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Education: Schools in France
November 8, 2022


The large, long-established American community in France makes possible a wide range of educational opportunities for Americans. Essentially three types of schools are available: private American schools, bilingual schools where both French and English are used, and the French school system, taught in French, which is designed to lead to the Baccalaureate examination. American children have been accepted in French schools and, when necessary, tutored in the French language.

The Embassy does not recommend particular schools or send representatives to visit them. For more information on any of the schools listed below, please contact the schools directly.

French Educational System

2 to 6 years: Maternal or Preschool education: this instruction which is not compulsory is offered in the Ecoles Maternelles and the Classes Enfantines attached to primary schools.
6-10 years: Elementary Education: Instruction on this level is the same for all children in all elementary schools. Elementary education includes three courses – the preparatory (6 years old), the elementary course (7 to 8 years old) and the intermediate course (9 to 10 years old).
11 to 14 years: Premier Cycle- First Cycle: The Premier Cycle, which covers four years (Classes de 6e, 5e, 4e et 3e) and which admits students who have been promoted from the cycle élémentaire (elementary school), at the level of the classe de 6e. For the duration of the premier cycle, the teachers meet periodically in a class council under the direction of the homeroom teacher for the purpose of determining pupil aptitudes or interests to guide the pupils in the type of education best suited to them. The guidance council examines the proposals offered by the class councils and gives parents their considered opinions. At the end of the Classe de 5e and at the end of the Classe de 3e, if the parents follow the advice of the guidance council, the student automatically enters the recommended section of education. If the parents feel that their child should pursue one of the sections of education that was not recommended by the council, the child must take an entrance examination.
15 to 17 years: Second Cycle Education: Following first cycle education, pupils are guided according to their aptitudes, interests, and their previous work toward one of the following branches of study or sections: (L) literature and the humanities; (ES) Economics and Social Sciences, (S) science and mathematics or toward specialization in technology. (STT, STI). They will continue their studies in universities based on the work that has been accomplished over these two extremely important years.
18 years and older: Higher Education: Higher Education is offered in private institutions as well as in the public establishments. The public institutions include: a) the Facultés grouped in Universities, which are authorized to grant State degrees; b) the University Institutes of Technology are designed to train future high-ranking administrators and technicians in the industry; c) the great scientific and literary institutions and research and study institutions.

Public School Registration: Contact the Service des Ecoles at the City Hall (mairie) or the school directly. When you apply to a school you must bring along your passport, your child’s birth certificate, a recent electricity bill (EDF/GDF), and proof of your child’s immunizations. Applications should be made in the Spring before the Fall Term. Private schools are either subsidized by the government or not. Sponsored schools therefore have much lower tuition fees than non- sponsored ones. You should apply as soon as possible.

American and British Schools

The American School of Paris (K – 12)
Tel: 01 41 12 82 82
Fax: 01 46 02 23 90
41, rue Pasteur, 92210 St Cloud
E-mail: bheussaff@asParis.org (admissions secretary)
The American School of Paris, or ASP as the school is more familiarly called, is an independent, nonprofit accredited co-educational school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 that offers an American educational program to students of all nationalities. The Lower School (grades kindergarten-5) offers an educational program typical of reputable American elementary schools, with emphasis on meeting individual needs. The school has a guidance counselor, and English as a foreign language (ESOL) is instructed. A French language and culture program is included in the curriculum for all students. In addition an extra-curricular program of Franco-American activities for older students (grades 4-5) creates opportunities to mix with French children. Consistent with ASP’s educational philosophy, the middle school offers a program of studies based on an American curriculum. Most school activities are self-contained: students have their own art, drama and sports programs. In addition there are frequent class trips and for 7th and 8th graders, the popular Outward Bound Program. The aim is to
provide a varied and challenging educational program which emphasizes academic excellence as well as personal, social and intellectual growth. While encouraging students to excel, the middle school stresses cooperative behavior and respect for the rights and feelings of others. The upper school
(grades 9-12, with an optional 13th year) provides a rigorous college preparatory program and extracurricular activities typical of better independent schools in the United States. In addition to a standard American curriculum, the school offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses, an
intensive program for non-native English speakers, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma, permitting entrance to universities worldwide. Eighty percent of any graduating class has taken Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Knowledge of French language and culture is stressed, with additional programs in Spanish, German. Facilities include four science laboratories, two gymnasiums, sports fields, a self-service cafeteria, and a 400-seat Performing Arts Center, used for numerous musical and dramatic activities.

The American Business School
Tel: 01 40 03 15 04
Fax: 01 40 03 15 05
12 rue Alexandre Parodi 75010 Paris
E-mail: absParis@groupe-igs.org
The American Business School Paris, is a constituent college of IGS University one of the largest private non- profit educational institutions in France which enrolls over 8000 students. The American Business School France offers a 4 year English language Bachelor of Business Administration program in partnership with AACSB accredited universities and colleges in the United States of America. Students can major in International Finance, International Marketing and International Business. A new major, “Entrepreneurship and E-business” will be offered as of 2001.

