International private education

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International schooling is available across France


There are many private international schools in France, some of which are accredited by international bodies guaranteeing the quality of education provided. Here is a list of these accreditation bodies:



International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate, also known as the Geneva Baccalaureate, is a non-profit educational foundation based in Geneva, which has developed four international programs to enrich students’ intellectual and personal abilities, as well as their cultural knowledge. It accredits institutions, both on the teaching methods used and on the content of the programs. Institutions have the option of developing one or more programs offered by the IB.

More than 4,000 schools around the world offer one or more IB programs. In France, 19 institutions are IB-accredited, including the American School of Paris, the International School of Paris and the International School of Nice. The locations of IB-accredited institutions can be viewed on our interactive map (below).

For further information on the International Baccalaureate, click here to go to the foundation’s website



Council of International Schools (CIS)

As a global non-profit organization, the Council of International Schools offers programs developed by its members for primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions, and private individuals.

These programs provide students with a strong international and intercultural grounding enabling them to adapt to the increasingly global nature of modern day society.

What’s more, primary and secondary school members must commit to undertaking an external quality assurance process to enhance student learning.

There are more than 1,000 CIS accredited schools and universities around the world. In France, there are eight accredited institutions: l’American School of Grenoble, l’American School of Paris, la Bordeaux International School, l’International School of  Paris, l’International School of Toulouse, la Marymount International School à Paris et The International School of Nice.

The locations of CIS-accredited institutions in France can be viewed on our interactive map (below).

Click here for further information on the Council of International Schools



New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges is an independent, voluntary, non-profit organization. Independent state educational institutions, schools and colleges join voluntarily. NEASC assesses and promotes the quality of education, and its accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity.

The organization provides a process for meaningful, ongoing whole school improvement while respecting the specific culture of each school, with accreditation granted by the members themselves.

Each institution self-reports and is subject to a peer-review process for accreditation.

Some 2,000 state and independent schools, technical and vocational institutions, colleges and universities in New England and international schools in more than 65 countries are accredited by NEASC.

In France, there are three NEASC-accredited institutions: the École Jeannine Manuel in Paris, the International School of Paris and the International School of Toulouse.

Click here to view our interactive map to locate NEASC-accredited institutions in France (below).

Click here for further information about NEASC.


British School of Paris

In addition to the accredited schools mentioned above, the British School of Paris is the only school authorized to prepare and deliver the British A-level (equivalent to the French baccalauréat) and GCSE (equivalent to the French brevet), and is therefore accredited by the British Ministry of Education as a British School Overseas.



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