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International Schools
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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

American/English/International schools where your child’s education will be continued in English, together with some emphasis (of varying degree) on French language and culture. Even with these schools there may be difficulties in adjustment, depending on differences in the curriculum, standards and examination syllabus offered, compared with the child’s last school, and also the differences in background of the children among whom yours will find him or herself. If you are intending to return to your home country at some time in the future, it is prudent to send your child to an international school where there is a good balance of English and French spoken. In Paris, most of these are to be found in the banlieue Ouest. It is not worth trying to do the school run from the other side of Paris... although some parents do, and suffer for it.

BILINGUAL SCHOOLS

Bilingual schools which offer some balance between the two languages and cultures. Usually most subjects are studied in French after the period of adaptation under the Français Spécial programme (*intensive training in French which usually lasts one year) with some study of English, and certain subjects available in English. Look carefully at the curriculum offered and whether the English language work is of an appropriate level for children working in their mother tongue, whichever is your child’s case. In addition to extra hours in English, many schools offer courses such as history and geography in English. Many schools prepare students for English and American exams, but there are a number of international options to consider: the French baccalauréat, the B.O.I. (Baccalauréat Français a Option Internationale) or the B.I. (Baccalauréat International de Genève), I.G.C. S .E. (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and university entrance exams for the US and the UK. If you get the chance, talk with other expatriate parents and visit the schools sites on the Internet..

