ES International School is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA-CESS) and the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA). We are also recognized in Spain as a Centro Extranjero (foreign school) by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Spanish Ministry of Education. Our school is a member of the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS) and the Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA).
ES International School endeavours to provide its students with an international educational experience that broadens their horizons creates a positive learning experience and affords each student the opportunity to excel both academically and athletically. All students receive individual attention, close academic guidance and personal counselling. Students develop a passion for learning through individualized support in a nurturing environment. Our success is founded on effective communication and an engaging academic curriculum.
All students follow an American curriculum, and graduate with the American High School Diploma upon completion of twelfth grade. Students can also chose to take rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) classes in eleventh and twelfth grade if they wish to further their mastery of subjects and demonstrate academic excellence.
Students who do not have Spanish citizenship can chose to follow a 100% American curriculum, which is taught exclusively in English and contains no Catalan. Spanish as a Foreign Language can be included in this option. Alternatively, students can chose to follow both the American and Spanish/Catalan curriculum simultaneously. This means they take four core curriculum classes in the American system, and the remaining three classes are dedicated to the Spanish/Catalan curriculum. Spanish/Catalan curriculum classes are taught in either Catalan or Spanish.
The campus of ES International School is located within the world-class sports facilities of the Academia Sánchez-Casal, which provides high performance tennis training and physical conditioning. Sports are an essential part of the curriculum. The Academy currently has the following facilities available for ES International School students:
27 tennis courts 2 beach volleyball courts
6 paddle courts 2 basketball courts
A Gymnasium 3 football pitches
3 mini-tennis courts 3 fronton courts
an outside pool
The schedule of classes is perfectly combined with the students’ sports training schedule, be it tennis or another sport, such as: water polo, basketball, football/soccer, etc. So, we actually have two shifts of school: first, elementary and middle school students begin classes at 8:00 am and finish around 4:00 pm, completing most of their tennis or sports training after class.
In high school, however, classes begin at 11:30 am and finish at 6:30 pm. The older students do most of their training in the morning before classes start. The schedule works really well for our athletes and non-athletes alike.
Tennis players enrolled in the Academia Sánchez-Casal high-performance sports facility typically train for 4 hours per day. However, we also offer a physical education program for non-tennis players, which is one hour per day. These students will play one hour of tennis two days a week, and the other three days they will do physical education, making use of the other sports facilities on campus, such as the gym, basketball courts or football pitches.
We ensure a high level of education through individualized support, personal counseling and by getting to know each and every student’s social, emotional and academic needs in depth, and then meeting them effectively. Our program is highly personalized and students prosper in an environment where they feel supported and nurtured. The academic curriculum provides students with appropriate choices regarding the level of academic study they want to pursue, and this adds to the personalized approach that all students benefit from.
We have just over 100 students in our school, and typically, only 10-15% of the students are Spanish. The rest come from more than 40 different countries, such as the United States, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Russia, among many others.
Approximately 95% of our students attend university, and the majority (approximately 75%) attend university in the United States. We also have students who attend Spanish, British, European or other universities worldwide. Our students have been admitted to some of the best universities in the world, including Columbia (Ivy League), UC Berkeley, UCLA, NYU, and ESADE here in Barcelona.
The 5% of students who do not attend university will pursue a professional sports career. Some alumni of ESIS who have successfully pursued professional tennis careers are Andy Murray (No. 1 in the world at the time of writing) and Daniel Vallverdu, (current coach to Grigor Dimitrov).
The majority of our high school students reside on campus, so their parents are often far away. As a result, our parent community is global rather than local. We do have a strong local parent community in the elementary and middle schools, as parents of the younger children tend to move to Spain with their kids in order to permit them to pursue their athletic dreams. Local parents form a diverse and international community, strongly focused on helping their children achieve their academic and athletic goals.
Yes, students can play any sport they like, either casually or professionally. We have had footballers, swimmers, motorcycle racers, hockey players, rugby players, basketball players and horse-riding students attend our school in the past. Students trying to combine high-performance sports and academics find both flexibility and academic excellence in our school, without having to compromise one for the other.
Our picturesque campus lends itself greatly to fostering a strong sense of community. Within the school, students are assigned to Spirit Teams throughout the year, where they volunteer for charities, take part in outreach projects, and contribute to the environment and school community in general. An example of an outreach project is the Amics de la Gent Gran project where students and elderly people in the local community became pen pals for a year, finally meeting each other in a beautiful morning event that will be remembered fondly by both students and elderly citizens alike.
Individualization, International, and Nurturing