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Message from the Head of School

Rachel Hovington
Rachel Hovington, BFIS Head of School 

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Benjamin Franklin International School’s website on behalf of our wonderful community of students, staff, school leadership team and the foundation board.

BFIS was started with passion over 30 years ago to ensure that there was a U.S. education accessible to the local international community.  The school is now one of the leading and most vibrant international schools in Barcelona, Spain and Europe.  We engage and empower 670 students representing more than 50 nationalities, speaking 45 different languages. The BFIS mission is “…to engage our diverse school community in the pursuit of educational excellence and success for all students." The school offers a U.S. educational program culminating in the IB Diploma program for all students as well as successful completion of the Spanish Bachillerato for students who pursue it.

BFIS’s success is underpinned by our exceptionally talented, caring and dedicated faculty representing the best of the best hired locally and globally who bring with them rich and diverse experiences. They have a relentless focus on inspiring BFIS students to achieve their best personal growth within a U.S. and Global context.  I love working in a truly international community and the fact that roughly one third of BFIS students are US citizens, a third are International, and one third are Spanish families means that BFIS retains its context as a U.S. International school but students´ know and understand themselves locally and globally.  It means that their inter-cultural competency and character is fostered.

From the Green Committee to the Student Council student voice is valued at BFIS. We believe that every student is different on many different levels. BFIS teachers know where students are on the rungs of their own personal learning ladder, and they are committed to nurturing student learning as well as their unique talents. For me that was a non-negotiable as a Head of School when I joined BFIS but also as a Mum of two Middle School Students.

What is educational excellence in our context? BFIS students’ high level of intercultural competency uniquely places them to develop user focused solutions to the world biggest challenges. Those are represented by the seventeen Global Sustainable Development Goals ratified by 193 member countries of the United Nations. Our students will become the future global political, business, legal, scientific and civil society leaders that will create real sustainable change and prosperity for their own countries and others around the world. Our humanities contextualize those problems. The arts subjects nurture their creativity, risk-taking, confidence and collaboration. Our Science, Technology, Innovation and Math programs allow for the development of thinkers and doers who can affect real world change. Learners at BFIS do all of this while attaining their highest personal level of second language acquisition at whatever levels of language they join us with making them effective and empathetic communicators.

Our BFIS IB graduates are uniquely prepared for Universities and Colleges around the world where research says that they succeed at a higher level than their peers, a fact supported by enhanced acceptance and retention rates for IB Diploma students worldwide.

As Higher Education, Business, and the IB Diploma Programme evolve, we believe that our Strategic work will continue to ensure that our school is a world class institution valuing its U.S. International School history and tradition as well as boldly stepping into the future to fully prepare our students for the IB Diploma, Universities, and the world of work beyond.

We are very proud of BFIS, including our community spirit and the striking campus.  We pride ourselves on knowing each child as an individual and helping them to achieve their hopes and their dreams. We hope that you enjoy learning more about our incredible school.

With best regards,

Rachel Hovington
BFIS Head of School