Are you moving to or living in France as an expat? We've got a big list of international schools for your use...
28 April 2016| Last updated on 28 May 2018
As a European country, there’s no surprise that there are a number of international schools across France where English is the main language for learning. From preschool to university level, there’s some great academic and educational establishments you can enrol your child and teenager in during your life in the country.
Whether you’re seeking your child’s school before moving, or you’re relocating within the country, or maybe you even want to go back to education yourself... Never fear, we’ve gathered a big list of international schools to help you get started! If you know one that is missing from this list, please feel free to email editor@expatwoman dot com and we’ll add it to the page!
Sainte Victoire International School
The Sainte Victoire International School is undoubtedly an internationally oriented school. It provides education for pupils from primary school through to the end of secondary. Teaching is bilingual starting at primary school level. Pupils are grouped according to level to allow pupils to achieve their academic potential in both languages.
Curriculum: KG to grade 12
Bilingual education, the school offers the IGCSE and IB
Telephone: +33 44 226 51 96
International Bilingual School of Provence
The International Bilingual School of Provence, an independent co-educational Secondary School located near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, owes its international character to the diversity of its student population. Committed to French-English bilingualism, the school offers both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the French Baccalauréate.
Address: Domaine des Pins - Aix-en-Provence, 500 Petite Route de Bouc-Bel-Air, 13080 LUYNES.
Telephone: 0033 442 240 340
Lycée International Montessori
Lycée International Montessori 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.
Curriculum: Montessori / IB
Telephone: 0033 631 054 134
Bordeaux International School
Bordeaux International School was established in 1988 by the non-profit making Association Linguistique et Culturelle Internationale. It provides full-time primary and secondary education from the age of 3 to 19. Kindergarten and Primary sections at Bordeaux International School are bilingual.
Curriculum: English / French
Telephone: 0033 557 870 211
The Lycée Multilingue Ombrosa founded in 1971, is a non-profit making, co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school providing French and Anglophone education for the international and French community in the Lyon region. Its objectives are entirely educational and concentrate on helping pupils to reach their full potential, aiming to produce pupils who are dynamic and open in their attitude and who are respectful and hardworking. These goals are achieved through close cooperation with parents.
Telephone: 0033 478 232 263
CIV International School of Sophia Antipolis
The CIV International School of Sophia Antipolis forms a group of schools working in partnership with and partly funded by the French State Education system. It is located 22 km from Nice and 10km from Cannes, in a burgeoning, high-technology activities park which is the largest in Europe. CIV International School of Sophia Antipolis offers two High School programmes leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the French Baccalauréat International Option (BOI).
Curriculum: French / English (IB & BOI)
Telephone: 0033 492 965 224
Email: [email protected]
College International De Fontainebleau
The International College of Fontainebleau is a co-educational French State school with a total enrolment of 2,200 pupils. The Anglophone Section at International College of Fontainebleau is a financially self-supporting, non-profit-making organization within the school, providing six hours a week tuition in English (language, British/American literature, history and geography) for children who are either native speakers or particularly fluent second language speakers. Founded in 1979 in answer to the pressing need for an English language education in a rapidly expanding international community, the section aims to develop students’ awareness and experience of English and the English-speaking cultures.
Curriculum: US / UK
Telephone: 0033 164 221 177
The American School of Grenoble
The school was originally founded as the Marshall McLuhan American School in 1993. In 2007 the name was changed to the American School of Grenoble. It is currently accredited by NEASC. It offers classes for students from 6th through 12th grade, whose families are expatriated in the Grenoble area in France. Students must have been in an American program previously to be considered for enrollment in the school.
Telephone: 0033 438 122 547
The Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel - Ecole Internationale de Lille Métropole
A private, co-educational school with boarding facilities, supervised by the State. The aim of the school is to provide a bilingual and bicultural education, to promote individual self-esteem along with the tolerance of others, and to develop as far as possible the potential of each student. The teaching of English at Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel - Ecole Internationale de Lille Métropole according to the level of ability, and the teaching of French as a foreign language, facilitate the progress and integration of every pupil.
Telephone: 0033 320 659 050
Email: [email protected]
International School of Lyon
The International School of Lyon was founded in March 2004 in response to the growing demand from expatriate families and their employers for an English language international education in Lyon which would facilitate international mobility and give access to a universally recognized qualification for quality higher education worldwide. Run as a non-profit organization under French law (loi 1901), it is strongly supported by major multinational companies and has benefitted from support from some of the local and regional authorities.
Telephone: 0033 478 866 190
Cité Scolaire Internationale Lyon
Part of a state-sponsored French international school, the English-speaking section of the Cité Scolaire Internationale de Lyon welcomes children with an appropriate level of English (native or excellent bilingual) who can benefit from being integrated into the French public system.
Curriculum: US / UK
Telephone: 0033 478 696 006
EPIM - Marseille International School
Marseille International School serves pupils aged 3 to 6 and offers a complete bilingual education in French and English. MIS provides an individualized education with maximum 16 students per classroom. The school is a prestigious historical building located in the embassies area of Marseille where excellent public transport is provided.
