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Find the school
		         FRANCE   that fits your child…

         GUIDE TO
Education                                                                          International schools
in France                                                                          in the Lyon Area
General information on education in France                                 5       Introduction                                                              13
Schooling in France:                                                               Overview of schools by grade level                                        14
• Full and part-time day care                                             8        Accreditation systems                                                     16       You and your family will soon be coming to Lyon and we hope it will be
• Elementary school                                                       9        The International Baccalauréat (IB)                                       16
• Junior High and High School                                             9        The main types of international schooling                                 17       a wonderful professional and personal experience for you. Before you ar-
• The High School diploma (Baccalauréat)                                 11        The various foreign diplomas
• Higher education                                                       11        that you can study for in Lyon                                            17       rive, you will have many arrangements to make for your new life here.

Schools in the Lyon area offering international education                                                                                                             Relax! The people of Lyon will welcome you with open arms and will gladly
Map of schools                                                            19        École les Lettres Dorées                                                  30
                                                                                                                                                                      help you find your way around and give you plenty of practical advice.
                                                                                    English School of Lyon - ESL Lyon                                         31
Establishments                                                                      Greenfield                                                                32
                                                                                    International School of Lyon (ISL)                                        33
DAY CARE CENTERS                                                                    Montessori                                                                40      Your quality of life is a crucial aspect of your relocation project, and you
                                                                                    École Montessori - Lyon Confluence                                        41
Apple Pie
Baby Nursery
                                                                          21        New School                                                                41      have questions about things such as where to enroll your children in
                                                                                    Ombrosa                                                                   42
Bébés Bilingues
Junior School
                                                                          39        Le Petit Monde                                                            44      school, how will they learn French, will they be able to make a smooth
Kindertreff                                                               39        École Steiner / Waldorf                                                   45
Palomitas                                                                 43        West Point                                                                46      return to the school system in your home country, and so on.
Tiramisú                                                                  46
                                                                                    JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOLS
PRE SCHOOLS                                                                         Assomption Bellevue                                                       19
Assomption Bellevue                                                       21        Cité Scolaire Internationale et ses sections (CSI)                        21      We know that the success of any expatriate assignment depends largely on
Bonvena - Les Petits Plus                                                 22        International School of Lyon (ISL)                                        33
École de l'Optimiste de l'Ouest Lyonnais                                  28        Jean Perrin                                                               34      the assimilation and well-being of the family. This is why we have decided
École les Lettres Dorées                                                  30        Ombrosa                                                                   42
English School of Lyon - ESL Lyon                                         31        École Steiner / Waldorf                                                   45      to publish a guidebook about schooling in our region.
Greenfield                                                                32
International School of Lyon (ISL)                                        33        OTHERS
Montessori                                                                40        Lyon Hoshu Jugyoko -
École Montessori - Lyon Confluence                                        41        Association pour le développement
                                                                                    de la langue et de la culture japonaises                                  47
                                                                                                                                                                      You will find a presentation of the various educational possibilities, as well
New School                                                                41
Ombrosa & The Nursery
Le Petit Monde
                                                                                    Teremok                                                                   47      as an overview of the schools in Lyon offering an international curriculum.
École Steiner / Waldorf
West Point
                                                                                    Frequently Asked Questions                                                48      We want to help you to make the right choice for your child, based on his
                                                                                    Directory                                                                 50      or her background, preferences and ambitions.
Assomption Bellevue                                                       19        Glossary                                                                  52
Cité Scolaire Internationale et ses sections (CSI)                        23
École de l'Optimiste de l'Ouest Lyonnais
École des Grillons
                                                                                                                                                                      In Lyon, we are committed to providing full care service for you, and es-
                                                                                                                                                                      pecially for your children!
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this guide is accurate and up-to-date, especially on the basis of information provided by the schools.
We do not accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions. This guide is not, however, intended to be comprehensive.

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Class equivalents by age group                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in France
 Age        France        U.S.A.          England     Italy          Spain          Japan           Germany       Sweden         Poland         General                                                     Parents are responsible for buying
                                                                                                                                                                                                           school supplies: plan on a budget of around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To register, go to your local District Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with the originals of the following docu-

 -1                                                                                                                                             information                                                €150 as every teacher requires different
                                                                                                                                                                                                           supplies. In elementary and Junior High
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • your “livret de famille”1 (if you have one),

                                                                                                                                                on education
           crèche                                                    Educación
                                                                                                   Krippe /                                                                                                School, books are provided by the school.                   ID, or copy of your birth certificate
 1 yr                                                 Asilo nido     infantil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • vaccination records (DT-Polio Diph-
                                                                     1° ciclo
                                                                                                   Kinderkrippe                                                                                            In High School, the student or parents must

                                                                                                                                                in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                           purchase them. A family assistance center,                  theria, tetanus and poliomyelitis) or the
 2 yrs                                                                                                            Day Nursery
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the CAFAL (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales                  child’s medical records (“carnet de santé”)
                                                                                                                                                                                                           de Lyon) provides aid to families to pur-                   • a proof of residence (“justificatif de domi-
 3 yrs
                                                                                                                                                                                                           chase school supplies, based on family                      cile”) less than 3 months old
                                         school                      Educación                                                                  Public or private schools?                                 income and the number of children in the                    The list of District Halls can be found at:
 4 yrs                                                               infantil       Kindergarten   Kindergarten                                  Public schools are managed by the Na-
                                                      Materna        2° ciclo                                                                                                                              household.                                        
                         Kindergarten                                                                                                           tional Education Ministry. School is free (ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Rhône-Alpes regional authorities                      • enrolment can be completed on-line
 5 yrs                                  year 1                                                                    Kindergarten                  cept for some international sections which
                                                                                                                                                                                                           have created for Young people aged 16 -                     for schools in Lyon at under
                                                                                                                                                charge tuition fees) and secular (visible
                                                      prima                                                                                                                                                25 a “M’ra!”. This card entitles students to                Enfance et Education
 6 yrs     CP            1st grade      year 2
                                                      elementare     Educación                                                                  signs of religion are not accepted at school).
                                                                                                                                                                                                           discounts on textbooks and sports and cul-
                                                      seconda        1° ciclo                                                    Education                                                                 tural activities.                        Junior High School: You must register your
 7 yrs     CE1           2nd grade      year 3
                                                                                                                  1st grade      Primaire        Private schools account for approximately
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       child in the Junior High School of the area
                                                                                                   Grundschule                                  15% of the students in elementary school and
 8 yrs     CE2           3rd grade      year 4
                                                                                                                  2nd grade
                                                                                                                                                20% in Junior High and High School. Private
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Where can you register                                      in which you reside (check with the District
                                                      elementare     Educación
                                                                                    Elementary                                   Ukonczenia
                                                                                                                                 Szkoly         schooling is essentially made up of schools
                                                                                                                                                                                                           your child?                                                 Hall). However, a waiver may be granted by
                                                      quarta                        school                                                                                                                                                                             the school district authorities (Inspecteur
 9 yrs     CM1           4th grade      year 5                       2° ciclo                                     3rd grade      Podstawowej                                                                Public schools
                                                      elementare                                                                 (certificat    that are under contract (“sous contrat”) with
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Elementary (from 2 to 10 years of age):                     de l’Académie) if you wish to register your
                                                                                                                                 de fin         the State (which pays the entire salary of all
                                                      quinta                                                                     d’études                                                                  You must contact your local District Hall to                child in another Junior High School outside
 10 yrs    CM2           5th grade      year 6
                                                      elementare     Educación                                    4th grade                     the teachers and administrative staff work-
                                                                                                                                 primaires)                                                                find out the school corresponding to your                   of your neighborhood.
                                                                     primaria                                                                   ing at the school). Private schools that are not
                                                      prima          3° ciclo                                                                                                                              neighborhood (based on the list drawn up
 11 yrs    sixième       6th grade      year 7
                                                                                                                  5th grade                     under contract (“hors contrat”) educate ap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           by the school district) and pre-enrol your                  High School: Registration depends on the type
                                                                                                   Hauptschule/                                 proximately 50,000 students in France.
 12 yrs    cinquième     7th grade      year 8
                                                      seconda        Educación
                                                                                                   Realschule/  6th grade                                                                                  child there. You then make an appointment                   of curriculum the student has chosen to follow
                                                      media          secundaria                                                                 Private schools charge tuition fees, the cost of
                                                                                                   Gymnasium                                                                                               with the head of the school to confirm the                  and available space in the High School of your
                                                                                                                                                which varies depending on family income and
                                                      terza          Educación      Junior                                                                                                                 enrolment.                                                  district. The school district authorities (Inspec-
 13 yrs    quatrième     8th grade      year 9
                                                      media          secundaria
                                                                                                                  7th grade                     the number of children in the household. There
                                                                                    High School                                                                                                                                                                        teur de l’Académie) may grant a waiver when a
                                                                                                                                                are some private religious schools (mainly
                                                      prima          Educación                                                   Lyceum                                                                                                                                student has chosen another school that is out-
 14 yrs    troisième     9th grade      year 10
                                                      liceo          secundaria
                                                                                                                  8th grade
                                                                                                                                 S.D. / S.U.L   Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and Armenian,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       side of their district.
                                                      seconda        Educación
                                                                                                                                                etc.). In these schools, students have at least
 15 yrs    seconde       10th grade     year 11                                                                   9th grade                                                                                                                                            By contrast, private schools and interna-
                                                      liceo          secundaria                                                                 one hour of optional religious education classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tional schools (elementary, Junior High or
                                                      terza                                                       1st grade                     per week.
 16 yrs    première      11th grade     year 12                      bachillerato   High School                                                                                                                                                                        High School) do not recruit students from a
                                                      liceo                                                       Gymnasium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       specific geographical area. In other words,
           terminale                    year 13       quarta                                       Gymnasium      2nd grade                                                                                                                                            parents may choose where to send their
 17 yrs    Bac
                         12th grade
                                        A level                                                    Abitur         Gymnasium
                                                      quinta liceo                                                3rd grade      Dyplom
 18 yrs                                               esame di                                                                   Magistra
                                                      maturitá                                                    Gymnasium      (5 ans)
                                                                                                                                                1- The Livret de Famille is an official record of the composition of a family. It is required in order to obtain official papers such as an identity card, passport, etc.
                                                                                                                                                2- The Carnet de Santé booklet details a person’s medical history 
 19 yrs
                                                                                                                                                3- The Justificatif de Domicile is proof that you have purchased a home or are renting one or electricity/gas (edf/gdf) bill or phone bill.

