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Our mission is to empower preschool through 12th-grade students to become global citizens with the critical thinking skills and the self-confidence to maximize their potential.

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Bosnian Table at International Day

What an epic International Day last Saturday! Over 1000 members of our community, friends, and family attended the event.  Delicious food from 17 countries, cheerleaders and musical performances from our talented students, activities for the youngest ones, and a beautiful, party-like atmosphere. The event was so well-organized thanks to the leadership, organization, and passion of our Parents Association, as well as the many volunteers who contributed with preparing food, worked at the different country tables, volunteered at the drink, ice-cream, and popcorn stands, and helped manage ticket sales.

math quest students

On May 10th to 12th, ASB hosted the ECIS Maths Quest competition. This international competition includes a range of different challenges for children in 5th and 6th grade. Teams are made up of 4 children. The event includes an individual challenge, a team challenge and a practical challenge. The first day of the event the children completed a “Math Trail” at CosmoCaixa Museum of Science where teams completed a series of questions. On Days 2 and 3 the children completed a series of individual and team challenges. Our fifth-grade team tied for second place out of 16 teams and Zitong got the second-highest individual score out of 64 participants! Zihui's (6th grade) mixed team won the engineering challenge. We're incredibly proud of all of our students.

Cangur math competition

Last Friday, the results of the Catalan Cangur Math Competition were released and many of our middle school students had incredible results!

  • In seventh grade, Kieran Fort Carollo placed 244th overall out of 22,498 participants! Seventh grader Martina Abad Baucells and Abril Rodriguez Martinez also did very well, both coming in the top 10 percent of participants.

  • In eighth grade, Iñaki Martin came in 35th place and Gabrielle Poignonnec Sanchez came in 72nd place (out of 20,434 participants!). Eighth grader Alex Zhen Xu placed 235th, and Nils Leijdekker also came in the top 10 percent of participants.


MS students at the food bank

MS students visited our local food bank, Caritas, to help sort the food that was donated by the ASB community. They learned about the importance of such organizations and how they operate in Barcelona.

10th graders travel to Berlin

This week, we welcomed back over 70 10th-grade students who traveled to Berlin and Krakow to study the socio-political context of Hitler’s rise to power and the Holocaust. It was an impactful trip for our students with visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Topography of Terror, and the Berlin-Karlshorst Museum, among many other sites of historical importance.

HS students showing ES students the inside of a refugee tent

The annual Refugart event on April 26 raised a phenomenal 10,794€ to support refugees. These funds will be donated to the UNHCR to support educational programs for youth and children in refugee camps. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Ramassa NGO, which empowers refugee and immigrant women in Barcelona through soccer, including a team that has competed against ASB.

This achievement was made possible by the hard work of all ASB students who created art pieces and the invaluable support from parents who attended and supported the event.

In addition to raising funds for refugees, our student leaders led workshops and art activities throughout the day to help educate ASB students about the refugee experience.

NESDA team wins debate competition

Congratulations to our MUN delegates who participated in the Barcelona International Model United Nations (BIMUN2024) conference hosted at ESADE in Barcelona. ASB delegates participated alongside upper high school students from other schools and some college-level students during their debates, role-playing United Nations delegates and addressing pressing international crises and current affairs.

MS wins math competition

A hearty congratulations goes to the six ASB eighth graders who traveled to Frankfurt, Germany to compete in the ISMTF Middle School math competition. A total of 49 teams from 22 international schools competed over the weekend. A team composed of 8th graders Kris Li, Iñaki Martin, and Henri-Alexander Semenov scored an outstanding 122 out of 124 possible points to take the FIRST PLACE trophy in the team competition. In addition, Iñaki Martin was on the winning team in a math scavenger hunt on Sunday.

Congratulations to all participants!

alumni reunion in amsterdam

We were thrilled to host our first alumni reunion in The Netherlands last Friday evening, hosted by Michelle Collin, Director of Alumni Relations, and Charmaine Monds, IB Coordinator. Close to 40 former students, teachers, and parents representing 13 years of ASB history (from 2010 to 2023) gathered together to reconnect and reminisce about their days at the school, with several traveling from other cities in The Netherlands, including Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Leiden, to join the special occasion. We look forward to continuing this vibrant legacy and strengthening and expanding our ASB community.

Service Learning Trip to Botswana

Fifteen high school students traveled to Botswana over Spring Break to visit the Dukwi Refugee Camp with the goal of creating a positive and sustainable impact. Students had an action-packed week helping paint the local youth center, lead robotics and female hygiene awareness workshops and helping create a female soccer team. In addition, students were able to leave behind generous donations made by our ASB community, including robotics equipment and laptops, sports uniforms, cloth sanitary pads and underwear.    

The experience for our students was nothing short of transformative, with deep connections, special moments, and new friendships made.

"Under the Sea" - Four Sold Out Performances!

Spotlight Productions would like to thank the ASB community for supporting their recent Under the Sea production. With a massive increase in interest in seeing the show this year, they performed four shows instead of three, with more than 700 students from local schools in attendance. You can catch the recording here if you missed this year’s performance.

Varsity Boys Basketball Wins ESC Tournament in Berlin

The ASB Varsity Boys Basketball team won the Division 1 ESC tournament in Berlin, Germany, winning all 6 games in the round robin play and then winning the final against CAISL from Portugal 43-36. Congratulations to players and coaches!

Outdoor Cafe Opens to Parents

The ASB "Chiringuito" is now open every Friday morning for parents to enjoy a coffee with friends on our outdoor terrace overlooking the campus.  As we enter spring, why not join them? Every Friday morning from 9 AM make a date with members of our community at El Chiringuito.

