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Are you looking for an International Baccalaureate World School in France? Here you can find a list of French schools that have a profile in the IB World Schools Yearbook.
The schools featured below offer at least one of the IB's four programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP). You can use the search filter below to look for schools that offer one programme in particular.
A renowned centre of European art, literature and philosophy, France has a highly effective public education system that dates back to Napoleonic times. Today, the national school system is complemented by an innovative and diverse international school sector.
There are English-medium international schools in Lyon, Nice, Toulouse, Grenoble and Paris, with the capital offering a large and varied menu of international options, including Iraqi, Japanese, Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian and Swedish schools. Bilingual schooling in French and English is also widely available, especially at primary level.
France has 17 IB World Schools, which are all authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Of these, 10 are English-medium and seven provide bilingual instruction in French and English.
Only one school offers three IB programmes: the English-medium International School of Paris, which also provides a broad extracurricular programme.
Bilingual education in English and French is offered by École Jeannine Manuel’s campuses in Paris and Lille. The through-train, coeducational schools, which are associated with UNESCO, offer the IB Diploma alongside the option internationale du baccalauréat (OIB), a demanding programme that involves study of the humanities in a foreign language on top of the French curriculum. The Lille school takes boarders.
Education is compulsory for 11 years from age six to 16 and free at French-medium state schools. After five years at école primaire, children attend collège for four years, followed by three years of lycée. A broad-based curriculum is followed throughout, culminating in the French baccalauréat, a matriculation exam that combines breadth and specialisation.
The option internationale du baccalauréat (OIB) is offered to academically-able, bilingual students by some state schools. Such schools typically offer language support and foreign student fees are very low. France has more than 65 public universities. In 2014, net enrolment was 100 per cent at pre-school, primary and secondary level, while gross tertiary enrolment was 64 per cent.
IB World Schools are part of a thriving international school sector in France. For information on all international schools, you can visit: www.internationalschoolsearch.com