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You must register your child directly with         Recess (called “récré” in French)                   What are school                                   • The general education curriculum empha-                 elected by students to represent them in
the school principal. Admission is based on        Recess is held in the morning and the after-                                                          sizes theory-based classroom learning. After              meetings with teachers.                                    • Most schools have an infirmary. There are
the number of available places (phone the          noon in the school grounds. It lasts between
                                                                                                       lunches like?                                     9th grade (troisième), students must choose               • In each class, 2 parents volunteer to repre-             also counselors and psychologists from
school as soon as possible).                       15 and 30 minutes and gives children a                                                                the type of curriculum they wish to follow in             sent their children, particularly at the “class            neighborhood Career Guidance Resource
                                                                                                       In elementary school, children have a lunch
 For registration in an international             chance to relax by playing with their friends.                                                        High School, e.g. a technical/vocational cur-             council meeting” (“conseil de classe”3) held               Centers (“Centres d’Information et d’Orien-
                                                                                                       break between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm They
school, please provide the following: any                                                                                                                riculum or a general one with an emphasis                 once per term, along with the class dele-                  tation” or “C.I.O.”) who regularly visit schools
                                                                                                       can either go home for lunch or eat in the
previous report cards; a photocopy of the          Holidays                                                                                              on math/science, literature/languages or                  gates. This system helps to foster open dia-               and provide assistance.
                                                                                                       school cafeteria on a regular basis or just
child’s passport; proof of residence in            To stagger vacation dates around the coun-                                                            economics/social studies. This is known as                log between parents and teachers.
                                                                                                       occasionally. In France, school cafeterias
France (phone bill, electricity bill, etc.); and   try, the National Education Ministry has cre-                                                         “orientation” in French.                                  • There are also several parent associa-                    For the list of Career Guidance Resource
                                                                                                       provide a complete, well-balanced meal.
proof of personal liability insurance and          ated 3 geographical areas:                                                                            • Students have class in the morning and af-              tions, presented at the beginning of the                   Centers (C.I.O.) in the Rhône-Alpes area:
                                                                                                       There are no sandwiches and parents don’t
school insurance which can be obtained             zone A (including the schools of Besançon,                                                            ternoon. They have assignments to do either               school year, that play a vital role in the life  
                                                                                                       need to prepare anything. Generally, children
directly at the school. Four vaccinations          Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble,                                                          at home or at a type of study hall (known as              of the school. They are a source of import-                • The School Counselor (“C.P.E.” or “Con-
                                                                                                       with working parents are given first priority
(DT-Polio Diphtheria, tetanus and poliomy-         Limoges, Lyon, Poitiers)                                                                              “l’étude”1 in French) after class. Assignments            ant recommendations and suggestions to                     seiller Principal d’Education”) ensures stu-
                                                                                                       for registering to eat in the school cafeteria
elitis) are required.                              zone B (including the schools of Aix-                                                                 to be done at home teach students how to                  the school principal. In the public sector, the            dents’ well-being at school and that they
                                                                                                       In Junior High and High School, students
                                                   Marseille, Amiens, Caen, Lille, Nancy-Metz,                                                           plan out their workload over several days.                main parent associations are:                              obey all school rules. The counselor works
                                                                                                       eat between noon and 2 pm (in some cases,
                                                   Nantes, Nice, Orléans, Tours, Reims, Rennes,                                                          • In France, the decision to have a student                                                                          closely with the teachers and school man-
                                                                                                       they may have only 40 minutes to eat lunch).
What is the school                                 Rouen, ­Strasbourg)
                                                                                                       They may eat in the cafeteria, go home for
                                                                                                                                                         stay back and repeat a grade level is made                Public School Parents’ Association (“F.C.P.E.”             agement staff.
                                                   zone C (including the schools of Créteil,                                                             by all of the student’s teachers. Having a                or “Fédération des Conseils des Parents                    • School insurance is mandatory and par-
week like?                                         Montpellier, Paris, ­Versailles, Toulouse)
                                                                                                       lunch or eat outside with their friends (with
                                                                                                                                                         child repeat a grade level enables them to                d’élèves des Écoles Publiques”): F.C.P.E. du               ents may choose the insurance company
                                                                                                       parental permission).
                                                                                                                                  consolidate their knowledge and give them                 Rhône                                                      they wish to work with. This insurance pol-
In elementary school, the school week can                                                              There is a charge for school lunches. You
                                                                                                                                                         a better chance at succeeding in the next                 16 rue Galilée - 69100 Villeurbanne                        icy must be taken out as soon as a pupil is
be either 4 days – Monday, Tuesday, Thurs-         Official school holidays                            may register your child at the beginning of
                                                                                                                                                         grade up. Repeating a grade level should not              Tel. 04 37 91 65 30 /                    registered for school.
day and Friday – or 4 ½ days (Wednesday                                                                the school year for the entire year. If your
                                                                                                                                                         be considered as a punishment! It is a strong   
morning).                                                                                              child will be eating at the cafeteria on an oc-
                                                   January                1st (New Year’s Day)                                                           recommendation, not a mandatory ruling,                                                                               To take out a school insurance policy,
In Junior High/ High School, classes are                                                               casional basis only, you can buy meal vouch-
                                                   March / April          Easter Sunday                                                                  and parents may “appeal”2 the decision to                 Parents with Children in Public Schools                    contact the school or your own insurance
held Monday through Friday and, in some                                                                ers or cards from the school. Contact your
                                                                          and Monday*                                                                    have their child repeat a grade level.                    (“P.E.E.P.” or “Parents d’Elèves dans l’Ensei-             company.
cases, on Saturday mornings as well.                                                                   child’s school directly for more information
                                                   May                    1st (Labor Day),                                                               • Student progress is checked constantly                  gnement Public”):                                           For more information, contact the Insur-
                                                                                                       on its cafeteria.
                                                                          8th (To celebrate the End                                                      and the students are tested regularly in each             P.E.E.P. du Rhône                                          ance Information Center (“CDIA” or “Centre
Wednesdays                                                                of WWII),                                                                      subject. Students with disciplinary problems              34 rue Viret 69100 Villeurbanne                            de Documentation et d’Information de l’As-
In elementary school, Wednesday is gener-                                 and Ascension Thursday*
                                                                                                       “French-style” education                          or those who do not study seriously enough                Tel. 04 37 24 71 00 / fax 04 37 24 71 09                   surance”):
ally considered as a day for the children to       May or June            Pentecost Monday*                                                              may be punished (“collé” in French): they       
                                                                                                       • In 1882, Jules Ferry, Minister of Public In-
rest and do sports or cultural activities.         July                   14th (Bastille Day,
                                                                                                       struction, imposed a policy of secular, free
                                                                                                                                                         must go to school to do an assignment out-                                                                           Alternative schools
Working parents may wish to take their                                    the national holiday)                                                          side normal class hours (Wednesday after-                 For private schools:
children to outdoor activity centers (called                                                           and mandatory schooling for all children
                                                   August                 15th (the Assumption)*                                                         noon or Saturday morning, for example).                   Private School Parents’ Association                        In the French education system, some
“centres aérés” in French) located in their                                                            aged 6 to 13 (16 years old after 1967) in
                                                   November               1st (All Saints Day)*,                                                         • The school year is divided into three terms.            (“A.P.E.L.” or “Association Parents d’élèves               schools feature specific pedagogical styles
neighborhood or town (check with your local                                                            public and private schools.
                                                                          11th (Armistice Day)                                                           At the end of each term, parents receive                  École Libre”):                                             associated with ways of learning in other
District Hall).                                                                                        • No uniform or other special clothing is re-
                                                   December               25th (Christmas)*                                                              their child’s report card (“bulletin de notes”).          U.D.A.P.E.L.                                               countries. Some of these schools, such as
                                                                                                       quired for French schoolchildren.
                                                   * religious holidays                                                                                  • In elementary school, homework assign-                  7 rue Vaubecour - 69002 Lyon                               the Montessori and Rudolf Steiner / Wal-
                                                                                                                                                         ments and tests are graded from 0 to 10 (0                Tel. 09 63 52 47 30                                        dorf schools, are known the world over.
                                                                                                                                                         being the worst grade and 10 the best). In                                                      Others, such as the Chapoly School (“École
                                                                                                                                                         Junior High and High School, the grading                                                                             du Chapoly”) and Rize School (“École de la
                                                                                                                                                         scale ranges from 0 to 20.                                In schools with international sections, there
School vacation periods set by the French National Education System                                                                                                                                                are often specific parent associations for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rize”), are alternative French methods.

