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Provence schools

A snapshot overview of schools in Provence that 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.

Schools in Provence reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

International Bilingual School of Provence (IBS)

National Curriculum for England/ French National Curriculum/ Bac/ Brevet/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 800 students

International bilingual school, in a Provenҫal setting, with four boarding houses surrounded by pine trees. Students from over 70 different nationalities but French in the majority, with remainder from the EU, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Option to either follow the French curriculum leading to the Bac and Brevet or choose the British alternative up to IGCSEs and then the IB Diploma.

Click here to read our full review of the International Bilingual School of Provence.

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

CIPEC Centre International Privé pour l’Éducation et la Culture (Luynes)

Adapted French curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 175 pupils

Founded in 1984 and located in an old bastide in the village of Luynes to the south of Aix. Bilingual classes. Mostly French pupils in lower years, more mixed intake in later years.

EPIM Écoles Privées Internationales de Marseille et Méditerranée (Aix and Marseille)

Adapted French curriculum; ages 2-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 120 students

Nursery and primary school, founded by two parents to give a bilingual education to their own children. Now with locations in Luynes, south of Aix, and Marseilles.

L’Université des Petits

Adapted French curriculum; ages 2-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned;

Nursery and primary school founded in 2010 and located in the industrial area of Plan de Campagne between Aix and Marseille. Bilingual lessons with extra English. Since 2018 a centre for the Cambridge English Language Assessment exams. The school states that 100 per cent of pupils passed the exam.

Ste. Catherine de Sienne

Adapted French curriculum; ages 11-15; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 260 students

Catholic French school in the heart of Aix with a bilingual section, offering eight hours of English per week. Some subjects also taught in English to mostly French pupils.

SVIS Sainte Victoire International School (Fuveau)

Adapted curriculum/ French curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned

Opened in 2011 and located in a chateau (once owned by the painter Bernard Buffet) under Mont Victoire and surrounded by an 18 hole golf course. Offering full and weekly boarding off-site.

VSA Val Saint André International School, Aix-en-Provence

French curriculum/Bac/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 6-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 215 students

Private international school in Aix, founded over 25 years ago, offering the option of the French curriculum or IGCSEs and A-Levels. Possibility of boarding with local families.

State Schools:

Collège Jacques Monod

A state middle school (6e to 3e), outside Aix in Les Pennes Mirabeau, that has an International Section for students, who are proficient in spoken and written English - making it relatively easy for Anglophones to get a place. Students in this section have 8 hours of English lessons each week (English Literature and History/Geography). All other classes are in French. Entrance exams are programmed in May for September admission. There is also a German language section.

Collège Mignet

A state middle school located, in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, which similarly has an International Section for students who have a good level of English. Entrance exams take place in May for a September admission. In addition to 8 hours of advanced English classes, students in the International Section are taught History/Geography in English too. Entrance exams in May, for September admission with priority given to English speakers based on their language proficiency. Majority of students go on to Lycee George Duby for senior school. Very active parent association in the International Section creates a close student and parent body.

École Internationale de Manosque

This international secondary school (from 3-18 years) opened some 50 kms north of Aix en Provence in order to provide education to both ITER families and local students. In addition to the English section, there is a Chinese section, an Italian section, a German section, a Japanese section and a Spanish section. Lower down the school, the students have half their lessons in French and half in one of the school’s six other languages. Later on, students can follow an English curriculum which involves taking up to 80% of lessons in English. It is a well funded school and has excellent newly built facilities.

Lycée Georges Duby

State secondary school (15-18 years) located 20 minutes south of Aix-en-Provence, with an International section that works towards the OIB - a French international IB of a high standard. Admission tests are held in May for September, admission based on spoken and written English primarily. They are keen to have fluent English speakers, so it is relatively easy to get in as a native Anglophone. However, this is a French school and there is little language support for non French speakers, and not all the lessons are in English. IGCSEs available.

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