International Schools (France)
Uprooting your children is just one of the dilemmas a potential expat parent faces when making their decision to move abroad. You don’t want to give them a huge culture shock, and there is nothing more terrifying than starting at a new school, especially if you don’t even understand or speak the local language.
International schools avoid the difficulties you would have sending a child to a local one as many teach and speak in English. The other children are often expats too so your child will find it a lot easier to make friends and settle into their new home.
We take a look at just some of the international schools in the countries listed in the Expat Hub country guides; this time we focus on France.
British School of Paris
The British school of Paris is one of the oldest international schools in the world having been founded in 1954 to cater for British expats. Having only 840 pupils from over 50 different nations registered the school is extremely exclusive and as a result costly. Exam results are extremely good with children receiving a top class education that is based on a traditional British education. Unlike many private schools the BSP is non-selective, meaning that no entry tests need to be taken. Instead parents must complete an application and provide their child’s previous school reports. BSP is situated on two campuses on the banks of the river Seine, in an area well known for its links with famous artists such as Monet and Van Gogh and has first class facilities.
Fees: The cost of tuition fees ranges from €12,540 (£10,196) per annum for a Kindergarten place and rising to as much as €24,119 (£19,611) per annum for Year Eleven pupils. There are also additional one-off enrolment fees. Alongside tuition fees other fees add up to €8,275 (£6,728). These costs include registration fees, deposits and a development fund contribution. Compulsory school trips are charged at around €1,000.
Aix en Provence: CIPEC
Located in the South of France and only a half an hour drive north from Marseilles is the small primary school of CIPEC or the centre of international prive pour l’education et la culture. The school specifically is located just outside the small village of Luynes with its premises being an old house and outbuildings. The main focus of the school is bilingual teaching where all pupils are taught in both French and English. Class sizes are small and focused giving your child a great education allowing them to fit in comfortably in French society. The outside play area gives the children a wonderful playground, especially for the older ones, where they can roam the forest grounds behind the school. The younger ones have a smaller, enclosed play area, providing for a safe environment where they are not mixed in with older, potentially rowdy children.
Fees: Parents of children over 6 have to pay around €22,880 whilst younger children cost €12,220 per school year. If the child is boarding at the school then costs will be a lot higher.
International School of Lyon
A young international school having only been founded in 2004 and located in the city of Lyon it was opened to bring an English based education catered around the International baccalaureate organisation to the region. The International School of Lyon school year runs from early September until the end of June, with holidays following the French calendar for the Lyon region. The school day extends from 08:30 to 16:00 (15:00 in the primary school), Monday through Friday. Admission is open to all students for whom the school can design a suitable program of studies. School records, evaluation and, where possible, an interview are used to ensure appropriate placement.
Fees: Admission fees for early years pupils to 5th grade cost €1,250 (£1016) with tuition fees ranging from €6,460 (£5,252) to €9195 (£7,476). For older children admission fees are €2500 (£2,032) with tuition fees ranging from €10,880 (£8,781) to €14,830 (£12,058).