                                                                                                                                                          In France, grading may be very harsh, and it            each section.
Vacation                   Schools with 4½ -day weeks                                     Schools with 4-day weeks                                       also takes the consistency of a student’s work            - In French, a school principal is called “Di-
                           (+ Junior High + High School)                                                                                                 into account. The most important thing is to              recteur”, if he or she heads an elementary
                                                                                                                                                         consider your child’s grades compared to the              school; “Principal”, if he or she heads a Ju-
Start of school            Beginning of September                                         Beginning of September                                         overall class average.                                    nior High School (“collège”); and “Proviseur”
All Saints Day             15 days between late October and early November                11 days between late October and early November                • In each class, two class delegates are                  if he or she heads a High School (“lycée”).
Christmas                  15 days between late December and early January                15 days between late December and early January
Winter                     15 days between mid February and early March                   12 days between mid February and early March                   1-Etude: a type of “study hall” at school where students do their homework under the supervision of a teacher. In private schools, you must pay a fee for this study hall.
                                                                                                                                                         2-Appeal: the parents can oppose their child being held back by sending the teachers a letter detailing their reasons for not wanting the child to repeat the grade level.
Spring                     15 days between late March and early May                       11.5 days between late March and late April
                                                                                                                                                         3-Conseil de classe: Literally a “class council meeting” composed of teachers, the 2 parent representatives and the 2 student delegates of each class. The aim of this
Summer                     End of June                                                    Early July
                                                                                                                                                         meeting is to give a report on each student’s work and to provide feedback on any difficulties the students are having.

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Schooling                                         list of “parent-run” day care centers, you
                                                  may contact the Small Child service (“Service
                                                                                                    are available.
                                                                                                    Contact your local District Hall for a list of
                                                                                                                                                      Elementary school
                                                                                                                                                      (école primaire)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hours: 26 hours per week on average.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Subjects: French (9-10 hours/ week),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hours of foreign language (“LV” or “Langue

