the motivation behind starting the Garraf International School, how long has it taken to establish the school and what challenges did you face?
    The motivation came from international parents and teachers living in the Garraf area, who wanted their children to attend a school that offered something different from that which is currently on offer. It has taken about a year of work so far. The main challenge was finding a suitable and available building.

    Why was the Masia in Mas Mestre chosen as the school’s premises?
    It is a lovely building in a beautiful location. It is also very close to the Mas Mestre swimming pool, tennis courts and football pitch.

    Why will the school be different to other international schools?
    The main difference is that the Headmaster and staff will be accountable to a Board of Governors.
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    When is the school due to open and who can apply for a place?
    The school is due to open on 10 September 2008.  Any child born between 1998 and 2003 can apply.

    What are the school’s facilities?
    We will have 6 classrooms, a hall, offices, a reception area and play areas. We have also been offered the use of the Mas Mestre swimming pool, tennis courts and football pitch.

    Does the school have an educational philosophy or mission?
    To build a thriving international community where everyone’s contribution and success is both valued and encouraged.

    What kind of proportion of international to local pupils is the school expected to attract?

    We expect about 50% local pupils and 50% international pupils.

    What curriculum will be followed?
    Initially we will be following the British national curriculum with a view to following the IBO curriculum in the future.

    In what language will the curriculum be taught?
    Literacy, numeracy, science and technology, and humanities will be taught in English.

    How much Spanish/Catalan will be taught and from what age?
    From Year 1 pupils will be having two classroom lessons of Spanish and Catalan per week. In addition, wherever possible, physical education, drama, music, dance and art will be taught in Catalan or Spanish in order to reinforce what has been learnt in the classroom.

    Will pupils achieve fluency in Spanish and Catalan?
    That is our aim. The Headmaster will be learning Catalan as well!

    What strategies will be used to teach students who are not fluent in English?
    We will be offering extra lessons for those children who are struggling with their English. In addition we will be asking parents who have free time to come and assist those children who are struggling with their reading.

    How can you reassure prospective parents that the level of education will be above average?
    We believe in excellence. We also believe that this excellence cannot be achieved without the help of the parents and the local community.

    How will pupils be integrated in the local community?
    We have already established links with a local dance school and the Sitges rugby club. More links will be established once the school is established.

    Who will be the head teacher of the school and what is his/her experience?
    The head teacher of the Garraf International School has 14 years of management experience in international education and has worked in 6 different countries. He has taught a range of subjects to pupils aged from three to adult. In addition to mainstream teaching he has worked with pupils with behavioral and learning difficulties in outdoor education centres and a Young Offenders’ Institute. He is a keen sports enthusiast and his Spanish is improving daily. His next challenge is to learn Catalan.
     
    How will the school select teachers?
    Teachers will be appointed on the basis of their enthusiasm for the new school as well as their qualifications and experience.

    What kinds of library resources will be available to students?
    Initially, we will have a small library. We will try to expand this as quickly as possible. All donations will be gratefully received.

    What extracurricular opportunities (sports, clubs, community service etc) will be available for students?
    We would like to have a wide range of extracurricular activities. We would welcome the help of the parents in establishing these.

    Will the school follow any specific religious philosophy?
    All religions will be respected.

    What kinds of support or resources will the school offer parents?
    As soon as the first pupils are enrolled a Parents Association will be established. The school will work very closely with the PA in order to ensure parents receive the necessary support and resources.

    What are the school fees?
    Fees: 7200€ per year. Matriculation fee: 1650€. Bond (returnable when a child leaves or graduates): 2000€
     
    What is the application process? If a parent was interested in the school what would be the next steps?
    Parents should send an e-mail with details of their child’s name, nationality and date of birth to info@garrafinternationalschool.com  They will then receive an invitation to a meeting.

  • LÉcole Française Ferdinand de Lesseps

    Part of the AEF network, the LÉcole Française Ferdinand de Lesseps follows the French curriculum and is for children from pre-school through until 5th grade. Around half of the 460 students are French and the school is divided into 2 campuses
    Gran Via de les Corts catalanes, 707, 08013 Barcelona and Carrer Valencia 314, 08809 Barcelona, (+34) 932 321 612 www.lesseps.net lesseps@lesseps.net

  • Bon Soleil - Gava

    Recommended by Anne Ollerenshaw

     

    Bon Soleil School in Gava (just outside Barcelona), was ranked as one of Spain´s top 100 schools by El Mundo newspaper in 2007. The school follows the French education system with English, Spanish and Catalan as secondary languages. Founded in 1969, there are  currently 1080 pupils in the school and 71 members of staff.
    Camino de la Pava, 15. Gavà 936331358 courrier@bonsoleil.com www.bonsoleil.com

    Comments:
    "Listed in el Mundos top 11 International Schools 2009/10" www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/extranjeros.html

     

  • Benjamin Franklin International School

    Recommended by Anuradha Ghemawat

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     Accredited by the Middle States Association for Collages and Schools as well as by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Benjamin Franklin School prepares students for Universities both in the USA, Spain and other countries. BFS is very much a multicultural environment - around 35% are Spanish/Catalan, 30% American and 35% other international students. The school is divided into 4 subsections - Early Childhood, Elementary (grades 1-5), Middle (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). High School students are required to take 4 years of English, Spanish, Social Studies and Physical Education and 3 years of Mathematics and Science. Also obligitory are Computer Science, Music and Art.
    Calle Martorell i Peña 9 934342380 www.bfischool.org

