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CityVilnius
CurriculumFrench
Language of instructionFrench
Age RangeAges 1 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction French
Native French teachers
Extra languages (other than French)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 26 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €5,500
to: €7,400
This school has more than one campus in Vilnius:
School Campus: Ages 7 to 18

Address: Subačiaus str.7 Vilnius, Lithuania

Preschool Campus: Ages 1 to 7

Address: Šilo str. 13 building , Vilnius, Lithuania

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Number of students

560

Number of nationalities represented in the school

18

Most common nationality

Lithuanian

Ratio of local students to international students

70%-30%

Native French speaking teachers

All the teachers of foreign languages are native speakers.

Language support for students not fluent in French

LIFV (Lycée International Français de Vilnius) welcomes students from 2 to 5 years old, regardless of their nationality or language background, in our French maternelle nursery school. We believe in the immersion method, where children learn the French language through active participation and exposure to the language. To assist non-French speakers, we have dedicated teacher's assistants who provide support in understanding tasks and activities.

For students aged 6 to 16 who are not fluent in French, we offer additional developmental classes. These classes focus on French as a Foreign Language (FLE), aiming to enhance students' language skills while they follow the French curriculum alongside their classmates. The FLE classes help students develop their proficiency in French, allowing them to fully engage in the academic subjects taught in French.

At LIFV, we strive to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students, including those who may not be fluent in the language of instruction. By offering FLE classes and providing dedicated support, we ensure that these students have the necessary resources to thrive academically and integrate seamlessly into our school community.

Additional language classes offered by the school

In addition to French, LIFV offers a range of additional language classes to enhance the linguistic skills of our students. Here are the languages we offer at different stages:

1. Lithuanian: Students have the opportunity to learn Lithuanian, either as their mother tongue or as a foreign language, starting from the age of 2. We believe in promoting and preserving the local language and culture, and therefore provide instruction in Lithuanian to support our students' linguistic development.

2. English: English language classes are introduced from the age of 5. We recognize the importance of English as a global language and aim to equip our students with strong English proficiency to enhance their communication abilities and prepare them for future opportunities.

3. German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian: These languages are offered as additional language options starting from Middle School. Students can choose to study one or more of these languages based on their interests and preferences. These language classes provide a broader perspective and open doors to different cultures and communities.

Max. number of students per class

26

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Use of technology in the classroom

At LIFV, we utilize technology in the classroom in an educational and responsible manner. We integrate technological tools to support and enhance learning experiences for our students. This includes the use of interactive whiteboards, multimedia resources, educational software, and online platforms that provide access to educational materials and resources. We believe in harnessing the power of technology to engage students, facilitate collaboration, and promote critical thinking and digital literacy skills. Additionally, we ensure that the use of technology is balanced with other teaching methods, fostering a holistic and well-rounded educational experience.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes (only in case of national quarantine).

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. We practice the principle of "laïcité" as per the French secularism model. "Laïcité" refers to the separation of religion from public institutions, including schools. As a French international school, LIFV upholds the principle of neutrality and does not promote or favor any specific religion.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

We respect and accommodate students from various religious backgrounds, ensuring a secular environment where individuals can freely practice their own faith outside of school hours.

External examinations or assessments available

At LIFV , our students participate in the Baccalauréat and Brevet examinations, which are integral parts of the French education system.

The Brevet, officially known as the Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB), is an examination typically taken by students around the age of 15. It assesses their knowledge and skills in various subjects, including French, mathematics, history, geography, and science. The Brevet serves as a milestone in their educational journey and provides a foundation for further studies.

The Baccalauréat, commonly referred to as the Bac, is a comprehensive examination taken by students upon completing their secondary education. It is a significant milestone and a prerequisite for accessing higher education in France. The Baccalauréat encompasses written exams, oral exams, and the completion of a research project. It covers a wide range of subjects and allows students to specialize in specific academic streams, such as the Sciences, Literature, or Economics and Social Sciences.

Additionally, our students have the opportunity to take the DELF (Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française) examinations at different levels, including A1, A2, B1, and B2. These internationally recognized language proficiency tests assess students' French language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

We also offer Cambridge English examinations, which include a range of tests such as the Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET), Cambridge English: First (FCE), and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). These exams assess students' English language proficiency and are widely recognized by universities and employers worldwide.

