British Education / IB Boarding School in Barcelona

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International School of Barcelona:
Situated in Sitges, only 30 minutes south of Barcelona, International School of Barcelona (ISB) is a leading international school providing day and boarding programs for local and international students at primary school and secondary school levels (for ages 5-18). The language of instruction is English. ISB offers quality education based on the British international programme, as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma for senior students (ages 16-18).

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International Primary School: Ages 5 to 11 years
The main focus of our elementary school program is the development of each child. It is flexible so that we can personalize the curriculum to the needs of our students. We provide them with skills and experiences, allowing them to discover both their immediate environment and the world around them.

Photo of British Education / IB Boarding School in BarcelonaWe aim to create global activities within the centers with interest and meaning for the child as an active participant. The curriculum areas are:

- Linguistic
- Mathematics
- Scientific
- Artistic
- Humanistic

The primary school level is a stage of consolidation of skills and competencies. Our goal is to facilitate the transition to the next stage of education.

International Secondary School: Ages 11 to 16 years

Image of British Education / IB Boarding School in BarcelonaTaught entirely in English, our high school curriculum presents core subjects as well as a range of optional subjects during each key stage. It provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages each student to understand and embrace the relationship between school and the real world.

Our high school courses are designed to encourage enthusiasm, knowledge and skills of our students through personal experience. Our program is flexible enough to be personalized according to the needs of our students, and allows us to create global activities that have an interest and meaning for each boy and girl. 

KS 3: Ages 11 to 14 years
This three-year education program includes a transition period to allow students to integrate easily in the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) from the University of Cambridge.

KS 4: Ages 14 to 16 years
In this stage, students receive two years of education in the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program, is the most widely recognized international qualification globally for 14-16 year olds.  

It provides an excellent transition to the next stage of education (International Baccalaureate, A-Level or Spanish system). At this level, students are required to study a minimum of 7 subjects, as well as four compulsory additional subjects. Their tutor will help them in choosing their subjects.

In the final course of the program students work on a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the program.

Sixth Form / International Baccalaureate (IB): Ages 16 to 18 years
All of the educational programs provided at ISB are recognized by the Local, National, European and Worldwide authorities.

We prepare students for the following exams:

Photos of International School of Barcelona- The International Baccalaureate (IB)* 
- Cambridge Exams (IGCSE)
- Cambridge A Levels*
- Spanish Secondary Exams (ESO) 
- Spanish Baccalaureate*

*These qualifications allow students to enroll in any university in the world. 

IB Diploma Program:
Designed to prepare students for successful admission to university or college anywhere in the world, the IB Diploma is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with a strong international dimension.

Drawing on content from educational cultures from around the world, the IB requires study across a broad range of subjects. You will study both individual subjects and transdisciplinary areas, with special emphasis given to learning languages.

Focusing on the development of learning skills, the IB program provides opportunities for individual and collaborative research and planning. It encourages students to become responsible members of their community.

Compulsory Subjects:
- Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). Encompasses activities ranging from sports clubs and theater productions, to volunteer work for the elderly and disabled. 
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK). A combination of conferences and seminars, and, above all, a course on critical thinking. The dissertation develops skills in research methods and presentation of a formal document. 
- Oratory
- PE (Physical Education)
- Català

Optional Subjects:
Picture of British Education / IB Boarding School in BarcelonaYour IB coordinator will interview each student, in order to determine the most appropriate choice of optional subjects. We also offer students the opportunity to combine with A-levels (British system) at the University of Cambridge. This allows them an alternative route to enter college.

6 subjects must be chosen from the following groups: 3 Standard Level (standard level) and 3 Higher Level (highest level).  5 should be from the groups 1-5 and the sixth can be another subject from groups 1 to 5 or group 6.

Group 1: First Language
Group 2: Second Language
Group 3: Individuals and Society
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: Arts

Languages Taught:

English (main language of instruction); Spanish & Catalan; German; Chinese; French

Extracurricular Activities:
Images of International School of BarcelonaWe are aware of the importance of providing resources for our students to develop their character in both their studies and their extracurricular activities, and to cultivate and improve their innate talents. 

- Classes: We offer drama, music and art classes daily throughout the year. Students prepare presentations and shows that demonstrate their talents.

- Activity Clubs: Music, Dance, Theatre, Ballet, Cookery, Tennis, Football, Chinese classes, etc.

- Excursions & Trips: We offer trips to a variety of locations outside the school.

- Sports: Swimming is included in the study programme at no extra cost. Two professional coaches and the swimming teacher supervise these classes.

ISB has extensive facilities, including tennis courts, swimming pool, theatre and gymnasium. Each activity is supported by staff trained in that discipline, and with experience to appreciate the level and ability of each student and to help bring out the best in them. 

Weekend Activities for Boarding Students:
We encourage our boarders to participate in "non-core" activities, including cultural visits to Barcelona, ski trips, go karting etc. Taking part in these activities help the boarders to bond and to become aware of the world outside the school and residence.

Student Testimonial:
”Some trips to historic and emblematic sites with my family woke in me greater interest when I saw them from the point of view of my companions from the residence. Different
cultural assessments of the same space was very rewarding.”

- ISB Boarding Student

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Address: Passeig Isaac Albèniz, Urb. Vallpineda, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2023-07-27 were from:

Victoria, Seychelles; Brasília, Brazil; Salt Lake City UT, USA; Vilnius, Lithuania; Slovakia; Odessa, Ukraine; İstanbul, Turkey; Penryn, UK / GB; Fairbanks/ Alaska, USA; and more.