British School (K-12)
Tel: 01 34 80 45 85
38, quai de l’Ecluse, 78290 Croissy sur Seine
This is a small co-educational school. Instruction is conducted in English, Kindergarten through high school. Emphasis is placed on preparation for students’ entry into all preparatory schools and colleges in Great Britain and the United States. The school will arrange for both the General Certificate of Education (advanced and ordinary level) for university entrance and the U.S. College Board Examination. Bus service is available for the Paris area, and hot lunches are served.

L’Ecole Koenig (American music conservatory)
Tel: 01 45 78 01 75
33, rue Fondary, 75015 Paris
Attn: Joan Koenig (Director) or Muriel Ossena (Administrator)
E-mail: ecolekoenig@wanadoo.fr
Located in the 15th arrondissement, l’Ecole Koenig is the only American music conservatory in Paris. French and American students come after school during the week, on Wednesdays and on Saturdays to study music and theater in a nurturing environment with a rigorous and joyful approach. Classes are taught in both English and French, creating a dynamic cross-cultural community.

L’Ecole Koenig is primarily a music school and offers:

  • private lessons for children in cello, drums, flute, guitar, bass, violin, piano, jazz piano, clarinet, recorder, guitar, saxophone
  • ensembles for guitar, flute, jazz, chamber music and orchestra
  • music fundamentals, which develops the basic music skills needed to progress in an instrument.

Musical Theater – L’Ecole Koenig also offers musical theater classes for students, which also includes the opportunity to participate in several American musicals each year. Recent shows have included “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Grease”. The classes are divided into four sections: 6-8 year olds, 9-11 year olds, 12-14 year olds and Junior Pros.
Baby Bop – Toddlers and parents come together during “Baby Bop”, which is a class focuses on sounds, movement and percussion
Faculty – Classes and lessons are taught by highly-qualified teachers. Teachers include graduates from The Juilliard School, Yale University, The Paris Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music of London and the Hochschule fur Musik und Kunst of Vienna.
Enrollment – Interviews for enrollment take place in June and September. For mid-session enrollments, please contact the school for availability.

Marymount International School
Tel: 01 46 24 10 51
Fax: 01 46 37 07 50
(Nursery through 8th grade)
72, boulevard de la Saussaye, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
Headmistress: Brigitte Dalton
E-mail: school@ecole-marymount.fr
Marymount School, Paris is accredited by the Middle States Association of College and Schools, and was founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in 1923. Today its aim is to fulfill the needs of elementary school students who will be spending only a few years in France and who wish to maintain continuity with an English-speaking program of education. It is a catholic, independent school open to boys and girls of all nationalities and religions. It has close ties with other Marymount Schools throughout the world. The students of Marymount range from nursery school through eighth grade, 4 to 14 years. Math and English classes form the core of the curriculum along with specialized courses in art, music, science, social studies, computer technologies, physical education and daily French lessons taught by native-born French teachers. The kindergarten level uses a Montessori approach. There is an English as a Second Language department as well as a Resource Center for children having learning difficulties that cannot be met within the regular classroom. Admission to this class is limited and based upon specific criteria. Marymount offers a strong after-school activities program. It provides opportunities for students to follow interests or needs in the areas of sports, music, drama, dance, karate, and art.

International, Bilingual, English Language and Transition Schools in the Paris Consular District

The Bilingual Montessori School
Tel: 01 45 55 13 27
Tel: 01 45 51 65 87
Fax: 01 45 51 25 12
65, quai d’Orsay , 75007 Paris
The Bilingual Montessori School of Paris was founded twenty years ago as an International, non-profit, A.M.I. accredited school for children between the ages of two (2) and six (6) years old. The school offers unparalleled opportunities for a child to study in a stimulating, warm, happy atmosphere where he/she can work and develop at his/her own pace. The children learn to love and respect their environment. It is known as “the development of the Whole Child”, where the refinement of the senses is made through music, language, mathematics, geography, science, practical life, history, art, sensorial activities.

The Bilingual Montessori School
Tel: 01 45 55 13 27
23, avenue George V, 75008 Paris

The Bilingual Montessori School
Tel: 01 45 55 13 27
53, rue Erlanger, 75016 Paris

Collège-Lycée Internationale de Paris Honore de Balzac
Tel: 01 53 11 12 13
118, boulevard Bessières, 75017 Paris
E-mail: sections.internationales@voila.fr
The Lycée Collège Internationale de Paris, Honoré de Balzac at the Porte de Clichy (17e) provides free bilingual education. Its five established international sections (English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic) operate as part of a large French state secondary school and offer the opportunity for a French education adapted to the needs of international students. All students follow a French syllabus and in addition:

  • English language and literature (4-6 hours a week)
  • English History Geography (2 hours a week);

The school also provides classes in French as a Foreign Language (FLE) to enable students from abroad to integrate successfully into the program. Entrance tests for the school year starting in September 2002 are on May 15 and 16. Candidates interested in taking the tests should call or write the school or E-mail: mailing address: Lycée Collège Honoré de Balzac / Sections internationales, 118, boulevard Bessières, 75849 Paris Cedex 17. Parents and children considering bilingual education in Paris will find a description of the school’s entrance requirements and curriculum at the website.

Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel Paris
Day School: Pre-K – 12th grade
Tel: 01 44 37 00 80
Fax: 01 45 79 06 66
70, rue du Théâtre, 75015 Paris

Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel
Tel: 01 44 37 00 76
Écoles Primaires (Primary School)
Bureau des Admissions (Admissions Office)
15, rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris
141, avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris
E-mail: bureaudesadmissions@eabjm.com

Eurecole (Trilingual School)
Tel: 01 40 70 12 81
Fax: 01 40 70 91 07
5, rue de Lubeck, 75116 Paris
E-mail: direction@eurecole.com
Eurecole, a trilingual European School, opened its doors in September 1989 in Paris, in the 16th district of Paris. Claude Duval, the founder and principal of the group EURECOLE, has chosen a team of teachers from different European countries to formulate a new pedagogical concept, founded on a balance between sport, art and study associated with the initiation of languages. The daily time table includes, 2 hours of sports in English, 2 hours of arts in German, 2 hours of study in French, for all the classes from the nursery (starting at 3 years) to the seventh grade (9-10 years).The education team at Eurecole offers the possibility of a multilingual and cultural exchange, in a specially adapted modern building, housing a library, gymnasium, video and computer rooms, lunch room.

First Steps
Tel: 01 42 19 02 14
51, avenue Georges Mandel, 75016 Paris
E-mail: info@firststepsparis.com
At First Steps children learn through play in an environment where they are free to experiment and explore at their own pace. The teachers strive to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of each individual child. This English pre-school welcomes children of all nationalities from two to five years of age. The school premises are located on the rue Emile Duclaux in the 15th arrondissement.

Institut De La Tour
86, rue de la Tour
Tel: 01 45 04 73 35
Fax: 01 45 04 27 98
75116 Paris
Catholic high school. Anglophone section with traditional French education.

International School of Paris (K-12)
Tel: 01 42 24 09 54
6 rue Beethoven, 75016 Paris
E-mail: admissions@isparis.edu
Founded in 1964, the International School of Paris (ISP) is an independent, non profit, English-medium day school that welcomes students from ages 3 to 18. ISP is the first school in France authorized to offer all three International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum programmes and has over three decades of above-world average IB DP results. In addition to our IB accreditation, ISP also has top-tier international accreditations by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), both since 1981.

Our 3 campuses are located in the heart of Paris (XVI arrondissement). This city centre location is interwoven with ISP’s Paris as a Classroom (PAAC) programme, and we engage students on a daily basis with the cultural, artistic, linguistic and historic offerings of our host country.

With over 65 nationalities and 35 mother tongues spoken, ISP offers a truly international atmosphere. Our school vision of “Educating for complexity” and our IB curriculum puts inquiry and research, creativity, wellbeing and student agency at the center of learning. Average class size is 15 – 20 students, and we have Learning Support, Wellbeing and English as an Additional Language teams to further support student transition at all grade levels. Our Extended Curriculum Activities (ECA) programme offers over 40 activities during lunch and after school.

Instruction is in English, with mandatory French language learning from Nursery – Grade 10 (minimum 3 hours/ week). As of Grade 6, there is an additional third language requirement, which can be an acquisition language or a mother tongue, or further French study. Approximately half of our graduates attain a Bilingual IB Diploma, well above the world average.

ISP accepts students throughout the school year, subject to space availability and application review. Detailed information about the school’s facilities, academic programme and student services is available from the Admissions team.

The Lennen Bilingual School
Tel: 01 47 05 66 55
65, Quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris
From to 2 to 8 years-old
Founded in 1960 as a private kindergarten, the school has continued to fill a growing need for bilingual education. The children learn and develop in a warm family atmosphere where they are secure and happy. Bilingual learning is emphasized and many varied activities are offered – art, music, and gymnastics. In addition there are swimming, trips, etc. as well as early academic learning. The teachers are fully qualified with experience in bilingual and international education. There is a French and English speaking teacher in each pre-school class. A 3-year bilingual primary section has been added, covering the first 3 grades in English and French. The children are prepared to enter French or American schools. All the children are given an opportunity to build a strong foundation in both languages. The school accepts children whenever there is space available and offers a summer schools as well as vacation programs.

La Petite Ecole Bilingue
Tel: 01 43 80 25 34
(British, Bilingual Nursery)
9, rue Verniquet, 75017 Paris

La Petite Ecole Bilingue (Bilingual, Preschool and Primary)
Tel: 01 43 80 25 34
Fax: 01 43 80 37 40
8, place de la porte Champeret, 75017 Paris
E-mail: contact@stewartintschool.com
Teaching is in English and French at different times of the day, preparing the children for a successful education whether in France or elsewhere in the world. The school bases its teaching on learning the two languages at the age when children are most receptive. The teachers use the method of total immersion in the language to achieve their objectives. Small classes allow the teacher optimal interaction with each child. The use of art, theatre, dance, songs and computers allow the children to learn through a variety of stimulating experiences.

Le Petit Cours
International Bilingual Private Secular School
Preschool & Primary
Tel: 01 46 06 80 33
104, rue Ordener, 75018 Paris
E-mail: contact@lepetitcours.com
Created in 1887, LE PETIT COURS is an International Bilingual Private Secular School. It offers an English/French bilingual preschool and primary education. Accommodating numerous native English speakers, the school accepts children of all nationalities, from 2 years and 3 months upwards.
English is used for 50% of the total school time, including diverse subjects and activities by English Mother Tongue teachers. Even the canteen is bilingual. In preschool classes: the morning is in English and the afternoon in French. All subjects are covered in both French and English.
In primary classes:

  • The morning is in French. The French language (spoken, read and written), mathematics, poetry and singing are taught.
  • The afternoon is in English. The English language (spoken, read and written) is taught. The general knowledge topics (history, civic instruction, geography, science, hygiene, ecology, computer training), art (painting and drawing, poetry and music) and sport (stadium, gymnasium, swimming pool) are also taught in English.

