Founded in 1967, the American School of Bilbao is a private non-profit school accepting students of all nationalities. The school follows a U.S.-style international curriculum similar to American public schools. Instructions are in English for pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Students are prepared to take the Spanish UNED examinations for university entrance as well as receiving a US High School diploma. The School is located in the rural community of Berango, approximately 20 kilometers to the north of Bilbao and 120 kilometers from the French border. The school is near the coast with the full flavor of the Spanish lifestyle all around supplemented by the richness of the Basque heritage.
The school was officially recognized by the Ministry of Education of Spain as a “Foreign School Located in Spain” in 1981. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) since 1985 and by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).
Stanford tests ensures that the school’s academic level is at its highest at all times while the PSAT/NMSQT is administered to 10th and 11th graders with Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations available in certain areas. The school also hosts an EFL program which runs during the entire months of July and August and has a considerable waiting lists for some of these programs.
The school has a purpose-built facility located on 16,000 square meters of land, with 19 classrooms, a library, a science laboratory, a computer room, an art and ceramics studio, a music room, an audio-visual room, pre-school playground, two outdoor hard-court soccer pitches, a lounge for 11th and 12th graders, and a covered basketball court. A new building houses a computer laboratory, faculty rooms, a multi-purpose room, a large new library and administration offices.