    Comments: 
    "We had selected the school in 2001-2 for our daughter when we were last in BCN. We had liked it then in terms of its educational outlook and teaching quality. In 2007 we selected it again (after my daughter inerviewed with 4 other schools, (American, International, British and Catalan) as we felt the school had in fact improved in its vision for the next 20 years in terms of educational standards." (AG, Nov 2007)

  • The American School of Barcelona

    Recommended by Maria Agrell

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    The American School currently has 790 students, about 45% International, 20% American and 35% Spanish. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as well as by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The school offers a university preparatory curriculum which provides its graduates access to American, Spanish and international universities. The instruction is in English, and in Elementary and Secondary school, children typically get about an hour of Spanish instruction per day (either for those proficient in the language or for Spanish as a Second Language students) and two or three hours per week of Catalan.
    C/Balmes 7. 08950 Esplugues (+34) 933714016 admissions@asbarcelona.com www.asbarcelona.com

    Comments: 
    "My 6 year old son  learns English, Spanish and Catalan. The class only have 21 children.  There is a schoolbus all the way home. They have fun afterschool activities. It’s a great school spirit. Our son is loving it"  (MA, April 2007)

    "I have 3 children at the school aged 4, 8 and 10.  Our 4 year old does not receive any formal instruction in Spanish or Catalan; however she is conversant after a year as the language on the playground at this age tends to be Spanish."  (Carol Perry, May 2008)

    Click here to read an interview with ASB Director Mark Pingitore and mum Carol Perry

  • French Lycée

    Recommended by Marie-France

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    The French School caters for more than two and a half thousand pupils from nursery to baccalauréat. Pupils are taught according to the French National System of Education and are required to pass the French academic exams. All levels are taught in French with Spanish, Catalan and English as elective subjects. Teachers have qualifications from France
    French Lycée, Calle Bosch i Gimpera 6-10, 08034 Barcelona, 932037950 lfb@lfb.es www.lfb.es

    Comments: 
    "Students can also qualify for the equivalent Spanish diploma."

     

  • The Japanese School

     

    Pupils attend The Japanese School from age 7 to 15 and must have one Japanese parent. The curriculum follows the official Japanese school system with some Spanish language. Pupils are taught by teachers sent by the Japanese government and qualify for senior high and university in Japan.
    Camí de can Graells s/n, Polígono Can Graells, 08190 Sant Cugat (+34) 935893307

    Comments: 
    "School year starts in April."

     

  • Europa International School

    From ages 1 to 18, the School is a member of ECIS and follows the National Catalan Curriculum as well as offering different international examinations throughout Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate (e.g. Cambridge, Trinity, DELF etc.). There is a strong emphasis on language learning, with great importance given to values, order and discipline. The majority of the students are Catalan or Spanish with a small percentage from the international community. Teaching is of a high quality and strives for academic achievement with good pastoral care in a family atmosphere. Fees are less than the Barcelona average.
    Av. Pla del Vinyet 110, 08172 Sant Cugat (+34) 935898420 info@europais.com www.europais.com

    Comments:
    Extensive Extra-School Activities which include pre-sport, sport and swimming activities; dance, music, art and theatre; Language School and Academic Support Centre.

    "Languages (are taught) from an early age, values taught, importance of order and discipline, good family atmosphere and care is give to the individual student"  (staff member, Dec 2008)

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  • The English School

    Recommended by Julie Stephenson

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    Founded in 1957, The English School is a small  trilingual primary school where children can attend from the age of 3 until 12
    Calle Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, 50 08002 Barcelona 932138864 englishschool@colegioingles.net www.colegioingles.net

    Comments:
    "I chose The English School  because Ella was 4 years old, spoke only English and although I visited a few schools I felt this one was small, friendly with a good mix of people Spanish, Catalan, English and others. They instantly put me at ease and I was happy with the school most of the time."
    (JS, Dec 2007)

  • Princess Margaret

    Recommended by The Bertrán Family

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    Princess Margaret School, founded in 1967, is a co-educational, trilingual school for children through from 3 until 16. At preprimary (3-5) children are taught 15 hours a week in English, 10 hours in Catalan and 10 hours in Spanish. Throughout primary the languages are split equally, however at secondary level more emphasis is put on Catalan and Spanish.
    Calle Font den Fargas 15-17, 08032 Barcelona 934290313 colegio@princessmargaret.org www.princessmargaret.org

    Comments:

    "Our children go to the Princess Margaret every morning really happy! This is what we like best about them attending your Summer School Programme! You offer them a great amount of energy, happiness, optimism and a lot of fun and amusement! They really need it after the school year…..You prepare new surprises every single Summer and they enjoy them so much that they want to repeat year after year. We have recommended your Summer Camp to many people, relatives and neighbours and they all are delighted with the experience. Thank you very much for being so professional and for your effort and your creativity…" (Bertran Family June 2011)
     

  • Kensington School

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    Staff at The Kensington School have all obtained their qualifications and previous experience in the U.K. — except for the French and Spanish teachers, who are native speakers and give classes in their own language. Most pupils are sons and daughters of business people, consular or diplomatic officials of various countries, or executive personnel of multi-national firms. English is taught in all classes and the school follows the UK curriculum. Spanish is taught from age 7. There is a pre-school for ages 3-6.
    Calle Cavallers 31-33, 08034 (Pedralbes) Barcelona 932035457 info@kensingtonschoolbcn.com www.kensingtonschoolbcn.com

    Comments:
    "British Council accredited. Bus and Lunch service."

