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FAQs

Are there specific deadlines for turning in applications?

No. BFIS has a rolling admissions policy, meaning that applications are processed all year round. We encourage parents to apply as we accept applications throughout the year.

Should I apply even though I have been told the class is full?

Yes. If a student applies to a full class and receives a positive review from the Admissions Team (Qualified applicant),  his/her name will go on a wait pool. When a spot becomes available, space will be offered to Qualified applicants based on the Admissions Policy.  

How do I pay for the application fee?

Parents can use different forms of payment: international bank transfer, cash, direct deposit or credit card. For online payment with your credit card, please click here.

How long does the admissions process take?

Once Step 1 and Step 2 of our application process have been completed, parents are generally notified within ten days. Please review Step 1 and Step 2 of our Application Process here.  

If my child does not get accepted is the application fee returned?

No. The application fee is non-refundable. The application fee is charged per prospective student to process an “Application for admission” and it is valid for two consecutive school years.

We will not be able to travel to Barcelona until the summer. Will this be a problem?

No. Generally, once the file is complete (Step 1 and Step 2) and the Admissions Team has reviewed the file, it is up to the area Principal to request or not a videoconference if the student cannot be physically present for an interview.

What is the cutoff date for Nursery-Kindergarten children?

Children must turn 3, 4, or 5 years of age by the 31st of December.

If my child does not speak English can I still apply?

Yes. At BFIS, there is a well-known EAL Program (English as an Additional Language). Students entering from grades Nursery - 2nd grade may come in with no English skills. After 2nd grade, the applicant must be assessed and meet the language requirements.

How long is the school day?

Nursery through 5th grade students need to be in school by 8:35 am. Middle School and High School students need to be in school by 8:50 am. Some IBDP classes begin at 8:00 am. The school day ends at 4:00 pm for all students, except on Wednesdays when classes end up at 3:00 pm. Please visit our website for more information on schedules:

*COVID-19 SCHOOL PROTOCOLS: Please note that due to government-approved COVID-19 school protocols, arrival and dismissal times starting September 2020 have changed and are staggered. Please refer to EC/ES Arrival and Dismissal Times or MS/HS Arrival and Dismissal Times for more information. 

Is there school transportation?

Yes. Parents may sign up for school transportation at an additional cost.

My child does not speak Spanish. Will this be a problem?

No. BFIS has a Spanish as an Additional Language Program. Students that aren't native Spanish speakers are assessed at the beginning of the year and placed adequately at their entry level.

Is there an After-School Program?

Yes. A number of after-school activities are offered at BFIS. For more information please click here.

Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer and become involved in school life?

Yes. BFIS welcomes active parents who want and are willing to share their time and talents. Also, the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) organizes many activities during the year. The PTA warmly welcomes parents to join this association. This is a great opportunity for parents to participate in class activities, field trips, fundraisers and school-wide committees.

What is the class size?

Generally, Nursery has 15 students per class and Pre-Kindergarten has 18 students per class. Elementary School (ES) grades (Kindergarten through 5th grade) generally have from 18 to 20 students per class. Classes in Middle School and High School generally have from 15 to 18 students.

Is there a summer program?

Summer school information is usually published on our website around April-May.