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Education in France

Margaret Lanzenberg
Hello and welcome to the Education Zone. Whether your children are toddlers about to enter nursery school (maternelle), already at primary school (école) or teenagers struggling through their bac year (terminale) in state-run or private schools, this is the place for you. The FrenchEntrée Education Zone aims to provide you with a comprehensive source of information and news on education in France.

If you have a question on the French education system, a suggestion or contribution you would like to make, please get in touch.

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French state education is well-organized, well-funded and with generally average to high standards - we've put together for you a quick tour in these articles.

The Paris Dream - Immersing yourself in the culture

by Andrea Bouchaud • April 2014
©andrea bouchaudWhat happens when you have a people who are fiercely proud of their culture and a person who is fiercely proud of their individuality? ... more...

French school holidays 2014/2015 and the new ryhtmes scolaires

The official version, but check local timetables! ©prod.Numérik via fotolia
There are three terms in the school year, starting in September. Dates vary according to the Zone you live in. more...

Education in France - FAQ

Going to school in FranceIf you are moving to France, you may have many questions about how to get your child into school and how they will adapt. Jacqueline Karp has taught in French schools and put her own child through the system. Here she answers your FAQs... more...

Preparing Your Child for La Rentrée

Combien? Once you've enrolled your child at school, you will be presented with a list of equipment they will need for the start of term - here is our useful vocabulary guide to help you organise for the return (la rentrée) to school. more...

Teach English to speakers of other languages

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A British education at home in France

Graduation ceremonyWould you like to gain a qualification that will help you develop or change your career, or perhaps study for personal interest and indulge your passion for a particular subject? The UK’s Open University (OU) could provide just what you're looking for. more...

French school grade equivalents

Which class should my child attend? School signTrying to determine which school grade your child should attend in their new school system is often one of the most challenging aspects of moving into a foreign school system. France, the UK and the US all have their own school grade structures ... more...

Extra-curricular activities

Options available in France © Cheryl Casey - Fotolia.comIn France, the school day is long and children spend much of their time sitting behind a desk. They do, however, have a day off from school mid-week, providing an opportunity to practise sport or take on other hobbies. more...

Les colonies de vacances

Do your kids deserve a holiday?Holiday camps for children (colonies de vacances) are not unheard of in the UK but in France they are a national institution. During the school holidays, French children aged from four up to 18 are sent away from home for several activity filled weeks. more...

How good is my local school in France?

classroomThere are no official league tables in France. In fact, they are frowned upon by some in the government and teachers, so it can be difficult to find out how good your local school really is. However, there are some statistics available. more...

Regional education authorities

The A to ZAn académie is what the French call a regional education authority. Here is a full listing for France, complete with details of how to contact them. more...

Living and studying in Paris

by Andrea Bouchaud ©Andrea Bouchaud - Twenty in Paris
Andrea knew she wanted to live in France ever since her first day of French class when she was 13 years old... more...

Insider tips on educating your child in France

Helping your childMuch of the information available about French education prepares you for the procedures and helps you understand the system. However, there are some aspects about moving your child to France that aren’t mentioned in books or TV programmes... more...

French language learning issues

Children at deskHow to plan and cope as your child learns French is a primary concern of any parent introducing a non-French speaking child into the French education system. more...

Managing dyslexia in France

thumbnail newDyslexia can be isolating, especially when you are also trying to learn a new language. Did you know there's an English language website offering help and information on how to help a child with dyslexia in France? more...

Talking to your child’s teachers

Breaking down the language barrier Facing the language barrierMeeting your child’s teachers can be nerve-racking if your own French is shaky. Here’s one way to overcome that language barrier.
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The baccalauréat VS. A-levels

French Baccalauréat studentsThe Baccalauréat is a state diploma awarded to pupils in their final lycée year. But how does it differ to A-levels? Jacqueline Karp explains... more...

Vocational courses in France after the Bac

© Jacqueline KarpMany students prefer to look at options with smaller class numbers than at university, more personal attention, and a professional qualification at the end of two years. So what's available?
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International Schools in France

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