  • Oak House

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    Founded in 1968, pupils at Oak House are t aught according to the UK National Curriculum in primary school and the Spanish system in secondary school. Puplis are accepted from the ages of 3 to 17 and there is a nursery school for younger children taught in English. Elementary school is in English and Spanish with Catalan introduced at 8 years. Oak House is British Council credited and Member of the European Council of International Schools
    Sant Pere Claver 12-1808017 BARCELONA  932524020 / 932524021sec@oakhouseschool.com www.oakhouseschool.com

    Comments:
    "There are daily after school clubs including sport (judo, gymnastics, football etc) and cultural activities (music, drama, art, German and French) as well as ski trips and summer school."

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  • Santa Claus Academy

    Santa Claus Academy accepts pupils from the age 3 until 14 with nursery school in English. Primary school is taught in Spanish with a strong emphasis on English.
    Calle León XIII, 12 08022 Barcelona 932116778 mail@academysantaclaus.com

    Comments:
    "Bus and Lunch service."

  • The British School of Barcelona

    Recommended by Sarah Barclay

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    Independent school with an international mix of students from 3-18. The English National Curriculum is taught by native English teachers. GCSE and A-Level results are excellent, enabling students to enter universities around the world. Part of the Cognita group chaired by the highly respected former UK Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead, the British School  follows the UK curriculum. Spanish is introduced at 4 years and Catalan at aged 5. Located 20 kilometres from Barcelona in Castelldelfels, close to the beach and a bus service is available.
    Calle Ginesta 26, Castelldelfels 936651584 info@britishschoolbarcelona.com www.britishschoolbarcelona.com

    Comments:
    "My daughter loves it there and says she has a great group of teachers for her GCSE course. They do the IGCSE which has no coursework and is much respected by UK private schools. The school is renowned for its very friendly and welcoming atmosphere - there seems little evidence of bullying" (SB, April 2008)

    Member of www.nabss.org

    Click here for an interview with headteacher Josep Lluis Gonzalez

  • Escuela Suiza de Barcelona

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    The Escuela Suiza de Barcelona accepts children of all nationalities from the age of 3 to 18. The school follows the Swiss curriculum and teaching is in German with Spanish as a second language. Founded in 1919 there are currently 660 pupils at the school. Approximately half the teaching staff are German speaking and the other half Spanish. Both Swiss and Spanish diplomas awarded.
    Calle Alfins XII 99, 08021 Barcelona 932096544 info@escuelasuizabcn.es www.escuelasuizabcn.es

  • Deutsche Schule

    Recommended by Sandra Gliffe Frandon

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    The Deutsche Schule is an independent private school, recognized by the government of Spain and accredited by the Ministry of Education in Germany. Pre-school 3-6 years. Oberschule for 4-6 years (depending on which exams you do). The Oberschule is divided in gymnasium classes (classes 7-12 with the Reifeprifung exam) and the Haupt and Realschule (classes 7-10). Pupils can take the Bachillerato (classes 11 and 12) and after the selectividad exam can study at any Spanish or German University.
    Av Jacint Ecteva Fontanet 105, 08950 Esplugues
    (+32)933718300 dsbarcelona@dsbarcelona.com  
    www.dsbarcelona.com

    Comments:
    The Deutsche Scule is listed in el Mundos top Internatonal Schools 2009/10 www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/extranjeros.html

    "Our 2 children Yannis, 6 years and Florian, 5 years are going to in the Deutsche Schule. The Kindergarten is focusing very much on manual, artistic and playful activities, developing imagination, creativity and autonomy. Classes are made of 18 kids: 6 being 3 years old, 6 being 4 years old and 6 being 5 years old. This concept give a sense of responsibility to children, since, among other, each 3 years old child gets a 5 years old child to help him. There is almost no academic education, only the 5 years old have a couple of hours dedicated during the week to learn numbers and letters... a very different concept from the Catalan school!
    The School from 6 years old, is working as well with an innovative education concept, fostering the autonomy of the children. Most of the education is made in German; however there are hours dedicated to Spanish (5 hours a week) and even Catalan (1 hour a week). The school offers a lot of activities and organizes events such as Christmas market, flea market, running. School starts at 8 and ends up at 1.30 pm. Afternoon, there are many optional activities such as hip hop, tennis, swimming, Aikido, football. The level is very good, and teachers are all native speakers. 
    Overall, we are very satisfied with the school. This is an excellent alternative for foreigners living in the Barcelona area". (SGF, Jan 2014)

  • Scuola Italiana

    Recommended by Hana Danan

    Scuola Italiana of Barcleona follows the Montessori system and is certified by the Italian Ministry of Education. Teaching is in Italian with Spanish and Catalan as secondary languages
    Calle Setanti 10-12, 08034 Barcelona 932030701 / 932030006 webmaster@simontessori.com www.simontessori.com

    Comments: 
    "My daughter Leyla grew up in the Italian school system (she is know in the 4th grade) and going to the Italian school was the natural choice since she did not know neither Spanish nor Catalan. We thought that the Italian school would permit her to learn Spanish and Catalan gradually and allow her to integrate smoothly in the Catalan society."  (HD, May 2007)

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  • ES International School - El Prat de Llobregat

    Recommended by Catherine Crawford

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    ES International School offers an independent, private, co-educational American curriculum for 8 to 18 year olds (3rd through 12th grades). With students from more than 40 nationalities, it is located within the campus of the Academia Sánchez-Casal. ES International School operates very much like any elementary, middle or senior high school in the United States but with an important emphasis on promoting the relationship between academics and athletics. Sports are an essential part of the curriculum and students benefit from the world-class tennis training facilities provided by the Academia Sánchez-Casal. A “Multi-Sports Program” is available for Elementary and Middle School students and comprises of intensive training in a variety of sports. ESIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Independent Private Schools Association, and is authorized by the Department of Education of the Catalan Government.
    Autovia de Castelldefels C-31 km 191, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat (+34) 934791611
    www.es-school.com

