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New Families



It is important to us that new families feel a part of our 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.

"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)


Each year in late August and in September, BFIS and the PTA (Parent and Teacher Association) coordinate an orientation and welcome program for all new families. We all know what it is to be new! We want you to feel at home and make your transition process as quick and smooth as possible.

Our program is designed to introduce you to important members of the BFIS Administration, provide a host of teaching and learning tips from experienced faculty, meet current BFIS families and students, give you comprehensive information about school services, and for those families settling in Barcelona for their first time, invite you to participate in our PTA workshop “Making Barcelona Home”.

Buddy Trips

Buddy Trips will take place on Wednesday, August 28th 

Grades 2- 5: Activity in the BFIS Auditorium: From 4:00 to 6:00 pm 

Grades 6-8: Activity in Park Ciutadela. Meeting point BFIS MS/HS lawn at 2:00 pm. Students will be back to BFIS campus at 6:00 pm

Grades 9-10: Climbing activity in Montjuic. Meeting  point at BFIS MS/HS lawn at 2:00 pm. Students will be back to BFIS campus at 6:00 pm 

Grade 11: Gothic Quarter Tour. Meeting point at BFIS MS/HS lawn at 3:00 pm. Students will be back to BFIS campus at 6:00 pm 


The BFIS Parent and Teacher Association will host a meeting event for parents in our campus, while they wait for the students to come back and until the BBQ event starts. 

Orientation Morning

This special morning is highly recommended for all new families at BFIS. Some current parents will be around to welcome and help you and your children discover what the year ahead at BFIS holds. After receiving your Welcome Packages you will have the opportunity to see the campus more fully and meet the teachers. This is an exciting moment for the students and gives them the opportunity to learn more about BFIS’ culture and services and find out how to get involved.

Early Childhood Orientation Morning

Friday, August 30th at 9:30 am 



Elementary Orientation Morning

Thursday, August 29th at 9:00 am



Middle and High School Orientation Morning

Thursday, August 29th at 11:00 am



New Families Barbeque

All new families (parents and children) are invited to enjoy this fun and relaxing event. It is a great opportunity to get to know some of the BFIS staff and faculty, as well as to connect with other parents and students in your child’s grade.

This event will take place on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:00 pm in the Middle and High School Campus 

Please RSVP for this event  (RSVP link available soon)

Making Barcelona Home Seminar

This is a PTA-sponsored three-day orientation for new families. What do you need to know about making Barcelona home?
The PTA wil share the information you need to know regarding a variety of topics including transportation, shopping, activities for kids and adults, buying ham, finding household help, taking care of pets, language schools, even hairdressers.
You will have a chance to meet other new families who are going through the same process of acclimating to a new culture and community. Finally, you will be able to meet some returning parents, who will be happy to share their experiences from their first year! And of course, there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions. Trust us... we’ve all been there!

Making Barcelona Home Seminar

Thursday, September 5th 2019 

10.00 am 

Place: BFIS Cafeteria 

PTA Coffee with Head of School

All new and returning families are invited to join us for coffee and treats. This is a great time to meet your PTA officers and the Head of school talking about the year ahead. You will also have the chance to meet some returning families. Once a month the PTA organizes this event which includes interesting seminars, conferences, school presentations, etc. 

PTA Coffee with Head of School (First one of the new school year) 

Tuesday, September 17 2019

8:35 am 

BFIS Cafeteria


Daily Schedule
  • Daily Schedule 2019-2020 (coming soon)
School Supplies
  • Early Childhood and Elementary School Supplies 2019-2020 (coming soon)
  • Middle, High School and IBDP School Supplies 2019-2020 (coming soon)
Summer Reading 
New Schedule 

The school is revamping a new schedule which will begin in September of 2019. Teams of teachers and administrators from all divisions were in this planning process and subsequently, have been working on this schedule for months. Although built specifically for BFIS, the structure of the new schedule is consistent with international schools all over the world. There is no question we believe this schedule will serve our students much better. Please take a look at the New Schedule section on our website 

Middle School/High School Technology Information and Agreement
After-School Activities Program

Please visit the After-School section of our website. Activities and schedules will be posted by mid-July. Registration for all 2019-2020 activities will open in early September.

Bus and Lunch Services

During Orientation Day we will have some stands and BFIS personnel to offer you information about school bus and school lunch services. 
If you want some information about routes, menus and prices, please visit our Bus and Lunch sections on the website. 

Traffic Pattern

It is important that you follow the traffic pattern in order to keep traffic flow as smooth as possible. Thank you very much for your collaboration 

Tuition Insurance Program 

This is an optional insurance program that can ensure that your child(ren) would continue their BFIS education through to graduation in the event of death or permanent disability of either parent or guardian.

The Weekly Newsletter

Each Tuesday BFIS will send to all families an online newsletter informing about upcoming events, field trips, student activities, academic highlights of the week, and other practical information.

The Weekly Newsletter is an integral piece of the school-to-home communications plan and the primary source for timely and important information. Don’t forget to read it every week . If you don’t receive this publication at the beginning of the school year, please contact Charo Rodriguez at or Caroline Rockett at

Access to the Parent Portal (activated for New Families in September)
Social Media 
Power School for students and parents

Middle and High School parents and students will have access to PowerSchool (online grading portal). Since 2014, we are offering Middle School parents individual access to their child’s grades, schedules, attendance information, teachers’ comments, etc. Parents will receive more information on how to access this platform at the beginning of the school year. Parent and students will receive login information to PowerSchool during Orientation Day.