Are you moving to Paris as a family and looking for somewhere to send your kids to school? Whatever part of the world you’re from, Paris has an excellent selection of international schools for children of all ages, which cater for a range of different budgets and academic curriculum. Whatever your requirements are, here is our guide to the top 10 international/bilingual schools:
There are plenty of reasons to send your children to an international/bilingual school in Paris. You may only be living in Paris temporarily and don’t want them to have to switch education systems. They might want to go study overseas after completing primary or secondary school, so they’ll need to be prepared to sit the relevant examinations. You might be thinking about their personal development and want to ensure that they meet children of their own nationality.
1. The American School of Paris (ASP)
Situated just outside Paris in the Hauts-de-Seine region, this private co-educational school welcomes kids aged 2-18 with English as its principal teaching language. It offers the international baccalaureate as well as advanced placement courses for those applying to study overseas.
Address: 41 Rue Pasteur, 92210, Saint-Cloud
Getting there: ASP bus service (35 minutes from central Paris)
For more info, visit www.asparis.org
2. Cours Molière
Situated in eastern Paris’ 12th arrondissement, this is a bilingual private school for kids from kindergarten to baccalaureate level (3-18). It’s famous for its small class sizes and rigorous teaching standards.
Address: 4 Boulevard Soult, 75012
Getting there: Metro- Porte Dorée (Line 8)
For more info, visit www.coursmoliere.com
3. The British School of Paris (BSP)
In the leafy suburbs of western Paris, this school welcomes children from reception (kindergarten) to senior school level. It follows the classic British model of education, preparing pupils for public exams and entrance into top universities.
Junior School Address: 2 Rue Hans List, 73290, Croisy-sur-Seine
Senior School Address: 38 Quai de L’Excluse, 78290, Croisy-sur-Seine
Getting there: Gare de Saint Germain en Laye (RER A)
For more info, visit www.britishschool.fr/
4. The International School of Paris (ISP)
Based in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, this private international school offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum to children ages 3 through 18 in English with support for 20 mother-tongue languages. It combines a challenging educational experience with a warm and vibrant multicultural community in central Paris.
Primary School Address: 96 bis Rue du Ranelagh, 75016
Getting there: Metro – Ranelagh (Line 9)
Secondary School Address: 6 Rue Beethoven, 75016
Getting there: Metro Passy, line 6 and Metro Trocadéro, lines 6 and 9
For more info, visit www.isparis.edu/
5. The École Internationale Bilingue
A group of 5 private schools situated in central Paris, which welcome international students from preschool to high school level. These schools offer an immersion program in French, as well as international curriculum tailored towards preparing students for specific higher education systems.
For addresses and more information, visit www.eab.fr/
6. The Lycée/Collège Honoré de Balzac
Based by the Porte de Clichy in the 17th arrondisement, this is Paris’ only free international school. It offers senior school instruction to English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Italian students, who are taught following the French curriculum through immersion. Some classes are also offered in children’s native languages.
Address: 118 Boulevard Bessières, 75017
Getting there: Metro – Porte de Clichy (Line 13)
For more info, visit www.balzacinternational.org/fr
This school, which is based in the heart of Paris, welcomes kids who speak French, English, German or Spanish at its preschool, primary and secondary branches, placing an emphasis on academic study and personal development. Its program is also an immersive one that aims to prepare students to sit French national exams.
Pre-school and Primary School Address: 5 Rue de Lūbeck, 75116
Getting there: Metro – Iéna (Line 9)
Secondary School Address: 34 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008
Getting there: Metro – Franklin. D. Roosevelt (Line 9)
For more info, visit www.eurecole.com/
8. The Lycée Internationale de Saint Germain en Laye
A primary and secondary school for international pupils wishing to study the French national curriculum. A fluent level of French is not a requirement for admission and additional language support is offered where necessary. It’s located in the western suburbs of Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Address: 2 Rue du Fer à Cheval, 78100, Saint Germain en Laye
Getting there: RER A – Saint Germain en Laye
For more info, visit www.lycee-international.ac-versailles.fr/
9. The Marymount International School, Paris
Founded back in 1846 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, this is Paris’ oldest international school. The Catholic private school welcomes children (aged 3-14) of all nationalities and religious backgrounds. For those whose mother tongue is not English, an additional support program is offered to help them with their language.
Address: 72 Boulevard de la Saussaye, 92200, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Getting there: Metro – Pont de Levallois-Bécon (Line 3)
For more info, visit: www.marymount.fr/
10. The Lennen Bilingual School
This kindergarten and primary school is based in the 7th arrondissement, in the very heart of the French capital. Set across 3 nearby campuses, it teaches students of many different nationalities in both French and English.
Preschool Address: 65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007
Kindergarten Address: 145 Rue Saint Dominique, 75007
Primary School: 176 Rue de Grenelle, 75007
Getting there: Metro – La Tour Maubourg (Line 8)
For more info, visit www.lennenbilingual.com/fr
If you want your child to focus on a language other than English or French, there are a number of official international schools where students can be taught in their specific native languages. These include the International Deutsche Schule Paris, the Swedish School Paris and the Spanish Collège Federico Garcia Lorca.
To find out more about international/bilingual schools in Paris (fees, curriculum, applying, term dates, etc.), we recommend that you visit their individual websites.
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