The BHS mission is to provide personal attention to each student to maximize their academic performance and emotional confidence.

Located in the center of Barcelona, in a co-working community for young entrepreneurs, called Depot Lab, BHS prepares students to be independent learners and to attend American and international universities throughout the world.

BHS educates students in a small, non-traditional, socially fun classroom to improve social and emotional intelligence, study habits, independent learning skills, time management, and mastery of subject course material.

To further enhance emotional intelligence, BHS also participates in Montessori, learning outside in nature, through group activities with Akua School, as pictured above.



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Akida Mashaka

Founder & Director

Akida Mashaka is co-founder of BCN Life, the leading relocation expert services agency for expats moving to Barcelona.  Akida is an American from Los Angeles, California who lives in Barcelona with his wife Lia and two children.  Akida created BHS because he understands the importance of small class size, a fun social learning environment, innovative online learning tools, and university entrance exam prep in order to attend the best universities In the world.  Akida is a graduate of Harvard Law School and attended university in USA on a tennis scholarship.  Moreover, Akida graduated #1 in Psychology in his university class.  Akida facilitates the day-to-day academic and emotional progression of students.  Akida's 14 year old son plays competitive tennis and also currently attends BHS.

Reem Halaoui

Learning Coach & Assignment Monitor

Reem is a trained International Baccalaureate educator and educational consultant.  Reem has a Masters in STEM education and a B.S. in Chemistry.  At BHS, Reem works with students to make sure that they are understanding coursework, performing at their optimal level, and completing all assigned coursework in a timely manner.  Reem motivates students through positive reinforcement, patience, and 20+ years of knowledge and experience as an IB teacher and educator.

Nuria Segura

Montessori Education Pioneer

Nuria is the Founder & Director of Akua School, the only Montessori accredited school in Barcelona.  Akua is an amazing international trilingual school (English, Spanish & Catalan) located outside the city center in the mountains surrounded by nature.  Indeed, Nuria is also the Founder & Director of Akua Foundation, a non-profit organization that works in the field of education research and develops accredited schools which implement new forms of education that promote the well-being and talents of each individual.  Nuria developed and overseas the Montessori learning project between the students of BHS and Akua School.

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Jaclyn Caruana

University Admissions Advisor

Jaclyn Caruana is the founder of Exam Preparation International Center of Barcelona, where Jaclyn has been Barcelona's leading university entrance exam prep tutor and international university placement advisor since 2003.  Jaclyn has extensive experience helping students and parents with university exam coordination and preparation, and providing university advisement services.  Jaclyn is very passionate about helping students obtain their dreams to attend university. 

Over the last 7 years, Jaclyn's students in Barcelona have been accepted into the following universities:









University of Chicago




University of Michigan

UC Berkeley




Carnegie Mellon

John Hopkins University

Harvey Mudd College

Babson University

Boston University

Purdue University 

American University

George Washington University



Pepperdine University

University of Miami



Imperial College London

King's College London

London School of Business


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