    Comments:
    "Our decision to move to Spain from Scotland four years ago was prompted by our sons desire to learn professional tennis. ES International School was fundamental in the process due to the association with the Sanchez Casal tennis academy. Our daughter, who is not a tennis player, also attends ES International School and chose the school because of the wonderful environment. The school is situated in a beautiful campus surrounded by tennis courts, swimming pool and tree lined avenues. A place of energy and positivity. The school encourages the students from many different countries and cultures to come together and support each other in a family environment. The excellent faculty are always available in guiding our children in both academic and lifes lessons. They are treated as young adults and have matured and grown in their time there. The ES International School strives to create "world citizens" and, when they leave to make their way in their lives, I believe the school will have played their part in achieving this with our children" (CC, May 2011)

    "I have chosen ES International School because I wanted my son Dakota, 16 years old, to improve his English (he speaks it fluently but he had always studied in a French school) and.... as I was looking for a place with additional facilities, I found this school perfect because of the sport installations and orientation. They have a gym and the best personal trainers for him to be on top form for when he returns to motorcycle racing. That way he can study, improve his languages, keep the form and enjoy meeting new friends from all over the world at the same time." (Barbara Mamola, May 2011)

    "We are extremely happy with the work done by our son at ES International School during this last year. He had an amazing experience at ESIS not only academically but also at the personal level, interacting with a very special group of educators who showed him more than what the curriculum called for. We want you all to feel our warm appreciation and know that we shall always have you in our memories as an excellent group of professionals who positively helped shape the future of our son." (Cintia Cuperman and John Sciarra, Oct 2015)

  • ISCAT

    Recommended by Anna Palma

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    ISCAT follows the English national curriculum and uses The International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Catalan and Spanish are an integral part of the programme. It has small class groups which allows the team of highly talented teachers to attend to the individual needs.of the children.
    Passeig 9, La Garriga, 08530 Barcelona, Spain (+34) 938414077 info@iscat.es www.iscat.es

    Comments:
    "We found in ISCAT the perfect school for our daughter Alison. Not just that we are very happy seeing how much she enjoys going to school, we are also very excited how motivated she is by practicing by herself the learned topics at home. It is amazing to see how learning becomes alive.  This is also the commitment of the school. I like to recommend to all the parents to take a close look at this school and find out by yourself how special ISCAT is"  (AP, Sep 2008)

  • SEK Catalunya

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    Trilingual education (50% english, 25% Catalan and Castillian) with native speaking teachers. They use the Whole Language Approach philosophy. To complete their language training, pupils can attend the SEK schools in Dublin or Les Alpes in France. Languge learning goes hand in hand with the Spanish Curriculum.
    Av. Els Tremolencs, 24-26. La Garriga  (+34) 938718448 www.sek.es 

    Comments:
    "Featured in el Mundos top 100 schools 2009/10" www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/cataluna.html

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  • Col Legi Aura, Tarragona

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    Following the Spanish system, Col Legi Aura offers a trilingual (Spanish, Catalan, English) education at Nursery, Preprimary, Primary and Secondary level (up to age of 18).
    Ctra. de Tarragona -Reus s/n. 43204 Reus (Tarragona) 977547033 www.collegiaura.com

  • Col.legi Aura

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    Following the Spanish system, Col Legi Aura offers a trilingual (Spanish, Catalan, English) education at Nursery, Preprimary, Primary and Secondary level (up to age of 18).
    Ctra. de Tarragona -Reus s/n. 43204 Reus (Tarragona) (+34) 977547033 www.institucio.org/aura/

     

  • Escola Turo

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    Escola Turo offers a trilingual (Spanish, Catalan, English) education at Nursery, Preprimary, Primary and Secondary level (up to age of 18). The school follows the Spanish curriculum.
    Ctra. de Reus s/n. 43120 Constantí (Tarragona) 977520511 informa.turo@institucio.org www.institucio.org/turo

     

  • St George's School, Girona

    Recommended by Stephanie Ansell

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    Saint George’s School is a private non-funded educational institution. It is located in Fornells de la Selva, five minutes from the centre of Girona. It was founded in 1988 with the objective of offering qualitative bilingual education, where the English language is used in all the subjects taught throughout the school. The teaching throughout the centre follows the LOE’s (Legal Obligatory Education) educational system from which the Infant, Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate Education is established in Catalunya. Pupils learn and live with the English language, not as a foreign language but as a language used in the teaching-learning process. In order to encourage language acquisition they use a system of immersion into the English language where the class teacher is always a native English speaker.
    C/Josep Pla, 2-4, Urbanització Fornells Park, 17458 Fornells de la Selva 
    info@saintgeorgeschool.es
    www.saintgeorgeschool.es

    COMMENTS
    "My daughter Maayan has been going to St George's since 2008 and we are very happy with the school and so is she. She went to the local village school until she was 8, and then we felt it was getting to small. I feel that St George's school is a very happy place. There is a great, friendly atmosphere there and the children seem stimulated, involved and engaged. Maayan adores her teachers. I was worried about her getting behind in English and that has been taken care of. Her Castellano has also improved dramatically. The facilities there are great., and they do a lot of projects, and activities. There is a strong emphasis on reading which i think is very important, and they don't over burden the children with homework at this age, the Spanish school hours here are so long!" (SA, April 2010)

