June 28, 2013 (PRWEB) June 30, 2013
Barcelona, Spain: The American School of Barcelona (ASB) announces major expansion plans to cope with growing demand.
ASB, which has pioneered an English language International Baccalaureate program in Barcelona, and which provides an international education to children from 3 to 18 years-old, is embarking on a 4 million Euro project to improve and extend its building complex.
The school, which will grow to more than 700 students when the new school year starts in September, is constructing a new 21-classroom building for its early childhood and elementary students and renovating its main building to improve facilities and provide a new media center. The new installations will be ready for occupation in September 2014.
Barcelona: a magnet for international families
“Despite the economic crisis, Barcelona continues to be a magnet for international families, many of whom are free to chose any city in Europe,” stated ASB Director Mark Pingitore. “ASB offers the leading International Baccalaureate diploma program in Barcelona, with several years of proven high academic results, and this makes our school a good choice for families from any country.”
“Demand is also high from local families,” he added, “some of whom place their kids with us from the age of 3 and some of whom transfer their children later to take advantage of our modern, rigorous educational methods. We offer an English language based education and we open up the opportunity for Spanish children to attend international universities.”
“We pride ourselves in being student-friendly while getting the best out of every child,” he noted. “ASB students are happy achievers.”
Demand has already pushed up the school’s secondary student population by almost 50 percent in the last three years, and the number of new applicants is increasing each year. As well as adding new buildings and facilities, the school has been hiring extra staff to open up new class lines and further boost educational standards.
“We were attracted to ASB because of the International Baccalaureate program,” commented Parent Association President Natasa Sabo. “I am a Canadian who is originally from the former Yugoslavia and married to a Dutch businessman. At ASB our kids feel at home with over 40 different nationalities and they also feel connected to the local culture with many Catalan and Spanish students at the school.
“We are planning to stay in Barcelona because we love the city and this school and believe both have tremendous potential to grow,” added Sabo.