Results in these examinations

We are proud to have a strong track record of student success in the Baccalauréat and Brevet examinations. We are pleased to share that all of our students consistently pass these exams, reflecting the dedication and hard work of both our students and our dedicated teaching staff.

Furthermore, we have had five recipients of the prestigious "Boursiers Excellence Majeur de l'AEFE" scholarship. This recognition highlights the exceptional academic achievements and outstanding abilities of these students.

Additionally, we have had the privilege of celebrating eight promotions of Bacheliers, signifying the culmination of our students' secondary education. These promotions symbolize the successful completion of the Baccalauréat examinations and the readiness of our graduates to pursue higher education or enter the professional world.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes. In a French school like LIFV, it is common for teachers to assign homework to their students. Homework serves as an important complement to classroom learning and helps reinforce concepts taught during lessons. It allows students to practice and apply their knowledge, develop independent study skills, and prepare for assessments.

Teachers carefully design homework assignments to align with the curriculum and educational objectives. The nature and frequency of homework may vary depending on the grade level and subject. It can include tasks such as reading assignments, written exercises, research projects, problem-solving exercises, or studying for tests.

Assigning homework is considered a valuable educational practice in the French school system. It encourages students to take responsibility for their learning, promotes time management skills, and fosters a sense of discipline and perseverance. At LIFV, we ensure that homework assignments are purposeful, manageable, and relevant to the students' learning journey, while also considering the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between academic work and personal well-being.

Approximate hours of homework given

The suggested amount of time for completing homework may vary depending on the grade level and the complexity of the tasks. However, it is worth noting that in elementary school, the focus is more on developing foundational skills, and students often complete their homework during school hours, with the help of teaching staff.

In the French education system, there is an emphasis on teaching students to study independently and take responsibility for their learning. This means that children are encouraged to manage their time effectively and work on their assignments autonomously. Teachers provide guidance and support during class hours to ensure students understand and complete their homework tasks.

The intention is to foster self-reliance and help students develop study habits and organizational skills early on. This approach aims to minimize the need for parental assistance with homework at home. Instead, the focus is on building students' abilities to work independently and consolidate their learning within the school environment.

While there may be exceptions or occasional assignments that require additional work outside of school hours, the French system generally aims to strike a balance between academic requirements and allowing students to have sufficient time for extracurricular activities and personal well-being.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We are proud to have a high percentage of our students attending higher educational institutions after graduating from our school. Almost all of our students choose to pursue further education, and historically, this percentage has been close to 100%.

The majority of our students opt to continue their studies in foreign universities, with a significant number choosing to study in France. The appeal of studying in France lies in the accessibility and quality of higher education, as tuition fees are relatively lower or even free for both domestic and international students in many cases.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. As part of our commitment to inclusivity and the principles of the French "école inclusive," LIFV strives to provide support for children with special learning needs. We have specialized staff and programs in place to ensure that every student has equal access to education and receives the necessary support to thrive academically and socially.

Our school employs specialized professionals, such as special education teachers, educational psychologists, and learning support specialists. These professionals work closely with classroom teachers to identify and address the individual needs of students with diverse learning profiles. They provide personalized support, accommodations, and adaptations to the curriculum to meet the unique requirements of each student.

Additionally, LIFV promotes a collaborative approach involving parents, teachers, and specialists to create individualized learning plans and monitor students' progress. We prioritize open communication, regular meetings, and continuous assessment to ensure that the support provided is effective and tailored to the evolving needs of each student.

Learning support offered

At LIFV, we offer personalized support for students with special learning needs. Each student in difficulty, whether facing learning difficulties, health issues, special needs, or disabilities, receives individualized assistance according to their specific needs. Our dedicated team of professionals collaborates with teachers and parents to create personalized plans, provide targeted interventions, and offer accommodations to ensure the students' academic and emotional success. We foster an inclusive environment where every student feels supported and valued.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

To support these students, we offer a range of enrichment programs and activities designed to challenge and stimulate their intellectual curiosity. These may include advanced or accelerated coursework, specialized projects, research opportunities, and participation in competitions and events at the regional, national, and international levels.

Our dedicated teaching staff is trained to identify and cater to the specific needs of gifted students. They provide differentiated instruction, personalized guidance, and additional academic resources to ensure that these students are appropriately challenged and engaged in their learning.

