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Schools

Schools and Nurseries on the French Riveria & South-East France

  • American School of Grenoble

    Recommended by Amanda Stone

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    The American School of Grenoble was founded in 1993 as a response to the needs of the Grenoble area English-speaking business community. Today the American School of Grenoble serves as an independent, non-denominational, non-profit, college preparatory co-educational school. They are the only middle and high school in the Grenoble area offering all of their classes in English. Their goal is to enable students to reintegrate into any English speaking school and to prepare its high school students for higher education while providing a structure where students will acquire the added benefit of cultural, linguistic and intellectual diversity.
    The American School of Grenoble, Cité Scolaire Internationale, 4, Place de Sfax. 38000 Grenoble
    +33 (0)4 38 12 25 47
    AmSchool.Grenoble@gmail.com.
    www.americanschoolgrenoble.com

    COMMENTS
    "Moving my oldest daughter of 15 years to a new country and school provoked a huge amount of anxiety in me. there were many black days where I felt I had made the wrong move, particularly with reference to her. She was lucky enough to be enrolled in the American School of Grenoble which being an American based programme gave her lots more freedom than her previous girls only, uniform wearing school in the UK. She was also taught intensive French and took some lessons in the French host school. All this in the end gave her huge advantages and experience, she matured so much in those years!" (AS, October 2011)

  • ABC School

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    ABC School was founded in 1987 by André Rosset, its present headmaster and principal, and has since then offered bilingual teaching for nursery, primary and secondary level pupils. The school is accredited by the Ministere Education Nationale
    Primary School
    72, Boulevard Carnot ,06300 Nice ,College ABC SCHOOL ,High School ABC SCHOOL ,12, Rue Gioffredo ,06000 Nice (+334) 92 000 123
    contact@abcschool.fr www.abc-school-international.com

  • Fenelon Institute, Grasse

    Recommended by Keren Sharpe

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    "The Fénelon Institute is a private Catholic school, made up of 5 different sites based in the heart of the town of Grasse. Founded in 1919, at the request of families from Grasse, the Institute incorporates :
    - 2 primary schools (Jeanne d’Arc founded in 1606, situated in the historic centre of the town of Grasse and Saint Marthe founded in 1831, close to the Court House)
    - 1 ""collège"" (Whose site is, and has been since 1992, just a few metres from the Grasse train station)
    - 1 ""lycée"" general and technological (This site, in the hills of the town of Grasse, has been the main site of the institute since 1919)
    - 1 Center for Higher Education (based in the heart of the hitorical part of town since 2000).
    It has over and above the success rates (between 90 and 100% pass rate every year for pupils sitting the DNB, BAC and BTS), and the lists of "" Top schools"" published each year in the French newspapers.
    www.institut-fenelon.com.fr
    04 93 36 13 23 www.institut-fenelon.com.fr/eng


    COMMENTS
    "We chose that school because we like the personal attitude of the teachers and staff, and also the smaller-sized school provides security for the students. At the end of their studies the boys will have a BAC with International Option, which means that they will have the possibility to attend either a French or English University"
    (KS, March 2011)"

  • EBICA – Ecole Bilingue Internationale Côte d’Azur

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    EBICA– Ecole Bilingue Internationale Côte d’Azur – is located in the heart of Sophia-Antipolis in an environment largely open to nature. EBICA offers French-English bilingual classes from Pre-school to Secondary school, with a maximum number of 17 students per class. EBICA is a private school. It is registered with the Inspection Académique, the Rectorat and the Préfecture des Alpes Maritimes. EBICA is also recognized by the IPC, the ANPEIP and the International School Network. The Secondary school curriculum is divided in 2, the French part and the English part. In the French section they follow the French Éducation Nationale programme which prepares the students for the Brevet des Collèges; In the English section they follow the American and British standards which prepare the students to the IGCSE exams.
    80 route des Lucioles, 06560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis (+33) 0493643284 info@ebicaschool.com www.ebicaschool.com

  • Ecoles Bilingues

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    The group of Ecoles Bilingues schools have over 500 students who are offered a fully bilingual curriculum. Both French and English are taught equally across the curriculum by native speakers. The International School in Pegomas offers primary education from the age of 2 years old. Le Pain d´Epice school opened in 1989 in Nice and is just off Promenade des Anglais. Le Pain de Sucre opened in 1982 and is situated within 2 houses with 4 secure playgrounds on a sunny hill, facing the medieval village of Cagnes sur Mer.
    www.ecolesbilingues.com

  • Les Colibris, Ecole Montessori Bilingue

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    Les Colibris is a state certified school for children from 2 to 12 years old with workshops open to everyone on Wednesdays and holidays
    950 Avenue Roumanille, 06410 Biot-Sophia Antipolis + 33 (0)4 93 63 29 96 www.colibrischool.fr