in France                                         Petite Enfance”) at your local District Hall
                                                  or contact the National Association of
                                                                                                    part-time day care centers.                                                                         civics (30 min./ week), math (5-5½ hours /
                                                                                                                                                                                                        week), basic science (3-3½ hours/week),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vivante”) per week and, beginning in 10th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grade (“Seconde”) courses in one or more
                                                  Parent-Run Day Care Centers (“ACEPP” or            There are around 200 full-time and part-                             foreign language (1-2 hours/ week), art           subjects taught in the students’ main foreign
                                                  “Association des Collectifs Enfants Parents       time day-care centers in the Rhône area.          “le système éducatif” section (in French)         (3 hours/week), physical education                language (usually history-geography).
Day care                                          Professionnels”), which federates all of the       For the list of full and part-time day care                                                       (3 hours/week).
Full-time day care centers                        “parent-run” daycare centers throughout           centers in Lyon, contact the City Children’s       Pre-school (école maternelle)                                                                     In this case, the diploma students earn at
                                                  France.                                           Service (Service Municipal de l’Enfance) at                                                          For a list of pre-schools (“écoles mater-       the end of 12th grade (“terminale”) is the
At what age can children start? They may          Rates: Based on family income.                    the Lyon City Hall – Tel: 04 72 10 30 30 or       From 3 to 5 years of age, even starting at        nelles”) and elementary schools (“écoles pri-     Baccalauréat with European focus (Bac-
start at age 2 months and remain until they                                                         visit the website, in the “enfance”   2 years depending on the number of places         maires”), check the following Web site: www.      calauréat à mention européenne). This
enter kindergarten.                                You may be eligible for discounts:              section (in French)                               available and provided that the pre-schooler in the “Enfance et Education” section     diploma is awarded if the student’s grade
How can you register? As the demand for           Family Assistance Center                                                                            is potty-trained (or “propre”1 in French).                                                          in his or her main foreign language (LV1)
childcare exceeds the number of day care          (“Caisse d’Allocation Familiale du Rhône”)                                                          Levels: sections for younger (petite sec-                                                           is higher than 12 out of 20. The examina-
centers available, it is very important for you   67 boulevard Vivier Merle                         Accredited childcare                              tion), medium (moyenne section) and older         Junior High and High                              tion for this diploma includes the standard
to register your child from the very begin-       69409 Lyon Cedex 03                               providers                                         (grande section) pre-schoolers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Baccalauréat tests plus a specific test on
ning of your pregnancy (or, for expatriates,      Information: Allocaf                                                                                Hours: From 9:00 to 11:30 am and from                                                               a subject taught in the student’s main for-
as soon as you have found a house or apart-       Tel. 08 10 25 69 80                               This type of childcare professional takes in      1:30 to 4:30 pm The children may either eat       (école secondaire)                                eign language (LV1). This diploma enables
ment). Priority is given to working mothers. (website in French)                    one or more small children in the n   ­ anny’s    at the school cafeteria or go home for lunch.                                                       students to continue their studies at foreign
                                                   Mother and Child Protective Services                                                              Younger pre-schoolers take naps after lunch.                             universities.
There are three different types of full-time      (“Service Protection Maternelle                                                                     Public and private pre-school is not manda-       “le système éducatif” section (in French)         La Tourette secondary school, L’Ampère High
                                                                                                    Cost: approx. 2.72 € gross per hour (in 2016).
day care: “association day care centers”,         et Infantile” - pmI.)                             There are additional costs for meals and sup-     tory but highly recommended from a peda-                                                            School and more besides.
“at-home childcare providers” and “par-           1 Place Latarjet - 69008 Lyon                                                                       gogical point of view. It aims to stimulate the   Additional subjects: classical languages, under «orientation»
ent-run day care centers”.                        Information: 04 72 61 43 20                                                                         child in a fun way and, beginning in the sec-     (Latin, Greek), philosophy, physics, chemis-      (in French)
                                                                                                    You may be eligible for aid from the CAF
                                                                                                                                  ond year of pre-school, to teach them to read     try, biology (Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre
                                                                                                    (family benefits fund).
 Association day care centers: These              National Association of Parent-run                                                                and prepare them for the equivalent of 1st        in French), economics and social sciences,         Orientation at the end of “troisième”
                                                                                                    The cost of childcare is tax deductible
are monitored by the local Mother and             day care centers (“ACEPP Rhône-Alpes”):                                                             grade, called “CP” or “Cours Préparatoire” in     technology and one of several languages,          There are three tracks:
Child Protection Services (“pmI.” or “Pro-        3 rue Joseph Chapelle, 69008 Lyon                                                                   French.                                           i.e. English, Spanish or German. Optional         - general curriculum
tection Maternelle et Infantile”) and are         tél : 04 72 73 05 10                              At-home childcare providers                       To register: At the very latest, contact your     languages include Japanese, Italian, Portu-       - technological curriculum
                                                                                                                          local District Hall during the month of June      guese, Russian and Arabic.                        - vocational curriculum
managed by the local District Hall or by the
                                                  Warning! There are also private childcare         A nanny who minds your child at your home.        prior to the September the child is to start
“département” (county) where they are lo-
                                                  providers (who often post ads in local shops)     Cost: depending on the collective agreement       school. Some towns accept registrations            Junior High School (Collège)                     To see the list of Junior High Schools
                                                  that are not accredited.                          of individual employers and the minimum           before June, however. Children may also                                                             (collèges) in Lyon, check the
Who is in charge of them? A specialist with
                                                                                                    wage.                                             be registered during the school year (at any      6th grade (Sixième; 10-11 years)                  website in the “Enfance et Education” sec-
a degree in childcare. At least half of the day
                                                                                                    Several families may join to hire one nanny.      time, if parents transferred for work rea-        English is generally taught                       tion.
care center staff must be certified childcare
assistants. The children are regularly exam-      Part-time day care centers                        This is known as shared childcare.                sons), and may start school after Christmas       as the first foreign language
                                                                                                    You may be eligible for aid from the CAF          or Easter depending on their age and the          7th grade (Cinquième; 11-12 years)                 High School (“Lycée”)
ined by a pediatrician assigned to the day
                                                   Public:                                         (family benefits fund).                           available space.                                  Classical languages (Latin, Greek)                From 2021, all students will be able to
care center.
                                                  At what age can children start? From birth.       The cost of childcare is tax deductible.                                                            are taught as an elective                         choose the academic pathway which fits
Hours: Quite strict, from 7:00 am. to
                                                  How long? 12 hours or 3 half-days per week.                                                          Elementary school (école primaire)              8th grade (Quatrième; 12-13 years)                their interests and ambitions best. In Year
6:30 pm
                                                  Childcare may also be available on a more                                                                                    A second living language (generally               11, students will make a choice of pathways
Rates: Based on family income.
                                                  occasional basis.                                                        1st grade (5-6 years)2                            Spanish or German) is taught                      which will define the type of baccalaureate
To register: Contact your local District Hall
                                                  To register: in most cases, contact the direc-                                                      CP (Cours Préparatoire)                           9th grade (Troisième; 13-14 years)                they will take (Le baccalauréat, or “bac”,
or City Hall.
                                                  tor of the center.                                                                                  2nd grade (6-7 years)                             At the end of the year, students take exams       is the French national diploma awarded
                                                                                                                                                      CE 1 (Cours Élémentaire première année)           for the Junior High School diploma (Brevet        upon completion of secondary education).
 “Parent-run” day care centers:
                                                   Private: these operate in a variety of ways.                                                      3rd grade (7-8 years)                             des collèges) exam3
Who is in charge of them? The parents
                                                  Hours: the hours are longer than with a public                                                      CE 2 (Cours Élémentaire deuxième année)
themselves; however, it is mandatory to have
                                                  part-time day care center. Parents are some-                                                        4th grade (8-9 years)                                                                               1- Potty trained: a child who can use the bathroom
a qualified person in the center.
                                                  times called upon to take care of the children.                                                     CM 1 (Cours Moyen première année)                 Starting in 6th grade (“sixième”) or 8th          on his/her own
To register: Contact the association that                                                           1- Child hygiene supplies include diapers, skin
                                                                                                                                                                                                        grade (“quatrième”), students may choose to       2- Age reached at the beginning of the school year.
                                                  Rates: hourly, half-daily and daily rates         creams and other products, cotton swabs, etc.     5th grade (9-10 years)
manages the day care center. To obtain the                                                                                                                                                                                                                3- Brevet des collèges: a diploma awarded follow-
                                                                                                                                                      CM 2 (Cours Moyen deuxième année)                 enter a “European” section with more hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ing a year-end exam composed of 3 written tests:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of foreign language classes: 2 additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          French, Math and History/Geography.

