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Private & International Schools in France

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1. Notre Dame International High School, Paris
Courses / Programs
Situated in Verneuil sur Seine, only 30 minutes north-west of Paris by train, Notre Dame International High School (NDIHS) provides bilingual, college preparatory education to students from around the world.

Part of the Nacel International School System (NISS), we offer an American-styled high school curriculum taught in English to students in Grades 9-12, which leads to an American high school diploma. Students also benefit from an extensive French language and culture program. We provide boarding facilities as well as French homestays for further French cultural immersion.

The US High School curriculum is taught by American teachers (ESL, Math, English, Social Studies and Science); Arts, Music and Physical Education are taught by French teachers; the special French curriculum is provided by the French sister school Notre Dame Les Oiseaux.

"Living in France is amazing. I love the culture and the language is beautiful. I have been lucky enough to have an amazing host family that has truly taken me in as part of the family and has done everything in the power to make me feel comfortable."
- Alina, USA
- American Boarding & Day High School for Grades 9-12.

- American-styled high school education in English, leading to an American High School Diploma.

- Extensive French language and culture program as well as enrichment courses taught by French teachers (Music, Art, Physical Education).

- Boarding quarters: Supervised and modernized 5 day/week boarding accommodation on campus, and supervised residential accommodation in Paris city center on weekends.

- Placement in local French host families for students with the required French skills.
2. Open Doors, Paris
Courses / Programs
Open Doors provides English literacy classes for English-speaking children. We are based in the western suburbs of Paris and have been operating since 1985. Our classes are compatible with the French school timetable and all our pupils attend French school. Over 80 children, aged 4-11 years old, are currently enrolled. We limit the teacher/pupil ratio to 1 to 10.

We employ only qualified primary school teachers who are native English speakers. They have wide experience of both an Anglophone education system and bilingual children. All nationalities are welcome but good spoken English is required. Open Doors is a non-profit making association run by parents. Fees are kept to a minimum. There are both nursery classes and primary school classes.
Nursery Program; Primary School Program. Language of Instruction is English. Nursery Classes (Tuition starts at 4 years old. French school is not compulsory until 6 years old) and Primary School Classes ( From nursery classes, children progress into Class 1 and can stay with us throughout primary school.
3. American Section Lycee International, Paris
Courses / Programs
Located in St. Germain en Laye, in the western suburbs of Paris, the American Section of the Lycée International is one of thirteen international sections that comprise one of the highest-ranked public school in France. Of the nearly 4,000 children enrolled in the Lycée International, approximately 700 students are in part of the American Section, and range in age from 4 to 18. American Section students all follow the national French curriculum, in addition to 6-8 hours of native-level American English instruction per week.

Students attend courses on one of three American Section campuses (Lycée International, College Marcel Roby and Ecole Primaire Schnapper). While all students must speak fluent English to be admitted, there is a possibility for non-French speakers to enroll in a one-year French immersion program.
- Primary Curricula Program (Pre-Kindergarten-5th Grade)
- Secondary Curricula Program (6th Grade-12th Grade). Subjects include English, French, Geography, History, Art, Science.
Bilingual/Bi-cultural instruction.
- Non-French speakers can enroll in a special adaptation year (Français Spécial).
4. Bordeaux International School, Bordeaux
Courses / Programs
Bordeaux International School is centrally located in historic Bordeaux in South-Western France on the Atlantic Coast, approximately 495 km / 308 miles south-west of Paris, and provides high-quality, full-time bilingual (French / English) education for international pupils from the age of 2½ to 19. Boarding facilities are available for secondary school students with French families.

Bordeaux International School was re-accredited by the Council of International Schools in June 2010 and the Primary school is recognised by the French Ministry of Education (contrat d'association). Our staff, which includes both French and English native speakers, are highly competent, dedicated and experienced in teaching multinational pupils.

Our school is situated in the picturesque, 18th century port of Bordeaux, with its inhabitants, or "Bordelais", numbering approximately one million and world famous as a centre of the wine industry. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble". Bordeaux has excellent motorway connections, rapid train services to destinations throughout France and Europe and an international airport.
Early Learning, Primary and Middle School bilingual education programs (French - English) for pupils aged 2½ to 13.

- Secondary school education (For ages 14 -18 years) is taught in English and prepares students for IGCSE and AS and A2 Level examinations in a range of subjects with the Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.

- The programmes are adapted to meet the needs of American students requiring entry qualifications to colleges in the United States.
5. E.B.I.C.A (Ecole Bilingue Internationale Côte D'azur)
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of Sophia Antipolis technology park, close to the French Riviera, Ecole Bilingue Internationale Côte D'azur (EBICA) offers a complete double French-English curriculum for students from Preschool through High School. With a maximum number of 17 students per group in a warm and friendly international atmosphere, EBICA is proud to contribute to each student's success.

EBICA is a private, international school registered with the Académie de Nice and authorised by International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Cambridge International Examinations (IGCSE). High school students may opt to do the French Baccalaureate (Social – Economy or Scientific) or the GCE - A level certification.