Telephone: 0033 491 530 000
The International School of Nice
The International School of Nice is a non-profit, co-educational, non-sectarian, Pre-K-12 day school providing Anglophone education for the international community in the Cannes-Nice-Monaco region. Boarding with French families is also available for a limited number of students.
Telephone: 0033 493 210 400
American School of Paris
Founded in 1946, the American School of Paris provides an American model of education to students from nearly 50 nations, 50% being American. Instruction is in English, and all students study French, either as a first or second language. The American School of Paris embraces the American philosophy of educating the whole child, with a challenging academic program that also provides for physical, artistic, personal and social development.
Curriculum: American & IB
Telephone: 0033 141 128 282
British School of Paris
The British School of Paris caters for English-speaking children of 50 nationalities (about 60% of them British) from ages 4-18. It is a non-profit Association in France and is managed by a Board of Governors under the patronage of His Excellency the British Ambassador.
Telephone: 0033 134 804 594
Ecole Active Bilingue
Ecole Active Bilingue (EaB) is a co-educational elementary and secondary day school founded in 1954 with a state contract from the French Ministry of Education. Ecole Active Bilingue is an international school which offers an education in bilingual English first language/French second language or vice versa to boys and girls of all nationalities.
Curriculum: IB / UK / US
Telephone: 0033 145 001 157
Founded in 1989, Eurécole is, by statute, a non-profit association, and has developed a new and unique pedagogical program, based on a balance between art, sport and studies, associated with the daily practice of three languages: French, English and German, from Kindergarten to secondary levels. Early learning is emphasized at all levels and a constant interaction is applied among all the subjects.
Telephone: 0033 140 701 281
The International School of Paris
A co-educational elementary and secondary day school founded in 1964 as a non-profit association and operated by a Board of Trustees (two-thirds appointed and one-third elected by parents). The school is accredited by ECIS and NEASC and is an overseas member of HMC.
Telephone: 0033 142 240 954
Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel
The Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel , Ecole Active Bilingue J.M., founded in 1954, is a private co-educational college preparatory day-school with the main section in Paris and another near Lille, subsidized by the State (by ‘contrat d’association’). It is recognized by UNESCO as an ‘associated school’.
Telephone: 0033 144 370 080
Lycée de Sèvres, International Sections
The Lycée of Sèvres is a French state school that incorporates International Sections (one Anglophone and one Germanophone) in which the students have an extra curriculum in order to prepare and choose between the French Baccalauréat or the bilingual Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB) which assures English-speaking university entrance. Preparation is provided for IGCSE, DSD, and language exams (CPE, FCE, SATs) designed for students intending to study in the UK, Canada, the USA or German-speaking countries, as well as in France.
Telephone: 0033 172 777 040
Marymont School of Paris
Located in Neuilly sur Seine, is a private, Catholic elementary school with an international character. Founded in 1923, it is part of a worldwide system of schools created by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.
Telephone: 0033 146 241 051
International School of Bearn
The school is located in Morlaas-Pau, in the south west of France, a fantastic place to live. The I.S.Béarn has quickly become renowned throughout Pau as the only school offering an Anglophone education for the international community of Béarn. It is also known as a school children enjoy coming to and learning in. We know the excellence in educational quality which our school offers lies in well-motivated children in small class sizes supported by an extremely professional and caring teaching staff who work closely as a team.
Telephone: 0033 612 566 867
Bilingual International School of Strasbourg
The Bilingual International School of Strasbourg, (BISS) is the successor to the International School at Lucie Berger (ISLB), which was set up two years ago to provide an international-type education for the children of non-French expatriates living in the north Alsace area. It benefits from the financial security recently developed from two local educational foundations. Bilingual International School of Strasbourg, (BISS) is based in the city of Strasbourg, a centre of European institutions and expanding industrial, cultural, educational and cosmopolitan significance.
Telephone: 0033 388 152 800
Lycée International of St Germain-en-Laye (American Section)
The American section at Lycée International of St Germain-en-Laye is a private association within the Lycée International, a public school that is structured to receive both French and foreign students. The American Section is managed by an Executive Board elected by the parents, and by an American Director under the overall authority of the French Proviseur (Headmaster) of the Lycée.
Curriculum: French (OIB)
Telephone: 0033 134 517 485
International School of Toulouse S.A.
This new school has been purpose-built to the highest specification on an open site in Colomiers, on the western edge of Toulouse. The secondary and primary sections for children aged 4-18 are housed in separate ‘wings’ and linked by a central administrative rotunda, which provides a striking main entrance to the school. The buildings feature a range of contemporary facilities. In all areas of the school, particular emphasis is placed on the creative and sophisticated use of communications technology - all teaching rooms are networked for individual laptop computer use, and pupils from the age of seven upwards work with them.
Curriculum: IB / UK
Telephone: 0033 562 742 674