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1/The general pathway                                   chemistry; Arts (history of art, theatre, fine
                                                                                                                                                                                     The Baccalaureate
                                                                                                               The list of all specialist subjects is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Continuous                                                           Exams
In Year 12, students will take the core subjects        arts, performing arts, etc.); Biology and ecol-       available on the “school system” page, at                                                                                             assessment
and 3 optional specialist subjects (3 in Year           ogy.                                                                                          The exams of the new general baccalaureate
12 and 2 in Year 13), which are chosen during                                                                                                                                                                                                     10% of final grade            40%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of final 60%                         1 early exam
Year 11.                                                2/ The technological pathway                          3/ The vocational pathway                                              Find out more on the “school system” page, at               Year 12 and Year 13                                                  in Year 12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    school reports               grade   of final               Written and oral French
- Core subjects: French, history/geography,             Students will choose this pathway at the              This pathway leads to a BEP (Certificate of                                                                                                         grade
civic education, modern languages A and B,              end of Year 11. It comprises core subjects            Vocational Studies) or a CAP (Certificate of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  30% of final grade                                              4 exams in Year 13
PE, philosophy and sciences.                            (French, history/geography, civic education,          Professional Competence) in the specialist                                                                                             in-class tests                                              Specialist subjects (2),
- Specialist subjects: History/geography,               modern languages A and B, PE, philosophy,             field chosen by the student. An internship                                                                                      2 sessions, in Year 12 and 1                                            Philosophy,
geopolitics and political science; Humanities,          mathematics) and a specialist series of sub-          contract is set-up by the school, so that stu-                                                                                       session in Year 13                                            and Grand Oral Exam
literature and philosophy; Foreign languages,           jects, such as STMG* (management sciences             dents alternate between study periods and
literatures and cultures; Classical literature,         and technologies), ST2S (health and social            work experience.
languages and culture; Mathematics; Digi-               sciences), SI2D (industry and sustainable de-
tal technologies and computer science; Life             velopment), STL (laboratory sciences), STD2A                                                                                 Students taking the general baccalaureate will usually go onto               Students taking the vocational baccalaureate will gain substantial
and earth sciences; Engineering sciences;               (design and applied arts), STAV (agricultural                                                                                higher education: university, DUT (University Technology Diploma),           in-company experience. After taking an access course, they can also
Economics and social sciences; Physics and              and life science)...                                                                                                         grandes écoles.                                                              enter higher education if they wish to do so.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Students in the technological pathway may opt for shorter stud-                  You can find the list of all the lycées in Lyon on the “childhood
                                                                                                                                                                                     ies, as their technological background enables them to enter the job         and education” page, at
                                                                                                                                                                                     market quickly. However, they can also choose 2-year further study
                                                                                                                                                                                     courses, such as a BTS (Higher Technical Certificate), DUT, grandes
    Higher Education:
                                                      Higher Education:                                                                                                              écoles...
       universities,                                                                                                                  Working life
                                                   BTS, DUT, grandes écoles
   grandes écoles, DUT

                                       Technological                                                                                Vocational Bac
  General baccalaureate                                                   Technological
    Core subjects and                                                     baccalaureate
                                    STMG, ST2S, SI2D, STL,
   2 specialist subjects                                                STHR and S2TMD*
                                       STD2A, STAV...*                                                               Vocational Terminale (12th grade)

                                                                                                                                                                                   Higher education: Diplomas
                                                                                                            Working life        Vocational Première (11th grade)    Working life

                                                                                                                                                                                    Bac+8                                  Doctorate (PhD)
  Terminale (12th grade)            Terminale (12th grade)           Terminale (12th grade)                              BEP                                       CAP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Professionally-oriented Master
                                                                                                   Première (11th)                                                                                                        or
                                                                                                  class for transition                                                                                                    Research-oriented Master
                                                                                                 to new curriculum                                                                             Diplomas from grandes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Students can obtain
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bac+5      écoles (engineering, busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a maîtrise diploma
                                                                                                                                                                                               ness, veterinary schools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          at the end of the 1st year)
                                                                                                                                                                                               and the école
Year 12 (general pathway)           Year 12 (technological                  Year 12                                                                                                 Bac+4      normale supérieure
    Core subjects and               pathway): STMG, ST2S,              (special pathways)                       BEP Terminale                                                                  for future teachers)*
   3 specialist subjects           SI2D, STL, STD2A, STAV...*          STHR and S2TMD*                                                                         Classes
                                                                                                                                                             to prepare             Bac+3
                                                                                                                                                           for CAP exam                                                    (Students can also obtain
                                                                                                             Vocational Seconde                                                                Classe préparatoire:        a general university diploma
           General and technical Seconde (10th)                      Specific Seconde (10th)                                                                                                                                                                   DUEST (University            DUT** (University
                                                                                                                (10th grade)                                                                   preparatory classes         (DEUG ) at the end                                                                       BTS** (Advanced
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bac+2      for entrance exams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Diploma in Scientific and    Diploma in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of the 2nd year)                                                                         Vocational Diploma)
                                                                                                                                                                                               to the grandes écoles                                           Technical Studies)           Technology)

    General curriculum                                Technical curriculum                                                     Professional curriculum
                                                                                                                                                                                   * Students can also enter grandes écoles after obtaining a licence at a university or a DUT degree.
                                                                                                                                                                                   ** Students who have received a DUT or BTS degree, and those coming from a classe préparatoire may enter a licence program provided
                                                                                                                                                                                      that part or all of their previous coursework is approved by the university.
                                                          9th grade (”classe de troisième”)                                                                                        1 Contrat d’alternance: a contract that combines theoretical training at school and on-the-job training in a company.

*See definition in the glossary on page 49

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                                                        education                               Lyon has many schools offering international learning programs.

                                                  in the Lyon area                              In addition to French, these schools teach a wide variety of foreign lan-
                                                                                                guages and certain subjects are taught in the chosen foreign language.
                                                                                                They offer an extensive range of curricula and diplomas.

                                                                          © Dominique Vernier

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Establishments by levels and languages
                                                               Junior High     High           State    Private     Private non
Establishment               Day care   Pre school Elementary                                                                     English   German   Spanish   Italian   Polish   Portuguese   Japanese   Chinese   Russian   Arabic   Page
                                                                 School       school         school   accredited   accredited

Apple Pie                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18

Assomption Bellevue                                                                                                                                                                                                          19

Baby Nursery                                                                                                                                                                                                                         19

Bébés Bilingues                                                                                                                                                                                                                      20

Bonvena - Les Petits Plus                                                                                                                                                                                                              20

Cité Scolaire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         21-25
Internationale (CSI)

L’École de l’Optimisme de
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    28
l’Ouest Lyonnais

École des Grillons                                                                                                                                                                                                                   29

École les Lettres Dorées                                                                                                                                                                                                            30
English School of Lyon -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    31
                                                                                                       4TH - 5TH
Greenfield                                                                                                                                                                                                                          32

International School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  33
of Lyon (ISL)

Jean Perrin                                                                                                                                                                                                                      34

Junior School                                                                                                                                                                                                                        39

Kindertreff                                                                                                                                                                                                                          39

Montessori                                                                                                                                                                                                                          40
École Montessori -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    41
Lyon Confluence
New School                                                                                                                                                                                                                          41

Ombrosa & The Nursery                                                                             Elementary High School                                                                                                         42 - 43

Palomitas                                                                                                                                                                                                                            43

Le Petit Monde                                                                                                                                                                                                                    44

Steiner/Waldorf                                                                                                                                                                                                                   45

Tiramisú                                                                                                                                                                                                                             46

West Point                                                                                                                                                                                                                          46

Lyon Hoshu Jugyoko
Association pour
le développement                                          Native language Japanese lessons                                                                                                                                             47
de la langue et de
la culture japonaises
                                                     Cultural centre for Russian-speaking children                                                                                                                                     46
The Accreditation                                 The program includes 6 groups of academic
                                                                                                      Only schools that are accredited by the Inter-
                                                                                                      national Baccalaureate Organization are au-      The main types    The various                                                                      TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Language): Assesses the English language

System                                            • Language A1: (The language in which the
                                                  student feels most at ease, often his or her
                                                                                                      thorized to teach the programs and register
                                                                                                      candidates for the examination.                  of international  diplomas and                                                                    skills of non-native English speakers. Most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         American and Canadian universities use

The Anglo-Saxon accreditation system is
                                                  native language). Includes a selection of
                                                  world literature.
                                                                                                      The I.B. is currently recognized in 113
                                                                                                      countries, enabling students to go on
                                                                                                                                                       schooling in Lyon certificates that                                                               TOEFL results as part of their admissions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         process for foreign students.