  • Ecole Active Bilingue
    117, bd. Malesherbes (8e)
    Paris
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4563 6222
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4563 6223
    This is an international, co-educational school for ages three to 18, on Parc Monceau in the 8e, and in the 16e and l7e. It teaches the bac (with European option) as well as American and British secondary school diplomas. English classes start in nursery school, and by first grade students have an hour-and-a-half of English each day. From 12 years old, history, geography and physics are taught in English.
    There are 2300 students, with an average of 25 per class.
  • Ecole Active Bilingue J.M.
    141, av. de Suffren (7th Arr.)
    Paris
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4734 2772
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4567 2575
    A quarter of the school is anglophone, and there is an active parent teacher association. There is a gym, and a nearby pooi and stadium for other sports. Clubs include philosophy, science and theater. The Suifren location is for three to seven year olds. Edgar Fauré takes three to eight year olds. Rue du Thétre takes seven- to 18-year- olds. Students come from 60 countries and study the bac, B.OJ. and US college entrance exams. French curriculum with history, geography and science is taught in English, with all other courses in French. Japanese is compulsory in the 9e, and optional thereafter.
  • Ecole Active Bilingue J.M.
    15, rue Edgar Fauré (15th Arr.)
    Paris
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4449 0943
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4567 6515
  • Ecole Active Bilingue J.M.
    70, rue du Théâtre  (15th Arr.)
    Paris
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4437 0080
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4579 0666
    Age Range: 4-19
    Total Enrolment: 2300
    Nationalities: 65
    1100 boys, 1200 girls
    Foreign Section: 150
    Regular Section: 2150
    Entire School: 2300
    There is no school bus
  • L’Ermitage
    Av. Eglé, Maisons-Laffitte
    Paris
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 3962 0402
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 3962 5402
    This co-educational school is in the delightful surroundings of the Parc de Maisons-Laffitte. The lycée and primaire offer a bilingual option, with instruction half in English, half in French. The 1,000 students between three and 18, of which 250 board, spend six hours on English a week and can take Cambridge First Certificate and G.C.S.E. English. The principal exam is the bac, and the school also prepares pupils for the grandes écoles. International exchanges and internships in foreign enterprises are organized. Extracurricular activities include sport, theater, singing and dance.
    Age Range: 3-18
    Total Enrolment: 950; 400 boys, 410 girls
  • Ecole Primaire Internationalel C.E.S International Lycée François 1er
    Rue Guérin
    Fontainebleau
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 6422 1177
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 6423 4317
    Anglophone Section
    This is a combined anglophone section within three co-educational French state schools on a single campus, teaching pupils six to 18 years. It teaches a French curriculum with an additional six hours of English. In the 2de, there are I.G.C.S.E.s in English language and literature, French, history, maths and so on. At terminale, students sit B.O.l.. Many go on to universities in the UK and US. The school also boasts a lively theatrical tradition and participates in the model United Nations project.
    Age Range: 6-18
    Total Enrolment: 405
    Nationalities: 22
    200 boys, 205 girls
    Primary School: 155
    Middle School: 160
    High School: 90
  • Eurécole
    Classes are taught in French, English or German from nursery school to the 3ème, representing the cultural diversity of the school—35 percent of the 200 students are foreigners to France. There is a recently created parent teacher association. Extracurricular activities include judo, art (taught in German), chess and other sports.
     5, rue de Lübeck (16th Arr.).
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4070 1281
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4070 9107
    Age Range: 2.5-15
    Total Enrolment: 304
    Nationalities: 39
    158 boys, 146 girls
    Kindergarten: 98
    Primary School: 160
    Middle School (French College): 46
  • Fidès Champs de Mars
    10, av. de la Bourdonnais (7th Arr)
    Paris
    France
    Tel:  + 33 (0) 1 4551 6380
    A bilingual school for children from two and a half years to lycée level, preparing for the bac. The first two years focus on developing skills in English and French. Five-year-olds are taught Mathematics and Latin. P.E. is taught in English. The pupil ratio is 15 percent English and American, 10 percent Japanese and Korean, the rest of the pupils are French. Sports include tennis, golf, pony riding and swimming.
  • Institut de la Tour
    86, rue de la Tour (16th Arr.)
    Paris
    France
    Tel:+ 33 (0) 1 4504 7335
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4504 2798
    A French Catholic high school in the 16th arrondissement with 900 students, mainly girls. Anglophone section for bilingual students aged 11 to 18 makes up 10 percent of the school. All students prepare for the bac. Students in the anglophone section follow an enriched programme in English for about six hours a week: a core course in literature, composition and grammar with a cultural enrichment course.
  • Institut Notre-Dame
    3, rue de Témara, BP 4259
    St.Germain en Laye cedex
    78104
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 3087 1787
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 3061 5767
    This catholic private school has two campuses—nursery and primary school, and college and lycée, taking around 2,000 students in all. The Bilingual English section prepares for Cambridge First Certificate in 3ème and Cambridge Proficiency Certificate in terminate. The primary school English programme caters for beginners and bilingual children. In the secondary school, the Bilingual English Section takes classes in English language, literature and history for up to six hours a week with English-speaking teachers.
  • International School of Paris
    6, rue Beethoven (16e)
    Paris
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4224 0954
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4527 1593
    Pupils from 41 countries aged four to 18 are taught in English. I.G.C.S.E. and lB. are taught in small classes with the emphasis on teacher interaction. All pupils study French. There is a variety of extracurricular activities and sports. Students go on to universities worldwide.
    Age Range: 3-18
    Total Enrolment: 460
    Nationalities: 62
    237 boys, 223 girls
    Pre-Primary: 34
    Primary (Gr 1-5): 131
    Secondary (Gr 6-12): 295
  • The Lennen Bilingual School
    At the American Church
    65, quai d’Orsay (7th Arr.)
    Paris
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4705 6655
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4705 1718
    This is a bilingual nursery, kindergarten and primary school. Two bilingual teachers, one French, one English, teach each programme in Primary classes (1st to 3rd grade). There is no school on Wednesday afternoons. Primary.
  • THE LITTLE ENGLISH MONTESSORI SCHOOL *Opening September 2010*
    10 rue Clouet
    75015 PARIS
    Tel: +33 (0) 6 49 45 37 71
    Email: tlemschool@gmail.com
    Website: www.thelittleenglishmontessorischool.com
    The first exclusively English Montessori pre-school in Paris. The school can welcome a maximum of 19 children, of all nationalities, between the ages of 2 1/2 and 6 years old.
  • Marymount School
    This Catholic, co-educational international school, teaches an American curriculum from maternelle to 3ème. The basic curriculum is in English, with one lesson a day dedicated to French. The particular advantage of this school is its extensive programme for children with learning disabilities in the independent special education class. There are 21 students per class. Bus transportation is laid on from central Paris.
    72, bd. de la Saussaye,
    92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine.
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4624 1051
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4637 0750
    Age Range: 4-13
    Total Enrolment: 370
    Nationalities: 40
    187 boys, 183 girls
  • College de Sèvres
    This is a French state school with an international section, with six hours a week in either English or German. The 350 students can take B.O.I. as well as the bac. There are 25 students per class.
    7 rue Lecocq, 92310 Sèvres.
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4623 9635
    Fax: + 33 (0) 1 4534 7663
    Age Range: 4-19
    Total Enrolment: 620
    Nationalities:
    300 boys, 320 girls
  • College-Lycée International Honoré de Baizac
    118, bd. Bessières
    Paris
    75017
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 5311 1213
  • College Marcel Roby American Section
    6, rue Giraud Teulon
    St.-Germain en Laye
    78100
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 3451 0096
  • Institut de I’Assomption
    6, Rue de Lübeck
    Paris
    75114
    France
    Tel: + 33 (0) 1 4720 8193
  • La Source
    11, rue Ernest Renan
    Meudon
    92190
    France
    Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 4626 9988

COMMENTS
If you want your children continue with a predominantly  English education i.e.(US or UK), then an international school is your best bet. Following American or British models, these schools also ensure that your children develop language skills. They are not state-subsidised, and therefore very expensive. Quite often the fees form part of the package offered to employees with expatriate contracts. If school fees definitively cannot be negotiated then an availabe cost-effective alternative is a bilingual education, part subsidised by the French government. If you plan to stay less than a year in France, the best thing is to send your children to an international or bilingual school.

Finally, there is the traditional option, taken by parents living an “expat” lifestyle  and this has been so for at least the last three hundred years—send the offspring to boarding school in your home country or in France. This should never be ruled out. Expatriate life, especially where both parents intend working will mean giving up considerable time for life adjustments and work challenges of your own. This can be a nightmare for the child, who may be happier in a stable environment where they can be set among children of their own age. Boarding school fees are comparable to those of the international schools. On the other hand, you may miss the kids and they you.
Even though education represents possibly the most significant major factor, once the overseas posting is decided parents often forget to ask their children’s opinion about where to send them to school, even though most children will have a definite preference.

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