Le Petit Cours adopts:

  • an active education by means of play and pleasure, motivates the child while preserving his or her own nature and supports the blossoming of the child’s own personality, as well as the emergence of autonomy. This is not incompatible with the development of the sense of effort, work well done and the acquisition of fundamental knowledge tools.
  • an individualised education, which makes it possible to manage the rate of progress, not by age, but by each child’s individual rhythm. Thus, the child learns to read as soon as he or she is mature enough and expresses the desire.

The small number of children in the school and classes enables Le Petit Cours to be a community with life rules but in a warm, calm and relaxed family atmosphere. “SCHOOL SWEET SCHOOL’’ is the motto of a happy little school, which has as its primary objective the individual success of each of its pupils by offering them the opportunity to hold their future in their own hands.

Les Petits Dragons
Tel: 01 42 28 56 17
Saint Georges Church 7, rue Augustus Vacquerie, 75016 Paris

Les Petits Dragons
Tel: 01 42 28 56 17
17, rue Bayard, 75008 Paris

United Nations Nursery School
Ages: 2 1/2-6 years
Tel: 01 45 27 20 24
40, rue Pierre Guerin, 75016 Paris
E-mail: unns@noos.fr
The private Nursery school was founded in 1951 for the International population of Paris. The program is bilingual, there are pre-school activities (pre-reading writing, math) as well as music, art-craft, and games in our private garden. There are 14 children per class, any child between the ages of 2 1/2, and 6 may apply.

International, Bilingual, English Language and Transition Schools in the Marseille Consular District


72 Boulevard Carnot
06300 Nice
E-mail: abcschool@wanadoo.fr

10 Avenue George Clemenceau
06000 Nice

23 Boulevard Gambetta
0600 Nice
Email: ecolepe@wanadoo.fr

393 Promenade des Anglais
06202 Nice Cedex 3
Director: M. Eric Rode
Email: eric.rode@edhec.edu

9, Route du Château
La Colle
06340 Drap Tèl:
E-mail: secretariat@ecoleledeschamps.com

15 Avenue Claude Debussy
06200 Nice
Director: David Johnson
E-mail: office@isn-nice.com

4 Boulevard Carabacel
06000 Nice
Director: Madame Linda Prince Tel.:

Espace Grimaldi
11 Rue Maccarani
06000 Nice
Email: studyabr@deans.umd.edu

Description: The Maryland-in-Nice program is one of the University of Maryland’s oldest study abroad programs. Based at the Centre Universitaire d’Enseignement en Français Langue Étrangère (C.U.E.F.L.E.) at the Université de Nice, the program is open to all UM students, as well as students from other accredited American universities.

841 Chemin de La Plaine
06250 Mougins

615 Avenue Maurice Donat
06254 Mougins
Director: Brian Hickmore
E-mail: information@mougins-school.com
Description: Mougins School is an international school with students aged three to eighteen representing nearly forty countries. The curriculum followed by the School is British and the language of instruction, English with emphasis placed on French. The School is situated on a purpose built campus on the outskirts of the high-technology park of Sophia Anltipolis and close to the village of Mougins, north of Cannes and west of Nice.

56 Chemin de Provence
06250 Mougins
Director: Mike Meade
E-mail: info@rivierareporter.com

43 Chemin du Pain de Sucre
06800 Cagnes-sur-Mer

1 Avenue Alexandre Pascal
06400 Cannes
E-mail info@french-in-cannes.com

Rue du Four
84480 Lacoste
Director: Eleanor Twisford
E-mail: etwisford@scad.edu

500 Petite Route de Bouc Bel Air
13080 Luynes
E-mail: info@ibsofprovence.com

200 Rue Georges Duby
13080 Luynes
E-mail: ce.01335251@ac-aix-marseille.fr

160 Promenade de la Bouillide
06560 Valbonne Director: Claudine Vinot
Email: primaire.sartoux@gmail.com

98 Boulevard Edouard Herriot – BP 3209 06204 Nice- Cedex 3
Description: The Universite de Nice runs French language and culture courses for students of all nationalities, from Elementary to Advanced level. It prepares students for university diplomas recognised by the ADCUEFE (network of 30 university centres) and for national diplomas and tests (DALF, TCF). All the services provided by the university are available to CUEFLE students. Highly qualified teachers teach all classes. Intensive courses are offered in French, as well as Italian and English.