                                                                                                                                                                         you can prepare
managed by various institutions such as
                                                  • Language A2: Language and literature              to study at foreign universities without                                                                                                           
the New English Association of Schools and                                                                                                             Sections preparing for the Baccalaureate
                                                  courses for students with a very good knowl-        taking language tests. It is open to all                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                         for in Lyon
Colleges (NEASC), the European Council of                                                                                                              with International Option
                                                  edge of the language being studied.                 well-prepared candidates from any country                                                                                                           Where?
International Schools (ECIS) and the Middle
                                                  or Language B: Language classes for stu-            in the world.                                                                                                                                      At Cité Scolaire Internationale and Assomption
Schools Association (MSA), which ensure the                                                                                                            Aims: to offer appropriate schooling to
                                                  dents with previous experience learning the         The 3 working languages of the I.B. are En-                                                                                                        Bellevue
quality of the resources and teaching available                                                                                                        children with a command of a foreign              IGCSE (International General Certificate
                                                  language but who are not fully ­proficient.         glish, French and Spanish.
to students.                                                                                                                                           language.                                        of Secondary Education): This is designed
                                                  or Language Ab beginner: Language learn-             For further information:                                                                                                              ESOL Cambridge (English for Speakers
                                                                                                                                                                              for international schools and especially Brit-
                                                  ing classes for beginners.                                                                                                                                                 of Other Language):
                                                                                                                                        Curriculum: 4 hours of history-geog-             ish schools. There is a 2-year preparation for
                                                  • Individuals and Societies: History, geog-          O.I.B.: 15, rue des Morillons / CH 1218                                                                                                          Cambridge certificates are recognized all
                                                                                                                                         raphy, including 2 taught in the chosen          this exam, during which students follow a
                                                  raphy, economics, philosophy, psychology,           Grand Saconnex / Genève / Suisse                                                                                                                   over the world by universities, employers
 La Cité Scolaire Internationale                                                                                                                      foreign language.                                curriculum determined by Cambridge Uni-
                                                  social anthropology, organization and man-          Tel. 00(4122) 309 25 40                                                                                                                            and National Education authorities as tan-
and the International School of Lyon                                                                                                                   4 hours of foreign literature taught in the      versity. The general curriculum is designed
                                                  agement.                                                                                                                                                                                               gible proof of qualification in the ­English lan-
are members of ECIS                                                                                                                                    chosen foreign language.                         for students from 14 to 16 years of age.
                                                  • Experimental Sciences: Biology, chem-              The International Baccalaureate in Lyon                                                                                                          guage:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        This internationally-recognized de-
                                                  istry, general chemistry, applied chemistry,        In Lyon, two schools are accredited by the
                                                                                                                                                       Diploma: French Baccalaureate with Interna-      gree enables students to prepare for the
The “International                                physics and environmental systems.
                                                  • Mathematics: mathematics, mathematical
                                                                                                      (IBO) in Geneva to teach the International
                                                                                                      Baccalaureate (IB) program and issue the
                                                                                                                                                       tional Option:                                   English A and AS Levels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cambridge International Examinations 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         FCE (First Certificate in English)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Where?
Baccalaureate” (I.B.)                             methods, mathematical studies and further
                                                                                                      diploma. The program is taught in 11th and
                                                                                                      12th grade.
                                                                                                                                                       Standard exams + oral and written language,
                                                                                                                                                       literature and history-geography exams.          Hills Road Cambridge CB1 2EU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         At Cité Scolaire Internationale,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Assomption Bellevue and Ombrosa
                                                                                                                                                                                                        United Kingdom
                                                  • One of the following electives: Visual arts,      The IB program can be taught and the exams
The International Baccalaureate Orga-                                                                                                                   Note: The exams taken in the foreign lan-      Tel. +44 (0) 122 355 3554
                                                  music, Latin, Classical Greek, computer sci-        taken in other languages.                                                                                                                          CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)
nization (IBO), whose headquarters are                                                                                                                 guage have a very high coefficient, enabling     fax +44 (0) 122 355 3558
located in Geneva, Switzerland, features 3
                                                  ence, a second option from the “Individuals                                                                                                                                                             Where?
                                                                                                                                                       students who do not fully master French
                                                  and Societies” group or “Experimental Sci-          At Ombrosa, classes are bilingual: subjects                                                                                                        At Cité Scolaire Internationale
autonomous programs:                                                                                                                                   to nevertheless obtain the Baccalauréat           Where?
                                                  ences” group, or a third modern language.           are studied in English and in French and                                                                                                           and Ombrosa
• The Primary Years Program, designed                                                                                                                  diploma, provided that they do well on the       At Cité Scolaire Internationale, Ombrosa and
for children from 3 to 12 years of age,                                                               exams may be taken in both ­languages.
                                                                                                                                                       tests in their native language (or in the for-   the International School of Lyon
                                                  Diploma candidates must take an exam in             At the International School of Lyon, classes                                                                                                       CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
focuses on building students’ overall                                                                                                                  eign language they have chosen).
                                                  one subject from each group: 3 or 4 subjects        and exams are in English for all subjects.                                                                                                          Where?
                                                                                                                                                                                                         SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and PSAT
                                                  at “Higher Level” and the others at “Standard                                                                                                                                                          At Cité Scolaire Internationale and
• The Middle Years Program provides stu-                                                                                                               Who may apply? Foreign students who              (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test): Stu-
                                                  Level”. For each subject, a grade from 1 (the       The availability of the International Bacca-                                                                                                       at Ombrosa
dents aged 11 to 16 with a framework for                                                                                                               wish to be integrated in the French system.      dents wishing to attend American universi-
                                                  lowest) to 7 (the high­est) will be given. To ob-   laureate in Lyon is proof of the Lyon region’s                                                                                           
success in school and the development of                                                                                                               French students with excellent knowledge         ties must take these before applying.
                                                  tain the diploma, students must have a cu-          commitment to developing international ed-
personal skills.                                                                                                                                       of the chosen foreign language. Selection is     
                                                  mulative score of at least 24. They must also       ucation and to meet the needs of all types of                                                                                                       Abitur: German High School diploma
• The Diploma Program, created in 1968, is                                                                                                             based on a test in the student’s foreign lan-    
                                                  meet three additional requirements: they            incoming families.                                                                                                                                 (corresponds to the French Baccalaureate).
a pre-college curriculum validated by exam-                                                                                                            guage and his or her grades in other sub-         Where?
inations. It is designed for students aged 16
                                                  must write a thesis paper (approximately             Where?                                                                                                                                           Some schools such as Cité Scolaire Inter-
                                                                                                                                                       jects studied.                                   At Cité Scolaire Internationale and the Inter-
                                                  4,000 words in length), attend a class on the       At Ombrosa and at the International School                                                                                                         nationale prepare students for both exams
to 19.                                                                                                                                                  Where?                                         national School of Lyon
                                                  Theory of Knowledge (which aims to develop          of Lyon.                                                                                                                                           so that they may go on to study at German
                                                                                                                                                       At Cité Scolaire Internationale (English, Ger-
                                                  their critical thinking skills and analyze the                                                                                                                                                         universities.
 The I.B. Diploma                                                                                                                                     man, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese
The program consists of a 2-year cycle. It is
                                                  knowledge they have gained through their                                                                                                                                                                Where?
                                                                                                                                                       and Polish sections), Arabic (2014), Chinese
                                                  studies), and participate in an extracurricu-                                                                                                                                                          At Cité Scolaire Internationale
not based on the model of any one specific                                                                                                             (2019).
                                                  lar activities program called “CAS” (Creation,
country, and has been deliberately designed
                                                  Activity, Service).
as a compromise between various national
school systems.

