Best 10 International Schools in Paris

International Education in Paris

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Capital cities don’t get much more iconic than Paris. With its world-renowned reputation for art, culture, history and sophistication, it’s no wonder a life in the City of Lights is a dream for many expats. If you’re considering a move to this stunning destination, you’ll be glad to know your child’s education needs are covered; Paris has plenty of choice when it comes to international schools. Here’s a brief summary of what you need to know:

International schools in Paris are mostly located in the western part of the city, in the 16th, 15th, 8th and 7th arrondissements. There is also a cluster of international schools in the affluent suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. In general wherever you see embassies, large international companies or leafy residential areas, an international school will never be too far away.

Curricula on offer in Paris’ international schools have a European emphasis, with French, British and the International Baccalaureate being the most common. You will also find a selection of schools that teach American and Canadian curricula. The language of instruction is usually French or English.

Many schools also offer the French ‘Option Internationale du Baccalaureat’ (OIB), which is not to be confused with the International Baccalaureate. It’s an entirely different curriculum in which students choose from three different study streams (arts based, science based or business based), with an international course of study in literature, history or art added on.

Some of the most exclusive international schools in Europe call Paris home. While that means the standard of education is second to none, it also means they can be difficult to get into. While most schools accept new applicants mid-way through the academic year as well as at the start, expect waiting lists and get your application in as early as possible.

Unfortunately, the high calibre of international schools in Paris also means fees can be steep. While it’s not the most expensive destination in Europe for international education (that title goes to neighbouring Switzerland), if you were hoping for budget-friendly prices, you may want to look elsewhere.

The school day begins at around 8.30am in most schools in France, with international schools no exception. Lessons will finish up at around 4.30pm, sometimes earlier for younger students. Like most of Europe, the school calendar runs from September until July, with breaks for Christmas and Easter and shorter mid-term breaks in between.

Native English speaking teachers are common in almost all of Paris’ international schools. Extra language classes are also equally common, and the standard of education is extremely high in all areas. Rest assured, any of Paris’ schools will have a wonderful learning environment for your child no matter what stage of education they are at.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Paris. However, there are another 21 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Paris based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Paris

Out of a total of 31 International Schools in Paris.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Open Sky International

Academic excellence, 100% bilingual english/french, Human size,
Curriculum
British, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
2 to 13
This school does not make their fees public.
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Forest International School Paris

Forest International School Paris is a private, bilingual and English speaking school in Paris west, at a few minutes from Saint-Germain-En-Laye with a very welcoming community of expatriate and French families.
Curriculum
British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 15
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €16,619
to: €25,420
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Kingsworth International School

We take pride in nurturing curiosity, creativity, and imagination, whilst fostering a life-long love of learning. Education and learning are not merely commodities which one leaves abandoned in a school locker, only to be dusted off at examination times, or brought out in order to make an impression at a social gathering (or to please the teacher), but should be cherished and valued throughout our lives.
Curriculum
International
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €13,550
to: €22,480
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International School of Paris

ISP is an English-speaking International Baccalaureate World School for children aged 3 to 18 (Nursery – grade 12). The school offers all three International Baccalaureate programmes, is centrally located in Paris XVI arrondissement, and with its diverse student body of more than sixty nationalities has a truly international and friendly atmosphere.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €21,800
to: €33,000
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Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €18,165
to: €24,965
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Lycée International - American Section

The American Section program starts in Pre-Kindergarten and goes through 12th grade. The American Section provides a comprehensive international education within the context of the Lycée International, which is recognized as one of France’s top public schools. Students experience a unique hybrid of American and French curricula with particularly strong emphasis on language, math, and science. They also maintain strong links with their American culture while developing a consciousness as global citizens. As there are fourteen international sections in the school, students receive an education that is not only bilingual and bicultural, it is also truly international.
Curriculum
American, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €4,290
to: €5,670
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Malherbe International School

Malherbe International School is a bilingual school located in the Western suburbs of Paris. Founded in 1990, the school serves the international community. Classes are taught in English by English trained teachers. In addition there are two half days per week in French for Primary students, and weekly sessions of optional French as a Foreign Language lessons for the Pre-Primary students.
Curriculum
British, French, Montessori
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
2 to 15
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €12,050
to: €17,100
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Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €19,000
to: €34,945
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Marymount International School Paris

Marymount International School, Paris is part of the RSHM (Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary) network of international schools and is the oldest international school in the Paris region. The school was founded in 1923 as a study abroad extension program for Marymount College in the US. In 1930, Marymount became a French school and followed a French curriculum up until about 1972. In response to a growing demand for an English-speaking international school, Marymount took its current form serving students from Pre-K to Eighth Grade.
Today, Marymount offers an internationally accredited, standards-based curriculum to students aged 3–14 years old from all cultures, backgrounds and faiths.
Curriculum
Catholic, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €20,750
to: €34,750
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Lab School Paris

Our school is a secular, bilingual, open-minded, based on current research, oriented towards sunstainable development. Also, our main concern is children's well-being & development. We are firmly convinced that soft-skills are as important as academic skills.
Curriculum
International, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
6 to 12
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €11,000
to: €11,000
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