International Schools in Paris
The French capital is an international hub, home to families from all over the world. With such a diverse mix of residents, cosmopolitan Paris is home to highly-regarded International schools covering curriculums from many different home nations.
From early years education and pre-school (or École Maternelle), to primary and secondary schools, parents have a wide range of options to choose from in order to find the perfect school for their children in the French capital.
Whether parents are seeking a school in the city centre or further out in the suburbs, there are bilingual and multi-lingual schools across the Ile-de-France region. Schools in Paris are predominantly non-denominational and co-educational with mixed girls and boys classes (with the exception of some private, independent religious schools).
There are several Montessori schools in Paris from Maternelle through to Collège stages. Other top primary schools teaching predominantly in English (following the British curriculum) include Open Doors (for pupils 4-11) in St Nom La Bretèche and Private Catholic Marymount, which follows the American system for students aged 3 to 14.
For older kids and teens, the school system they enter will largely determine which important exams they will go on to sit, from the French Baccalaureat or IB to British A-Levels or the American High School Diploma.
The British School of Paris in Croissy follows the National Curriculum of England for pupils aged 3 to 18, eventually leading to GCSEs and A-Levels, with a high number of pupils going on to gain places at leading Uk Universities.
The American School of Paris in St Cloud (around 10km from the city centre) runs from pre-school up to the end of high school (pupils aged 3-18) and boasts excellent sporting and arts facilities. The school offers a choice between the IB and the American High School Diploma.
Even some of the local state schools offer an adapted curriculum for students with international backgrounds. Fontainebleau caters to Anglophone children from ages 6 to 18, following the French curriculum with an International Option (including the option of IGCSEs and the OIB, French Baccalaureat with International Option).
Here is the Mumabroad.com directory of leading International and multilingual schools in Paris, as recommended by local families living in the French Capital.