Moreover, we encourage collaboration and peer interaction among gifted students, fostering a stimulating environment where they can learn from and inspire one another. We promote critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity, nurturing a well-rounded educational experience that supports their intellectual growth.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

For Nursery and first grade of Elementary, there is no entrance exam or assessment. We believe in providing equal opportunities for young learners to embark on their educational journey with us.

For older students who are non-French speakers, we have a comprehensive evaluation process. This includes a task or assessment in their native language, allowing us to gauge their learning skills and readiness to integrate the French curriculum. We also consider their previous academic records and take into account the motivation of the student and their family.

Our aim is to ensure that students understand the challenges of integrating into the French curriculum and possess the necessary aptitude and motivation to succeed. We believe in providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all our students, while also recognizing the importance of academic preparedness.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The evaluation process includes assessments in mathematics and writing, specifically in their native language.

The mathematics assessment helps us gauge a student's numerical and problem-solving skills. It allows us to assess their understanding of mathematical concepts and their ability to apply them.

Additionally, the writing assessment in the student's native language helps us understand their language proficiency, writing abilities, and communication skills. This assessment allows us to evaluate their written expression and overall language capabilities.

Waiting list

We take a sustainable approach to ensure the optimal learning environment for our students. We maintain class sizes that are conducive to personalized attention and meaningful interactions. As a result, most of our pupils progress through the school from Nursery to Middle School, and we do not create entirely new classes.

Due to the popularity and demand for our school, there are often waiting lists for certain grade levels. Specifically, there is often high demand for CP (first grade of Elementary school), CE1 (2nd grade), and the beginning of College Middle School (6eme, 5eme).

To ensure a smooth and successful integration into our curriculum, we strongly encourage families to consider enrolling their children in our French school as early as Grande Section of Nursery school or even earlier. This early integration allows students to develop their language skills, adapt to the French educational system, and form lasting connections with their peers.

While waiting lists may exist for specific grade levels, we make every effort to accommodate as many students as possible and prioritize the overall well-being and educational experience of our students. Our focus remains on providing a nurturing and high-quality learning environment where each student can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We accept student registrations throughout the year. There is no specific deadline for registration in the new academic year. We understand that circumstances may vary for each family, and we strive to accommodate students who join us at different times.

Our academic year typically begins on September 1st, aligning with the standard academic calendar. However, we remain flexible and open to admitting new students at any point during the academic year, provided there are available spaces in the desired grade level. We initiate the enrollment process for the new school year starting in April.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

School start time

Nursery and Elementary School: Classes begin at 8:30 am. Pupils are welcomed to the school starting at 7:30 am, allowing them time to settle in and prepare for the day ahead.

Middle School and High School: Classes start at 8:00 am. Pupils have the opportunity to arrive at the school from 7:30 am, providing them with a designated period to get organized and ready for their classes.

School finish time

Kindergarten and Primary: 15:00
Secondary: varies each day according to class time schedule

Supervised care before/after school

Kindergarten and Primary School: Classes conclude at 15:00. After school reception is available until 6:00 pm, providing a supervised environment for students who require extended care beyond regular school hours.

Secondary School: The finishing time varies each day depending on the class time schedule. The specific ending time is determined by the timetable, which may differ from day to day based on the subjects and activities planned.

School bus service available

Yes, we provide a school bus service for our students. The school bus circulates between our two campuses located in Antakalnis Šilo street 13 and the Old Town Subačaus 7. This service ensures convenient transportation for students before and after classes, facilitating their daily commute to and from school.

School provided lunches

We provide lunches for all students, afternoon snacks specifically for students in the Maternelle (Nursery) and Primaire (Primary) levels.
Our lunch service offers a variety of nutritious meal options, including a vegetarian choice to accommodate different dietary preferences. We strive to provide balanced and wholesome meals that meet the nutritional needs of our students, ensuring they have the energy and focus to engage in their learning activities.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes. The individualized menu can be created according to student's needs.

Uniform required

No, at LIFV (Lycée International Français de Vilnius), students are not required to wear a uniform. The French education system, which we follow, does not typically have a uniform policy in place.

We believe in allowing students to express their individuality through their clothing choices while still maintaining a respectful and appropriate dress code. This approach promotes a sense of personal identity and encourages creativity among our students.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and clubs for our students to participate in. With over 20 different options to choose from, students have the opportunity to explore various interests and develop new skills outside of their regular academic curriculum. Some of the extracurricular activities and clubs we offer include: acrobatics, art, ballet, basketball, box, ceramics, choir, ballroom dance, cooking, chess, football, gymnastics, karate, robotics, STEAM, theater, video club, zumba, etc.

