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WELCOME TO BFIS!

It is important to us that new families feel a part of our international community as soon as possible, providing a quick and easy transition for students and parents. To meet this goal, BFIS provides a Welcome Program designed to help new students and their families make early connections within our friendly and inclusive community. Once you arrive, you’ll become part of it.

This page is fluid and will continue to be updated throughout the summer. All new families should review this page and use the various sections below as a check list to complete all requirements prior to the start of 2021-2022 school year

"Excellent welcome program, we especially liked the pre school, during holiday buddy introduction. It provided all three kids the chance to get to know someone before the first days of school, plus explore the city and their surrounds. Again the best orientation/buddy program we have been involved with." (Ford Family)
"Definitely a highlight for our 2 girls! It made them feel very welcome and reduced much anxiety!"(Forer Family)

School Year 2022-2023

 

School Services (Transportation, Bus )

During Orientation Morning, our personnel will inform you about the BFIS lunch services and transportation (bus routes and stops). You will be able to sign up your child(ren) to those services during that morning. 

If you want to read a little bit more about our services, please visit our website

Mission and Values

Our purpose is to engage our diverse school community in the pursuit of educational excellence and success for all students.

 

 

 

  • Maximize Individual Student Potential
    All students should have the opportunity, instruction, guidance and support necessary to succeed in school and maximize their individual academic, social and emotional potential. Students must be active participants, at the center of the learning process, in an environment that encourages them to pursue their dreams.
     
  • Joy
    Joy and wonder are essential elements in the learning process which breed passion and creativity.
     
  • Hard Work and Perseverance
    Effort is more important than talent and should be cultivated in all aspects of school life. Success is earned through hard work and commitment.
     
  • Shared Responsibility
    Responsibility for excellence in education is shared by all members of the school community.  Success is achieved through teamwork and collaboration.
     
  • Lifelong Learning
    Students should cultivate the habits of mind to be curious, independent learners who pursue their passions and understand the beauty and power of knowledge.
     
  • Culturally Diverse Community
    Students develop compassion, empathy, and insight in an inclusive, culturally diverse community that requires them to consider various perspectives and adapt to different ways of being.
     
  • Character Development
    All of our actions and decisions should be guided by clear ethical principles. Doing what is right requires honesty, integrity and courage, and it is the school’s responsibility to support students in developing these essential traits.
Visits to Campus

If you are a new family and have never visited campus, please do not hesitate to:
- Write to Admissions at admissions@bfischool.org to schedule an appointment.

Buddy trips and Orientation 2022-2023
New Families and Student Buddies

By the end of May, new families and new students will be contacted by their BFIS family and student buddy. If your buddy family/student has not contacted with you, please contact admissions@bfischool.org

Middle School and High School Tech Requirements

Bring your own device

BFIS provides the use of school-owned iPads from kindergarten through 5th grade. These devices are to be used at school only. Starting in 6th grade, students are required to bring their own personal devices for 1:1 use at school and to create academic tasks at home. Students are responsible for bringing their device to school (charged) every day. 

Minimum requirements for a student’s device: 

  • MacOS (preferred), or Windows (if you already have an iPad Pro, it can be used, but its purchase is not recommended)
  • USB-C Type Charger
  • Memory: 8Gb
  • Storage Capacity: 256 GB SSD. (512GB recommended)
  • Minimum processor: Intel Core i5
  • Wi-Fi AC Integrated
  • Bluetooth
  • Keyboard 
  • 720p front camera

For your reference, BFIS teachers use the 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB RAM. Any new Apple or Windows laptop should meet these same specifications. Higher models and specifications can also be purchased based on personal needs. The operating system must be in English and be able to access BFIS internet. If you decide not to purchase a new laptop, you may provide a used laptop from home as long as it is not older than 3 years and meets the same specifications listed above. We highly recommend that you purchase an Apple device as the school is moving to an all Apple school within the next few years. 

Technology Agreement

This document outlines the basis and expectations for technology use at BFIS including the 1:1 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in Grades 6-12. In order to best prepare students for technology use, please:
- Read this letter thoroughly with your child.
- Discuss the educational purpose and behavioral expectations of the devices with your child.
- Help to establish routines for charging, storing, and safely transporting the device to and from school.
- Sign and send this digital form.
 

Technology Agreement Form

Extracurricular activities 2022-2023

Extracurricular Activities 2022-2023

All the information about Extracurricular Activities is available in the parent portal. You will be given access to the portal by the end of August. Meanwhile you can take a look at the General Schedule for Extracurricular Activities 2022-2023 in the link below: 

General Schedule Extracurricular Activities 2022-2023

Co-Curricular activities 2022-2023

BFIS greatly values the importance of the arts and technology and the desire to expose as many of our students as possible to these subject areas. We are proud to introduce new co-curricular activities run by BFIS teachers after-school. BFIS families will not need to pay for the weekly activities (although there may be other costs involved, for example in the case of travel to competitions). For the 2022-2023 school year, these activities are: 

  • ES Musical Theater (September thru April)
  • HS Musical (First Semester)
  • MS Musical Theater (2nd Semester)
  • HS First Robotics Competition (First and Second Semester) for grades 9-12
  • MS First Lego League (coming soon)
  • In the coming months and years we will be adding to these activities. 
Summer Reading Recommendations and Summer Reading Assignments

 

 

Communications

In an effort to enhance communication and make planning easier for our families, BFIS has established a weekly email schedule. Here is what to expect once the school year begins:

On Tuesday: The Weekly with information from all divisions about what is going at school, events calendar, announcements, messages from the Head of School, Counselors, Principals, university visits and tours, parent workshops, etc. 

On Friday: Next Week Events with information about all the school events taking place the following week. 

Vaccinations Requirements 2022-2023 and Heath Form

As per the regulations from the Generalitat, we will be asking all parents to ensure that your vaccinations are up to date for the start of the school year in September 2021. 

 

There is always so much work and the PTA (Parent and Teacher Association) is always in need of volunteers. Please consider collaborating with the school by sharing your time and/or your expertise/passions. On the PTA website you will find volunteering forms to submit if you are interesting in collaborating with the school.