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France schools

A snapshot overview of schools in the Cote d'Azurthat are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.


International School of Monaco (pending)

PYP/MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 650 pupils
Based in purpose-built premises with some brand-new buildings near the port. Offering a bilingual programme in early years and primary, taught in (50 per cent each) English-French. Academic subjects in middle and senior school taught in English but languages remain important with French mandatory plus a third language. IB pass rate close to 100 per cent over last five years and scores regularly in the mid-thirties against a global average of just under 30.

International School of Nice (pending)

PYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 4-17; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 360 pupils
Opened the doors of its purpose-built facility on the western edge of Nice (close to the airport) over 40 years ago and continues to offer an international education, taught in English, to the community on the French Riviera. The majority of the students are European, American or Russian and the only school in the region to be accredited by Council International Schools (CIS) and Middle States Association of the United States (MSA).

Mougins School (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 480 pupils

Opened in 1964 in architecturally striking, eco-friendly buildings on a campus just outside Mougins. Moved up a notch in 2019 by winning Council of British International Schools (COBIS) accreditation and A-Level results are very respectable. Almost all graduates continue their education at UK universities, often on design or business courses. with the occasional student returning home, recently either to Belgium or the Netherlands.

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