     

  • The Americal School of Barcelona

    Recommended by Maria Agrell

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    The American School currently has 790 students, about 45% International, 20% American and 35% Spanish. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as well as by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The school offers a university preparatory curriculum which provides its graduates access to American, Spanish and international universities. The instruction is in English, and in Elementary and Secondary school, children typically get about an hour of Spanish instruction per day (either for those proficient in the language or for Spanish as a Second Language students) and two or three hours per week of Catalan.
    C/Balmes 7. 08950 Esplugues (+34) 933714016 admissions@asbarcelona.com www.asbarcelona.com

    COMMENTS
    "My 6 year old son  learns English, Spanish and Catalan. The class only have 21 children.  There is a schoolbus all the way home. They have fun afterschool activities. It’s a great school spirit. Our son is loving it"  (MA, April 2007)

    "I have 3 children at the school aged 4, 8 and 10.  Our 4 year old does not receive any formal instruction in Spanish or Catalan; however she is conversant after a year as the language on the playground at this age tends to be Spanish."  (Carol Perry, May 2008)

     

  • Benjamin Franklin International School

    Recommended by Anuradha Ghemawat

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    Accredited by the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools as well as by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Benjamin Franklin School prepares students for Universities both in the USA, Spain and other countries. BFS is very much a multicultural environment - around 35% are Spanish/Catalan, 30% American and 35% other international students. The school is divided into 4 subsections - Early Childhood, Elementary (grades 1-5), Middle (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). High School students are required to take 4 years of English, Spanish, Social Studies and Physical Education and 3 years of Mathematics and Science. Also obligitory are Computer Science, Music and Art.
    Calle Martorell i Peña 9 (+34) 934342380 www.bfischool.org

    COMMENTS
    "We had selected the school in 2001-2 for our daughter when we were last in BCN. We had liked it then in terms of its educational outlook and teaching quality. In 2007 we selected it again (after my daughter inerviewed with 4 other schools, (American, International, British and Catalan) as we felt the school had in fact improved in its vision for the next 20 years in terms of educational standards."(AG, Nov 2007)

     

  • The British School of Barcelona

    Recommended by Sarah Barclay

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    Independent school with an international mix of students from 3-18. The English National Curriculum is taught by native English teachers. GCSE and A-Level results are excellent, enabling students to enter universities around the world. Part of the Cognita group chaired by the highly respected former UK Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead, the British School  follows the UK curriculum. Spanish is introduced at 4 years and Catalan at aged 5. Located 20 kilometres from Barcelona in Castelldelfels, close to the beach and a bus service is available.
    Calle Ginesta 26, Castelldelfels 936651584 info@britishschoolbarcelona.com www.britishschoolbarcelona.com

    COMMENTS
    "My daughter loves it there and says she has a great group of teachers for her GCSE course. They do the IGCSE which has no coursework and is much respected by UK private schools. The school is renowned for its very friendly and welcoming atmosphere - there seems little evidence of bullying" (SB, April 2008)
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  • Bon Soleil

    Recommended by Anne Ollerenshaw

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    Bon Soleil School in Gava (just outside Barcelona), was ranked as one of Spain´s top 100 schools by El Mundo newspaper in 2007. The school follows the French education system with English, Spanish and Catalan as secondary languages. Founded in 1969, there are  currently 1080 pupils in the school and 71 members of staff.
    Camino de la Pava, 15. Gavà 936331358 courrier@bonsoleil.com www.bonsoleil.com

    COMMENTS
    "Listed in 'el Mundo's top 11 International Schools 2009/10"  www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/extranjeros.html

     

  • Deutsche Schule

    Recommended by Sandra Gliffe Frandon

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    The Deutsche Schule is an independent private school, recognized by the government of Spain and accredited by the Ministry of Education in Germany. Pre-school 3-6 years. Oberschule for 4-6 years (depending on which exams you do). The Oberschule is divided in 'gymnasium' classes (classes 7-12 with the Reifeprifung exam) and the Haupt and Realschule (classes 7-10). Pupils can take the 'Bachillerato' (classes 11 and 12) and after the 'selectividad' exam can study at any Spanish or German University.
    Av Jacint Ecteva Fontanet 105, 08950 Esplugues
    (+34) 933718300 dsbarcelona@dsbarcelona.com  
    www.dsbarcelona.com

    COMMENTS
    "The Deutsche Scule is listed in el Mundo's top Internatonal Schools 2009/10 www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/extranjeros.html

    "Our 2 children Yannis, 6 years and Florian, 5 years are going to in the Deutsche Schule. The Kindergarten is focusing very much on manual, artistic and playful activities, developing imagination, creativity and autonomy. Classes are made of 18 kids: 6 being 3 years old, 6 being 4 years old and 6 being 5 years old. This concept give a sense of responsibility to children, since, among other, each 3 years old child gets a 5 years old child to help him. There is almost no academic education, only the 5 years old have a couple of hours dedicated during the week to learn numbers and letters... a very different concept from the Catalan school!
    The School from 6 years old, is working as well with an innovative education concept, fostering the autonomy of the children. Most of the education is made in German; however there are hours dedicated to Spanish (5 hours a week) and even Catalan (1 hour a week). The school offers a lot of activities and organizes events such as Christmas market, flea market, running. School starts at 8 and ends up at 1.30 pm. Afternoon, there are many optional activities such as hip hop, tennis, swimming, Aikido, football. The level is very good, and teachers are all native speakers. Overall, we are very satisfied with the school. This is an excellent alternative for foreigners living in the Barcelona area".
    (SGF, Jan 2014)