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Lyon-area schools offering
                                                                                     international education


                                                                                                                                             ÉCOLE DES GRILLONS                     OMBROSA

                                                                                                                                         JEAN PERRIN

                                                                                                 ENGLISH SCHOOL
                                                                                                OF LYON - ESL LYON
                                                                                                                                                                        THE NURSERY
                                                                                              Marcy L'Étoile                                                              OMBROSA


                                                                                                                                                                               APPLE PIE                  PALOMITAS


                                                                                                                                                                                                            LYON HOSHU JUGYOKO

Lyon-area schools
                                                                                                                                WEST POINT

                                                                                                                                                                    BONVENA - LES PETITS PLUS

                                                                                                                                                                                   ÉCOLE LES LETTRES
                                                                                                 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LYON          ÉCOLE MONTESSORI - LYON CONFLUENCE               DORÉES

                                                                                                                                                                  LE PETIT MONDE           BABY NURSERY

                                                                                                                                                                                                       JUNIOR SCHOOL
                                                                                                                ASSOMPTION BELLEVUE
                                                                                                                                                                                      NEW SCHOOL

                                                                                                                                                             BÉBÉS BILINGUES
                                                                                                                        CITÉ SCOLAIRE INTERNATIONALE

                                                                                     Day care center
                                                                                     Pre-school                                   RUDOLF STEINER/WALDORF
                                                                                      and/or elementary school
                                                                                     Elementary school
                                                                                      and/or Junior High/high
                                                                                     Other
                                                                          © xiver

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Apple Pie                                                                                                                                       Assomption Bellevue
Manager                       Mrs. Palmira Martins                                                                                              Head of establishment         Mr. Gilles Brousse
Levels                        Provision for children from 10 weeks to 4 years old                                                               Principal
Status                        Private mini-nursery                                                                                              (pre-school and elementary) Mrs. Claire Brouillet
Hours                         8 am – 7 pm                                                                                                       Principal of Junior High      Mrs. Emmanuelle Perbet
Enrolment                     Provision for 17 children - maximum 10 children simultaneously                                                    Principal of High School      Mr. Richard Grille
Admission requirements        Pre-registration application at:                                                          Levels                        Pre-school, elementary, Junior High School, High School, higher education
Languages taught              French and English                                                                                                Status                        Private School under contract with the State
Average cost day school       Variable depending on the number of child-care days / package chosen                                              Hours                         - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8.15 am to 11.45 am ; 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm in pre-school and elementary
Transportation                Metro A, Massena stop                                                                                                                           - From Monday to Friday 8 am to 12 am and 1.45 pm to 4.40 pm in Junior High School and High School except
Teacher profile               French-speaking and English-speaking early years professionals                                                                                  Wednesday for Junior High School
Extracurricular activities    Various and adapted to the age of children                                                                        Enrolment                     Autumn 2015: 1,900 enrolled
School philosophy             Every child’s routine and individuality respected, support for his socialisation and introduction to the world,   Admission requirements        Interview + test
and mission                   bilingual and bi-cultural provision.                                                                              Languages taught              ML1: English and German
                                                                                                                                                                              ML2: German, Spanish and Italian
www.creche-                   53 rue Massena - 69006 Lyon                                                                                                                     ML3: Chinese, Italian and Russian                  tel. 06 84 70 26 35 -                                                                 Average cost day school       Bilingual primary school €1,200 per year
                                                                                                                                                                              Bilingual secondary school €1,830 per year
                                                                                                                                                                              Bilingual High School €1,300 per year
                                                                                                                                                Transportation                Bus #8, #C7, #C10, #15, #17, #47, #63, #82, #85, #88, #JD11, #JD12, #JD13, #114-119-120-145-751 ;
                                                                                                                                                                              Rhône county council : Brignais, Brindas, Chaponost, Charly, Communay, Feyzin, Millery, Orlienas,
                                                                                                                                                                              St Symphonien d’Ozon, Serezin, Simandre, Solaize, Soucieu en Jarrest, Ternay, Vourles
                                                                                                                                                Program                       French, part of which is taught in English
                                                                                                                                                                              Preparation for the Cambridge examinations
                                                                                                                                                Teacher profile               Ordinary and Advanced competitive teaching qualifications + English speakers
                                                                                                                                                Extracurricular activities    Child-minding (mornings from 7.30 am and evenings until 6 pm), Directed studies, Half board, High School
                                                                                                                                                                              boarding for girls, Student residences for higher education

                                                                                                                                                School philisophy             Catholic school (catechetics, highlights), religious dimension of culture

                                                                                                                                                www.assomption-               - 39 quai Jean-Jacques Rousseau - 69350 La Mulatière
                                                                                                                                                        tel. 04 72 66 30 80 - fax 04 72 66 30 90 -
                                                                                                                                                                              - Higher education (BTS vocational qualification and preparatory classes)
                                                                                                                                                                              172 avenue Jean Jaurès - 69007 Lyon

                                                                                                                                                Baby Nursery
                                                                                                                                                Levels                        Day-care nursery
                                                                                                                                                Status                        Association
                                                                                                                                                Hours                         7.30 am - 6.20 pm
                                                                                                                                                Enrolment                     24 places
                                                                                                                                                Languages taught              French, English
                                                                                                                                                Transportation                Tram T2, bus # C8 and C22, Ambroise Paré bus stop

                                                                                                                                                                              22 avenue Rockefeller - 69008 Lyon
                                                                                                                                                                              (in the premises of the Natecia private hospital)
                                                                                                                                                                              Tel. 09 62 56 77 17 /

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Bébés Bilingues                                                                                                                                 Cité Scolaire Internationale (CSI)
Levels                         Day-care nursery                                                                                                 Principal (High School)      Mr. Guinot
Status                         Association                                                                                                      Deputy principal
Hours                          Monday - Friday, 7.30 am - 6.20 pm                                                                               (High School)                Mrs. Houssemand
Enrolment                      30 children from 2 and a half months to 4 years                                                                  Deputy principal
Admission requirements         Have a project that requires learning two languages                                                              (Junior High School)         Mr Fino
Languages taught               English, French                                                                                                  Principal
Transportation                 Metro B Debourg station , Bus #C22, S3 or Zi6                                                                    (elementary school)          Mr. Nakouri
                                                                                                                                                Levels                       Elementary, Junior High School, High School
www.lesbebes                   83, avenue Debourg (corner 23, rue Georges Gouy) – 69007 Lyon                                                                                 9 international sections                  Tel. 04 72 76 28 84 -                                                                                           1 bi-national section (ABIBAC)
                                                                                                                                                                             2 European sections
                                                                                                                                                                             1 general section for sectored High School students
                                                                                                                                                Status                       State school
Bonvena - Les Petits Plus                                                                                                                       Hours                        8 am - 5.25 pm Monday to Friday
                                                                                                                                                Enrolment                    Primary school: 479 pupils. Secondary school: 691 pupils. High School: 850 pupils.
Director                      Mrs Héléna Hugot                                                                                                  Admission requirements       In the international section: On records and written and oral tests in section language. Positioning
Age group                     Pre-schoolers (maternelle pupils) of mixed-age from 2 to 6 years                                                                               tests in French and mathematics for the non French-speaking students of the secondary school and
Status                        Association                                                                                                                                    High School. One admission session: end of June
Hours                         Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30-11:30 and 13:30-16:30 / Wednesday and Friday: 8:30-11:30                       Languages taught             English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese
Enrolment                     25                                                                                                                Cost                         Free, except for the private English-speaking and Japanese international sections
Admission requirements        Application and interview, the aim being to strike a balance between age groups, family income and parental       Transportation               Metro line B: Stade de Gerland station. Bus # 60, C22 and S3. Tram T1
                              involvement within the structure                                                                                                               Ten Direct Junior and general council shuttles serve the school
Languages                     French, English                                                                                                   Program                      French National Curriculum and specific programs defined by the partner countries
Average cost                  From 0 to 475 euros per month, depending on income                                                                                             of the international and bi-national sections
Transportation                Subway "Jean Macé" Tram T1 "Centre Berthelot" Buses no. C22 and 60 "Pont Gallieni RG" Buses no. 4, C7, C12,       Teacher profile              State education and native national higher education graduates for the teachers of specific tuition
                              C14, 35 and Z6 "Jean Macé"                                                                                                                     in languages, history-geography and mathematics in the international and bi-national sections
Programme                     The education policy is focused on the development of the child and their interpersonal skills (self-esteem,      School philosophy            Promote excellent education enhanced by bilingualism and multiculturalism
                              critical thinking, autonomy etc.) with a focus on a diversified education (National curriculum, Montessori,       and mission                  Ensure the integration of foreign pupils into the French educational system
                              Reggio Emilia, Steiner etc.), co-education (involvement of parents) and social and cultural diversity.                                         Support international mobility in educational paths
Teacher Profile               1 National Curriculum teacher and trained in the Reggio Emilia approach, 1 Montessori educator (AMI),                                          Develop cultural and artistic paths
                              1 native English speaking assistant.                                                                                                           Educational cooperation with the partner countries of the international /European sections
Extracurricular Activities    Under construction for the 2017 school year                                                                                                    Contribute to the strengthening of the region’s international appeal
Characteristics of the school - the school’s education policy is supervised by a scientific committee (neuroscientists, national education 		                                Pass on a world of common heritage to be shared
		teachers, Montessori educators, and specialists in positive education)                                                                                                     Implement an education policy for health and well-being
                              - parental involvement, with a committee of parents involved in school life                                       Extracurricular activities   Drama, choir, cinema, orchestra, literary meetings/lectures, cultural weeks, travel, matching, Comenius
                              - the school is located within a hub for social innovation and sustainable development                                                         European exchange program, preparation for Political Studies Institutes entrance examinations,
                              - a co-working space allows parents to work near their children                                                                                workshops and scientific, literary and economics competitions, school newspaper, High School cinema,
                              - workshops for children and / or parents as well as work placements are regularly organised                                                   International award, MUN, culture and photo clubs, athletic associations, wilderness expeditions          107 rue de Marseille - 69007 Lyon                                                                                     2 place Montréal - 69361 Lyon cedex 07
/bonvena                                                                                                                                  Switchboard: 04 78 69 60 06
                                                                                                                                                                             - Primary school office: ext. 6005 -
                                                                                                                                                                             - Secondary/ High School management office: ext. 6002
                                                                                                                                                                             - Secondary school pupils’ office: ext. 6013 -
                                                                                                                                                                             - High School pupils’ office: ext. 6007 -