60 rue Dostoïevski
06902 Sophia Antipolis Tel:
Email: regis.brandinelli@skema.edu

Graduate School and Research Center
2229 Route des Cretes BP193
06560 Sophia-Antipolis cedex

Bureopolis 2 , Etage 1 – 1240 Route des Dollines 06560 Valbonne
Email: admin@aseica.org

Description: A group of co-educational, bilingual schools with 2,000 students from 6ème to terminale, and preparatory classes for grandes écoles. Opened in 1979, English-speaking students are accepted in the International Section which consists of approximately 1,200 students, plus 80 in a primary school bilingual program for 6 to 10 year olds. The International Section (referred to as) ASEICA) is comprised of several sites in the region; they include Centre International de Valbonne (CIV), Ecole Sartouix, Ecole Trois Collines du Mougins, College de Biot and College de Valbonne. Instruction in French and English on three levels is offered for foreign students. Preparation for French Baccalaureate and Baccalauréat à Option Internationale. Center for SAT I, II, PSAT. Located near Antibes, in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, southeastern of France. There are also German, Italian, and Spanish sections.



30 Avenue Victor Hugo
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Director: Nelly Halzen
E-mail: apa.assistant@gmail.com

Maison des Associations
Mairie Aix Sud CD9
75 Route des Milles
Pont de l’Arc
13090 Aix en Provence
President: Laurence Bry
Director: Peter Brown
E-mail: info@AAGP-Provence.com

Description: The Anglo-American Group of Provence is a non-profit organization serving the native English speaking community of Provence and chartered to promote friendly relations with our host community, provide assistance and information for expatriates and to preserve and promote our anglophone heritage.
Our members (400 families or 700 adults) have a wealth of knowledge concerning all aspects of life in Provence and are most willing to share it. We have a number of clubs which meet monthly or weekly, and special events like parties and excursions.

4 Traverse du Cirque
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Director: Dr. Preston Rudy
Personnel: Alison Leurele
E-mail: csuipfrancerd@calstate.edu

67 Cours Mirabeau
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Director: Vivienne Hamill
E-mail: Vivienne.hamill@gowithcea.com
Description: CEA Global Education provides college study abroad programs throughout the world to U.S. & Canadian students

19 Avenue Henri Malacrida
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Director: Madame Guind-Robinson

2 bis, Rue du Bon Pasteur
13100 Aix-En-Provence France
President: Carl Jubran
Director: Leigh Smith
E-mail: iauaix@iaufrance.org

Domaine des Pins
500 Petite Route de Bouc-Bel-Air
13080 Luynes, France
E-mail: info@ibsofprovence.com

19 Cours des Arts et Metiers
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Director: Stephen Gibbs
E-mail: info@aucp.fr
Description: The AUC of Provence, located in both Aix and Marseille, offers advanced immersion French programs to American university students. Setting standards in both French language acquisition and intercultural sensitivity development, the AUCP combines an all-French-speaking environment, individual homestay placement, community service, and rigorous coursework taught by French university faculty. Courses in Aix focus upon French language and literature, the arts, and cross-cultural communication. The Marseille program focuses on international relations, immigrant identities, Arabic language and culture, and includes a week of on-site study in Morocco.

15 Rue Cardinale
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Director: Maité Monchal
E-mail: vanderbilt.bureau@wanadoo.fr
Description: Students may study in France for a summer, a semester, or any combination of academic units. Vanderbilt’s program in Aix-en-Provence celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2001 and is one of the two oldest study abroad programs for Americans in this charming city. Vanderbilt in France has been located for thirty-five years in a historic building on one of the most picturesque streets in Aix, la Rue Cardinale.

16 Rue Emile Tavan
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Director: Monique Fecteau
E-mail: mfecteau@wellesley.edu
Description: The program begins in Paris. Participants who begin in the fall start with a four-week orientation including classes in language, literature, and contemporary culture that offer an in-depth introduction to the intellectual and cultural life of France. After Paris, the group heads south to Aix, whose rich history, picturesque architecture, and beautiful open-air markets make it a truly extraordinary place to live and study.

10 Montee de la Tour
30400 Villeneuve les Avignon
Director: Jerome Henry Rudes


6 Impasse Cite Gelly
34000 Montpellier
Director: Amber Bathke
Email: abathke@umn.edu
Description: Based at the Paul Valéry University, the liberal arts division of the University of Montpellier, this program also provides access to the highly regarded medical, engineering, and law departments through an extremely flexible course structure. Choose from a mix of special courses with American and foreign students, and regular University of Montpellier courses with French students.

93 Rue Alexandre Langlade
34070 Montpellier
Description: The UNC at Montpellier program in France was first established at the University of Lyon in 1964. It then moved to the University of Orleans in 1974 and to the University of Montpellier in 1976. The program in Montpellier currently offers a year-long and spring semester course of study.



10 – 12 Quai Antoine Premier
98000 Monaco Director: Mr. John Price
Tel: +377.
Fax: +377.
E-mail: ecoleism@cote-dazur.com

10 – 12 Quai Antoine Premier
98000 Monaco Director: Mr. John Price
Tel: +377.
Fax: +377.
E-mail: ecoleism@cote-dazur.com

2 Avenue Albert II
MC 98000 Monaco
Director: Leila Bello
Tel: 377.97.986.986
E-mail: admissions@monaco.edu


Le Centre D’Avignon
5 Rue Figuiere
84000 Avignon
E-mail: adminavi@iaufrance.org
Description: The aim of the Institute for American Universities is to offer a rigorous American form of education thoroughly integrated into all that is exceptional and powerful in French culture. In smaller cities like Aix and Avignon, where Americans are not quite so common a sight, it is easier to meet residents and other students spontaneously, and to speak French.