     

  • L'École Française Ferdinand de Lesseps

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    Part of the AEF network, the L'École Française Ferdinand de Lesseps follows the French curriculum and is for children from pre-school through until 5th grade. Around half of the 460 students are French and the school is divided into 2 campuses
    Gran Via de les Corts catalanes, 707, 08013 Barcelona and Carrer Valencia 314, 08809 Barcelona, (+34) 932 321 612 www.lesseps.net lesseps@lesseps.net

     

  • The English School

    Recommended by Julie Stephenson

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    Founded in 1957, The English School is a small  trilingual primary school where children can attend from the age of 3 until 12.
    Calle Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, 50 08002 Barcelona 932138864 englishschool@colegioingles.net www.colegioingles.net

    COMMENTS
    "I chose 'The English School'  because Ella was 4 years old, spoke only English and although I visited a few schools I felt this one was small, friendly with a good mix of people Spanish, Catalan, English and others. They instantly put me at ease and I was happy with the school most of the time." (JS, Dec 2007)

     

  • ES International School

    Recommended by Catherine Crawford

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    ES International School offers an independent, private, co-educational American curriculum for 7 to 18 year olds (2nd through 12th grades). We are expanding our elementary school to include 1st grade as well, which will be available for the 2018-2019 school year. With students from more than 40 nationalities, it is located within the campus of the Academia Sánchez-Casal. ES International School operates very much like any elementary, middle, or senior high school in the United States but with an important emphasis on promoting the relationship between academics and athletics. Sports are an essential part of the curriculum and students benefit from the world-class tennis training facilities provided by the Academia Sánchez-Casal. ESIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Independent Private Schools Association, and is authorized by the Department of Education of the Catalan Government.
    Autovia de Castelldefels C-31 km 191 Apartado de Correos 176 08820
    El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona) admin@es-school.com www.es-school.com

    COMMENTS
    "Our decision to move to Spain from Scotland four years ago was prompted by our son's desire to learn professional tennis. ES International School was fundamental in the process due to the association with the Sanchez Casal tennis academy. Our daughter, who is not a tennis player, also attends ES International School and chose the school because of the wonderful environment. The school is situated in a beautiful campus surrounded by tennis courts, swimming pool and tree lined avenues. A place of energy and positivity. The school encourages the students from many different countries and cultures to come together and support each other in a family environment. The excellent faculty are always available in guiding our children in both academic and life's lessons. They are treated as young adults and have matured and grown in their time there. The ES International School strives to create "world citizen's" and, when they leave to make their way in their lives, I believe the school will have played their part in achieving this with our children" (CC, May 2011)

    "I have chosen ES International School because I wanted my son Dakota, 16 years old, to improve his English (he speaks it fluently but he had always studied in a French school) and.... as I was looking for a place with additional facilities, I found this school perfect because of the sport installations and orientation. They have a gym and the best personal trainers for him to be on top form for when he returns to motorcycle racing.
    That way he can study, improve his languages, keep the form and enjoy meeting new friends from all over the world at the same time.
    " (Barbara Mamola, May 11)"

     

  • Escuela Suiza de Barcelona

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    The Escuela Suiza de Barcelona accepts children of all nationalities from the age of 3 to 18. The school follows the Swiss curriculum and teaching is in German with Spanish as a second language. Founded in 1919 there are currently 660 pupils at the school. Approximately half the teaching staff are German speaking and the other half Spanish. Both Swiss and Spanish diplomas awarded.
    Calle Alfins XII 99, 08021 Barcelona 932096544 info@escuelasuizabcn.es www.escuelasuizabcn.es

     

  • Europa International School

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    From ages 1 to 18, the School is a member of ECIS and follows the National Catalan Curriculum as well as offering different international examinations throughout Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate (e.g. Cambridge, Trinity, DELF etc.). There is a strong emphasis on language learning, with great importance given to values, order and discipline. The majority of the students are Catalan or Spanish with a small percentage from the international community. Teaching is of a high quality and strives for academic achievement with good pastoral care in a family atmosphere. Fees are less than the Barcelona average.
    Av. Pla del Vinyet 110, 08172 Sant Cugat 935898420 info@europais.com www.europais.com

    COMMENTS
    "Extensive Extra-School Activities which include pre-sport, sport and swimming activities; dance, music, art and theatre; Language School and Academic Support Centre.

    "Languages (are taught) from an early age, values taught, importance of order and discipline, good family atmosphere and care is give to the individual student"  (staff member, Dec 2008)

     

  • French Lycée

    Recommended by Marie-France

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    The French School caters for more than two and a half thousand pupils from nursery to baccalauréat. Pupils are taught according to the French National System of Education and are required to pass the French academic exams. All levels are taught in French with Spanish, Catalan and English as elective subjects. Teachers have qualifications from France.
    French Lycée, Calle Bosch i Gimpera 6-10, 08034 Barcelona, 932037950 lfb@lfb.es www.lfb.es

    COMMENTS
    "Students can also qualify for the equivalent Spanish diploma."

