The Cité Scolaire Internationale is a French state school for children from 6 to 18 years (primary school 6-11; collège 11-15; lycée 15-18). There is no nursery school or kindergarten. French state education is free and both text and exercise books are provided in the primary school.
There are seven language sections in the school – English, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Japanese and Portuguese.
The school year is from September until the beginning of July with vacations, on average, every 7 weeks. Classes take place from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm, except Wednesday when there is no school. The 24 hour week is organised so that each child has 18 hours in French and 6 hours in the section language.
The total number of children in the primary school is approximately 465. There are 18 French classes with an average of 25 pupils in each.
The school programme
The international primary school welcomes children from CP (Year 2; Grade 1 – NB children who are 6 years old before the end of December of the year of entry) to CM2 (Year 6; Grade 5). During the 18 hours in the French classes, the children follow a programme based on the established French national curriculum, adapted to allow for the reduced number of hours. Sport is part of the curriculum (the CPs and CE1s (Years 2/3; Grades 1/2) attend sessions at a swimming pool). For the remaining 6 hours each week, children have lessons taught in the language of their section. There are no boarding facilities at the school and the children do not wear a uniform.
Children, who either do not speak French or whose level is insufficient to follow the French national programme, attend ‘special’ French classes (French as a foreign language – FLE). These groups are small.
The teaching team, led by the head teacher Mr. Pascal Fino, is made up of 20 French teachers, 2 of whom are FLE teachers, and 18 foreign teachers. The team is supported by two administrative assistants, a music teacher and 2 library assistants.
The international sections
There are 7 sections: Anglophone, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Portuguese. Each section has a parent association (APESA, APEG, APESE, APESI, APESJ, APESP).
The lessons in the sections are given in classrooms set aside for each language, by professional teachers whose mother tongue is that of the section.
The Anglophone, Japanese and Polish sections are fee-paying. Contact the appropriate section office for details.
Conditions for Admission
The structure of the school helps children arriving from abroad to integrate into the French education system, yet at the same time allows them to maintain their own cultural identity. French children returning from an extended stay in a non-French speaking school environment are also given the opportunity of developing the skills they have acquired in their second language.
All children take an entrance test to assess their level in the language. There are both oral and written parts to the test in the section language (CP; Year2; Grade 1 - oral only) as well as a written test in mathematics and in French (for French-speaking children).
There are 30 different nationalities at present in the school.