We know each child individually and can provide him/her with a reassuring environment in which the child feels confident and can interact easily with the teachers. Our teaching team has been carefully selected for their educational skills, their commitment to each student's success and their multicultural experience. All teachers teach in their mother tongue.
Preschool / Maternelle Program (Ages 3-6)
- Focuses on motricity, and the intellectual, emotional and social development aspects of the child.

Primary / Primaire School:
- The objective of these classes is to acquire a solid base in writing, reading and maths in French and English.

Middle School:
- Focus on the development of logical thinking & the student's ability to analyse and discuss ideas (IGCSE)

High School:
- Students choose between the French Baccalaureate and the English A level certificate.
6. Ombrosa International Bilingual School, Lyon
Courses / Programs
Ombrosa is a private, bilingual, international school in Lyon and Savoie, south east France. It operates within the French national system of education. It is also authorised by the IBO to offer the International Baccalaureate.The school’s aim is to provide an education tailored to the needs of each of its pupils from the Nursery through to the High School. Ombrosa welcomes French speaking, English speaking and international pupils.

Throughout their school career, the students have opportunities to travel abroad for lessons in the country whose language they are studying. They will be hosted in one of Ombrosa’s 170 partner schools (in Great Britain, Canada, Japan,Spain and United States). At each one, the student will be completely immersed in the daily life of his/her exchange student’s class and family. (except for 2nd and 3rd grade).
Nursery Program; Primary Program; Lower Secondary Program; Upper Secondary Program; International Baccalaureate Diploma. International Curriculum. French and English are the languages of Instruction.
7. ELIT-St Denis International School, Loches
Courses / Programs
You will really fall in love with this charming little medieval town called Loches, situated in a safe and secure area, the Loire Valley in north central France. The ELIT-St Denis International School is situated in the very centre of Loches, and is a Junior & High School for French students & overseas students specialised in French & in English.

Open to the world and animated by a team full of energy and concern for the growth of its children, Saint-Denis resembles a beehive, bubbling over with ideas and activities. In addition to offering quality education, we also have the ambitious goal of helping our students to find a sense to life.
Kindergarten Program; Primary School Program; Middle School Program; High school Program; Transition Year. Classes are in English and French.
8. EPIM, International Private Schools of Marseille and the Mediterranean, Provence
Courses / Programs
EPIM, International Private Schools of Marseille and the Mediterranean consists of two international bilingual (French / English) kindergarten and elementary schools in Provence, Southern France. One is located in Marseille between Roucas Blanc and the old port, and the second is in Luynes, 10 km south of Aix-en-Provence. Since establishment, EPIM offers a unique educational concept based on a curriculum recognized by UNESCO and mastered by more than 2,000 international schools around the world.

The school offers children an atmosphere where they can learn both French and English for an international oriented future. Classes are small with a maximum of 16 children enabling each child to work at his/her own level under the direction of our experienced team.

Our curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB), which has been specifically designed by and for international schools. Activities are not only centred around languages, math & science, but also the arts, music & social studies. Our school has an open admissions policy and each application is considered entirely on the child’s individual merits.

EPIM is a member of the FNEP, National Federation of Private Education.
Bilingual (French / English) education program:

- Our curriculum is designed specifically for children aged 3-12 years is based on the International Baccalaureate.

- The week is split equally, half in English & half in French. Each child actually has 2 teachers; one English & one French.

- Art & music teachers are also either French / English.

- Going above & beyond its bilingual program, EPIM currently enriches the range of languages offered in its school with Dutch, German & Italian.
9. Malherbe International School
Courses / Programs
Located in Le Vésinet, a suburb just 10 miles west of Paris, Malherbe International School is an English-speaking Preschool & Primary day school that accepts local and international children ages 2 to 10. We follow the Montessori approach in preschool, and then the British and International curriculum in primary school. Founded in 1990, the School serves the international community. Students are accepted without regard to race, creed, nationality, or religion.

Our program is grounded in principles of child development and learning and is centered around the various needs, interests, and learning styles of children. Our curriculum subjects are: English, Maths, Science, French History, Geography, Music, Art, and Physical Education. Many of the curriculum subjects will be taught through topic work so that the separate subjects may easily be distinguished.
English-speaking Preschool & Primary Day School programs for Children ages 2-10

Curriculum subjects:
- English
- Maths
- Science
- French History
- Geography
- Music
- Art
- Physical Education

After-school / Extra curricular activities include:
- Homework Club (primary), Arts, Sports, Dance, Music, Computer Club...
10. PEB (Pre-Elementary Bilingual School), Paris
Courses / Programs
PEB (Pre-Elementary Bilingual School), located in Paris (Avenue de Versailles) with a second location in Boulogne Billancourt in the western suburbs of Paris, is a bilingual (English/French) private pre-school. Full-time and part-time preschool programs are available for children aged 2.5 and up. We also offer weekly after-school English classes for children of all levels and full English immersion programs for young learners from 2.5 - 5 years of age.

Teaching is conducted in both English and French languages by teachers who are native French and/or English speakers. They use the active pedagogy approach, which will allows your child to enter public, private or international schools functioning in either or both languages.
- Bilingual preschool (English-French)

- Weekly after-school English classes

- Total English immersion programs for young learners

- English lessons for young learners (middle school and high school)

- Holiday English courses

- Cambridge Young Learners exam
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