     

  • ISCAT

    Recommended by Anna Palma

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    ISCAT follows the English national curriculum and uses The International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Catalan and Spanish are an integral part of the programme. It has small class groups which allows the team of highly talented teachers to attend to the individual needs.of the children.
    Passeig 9, La Garriga, 08530 Barcelona, Spain (+34) 938414077 info@iscat.es www.iscat.es

    COMMENTS
    "We found in ISCAT the perfect school for our daughter Alison. Not just that we are very happy seeing how much she enjoys going to school, we are also very excited how motivated she is by practicing by herself the learned topics at home. It is amazing to see how learning becomes alive.  This is also the commitment of the school. I like to recommend to all the parents to take a close look at this school and find out by yourself how special ISCAT is"  (AP, Sep 2008)

     

  • The Japanese School

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    Pupils attend The Japanese School from age 7 to 15 and must have one Japanese parent. The curriculum follows the official Japanese school system with some Spanish language. Pupils are taught by teachers sent by the Japanese government and qualify for senior high and university in Japan.
    Camí de can Graells s/n, Polígono Can Graells, 08190 Sant Cugat (+34) 935893307

    COMMENTS
    "School year starts in April."

     

  • Hamelin International School (Alella)

    Recommended by Theresa Mills

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    Nursery and Infant education from 0 to 6 years. Prinary Education from 6 to 12 years. Secondary Education 12-16 years. Baccalaureate 16-18 years in science, technology and art, The schools is popular among ex-pats as it offers trilingual education (English, Spanish, Catalan) from nursery education until 16. The Baccalaureate is bilingual in English and Spanish.There is also an emphasis on learning Chinese.The school has a good reputation and has a high level of academic achievment. The school is around a 20 minute journey from the centre of Barcelona
    Escola Hamelin-Internacional Laie, Nuria 26-30 08328 Alella 935556717 laie@escolessas.com www.escolessas.com

    COMMENTS
    "We couldn't be happier. My son had been going to the local municipal school (we were on the waiting list for Hamelin) and we thought it might be OK for him to be immersed in Catalan for a year. He was only three and he found the experience overwhelming. He seemed to struggle a lot and his personality was changing. The school itself has a very good reputation, but it just didn't work for him. When he started at Hamelin, he blossomed. As you probably know, at that age the classes are taught primarily in English and I think it helped to build his confidence (and to like school again). The teachers have been absolutely LOVELY. They made the transition for Alex very smooth, showed him lots of love and affection and after only a couple of weeks, he started making new friends. Nearly every day they teach some Catalan and Spanish, so he is now picking it up more gradually (which I think is less stressful). Since he started, I have had six-year olds to nine-year olds come up to me to practice their English - and I was surprised by the high standard. So, although they don't speak Spanish yet, I think children will find it easy to integrate and to be accepted. Alex loves school now" (TM, May 2009)

    "I have found Hamelin to be a very dynamic school with young, motivated teachers, although the focus on different languages may not suit all children.They use the Jolly Phonics range of books for learning to read and write in English (which are apparently the most commonly used material in primary schools in England and Wales). Spanish and Catalan are given equal importance and the children have a choice of learning French or Chinese from the age of 6. The school has an excellent academic reputation but also places equal importance on creativity, sports activities, social skills and autonomy. Swimming lessons are incorporated into the school day rather than after school. In P3 my daughter went on colonias for 3 days and in P4 she went ski-ing for 5 days. These trips are not compulsory but it is strongly recommended that the children attend because the staff feel that the children have a chance to grow and develop away from their usual surroundings. The children came back from their trips with huge smiles and lovely stories to tell. All excursions, whether for half a day or 5 days are incredibly well organised. The end of year show was a delight. My only complaint is that there are very few native English speaking teachers "(Jane Mitchell, May 2009)"

     

  • Kensington School

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    Staff at The Kensington School have all obtained their qualifications and previous experience in the U.K. — except for the French and Spanish teachers, who are native speakers and give classes in their own language. Most pupils are sons and daughters of business people, consular or diplomatic officials of various countries, or executive personnel of multi-national firms. English is taught in all classes and the school follows the UK curriculum. Spanish is taught from age 7. There is a pre-school for ages 3-6.
    Calle Cavallers 31-33, 08034 (Pedralbes) Barcelona 932035457 info@kensingtonschoolbcn.com www.kensingtonschoolbcn.com

    COMMENTS
    British Council accredited. Bus and Lunch service

     

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  • Krisol – Waldorf (Premia de Dalt – El Maresme

    Recommended by Annebijn Jansen

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    Krisol is an association of families and teachers offering Waldorf-based kindergarten for children 2-6 years old following the Waldorf method. Founded in 2004 they are dedicated to providing a space in which there is respect for the natural development of children. Through play and day-to-day activities and rituals, the necessary foundations are laid for furture (more cognitive) learning. Krisol is located in Can Botey in Premià de Dalt, 20 km north of Barcelona. Languages spoken are Spanish and Catalan.
    Torrent de Pau Manent, s/n , Premià de Dalt, Barcelona  687869715
    www.krisol-waldorf.org

    COMMENTS
    "Krisol is a small school, with small groups of children and dedicated teachers. My son loves working in the vegetable garden, playing in the sand box, baking bread and listening to the fairytales the teacher tells. As parents we are very involved in the association, there is much emphasis on the community aspect of the school" (AJ, April 2011)

     

  • Oak House

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    Founded in 1968, pupils at Oak House are t aught according to the UK National Curriculum in primary school and the Spanish system in secondary school. Puplis are accepted from the ages of 3 to 17 and there is a nursery school for younger children taught in English. Elementary school is in English and Spanish with Catalan introduced at 8 years. Oak House is British Council credited and Member of the European Council of International Schools
    Sant Pere Claver 12-1808017 BARCELONA  932524020 / 932524021sec@oakhouseschool.com www.oakhouseschool.com

    COMMENTS
    There are daily after school clubs including sport (judo, gymnastics, football etc) and cultural activities (music, drama, art, German and French) as well as ski trips and summer school.