Schools located near Paris or in other regions of France

Association Des Parents Anglophones De La Region De Chantilly (A.P.A.R.C.)
Anglophone Parents’ Association of the Region of Chantilly
33, Grande Rue, 60300 AVILLY SAINT-LEONARD
Tel: 03 44 57 49 10
E-mail: info@aparc.com
APARC provides English classes for the children of the large English-speaking community near Chantilly. Kindergarten and Primary classes are on Wednesday mornings (three hours). Secondary classes (sixth to tenth grades) are integrated into the timetable of the public Collège and Lycée in Chantilly (the four hours of English tuition are paid for; APARC has an agreement with the French Ministry of Education). In tenth grade the pupils take the International GCSE in English language and literature, and most go on to take the French baccalauréat. Their experience in APARC helps them to be bilingual, and the IGCSE is an excellent reference for American and British universities and the French Grandes Ecoles. APARC was founded in 1981, the student body is international and the teachers are all highly qualified, with British, American or Irish teaching diplomas.

Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel Lille (EABJM)
Day and Boarding School: K – 12th grade
Tel: 03 20 35 90 50
Fax: 03 20 98 06 41
418, bis rue Albert Bailly, 59700 Marcq en Baroeul
Admissions Paris: admissions@eabjm.net – Admissions Lille: s.deblandere@eabjm.net
EABJM is a non-profit independent pre-K – 12 coeducational school founded in 1954 by Jeannine Manuel with the mission to develop international understanding through bilingual (French/English) education. Fifty years after it began with twelve students, EABJM has become the largest non-denominational independent school in France, with three thousand students representing sixty-six nationalities and every major cultural and religious tradition. One third of our students are French, one third is bi-nationals, and one third have only non-French parents. Each year, EABJM welcomes more than 100 new non-French speaking students who enrol in ‘adaptation classes’ where they follow a French immersion programme.
The lower school and the middle school follow the national curriculum with several notable exemptions:

  •  English is taught every day and, in middle school, the sciences, History (except French history), and Geography are taught in English.
  • The curriculum is enriched at all levels, not only with a more advanced English language and literature curriculum, but also, for example, with Chinese language instruction (compulsory in grades 3-4-5).
  • An integrated science program in lower school (using FOSS and “La Main à La Pâte” science modules), and Scientific Inquiry Excursions in middle school.

In the upper school, 10th graders continue to follow the national curriculum. In their junior year, students choose between the standard French Baccalaureate, the French OIB (International Option within the French Baccalaureate) and the International Baccalaureate programme.
The school’s dedication to academic excellence matches its commitment to cultural diversity. EABJM is one of the top schools in France as attested by its results at the French Baccalaureate in 2007: 100 percent success, including 97 percent with honors, compared to an average national success rate of 84 percent and an honors rate of 33 percent.

Out of a graduating class of 230 students in 2007, 62 took the IB, 60 opted for the French OIB, and the balance chose the standard French Baccalaureate. Over the past three years, 14 percent of our students have gone to US colleges or universities, 33 percent chose the UK or Canada, 50 percent entered the French higher education system, and the remaining three percent pursued their higher education all over the world.

Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel
Ecole Primaire, collège, lycée et internat
Primary, Junior and Senior High School, Boarding School
Tel: 03 20 35 90 50
418, bis rue Albert Bailly, 59700 Marcq en Baroeul

L’Ermitage International School of France
(State-associated, non-denominational school)
Tel: 01 39 62 04 02
Fax: 01 39 62 54 02
46, avenue Eglé, 78600 Maisons-Laffitte
E-mail: ermitage@ermitage.fr
L’Ermitage – International School of France is a co-educational day or 5-day boarding school located in the residential park of Maisons-Laffitte. Welcoming pupils from close to 40 nationalities from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, the school proposes a bilingual program of instruction in French and English within the French national curriculum.
Pre-school pupils can participate in a bilingual class (English teacher in the morning; a French teacher in the afternoon), while primary classes receive 5 hours of English per week with special classes for native English-speakers. In the Middle School (grades 6-9), pupils can study history, science and civilization courses in English as well as a second foreign language. The International Brevet Diploma is taken by certain pupils at the end of 3ème (grade 9). The Upper School (grades 10-12) prepares students for the French Baccalaureate (Economic, Literary and Scientific sections) and the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (American Section). L’Ermitage will be offering the British A-Level diploma from September 2004, enabling pupils to take 4 subjects from a choice of 8 entirely in English, as well as compulsory courses in IT and French Civilisation/European Studies.

Students can choose from a wide variety of outings and cultural and participate in different clubs and athletic teams. Numerous exchanges are also offered (USA, Europe and Asia). Non French-speaking students arriving from abroad can benefit from adaptation classes during their first year of stay in France. The school makes every effort to integrate computer technology into the classroom (wireless, high-speed internet network, an intranet service offering an online information service, report card, register and educational data base, an extensive range of computer facilities including interactive whiteboards) in order to enhance the creativity and innovation of its teachers and students alike. L’Ermitage also benefits from an association with the internationally-renowned Round Square and Global Connections foundations.

