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Provence schools

A snapshot: schools in Provence considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

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

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


International schools

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 International School

French curriculum/ adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 175 students

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 (Aix and Marseille)

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

Nursery and primary school, originally 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; 220 students

Nursery and primary school founded in 2010 and located in the industrial area of Plan de Campagne, between Aix and Marseilles. 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

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

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

Val Saint André International School Aix-en-Provence (VSA)

French curriculum/ French Bac/ IGCSE/ A Level; 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 middle school (11-15) outside Aix, in Les Pennes Mirabeau, which 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 eight 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 middle school (11-15) located in the heart of Aix-en-Provence which 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 eight hours of advanced English classes students in the International Section are taught history and geography in English. Entrance exams in May for September admission with priority given to English speakers based on their language proficiency. Majority of students go on to Lycée Georges Duby for senior school. Very active parent association in the International Section, creating a close student and parent body.

École Internationale de Manosque

This international secondary school (3-18), opened some 50 kms north of Aix en Provence to provide education to both expat families and local students. In addition to the English section there are Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese and Spanish sections. 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 per cent of lessons in English. It is a well-funded school and has excellent newly built facilities.

Lycée Georges Duby

Secondary school (15-18) located 20 minutes south of Aix-en-Provence with an International section that works towards IGCSEs and the highly regarded OIB (French Baccalaureate with an international element). Admission tests are held in May for September admission based, primarily, on spoken and written English ability. 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. Note that not all the lessons are in English in the international section.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

 

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