    Member of www.nabss.org

     

  • The Olive Tree School

    Recommended by Susana Preston

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    The Olive Tree School (near Sitges) teaches the British curriculum to 3-16 year olds. From 14-16 years old the Cambridge GCSE examinations are followed. The school is British Council accredited. All staff are UK trained and highly experienced. The Olive Tree School is a warm, caring school, well-known in the area for its dynamic vision of education, high expectations, very high proportion of native English speakers (70%) and small classes. It is situated in beautiful grassy gardens and has a modern laboratory and large art studio. The Saplings nursery has its own gardens and vegetable plot. Ratio of 1 teacher: 7 children. Very small classes of 12 in lower primary and 16 in upper primary and secondary ensure high quality learning. After-school clubs  include drama, tennis, chess, photography & film-making, taekwondo, art and football. 
    Modistes 8, 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes
    Tel: 93 188 6215
    www.olivetreeschool.net

    Comments:
    My boys have been here for 6 years now and have blossomed- intellectually and socially. Lessons are stimulating and really draw them in. The welfare has been excellent, all teachers have taken great care of them. There is a unique flavour to the school, courteous and calm with a commitment for all children to succeed. Free lunchtime clubs are great! This is a very special school, a happy place where the children don t want to leave at 4 o’clock! I highly recommend it all the way to 16.” (SP, Nov 2015)

    Click here to read an interview with founder Audrey Reeder

  • Princess Margaret

    Recommended by The Bertrán Family

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    Princess Margaret School, founded in 1967, is a co-educational, trilingual school for children through from 3 until 16. At preprimary (3-5) children are taught 15 hours a week in English, 10 hours in Catalan and 10 hours in Spanish. Throughout primary the languages are split equally, however at secondary level more emphasis is put on Catalan and Spanish.
    Calle Font d'en Fargas 15-17, 08032 Barcelona 934290313 colegio@princessmargaret.org www.princessmargaret.org

    COMMENTS
    "Our children go to the Princess Margaret every morning really happy! This is what we like best about them attending your Summer School Programme! You offer them a great amount of energy, happiness, optimism and a lot of fun and amusement! They really need it after the school year…..You prepare new surprises every single Summer and they enjoy them so much that they want to repeat year after year. We have recommended your Summer Camp to many people, relatives and neighbours and they all are delighted with the experience. Thank you very much for being so professional and for your effort and your creativity…" (Bertran Family June 2011)

     

  • SEK Catalunya

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    Trilingual education (50% english, 25% Catalan and Castillian) with native speaking teachers. They use the 'Whole Language Approach' philosophy. To complete their language training, pupils can attend the SEK schools in Dublin or Les Alpes in France. Languge learning goes hand in hand with the Spanish Curriculum.
    Av. Els Tremolencs, 24-26. La Garriga  (+34) 938718448 www.sek.es

    COMMENTS
    "Featured in el Mundo's top 100 schools 2009/10" www.elmundo.es/especiales/2009/03/aula/100colegios/cataluna.html

     

  • St Paul's

    Recommended by Julie Stephenson

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    Founded in 1968 St Paul´s accepts children from ages 3 to 18. Pre-school is taught in English and Elementary school half a day in Spanish. The Bachillerato is mostly in Spanish.
    Avenida Pearson 39 08034 Barcelona 932030500 stpaul@stpauls.es www.stpauls.es

    COMMENTS
    "It is a very academic school with high expectations. The majority of families using the school are Spanish or Catalan." (JS, Feb 2007)

     

  • St Peter's

    Recommended by Karen Reith

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    Founded in 1964, St Peters School accepts children from the ages 3 to 17 with a nursery for children from 18 months. Pre-school is taught in English. Primary school and Bachillerato are in English and Spanish. The school consists of 600 pupils and over 100 members of staff.
    Eduard Toldrà 18, 08034 Barcelona (+34) 932043158 stpeters@stpeters.es www.stpeters.es

    COMMENTS
    "St Peter's school is in the "Zona alta" in the residential district of Pedralbes, with fantastic views over Barcelona. I have found it to be the perfect school for my children - now aged 10,12, and 14. When we arrived in Barcelona 3 years ago it was the closest match I found to "English style" schooling, but with a total immersion in the Spanish way of life. They wear a uniform and the teaching staff in the junior school are predominantly English - this changes in the senior school to predominantly Spanish. The school teaches a curriculum close to the English curriculum, but obviously they are teaching English as the foreign language. In the senior school they take the "Bachillerato". The pupils are around 75 - 80% Spanish, a great positive for us because my children arrived speaking no Spanish and are now fluent. They are also learning French, German and Catalan. I have found the emphasis on work just about right. They have more homework as they progress through the school, and they are also encouraged to participate in after school clubs such as Volleyball, Football and even Chinese. The school fosters a sense of community, and I have been very impressed by the way they encourage the children to 'think' - there are regular writing competitions and participation in group and solo 'projects' throughout the school year. The school outings are both educational and fun, and the children are taught to consider the world around them and their relationships with others, giving the ideal balance between "traditional" schooling and exam preparation and the "social" aspects that give the children the necessary skills to develop as well rounded individuals. Parents play an important part and St Peter's keep you well informed as to the progress of your children. My children are very happy and have made great friendships as well as gaining so much with mastering another language" (KR, Feb 2007)

     

  • Zurich Schule

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    The Zurich Schule offers an education in German, Spanish, Catalan and English to pupils from the age of 3 until 14.
    Av Pearson 73, 08034 Barcelona (+34) 932037600 info@zurichschule.com www.zurichschule.com

    COMMENTS
    "Bus & lunch service available."