Forest International School
(From 2 to 6 years-old)
Tel /Fax:
28, rue du Tour d’Echelle, 78750 Mareil-Marly
E-mail: infos@forest-international-school.com
Located in the Western suburbs of Paris, bordering the forest of Marly, Forest International School was opened in September 2004 with the objective of providing a school with a high standard of education, encompassing a well-rounded curriculum that addresses the child’s academic, physical, creative, social and emotional needs. Following the Montessori approach to education, the school functions on the premise that a child learns best in a setting where his/her individual development is respected. At Forest International School, we aim to provide an environment in which young children can fully build upon their natural love of learning and develop their sense of self-confidence as a foundation for the future. In a classroom that encourages creativity, self-direction and decision-making from an early age, the child learns to identify his/her own strengths and talents. He/she also becomes skilled at working independently and in groups, gaining respect and appreciation for others.

We seek to provide a child-centered education in which each child’s individual needs and potential are evaluated, and personalized attention is directed toward meeting these needs. We work in close partnership with the parents, particularly with the Parents’ Association.

The International Sections of Sèvres (K – 12)
Tel: 01 72 77 70 45
Tel: 01 72 77 70 43
1, rue Lecocq, 92310 Sèvres
E-mail: sis@sis-sevres.net
Telephone: Admissions 33 (0)1 72 77 70 45; Receptionist: 33 (0)1 72 77 70 43
When school in session, office hours: M – F, 9 AM to 12 PM & 2 to 5 PM
The International Sections of Sèvres (Sections Internationales de Sèvres or “SIS” as the school is more familiarly called) offer a bilingual (English & French or German & French) curriculum. Kindergarten and primary school students attend the SIS for three-hours per week (Wednesday morning class held totally in English or German), as a complement to their usual French public school. Middle school and high school students (“collège” and “lycée” in the French system) attend the SIS full time, with some subjects taught in French and others in English. There are several locations in Sèvres and Chaville, close to public transport. The Anglophone Section has about 750 students, from 5 to 18 years of age.

Education in English is used as a focal point for a curriculum and environment that respects and nurtures cultural diversity. More than 20 nationalities are represented in the student body, and teachers come from a range of English speaking countries. Some 40% of the students are from bicultural households, and 20% are issue of totally non-French households. The remaining 40% are mostly French citizens who have formerly attended school in an English speaking country, often while their parents were expatriated for their work. The Anglophone Section offers an academically rigorous bilingual program which aims to promote and maintain native-speaker fluency in both English and French. The curriculum fully meets the requirements of the French public school system, but also includes 3 to 8 hours of English language and literature per week. Older students also have 2 to 6 hours per week of history and geography in English. Each year, a school play is produced (Mark Twain’s “Huck Finn” in 2006) and performed in English, with wide participation of students and teachers and very high attendance by parents and the community. Most SIS Anglophone section students take the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (the “OIB” or Option International du Baccalauréat). Results are in general excellent. From 2004 to 2006, 98-99% of SIS students taking the OIB passed it, with 40% of them receiving honorable mention (“mentions bien ou très bien”). More than half of SIS graduates enter preparatory programs for the top French universities (“les classes préparatoires”), while 25% leave France to attend a foreign university. Compared to many international schools in Paris, the tuition for the SIS remains modest. Additional information on the school, students, teachers, and graduates, can be found at the website. Métro: Pont de Sèvres and tramway: Musée de Sèvres

Lycée International (American Section)
Tel: 01 34 51 74 85
2, rue du Fer à Cheval
78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Email: lycee@americansection.org
The American Section is one of 14 national sections, and is located on three campuses in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The Section currently enrolls just under 700 students from age 4 – 18. Over fifty nationalities are represented: 50% of the American Section students hold American citizenship, and about 40% are French citizens who have spent considerable time in the U.S., or have had American schooling. The remaining students hold neither American nor French nationality, but were educated in English-language schools worldwide.

All students follow the French national curriculum in addition to receiving 6-8 hours of American instruction per week; 4-6 hours of English language and literature and 2-3 hours of History. The American Section curriculum is an intensive language arts and social studies program designed to promote and maintain native-speaker fluency. All of the section’s instruction is given by American or Canadian teachers using American teaching methods. American Section students present the O.I.B. – the International Option of the French Baccalaureate at the end of their final year. The Lycée International’s Français Spécial (FS) program provides an exceptional opportunity for non-French speakers to obtain a good foundation of written and spoken French in an intensive year- long program. After one year, FS students mainstream into the regular French classes.Application files are accepted starting in November for the following school year.

Rainbow School Paris
Tel: 01 43 33 00 07
7 avenue Charlebourg, 92550 La Garenne Colombes
Email: specialneeds@rainbowschoolparis.com
A new program at Rainbow School Paris, a bilingual Montessori school (maternelle and primary). An inclusive special needs program has been developed by an American-trained specialist in developmental disabilities and special education. We welcome children with a range of abilities, including children with advanced or delayed development, diagnosed disabilities, or other challenges. We provide an inclusive program where children spend most of their day in the regular classroom along with individual, developmentally-based support from our developmental therapists and program coordinators. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) written for each child contains specific, measurable goals to monitor the progress and development of the child. Ongoing communication with child’s team provides optimal care and support to provide a foundation for future independence.