    COMMENTS
    "The school´s aim is to become a Second Home for a child and to provide an environment which is fully prepared, welcoming, safe, comforting and comfortable.
    * A maximum ratio of 16 children per teacher (8:1 for 2-3 year olds)
    * French and English-speaking teachers are Montessori trained and are aware of the importance of accompanying the children on their journey to becoming tomorrow’s adults
    * An integrated approach: focus on the child’s physical, emotional and social development as well as their education,
    * Work is like play: children learn best when they are enjoying themselves
    * Each child treated with respect, and the same in return
    * Total immersion bilingual teaching in French and English (Spanish possible)
    * A workshop every afternoon, and one educational visit per quarter
    * Flexible hours for extracurricular activities
    * Parental support and development

    ”Bilingual teaching is not just about learning a language but also the culture and the people; it opens one's mind to different ways of thinking and of approaching life. In today's world, having two languages is very often a minimum requirement. Besides this, an indepth understanding of a second language and culture is a great social and economic asset. In our school, we believe we provide your child
    with the ideal environment and conditions for him to learn both English and French as mother tongues in a natural way “Maud Ray Assistante de Direction (April 2011)"

  • Les Pouces Verts, Mouans-Sartoux

    Recommended by Alice Emmens

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    "Les Pouce Verts is a school surrounded by nature for children of age 2 to 15.
    It applies the Montessori method of education where the teaching material is adapted to actively integrate learning and methods are personalised for each individuals own rhythm, personality and development."
    131 Allée du domain(Castellaras), Mouans-Sartoux, 06370
     04 93121552
    www.montessori-les-pouces-verts.fr

    COMMENTS
    “This is such a lovely school within beautiful natural surroundings that you won’t find in other schools. The food provided is organic and vegetarian. All the children are very calm and there is such a happy atmosphere” (AE, Feb 2011)

     

  • Mougins School

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    Situated on the Côte d'Azur, the school has been on its present site near the high-technology park of Sophia Antipolis since 1987. It is close to the famous gastronomic village of Mougins, fifteen minutes north of Cannes and thirty minutes west of Nice. The school offers the British curriculum and can accommodate 460 pupils. The Foundation Stage for 3 to 4 year olds is housed within a purpose built building. Children in the first year (Early Years Class) attend School for mornings only. In the second year (Reception Class) children attend all day. From Forms 1 to 9 the programme is divided into Key Stages and students follow the UK National Curriculum. Students in Form 11, having followed a two-year course, take external examinations in at least 8 subjects. The examinations taken are International General Certificates in Education (IGCSE’s) designed for the international market and administered by Examination Boards in the United Kingdom. After their IGCSE examinations, students who have gained at least 5 A – C grades may enter the Advanced International Programme. In the first of these two years (Form 12) students normally study 4 or 5 subjects to prepare for external AS examinations. In the second year (Year 13) they prepare for external A levels. AS and A level are, once again, administered from the United Kingdom. The subjects studied are chosen from a wide range, giving students the chance to create a course with both breadth and depth.
    615, Avenue Dr Maurice Donat, Font de l’Orme, BP 401 – 06251 Mougins Cedexinformation@mougins-school.com www.mougins-school.com: (+33) (0)4 93901547

  • International School of Nice

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    The International School of Nice was founded in 1976 and was taken over by the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce in 1994. The ISN is an essential part of the educational infrastructure on the Cote d'Azur and provides an anglophone programme for students aged 4 to 18 years, culminating in the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. ISN is fully accredited by two international agencies - the European Council for International Schools and the Middle States Association of the United States.
    15, Avenue Claude Debussy 06200 – Nice (+33) (0)4 93210400 www.isn-nice.com

  • International School of Provence

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    The International School of Provnce is a private, bilingual school with an independent French – English curriculum followed by some 700 students of many different nationalities.
    "Domaine des Pins - Aix en Provence
    500 Route de Bouc-Bel-Air
    13080 Luynes – France  (+33) (0) 4 42 240 340 info@ibsofprovence.com www.ibsofprovence.com

  • The American School of Grenoble

    Recommended by Amanda Stone

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    The American School of Grenoble was founded in 1993 as a response to the needs of the Grenoble area English-speaking business community. Today the American School of Grenoble serves as an independent, non-denominational, non-profit, college preparatory co-educational school. They are the only middle and high school in the Grenoble area offering all of  classes in English. Their goal is to enable students to reintegrate into any English speaking school and to prepare its high school students for higher education while providing a structure where students will acquire the added benefit of cultural, linguistic and intellectual diversity.
    The American School of Grenoble, Cité Scolaire Internationale, 4, Place de Sfax. 38000 Grenoble
    +33 (0)4 38 12 25 47
    AmSchool.Grenoble@gmail.com.
    www.americanschoolgrenoble.com