11th Grader Represents ASB at the AMIS European HS Honor Choir

Our congratulations to eleventh grader Julia for her remarkable participation in the AMIS European High School Honor Choir 2024 held on Saturday evening in Paris. The event showcased outstanding performances from 150 talented singers, underscoring the dedication of the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) to fostering excellence in music education across international schools. 

service learning trip in the HS

Through interactive workshops and collaborative activities at neighboring adult-learning center Asproseat, our Grade 9 students partnered with adults with disabilities to refurbish toys for underprivileged children, facilitating collaboration skills and nurturing mutual respect and empathy. Aimed at intertwining their recent genetics studies with empathy and action, the initiative is committed to nurturing compassionate leaders through partnerships with diverse communities.

ASB Teams Earned Top Results at the IBERIA and BISA Tournaments

The ASB Middle and High School teams earned top results over the weekend at the IBERIA and BISA tournaments:

MS Girls Basketball BISA Tournament (Gava) - 2nd place

HS Boys Soccer IBERIA Tournament (Cambrils) - Champions

HS Girls Soccer IBERIA Tournament (Cambrils) - Champions

HS Boys Volleyball IBERIA Tournament (Madrid) - Champions

HS Varsity Girls Volleyball IBERIA Tournament (Madrid) - 2nd place

HS JV Girls Volleyball IBERIA Tournament (Madrid) - 2nd place

MS Girls Volleyball IBERIA Tournament (Madrid) - 2nd place

The results speak for themselves. Go, Lynx!

alumni reunion in nyc

Our first alumni reunion in the United States, hosted by Director Mark Pingitore and Michelle Collin, Director of Alumni Relations, in the heart of New York City, reunited over 30 former students and parents spanning an incredible six decades for an unforgettable evening of rekindling connections and reminiscing about their days at the American School of Barcelona.

Chinese New Year Celebration at ASB

To help celebrate the Chinese New Year, our Chinese community generously brought the Lion Dance to ASB!  Parents, students and staff were awed by this majestic dance. Happy Year of the Dragon!

HS Principal Speaks to Local Radio about the International Day of Education

In recognition of the International Day of Education, Catalonia’s local radio news station, Onda Cero, invited the American School of Barcelona to be interviewed by economist and journalist Ariadna Belver Comin.

Representing ASB, High School Principal Mr. Omar Ugalde shared insights into the school’s educational philosophy in preparing students of all ages for future challenges, emphasizing how crucial a high-quality and inclusive education is for a vibrant and thriving learning environment.

Listen to the complete interview (in Spanish) here or click here for the full program (ASB interview from 37 min 29 seconds).

Dads Ski Trip in Baqueria

This past weekend, there was lots of fun and good bonding on the slopes of Baqueria during our annual ASB dads ski trip, with over 60 fathers and 90 kids making memories!

Opening ceremony of BCNMUN conference 2023

The American School of Barcelona is delighted to host the 11th BCNMUN 2023 conference (Barcelona Model United Nations) on November 23-25, focused on the theme "Peace and Conflict." The opening ceremony welcomed 400 student delegates from 20 schools across eight countries at the University of Barcelona.

university fair in the ASB gymnasium in November 2023

ASB hosted the Council of International Schools (CIS) University Fair on November 9, representing over 100 universities worldwide. High school students from across Spain, including ASB Grade 9-12 students, had the opportunity to meet with university representatives to discuss future ambitions and learn about different university options and pathways.


Once a Lynx, Always a Lynx!

Patty Beleyto
  • Class of 2002

“Being a part of the ASB community was a big part of my life. I made life-long friends and established English as my third language. I traveled multiple times to the United States on school trips, and the school introduced me to another culture besides mine. My American adventure of working and living in Miami today would not have been the same without my years at ASB.”


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Lucas Silveira
  • Class of 2022

"ASB's safe environment has helped me to find like-minded students with whom to grow. I have been an active member of the performing arts, performing in multiple school productions and charity and community events. I feel very fortunate to have such amazing teachers and a learning community that cares about student well-being."

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Isabelle Newland
  • Class of 2021

"I am forever grateful to the teachers I had during my time at ASB. Their passion and dedication is unsurpassed; it is clear they not only love the subjects they teach but appreciate their role in guiding the curiosity and ambition of the students that pass through their classrooms. I'm going to miss seeing them every day."

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Marina Volchok
  • Class of 2021

"I attended ASB from PK3 until Grade 12, and over the years, I was able to appreciate the authentic feeling of community at the school. The school, being relatively small, makes it easy for students to develop strong relationships with classmates, students in other grades, and the teachers."

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Pablo Urrutia
  • Class of 2021

"Extracurricular activities and community service are essential components for students. I was the president of Rotary Interact, a student representative for Student Council, a delegate in Model United Nations, and on the school tennis team. ASB opened the door to an empowering, open-minded, and international learning experience that continues to guide me today."

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Alyssa Skites
  • Class of 2017

"ASB drastically changed my perceptions as a former small-town American who had never before recognized the complexity of the world or the beauty that can flourish from intercultural friendships. My experience at ASB taught me the importance of community service, allowing me to understand how to tackle social problems at a young age."

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Antra Johary
  • Class of 2020

"Coming from a very different culture, I was relieved how welcoming, and open-minded the student body was. The students are accustomed to the international community and celebrate different cultures. I would say, without a doubt, that the people– students and teachers– are ASB's greatest strength."

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Jacob Anderson
  • Class of 2020

"When I first arrived in 9th grade, everyone seemed genuinely interested in ensuring my transition to the community was successful. I will always look back on my experience at ASB, inside and outside the classroom, as the most enjoyable time of my life, not only because of the opportunities that were at my disposal but because of the community that I was lucky to call mine."

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University Acceptances

Johns Hopkins University