Sports activities included

As part of the curriculum based on the French education system at LIFV , various physical activities and sports are included. These activities aim to promote a healthy lifestyle, motor development, and the overall well-being of students. The specific physical activities and sports may vary depending on the age group and grade level. Some common activities and sports included in the school curriculum may include:

Athletics: Track and field events such as running, jumping, and throwing.
Gymnastics: Fundamental movements, body control, and flexibility exercises.
Team Sports: Sports like football (soccer), basketball, handball, rugby, or volleyball that promote teamwork and cooperation.
Individual Sports: Activities like tennis, badminton, table tennis, swimming, or martial arts that focus on individual skills and techniques.
Outdoor Activities: Nature walks, orienteering, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities that foster an appreciation for nature and physical fitness.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes. We have a sports association that provides opportunities for students to participate in sports teams and competitions. Our sports association organizes various sports competitions and matches with other international schools in Vilnius.

Students have the chance to engage in sports such as badminton, basketball, football, volleyball, and other sports disciplines, both within our school community and in inter-school competitions.

LIFV students also have the opportunity to participate in international events like the Jeux internationaux de la jeunesse (Youth Games) and various competitions held within the network of French schools worldwide.

Facilities at the school

Some of the facilities available at our school include:

Library: Our library is a resourceful space where students can access a wide range of books, references, and digital resources to support their academic studies and foster a love for reading.

Science Laboratory: We have well-equipped science laboratories where students can engage in hands-on experiments and practical learning in subjects like physics, chemistry, and biology.

Maison des lycéens (House of High School): This dedicated space for high school students offers a comfortable lounge area where they can gather, socialize, and relax during breaks. It also houses a webradio studio where students can explore their creativity and engage in broadcasting.

Inner Yards: Our school features beautiful inner yards where students can enjoy outdoor activities, connect with nature, and engage in recreational and social interactions.

Sports facilities at the school

Our sports facilities include a small gym that is suitable for workouts and indoor activities. However, for sports lessons and activities requiring larger spaces, we rent external gymnasiums and sports facilities that are adapted to the specific sport being practiced.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Vilnius International French Lyceum (LIFV) stands as a testament to the enduring values of French education. Rooted in a rich tradition of academic excellence, LIFV nurtures these values to shape well-rounded individuals who embody the essence of French culture.

At LIFV, we prioritize critical thinking as a cornerstone of our educational philosophy. We empower our students to question, analyze, and engage in thoughtful discourse. By fostering a spirit of inquiry and intellectual curiosity, we cultivate independent and discerning minds capable of navigating complex issues with clarity and insight.

The LIFV is a cherished institution in Vilnius, offering a unique education system that prepares students to become global citizens of tomorrow. Since its establishment in 1992, LIFV has been dedicated to providing a multilingual environment where students develop proficiency in the French language and other languages, fostering curiosity, broadening horizons, and promoting cultural understanding.

At LIFV, we go beyond academics by nurturing intellectual curiosity and encouraging critical thinking. Our vibrant and inclusive community celebrates diversity, fostering an appreciation for different cultures and perspectives. We equip our students with the skills and mindset needed to thrive in the 21st century, nurturing creativity, problem-solving abilities, and collaborative skills.

Our commitment to a strong education in mathematics and the exact sciences sets us apart. We recognize the importance of numeracy, logical reasoning, and scientific literacy in today's interconnected world. Through rigorous and comprehensive programs, we equip our students with the analytical tools and problem-solving skills necessary to excel in these fields.

But beyond academics, LIFV is a community that nurtures character development and personal growth. We emphasize values such as integrity, responsibility, and compassion, instilling in our students a sense of ethics and empathy. Through extracurricular activities, clubs, and community engagement, we encourage them to become socially conscious individuals who actively contribute to the betterment of society.

More than just a school, LIFV is a place where students become global citizens, polyglots, and ambassadors of cultural understanding. We are proud to offer a transformative education that prepares our students to shape the world with their unique perspectives, global awareness, and a deep appreciation for the richness of different cultures.

Teaching approach of the school

LIFV promotes humanistic values ​​and educates citizens of the world of tomorrow: intellectuals and polyglots open to dialogue, capable to discuss and think critically.

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