Moving to Lyon with your family? Lodgis is here to help with more than just finding your perfect apartment. We’ve created a list of the top 5 best bilingual and international schools in Lyon, France to help ease the stress of moving with kids and to help you find the perfect school to integrate your children into their new city and French life. Luckily, Paris isn’t the only city in France to find a great international education for expat children.
1. Cité Scolaire Internationale Lyon
Cité Scolaire Internationale Lyon (CSI) offers a primary / elementary school, a middle school (collège), and a high school (lycée) for children ages 5 to 18 years old in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon. CSI aims to welcome students that intend to follow an international curriculum (whether they are French, anglophone, or coming from another international school) within the French school system that will lead to the OIB (International Baccalaureate Option). The OIB is the French equivalent to the British A Levels and the American Advanced Placement. To accomplish this, CSI offers an Anglophone section for children in all grades who have native or near native fluency in English. The CSI Anglophone section is its largest with over 500 students who are preparing to take not only the OIB but also the IGCSEs (British end-of-year examinations).
ages: 5 years old to 18 years old
address: 2 place de Montréal 69361 Lyon CEDEX 07 France
phone number: 00 33 04 78 69 60 06
fax number: 00 33 0478 69 60 36
For more information and tuition fees: csilyon.fr
2. International School of Lyon
The International School of Lyon (ISL) includes a pre-school, a primary / elementary school, a middle school (collège), and a high school (lycée) for children aged 2 to 18 years old. ISL intends to “develop independent, creative and critical thinkers who communicate effectively in more than one language” through their use of the International Baccalaureate Curriculum (for which they are fully accredited) starting in their Early Years Unit and up through the last year of high school. Students in middle school and high school can study in both French and English while they prepare for the IGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Exam which enjoys a particularly strong reputation in the United Kingdom and North America.
ages: 2 years to 18 years old
address: 80 chemin de Grand Roule, 69110 Sainte Foy-Lès-Lyon, France
phone number: +33 04 78 86 61 90
fax number: +33 04 78 86 61 98
For more information and tuition fees: islyon.org
Ombrosa is a private, bilingual, international school which operates within the French State System that is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate. Ombrosa offers a pre-school, a primary / elementary schools, a middle school (collège), and a high school (lycée) all of which are focused on the immersion of their students into a completely bilingual (English and French) environment in which half of the day is taught in English and the other half is taught in French. Once reaching lower secondary school or middle school, students begin to prepare for the Diplôme National du Brevet as well as the IGCSEs. Students still take English classes within three levels (beginner, bilingual, and native speaker) but are also given the opportunity to add a third language such as German, Japanese, Spanish, or Chinese. Upper secondary (or high school) education focuses on preparation for a number of diploma options, such as Le Diplôme National du Brevet, Le Baccalauréat, the IGCSEs, and the International Baccalaureate in the French, English, or Bilingual section.
ages: 2 years old to 18 years old
address: 95 quai Clémenceau 693000 Caluire, France
phone number: +33 04 78 23 22 63
fax number: +33 04 78 23 56 22
For more information and tuition fees: international-school-ombrosa.com
Greenfield is a bilingual franco-english school in Lyon which offers a pre-school and a primary / elementary school for students ages 2 to 10 years old. The pre-school intends to set the foundation of bilingualism by teaching English to each student in the same way that they learned their native language, through playing, listening, participating in songs, dances, handicrafts, and educational games! The primary / elementary school on the other hand will continue teaching English to your child by having half of their day in English with a native anglophone teacher, and the other half of their day will be spent in French with a native francophone teacher. Greenfield intends to enrich their pupils vocabulary by perfecting their mastery of oral communication and starting English in writing from the second grade (which, of course, will also help them read in English as well). All of this will be accomplished using the Cambridge English methods and examinations in the third and fourth grade in which Greenfield has achieved a 100% success rate in recent years.
ages: 2 years old to 10 years old
address: 14 rue de la Mairie 69660 Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, Lyon, France
phone number: +33 04 72 27 87 80
For more information and tuition fees: www.greenfield.fr
5. Junior School École Bilingue
Junior School École Bilingue is unique on this list as it offers a nursery / daycare along with a pre-school, a primary / elementary school, and a middle school (collège) for children aged 3 months to 13 years old. Their goal is to help students grow and evolve into bilingualism based on their level of English by giving them a class schedule that focuses half of the day in English with a native anglophone teacher and the other half of the day in French with a native francophone teacher in order to achieve a full immersion for your child into each language and the cultures involved with them.
ages: 3 months old to 13 years old
address: 67 avenue Jean Mermoz 69008 Lyon, France
phone number: +33 04 78 09 02 83
fax number: +33 04 78 09 02 84
For more information and tuition fees: www.juniorschool.free.fr/ecole.html
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We hope this list is helpful in choosing the perfect school for your little, or not so little, ones for your move to Lyon! A good bilingual and international school can really help ease the stress and worries of a move and integrate your expat family into your new city and country! As we’ve mentioned, Paris isn’t the only city in France to find a quality international and bilingual education for your children now that you are an expat family. And now that Lodgis has helped you find the perfect school in Lyon, let us help you find the perfect apartment.