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Cité Scolaire Internationale (CSI) / German and Abibac sections                                                                         Cité Scolaire Internationale (CSI) /
Section Heads                   Mr. Kayser: German-speaking section (primary, secondary), Abibac LL department
                                                                                                                                        English and German European section
                                Mrs. Girel: Abibac HG section
                                                                                                                                        Program                       National standards for European sections with extra hours and teaching of a non-linguistic discipline
Program                         Primary school: German program
                                                                                                                                                                      (NLD) in the section language. The common NLD is history/geography
                                Secondary school: 4 hours LL (language and literature) and 2 hours HG (history/geography)
                                                                                                                                        Recruitment                   In Y11 for the euro - English section : assignment by the Academy
                                High School/ Abibac: LL 6 hours, HG 3.5 - 5 hours
                                                                                                                                        Enrolment                     Secondary school: Euro-German: 80 pupils
Teacher profile                 German mother tongue
                                                                                                                                                                      High School: Euro-German: 61 pupils; Euro- English: 89 pupils
                                Primary school: German diplomas, teachers seconded from Germany
                                                                                                                                        Diplomas issued               In Y11: A2/B1 certification (DSD1)
                                Secondary school and High School: German diplomas and French competitive examinations,
                                                                                                                                                                      In Y13: B2/C1 certification (Deutsches Sprachdiplom II)
                                status: State Education teachers
                                                                                                                                                                      European Baccalaureate with honours. Honours are awarded to pupils who receive 12 or more marks
Diplomas issued                 Secondary school: International option Diplôme du Brevet (Junior High School diploma)
                                                                                                                                                                      in Modern Languages and 10 or more marks in the NLD
                                High School/ Abibac: double Abitur and baccalaureate certificate (bi-national diploma)
                                                                                                                                                                      Preparation of the Cambridge certificate validating level B1 in Euro-English Y11
Admission requirements          Secondary school: non-French-speaking pupils must pass a test in the German language and a level
                                                                                                                                                                      CSI is a member of the PASCH network
                                test in mathematics and French. They will then, if necessary, be taught French as a foreign language.
                                                                                                                                        Exchange program              In Euro-German: school exchange program with schools in Bonn and Berlin. With Glasgow and
                                High School/Abibac: admission on records and motivation interview, level tests in maths
                                                                                                                                                                      Philadelphia, for Euro-English. The two sections participate in the Comenius, Brigitte Sauzay and
                                and French for non French-speaking candidates
                                                                                                                                                                      Voltaire international mobility programs, for conducting research projects between European Union
School Exchanges with German schools (Aix-la Chapelle and Bonn)
                                                                                                                                                                      classes and/or stays of 2, 3 or 6 months in a European or American partner school.
The Parents’ Association for German-speaking pupils (APEG) supports the section’s work.

www.csi-community              Tel. 04 78 69 60 06 (ext. 6133)
.com/apeg/index.htm                                                                                                                     Cité Scolaire Internationale (CSI) / Spanish section
                                                                                                                                        Section Head                  Mr. Rogriquez
Cité Scolaire Internationale (CSI) / English section                                                                                    Section profile               Free state section
                                                                                                                                        Program                       Primary, secondary, High School: language, literature, history/geography in Spanish language
Section Head               Mr. Robert Miller                                                                                            Enrolment                     2012: 232 enrolled. French, Spanish and Latin-American pupils and other nationalities
Program                    Primary school: 6 hours a week in English                                                                    Teacher profile               Officials of the Spanish State, paid by Spain
                           Secondary school: 6 hours per week: 4 hours of English language and literature                               Diplomas issued               International option of French National Diploma and Baccalaureate. Spanish baccalaureate, DELE
                           and 2 hours of history/geography                                                                             Extracurricular activities    The section provides a program of activities subsidised by the Institut Cervantès de Lyon and
                           High School: 6/9 hours per week depending on the chosen option                                                                             the parents’ association (APESE): travel, exchange, exhibitions, library, department celebrations, etc.
Enrolment		30 nationalities. 50% of pupils from abroad
Teacher profile            English and American mother tongue; National Diplomas (or equivalent)                                                                      Tel. 04 78 69 60 06 (ext. 6134) -
Diplomas issued            International option of French National Diploma. International option
                           of the French Baccalaureate with the choice between an American or British curriculum.
                           IGSCE (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance)/language-literature,history;
                           SAT                                                                                                          Cité Scolaire Internationale (CSI) / Italian section
Extracurricular activities A large number of activities on offer: Duke of Edinburgh/international Award
                           Model United Nations, Theatre                                                                                Section Heads                   Primary school: Mrs. Papetti / Secondary school: Mrs. d’Alberti / High School: Mr. Messina
                           Support service for integration into English-speaking universities                                           Teacher profile                 Mother tongue Italian, paid by the Italian government
                           One-to-one tuition for non French-speakers                                                                   Diplomas issued                 International Option Junior High diploma, International Option Baccalaureate which gives admission to any
                                                                                                                                                                        university in Italy without need for further language exams
                               Tel. 04 78 69 60 06 (ext. 6135)                                                                          The parent association (APESI) actively participates in all the activities offered by the section: trips and exchanges.

                                                                                                                                                                      Tel. 04 78 69 60 06 (ext. 6132)

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