    Comments:

    "Moving my oldest daughter of 15 years to a new country and school provoked a huge amount of anxiety in me. there were many black days where I felt I had made the wrong move, particularly with reference to her. She was lucky enough to be enrolled in the American School of Grenoble which being an American based programme gave her lots more freedom than her previous girls only, uniform wearing school in the UK. She was also taught intensive French and took some lessons in the French host school. All this in the end gave her huge advantages and experience, she matured so much in those years!" (AS, October 2011)

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  • College L’Eganaude, Biot

    Recommended by Jacqui Napier

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    Public school with an International section. Part of CIV.
    Sophia Antipolis, 630 Route des Dolines, 06560 Sophia Antipolis
    Telephone
    +33 (0)4 97 23 42 20

    Comments
    " We found the Biot school very good in terms of class sizes and dedication of the teachers to the children. For us the jury is still out on the French education. In the international section they do 10 hours extra work a week with english, history and geography. Our daughter is thriving on the high work load and managing well. For our son who has just started college this year it has been very tough. From what we have seen from others too is that boys find the education much harder here. The main focus seems to be on the academics and everyone is expected to progress at the same rate which of course does not always happen. If they dont they can end up redoubling the year, which I think is totally demotivating.... Also in the French system activities such as sport art and music are very much down to the parents to organise in the limited spare time that the children have left at the end of the day or the weekends" (JN, March 2011)

  • The International School of Nice

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    The International School of Nice was founded in 1976 and was taken over by the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce in 1994. The ISN is an essential part of the educational infrastructure on the Cote dAzur and provides an anglophone programme for students aged 4 to 18 years, culminating in the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. ISN is fully accredited by two international agencies - the European Council for International Schools and the Middle States Association of the United States.
    15, Avenue Claude Debussy 06200 – Nice (+33) (0)4 93210400 www.isn-nice.com

  • Mougins School

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    Situated on the Côte dAzur, the school has been on its present site near the high-technology park of Sophia Antipolis since 1987. It is close to the famous gastronomic village of Mougins, fifteen minutes north of Cannes and thirty minutes west of Nice. The school offers the British curriculum and can accommodate 460 pupils. The Foundation Stage for 3 to 4 year olds is housed within a purpose built building. Children in the first year (Early Years Class) attend School for mornings only. In the second year (Reception Class) children attend all day. From Forms 1 to 9 the programme is divided into Key Stages and students follow the UK National Curriculum. Students in Form 11, having followed a two-year course, take external examinations in at least 8 subjects. The examinations taken are International General Certificates in Education (IGCSE’s) designed for the international market and administered by Examination Boards in the United Kingdom. After their IGCSE examinations, students who have gained at least 5 A – C grades may enter the Advanced International Programme. In the first of these two years (Form 12) students normally study 4 or 5 subjects to prepare for external AS examinations. In the second year (Year 13) they prepare for external A levels. AS and A level are, once again, administered from the United Kingdom. The subjects studied are chosen from a wide range, giving students the chance to create a course with both breadth and depth.
    615, Avenue Dr Maurice Donat, Font de l’Orme, BP 401 – 06251 Mougins Cedexinformation@mougins-school.com www.mougins-school.com
     

  • Les Colibris, Ecole Montessori Bilingue

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    Les Colibris is a state certified school for children from 2 to 12 years old with workshops open to everyone on Wednesdays and holidays
    950 Avenue Roumanille, 06410 Biot-Sophia Antipolis + 33 (0)4 93 63 29 96 www.colibrischool.fr

    Comments
    The school´s aim is to become a Second Home for a child and to provide an environment which is fully prepared, welcoming, safe, comforting and comfortable.
    * A maximum ratio of 16 children per teacher (8:1 for 2-3 year olds)
    * French and English-speaking teachers are Montessori trained and are aware of the importance of accompanying the children on their journey to becoming tomorrow’s adults
    * An integrated approach: focus on the child’s physical, emotional and social development as well as their education,
    * Work is like play: children learn best when they are enjoying themselves
    * Each child treated with respect, and the same in return
    * Total immersion bilingual teaching in French and English (Spanish possible)
    * A workshop every afternoon, and one educational visit per quarter
    * Flexible hours for extracurricular activities
    * Parental support and development

    ”Bilingual teaching is not just about learning a language but also the culture and the people; it opens ones mind to different ways of thinking and of approaching life. In todays world, having two languages is very often a minimum requirement. Besides this, an indepth understanding of a second language and culture is a great social and economic asset. In our school, we believe we provide your child
    with the ideal environment and conditions for him to learn both English and French as mother tongues in a natural way “
    Maud Ray Assistante de Direction (April 2011)

     

    Click here to read an interview with Les Colibris