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About BHS

Barcelona High School (BHS) is an innovative, non-traditional, international American school academy with an amazing leadership team and instruction in native English, centrally located in Barcelona Spain.

BHS is registered as an American school campus through the Florida Board of Education in USA.  The academic courses are fully accredited, and approved by the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) to receive athletic scholarships to American universities.

BHS provides a unique and personal face-to-face learning and student experience through "flipped learning".  BHS uses digital US curriculum courses complemented with in-person instruction, synthesis learning, soft skills, and social activities.

For students who need a more flexible schedule, BHS even has an online-only school option.

Upon graduation, BHS students receive an official American high school diploma from USA and can attend American and English speaking universities throughout the world, including Spain.

BHS also helps students obtain athletic and academic scholarships to American universities.



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Amanda Slefo


Before joining BHS as Director, Amanda Slefo, an American, was a distinguished American high school teacher at Evanston Township High School in Chicago, ranked in the 95th percentile of high schools in the United States.  As a high school teacher, Amanda has received multiple outstanding teacher awards.  Amanda has a Bachelor's Degree in History, Secondary Education certification, English Language Learners certification, and served as Education Director of the Assyrian Cultural Foundation.  Amanda has extensive experience with university placement and specializes in creating dynamic learning experiences for students.

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Akida Mashaka


Akida Mashaka is an American from Los Angeles, California.  Akida created BHS because he recognized certain problems with American schools in Barcelona, including the IB schools and British schools, and indeed, the entire school system in Spain and throughout the world.  Unlike other schools, Akida created a school academy that focuses on small class size, a fun, social and individualized learning environment, innovative digital learning tools, career advisement, and emotional intelligence skills necessary to be successful in today's world.  Akida is a graduate of Harvard Law School and attended university in USA on a tennis scholarship.  Akida graduated #1 in Psychology in his university class, and accordingly, his major role is to motivate students to reach their full potential in school and life.  Akida is also co-founder of BCN Life, the relocation agency for expats moving to Barcelona.