Section Internationale Anglophone de Buc
Collège Martin Luther King
Rue Colin Mamet F – 78530 BUC
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 39 56 47 48

Lycée Franco-Allemand
Rue Colin Mamet
F – 78530 BUC
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 39 07 14 20

The Section Internationale Anglophone de Buc (SIAB) is a free bilingual school program based in Buc, a small town located on the Saclay Plateau near Versailles in the Yvelines department. The program caters for children from late primary level (4th/5th grade/CM1&CM2) to middle school Collège Martin Luther King and runs through to the end of high school (Terminale) Lycée Franco-Allemand, where students take the “Option Internationale du Baccalauréat” (OIB).

The program is aimed at English/French bilingual children of many different nationalities and currently has about 150 students in total. The children are taught English and History by native English speakers but otherwise they are educated within the French State education system alongside Francophone children. The program includes a wide range of extracurricular activities such an English drama club, student exchanges and trips abroad.

Entrance tests take place in March (Lycée), April (Collège) and May (Primary).

Parents de la Section Anglophone de Buc
Tel: 09 54 47 11 18
Contact: Gerdi Serrer Matillat
E-mail: gerdi.serrer@free.fr
Parents de la Section Anglophone de Buc was created to support the development of the “Section Internationale Anglophone de Buc” (SIAB), part of the Collège Martin Luther King in Buc (middle school) and extended to the Lycée Franco-Allemand (high school) in 2005. Since 2008 the section has also welcomed children at CM1/CM2 level (elementary school) who attend the Louis Bleriot primary school at Buc and Les 40 Arpents primary school at Voisins-le-Btx.

Section Internationale
Tel: 07 77 70 34 37
La-Celle-Saint-Cloud – Noisy-le-Roi
Over 10 years of bilingual education
Integrated in the French national education system -Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) -Cambridge & IGCSE exams

Vive L’enfance (International School – K-12)
Tel: 01 34 62 51 73
Fax: 01 30 56 58 25
Adien d’Esclaibes, headmaster
29, rue de Noisy, 78870, Bailly (nursery)
5, rue de Chaponval, 78870, Bailly (primary – secondary)
E-mail: mail@vivelenfance.com
Founded by Sylvie d’Esclaibes in 1992, Vive l’Enfance is the largest Montessori school in France. It is a private school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 that offers an international educational program to students of all nationalities. It is located 20 km to the west from Paris, in a leafy area close to Versailles, near the head offices of many multi-national companies and with quick access to Paris.

The Lower school (nursery, primary-5) offers a bilingual Montessori education with an English teacher in the morning and a French teacher in the afternoon. All teachers are Montessori trained. The classes are small and we use a style of teaching where each child is in control of his own learning process.
The Middle and Upper schools propose a bilingual program of instruction in French and English within the French national curriculum. Students can study history, language and literature in English (six to eight hours a week by teachers whose mother tongue is English), as well as other languages (Spanish and Chinese).

The school makes every effort to integrate new students and every year welcomes children who speak neither English nor French:

  •  tailor-made (even one-to-one) classes for non-French speaking students
  • enables students to master French (or English) very quickly, without ever experiencing a feeling of failure
  • many sports and a range of artistic activities
  • highly qualified teachers always ready to listen to the students;
  • Parents are encouraged to take part in school life

Exams offered: SAT 1 & 2; I.G.C.S.E (history, language, literature, French); Baccalauréat S and ES.
International recognition: the school is an exam center for the London Examinations Board (Edexcel) and for the Cambridge University Local Examinations Syndicate.


The American University
(Undergraduate & Graduate admissions)
Tel: 01 40 62 07 20
Fax: 01 47 05 34 32
6, rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
E-mail: admissions@aup.edu

American Graduate School in Paris
Tel: 01 47 20 00 94
Fax: 01 47 20 81 89
101, boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris
E-mail: info@ags.edu
The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) offers higher education programs based on the U.S. system of education and taught in English, in Paris. AGS braches out into a School of International Relations and Diplomacy and a School of Business and Economics. Programs include U.S.-accredited Masters, a U.S-accredited MBA, a Ph.D., certificates and other part-time options, and Study Abroad in France for both graduates and undergraduates.

Boston University – Paris internship program
E-mail: bostonuniversity@wanadoo.fr
Tel: 01 45 66 59 49
Fax: 01 45 66 64 68
3, bis rue Jean Pierre-Bloch, 75015 Paris

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique
Tel: 01 40 40 45 45
Parc de la Villette, 209 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
Tel: 01 42 34 97 00
Fax: 01 42 34 97 85
31 rue d’Ulm, 75006 Paris

L’école Du Louvre
Tel: 01 55 35 18 00
Tel: 01 55 35 18 18
Palais du Louvre
Porte Jaujard
Place du Carrousel
75001 Paris

New York University
E-mail: nyu-in-france@nyu.edu
Tel: 01 53 92 50 80
Fax: 01 53 92 50 81
56, rue de Passy, 75016 Paris
Master of Arts in French language and civilization. Master of Arts in French Literature, Junior Year Abroad Program.

Schiller International University
Tel: 01 45 38 56 01
Fax: 01 45 38 54 30
E-mail: sakiki@schillerParis.com
32, Boulevard de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris