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International schools in Paris cater to expats from all over the world, offering the curricula of various countries. The International Baccalaureate is popular, as are the American High School Diploma (including the SATs and Advanced Placement) and the English National Curriculum (including the Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels).
Most international schools in Paris have a diverse student body, with a range of nationalities represented. This means that, even if parents prefer their children to continue with a curriculum from home, they will still have a unique multicultural experience in Paris. Another advantage of international schools is the high standard of facilities, teaching and support resources, particularly for non-English speakers.
Applications are accepted year-round at international schools, but space isn't always available. Places at the best schools fill up quickly, and it's a good idea to get in touch with them directly and apply as early as possible. The high demand for places means that the best schools can also charge steep fees.
Many of the best international schools in Paris are located in the western part of the city, in the 7th, 8th, 15th and 16th arrondissements. The popular, affluent suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye also has a cluster of international schools.
Below is a list of popular international schools in Paris.
Best international schools in Paris
The American School of Paris has more than 70 years of history. Facilities are top-notch, giving students all the resources they need for a high-quality education. Small class sizes come standard, allowing teachers to give students individualised attention. Read more
Curriculum: American and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
Founded in 1954, the British School of Paris was France's first UK-curriculum school. Today, the school continues to offer high standards of education across two campuses in Croissy-sur-Seine. The school's extra-curricular programme is packed with variety. Students are encouraged to explore areas such as sport, theatre, music, art, community service and student leadership. Read more
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 18
Situated in the lush suburb of Saint-Cloud, Internationale Deutsche Schule Paris offers the German national curriculum as well as a blended German-French curriculum. Students can earn the AbiBac, a dual-diploma consisting of the German Abitur and the French Baccalauréat, or they can elect to earn just the German Abitur. German-language support is available for non-native speakers. Read more
Curriculum: German and French
Ages: 4 to 18
Svenska Skolan Paris teaches the national curriculum of Sweden from preschool through to upper secondary school. The school aims to expose students to French society, culture and language while offering a proudly Swedish education. Svenska Skolan Paris is especially popular with families from Nordic countries. Read more
Ages: 3 to 18
This unique school offers a trilingual education where students are taught in three languages daily, beginning in preschool. The languages available are French, English and German or Spanish. For pupils not proficient in French, there's a comprehensive French as a Foreign Language programme, which consists of daily one-on-one tutoring. Read more
Ages: 3 to 18
Forest International School's child-centred approach to education is ideal for expat parents looking for an individualised and personalised experience. The language of instruction is English, with French as a compulsory additional language in preschool and primary school. Read more
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, International Primary Years and International Middle Years
Ages: 2 to 15
A prestigious school with more than 50 years of history, the International School of Paris is a diverse school with no one dominant nationality. The student body is made up of more than 65 different nationalities and has a good mix of local and international students. Read more
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
Teaching at Lenne Bilingual School Paris is done in a mix of French and English from preschool right up to the end of primary school. The school's child-centred philosophy nurtures academic progress alongside other personal aspects of development with the goal of producing well-rounded, self-assured students. Read more
Ages: 2 to 11
This not-for-profit school is part of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary network of international schools. Marymount International School offers fully accredited standards-based Catholic education from Pre-K to Grade 8. Read more
Curriculum: American (Catholic)
Ages: 2 to 14
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