The Top 20 Best International Schools Paris

The Top 20 Best International Schools Paris

France's capital city of Paris is world renowned for its abundance of art, fashion, gastronomy and culture.  The city of Paris is relatively small, covering just over 100 square kilometres, with a population of just over 2 million.  It is easy to get around on foot, by bike, scooter, rollerblades or on public transport, especially the Paris Metro. It is said that nothing is more than 500 metres from a metro station.  There are over 400 parks and green spaces in Paris and plans for a suburban forest, five times the size of Central Park in New York City, to be situated to the north of the city in the area of Pierrelaye and Bessancourt.  

As a rule, the French love children so they are welcomed in all but a few of the finest restaurants.  Parisians are often, unfairly, considered rude or distant but, they are usually very friendly once they are greeted politely and they get to know you a little.

There are over 30 international schools in Paris, most of which are situated on the western side.

The convenient and central 7th arrondissement, by the Eiffel Tower, is one of the most exclusive and expensive areas to live in Paris and is home to The Lennen Bilingual School.  Whilst it is full of museums and landmarks, this area still has plenty of parks and a village like atmosphere full of prized local shops and charming bistros.  It is a very popular residential neighbourhood.

Across the Seine, the 16th arrondissement, Passy, has a thriving American community and is home to the Canadian Bilingual School, International School of Paris and Kingsworth International School.  It is a quiet, laid back area with an abundance of charming restaurants and cafés, adjoining the huge park Bois de Boulogne.  The housing is a mixture of 17th Century town houses and new, riverside apartment blocks.

To the north, the 17th arrondissement, Batignolles-Monceau, is convenient for Prunelle School Montessori Bilingual and Marymount International School to the north and Eurécole to the south.  Accomodation tends to be larger and more child friendly and there are plenty of small parks, cinemas, restaurants and shops in the area. 

A little to the west of the city and home to Open Sky International, is the area of Bolougne-Billancourt which recently came second in a survey by the newspaper Le Parisienne of the best places to live around Paris.  It is only 15 minutes from the centre of Paris yet is much quieter and calmer with lots of parks and green spaces and larger properties. 

A little further west is Saint-Cloud, home to the American School, German School and Ecole Montessori Bilingue de Saint-Cloud.  Saint-Cloud is a popular area with expat families but it retains it’s French charm with a good selection of bakeries, cafes and small shops.  In this area there are plenty of modern, spacious houses with gardens. 

Where Paris international schools are distributed (view our city list to see a live map):

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Note: our lists are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Paris school should be in the top 20, get reviewing and help parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they choose their next school! You can find your school in the Paris international school directory, or search by name here.


Lennen Bilingual School 

5.0 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:French, American Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 11
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The Lennen Bilingual School, Franco American School of Paris, is an independent Nursery, Kindergarten and Primary school providing a solid educational foundation within the context of the only truly bilingual dual language environment offered in the city of Paris. Commitment from its experienced staff, sound direction and continued parental support have allowed The Lennen Bilingual School to thrive for over fifty years and to offer the best that one can offer a child: a guided hand at play, an opportunity to discover, an affirmation of the self, the other and the world around. 

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Prunelle School Montessori Bilingual 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:French, Montessori, International Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 11
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At Prunelle School Montessori Bilingual of Levallois Perret, we believe that learning is a journey. Our goal is to develop engaged and independent thinkers who embrace community responsibility and leadership. Our teachers strive to inspire a joy of learning, academic success, intellectual excitement, emotional well-being, and creativity in every student. It is with confidence, joy, compassion and leadership that Prunelle students venture forth on their unique journeys to make a difference in the world. Our school is a proud member of the Association Montessori de France and the Association Montessori Internationale.

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Open Sky International 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:International Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 13
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Open Sky International is an international bilingual school located in Boulogne-Billancourt, 5 minutes from Paris. Open Sky International is historically an English - French bilingual nursery and primary school. A bilingual secondary school was opened in September 2017, and a high school will follow in September 2022. Our mission is to provide children with the tools they need to succeed in an open and globalised world, so that they can succeed in France, in their country of origin or anywhere else in the world.

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Bilingual International School of Paris 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:French, International Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 11
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The Bilingual International School of Paris (BISP) is a private, independent, and non-denominational bilingual school for children ages 2 1/2 to 11. BISP offers a preschool and elementary dual language immersion program that is in alignment with French National and English-based curriculum frameworks. We believe strongly that a child needs to feel nurtured and safe before he or she is ready to learn. Our small class structure fosters close relationships between the child and his or her teachers and classmates and provides ample opportunity to differentiate instruction and tailor learning to the child’s interests and needs.

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Marymount International School Paris 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:International Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 14
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Marymount Paris is an outstanding private school for children aged 2 to 14. We are the oldest international school in France, and have a rich history of inclusion and diversity, offering a warm welcome to children from a wide range of countries, cultures and religions. Our ethos is founded on Catholic values, which underpin daily life at Marymount. Our spacious and verdant campus is beautiful. We are fortunate to have wonderful facilities: a sports hall, three gymnasia, a library, a performing arts theatre, dedicated music rooms, a bright and spacious art room with pottery studio, a chapel, a dining hall, excellent IT and science resources, a FABLAB, and leafy gardens for outdoor learning. Our program of enriching educational visits makes best use of the cultural treasures of Paris and the rest of France.

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Forest International School Paris 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English,International Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 15 Max Class Size:12
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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. We provide child-led and project based education inspired by Montessori schools and Waldorf-Steiner schools in an exciting, multicultural environment with children joining us from around the globe. We follow a mix of the English National Curriculum and an international curriculum designed according to the latest neuroscientific research. We accept students from Early Years (2 years old) to Middle School (up to 15 years old).

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Ermitage International School of France 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:French, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:11 to 18
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Ermitage International School of France is a cosmopolitan community of lifelong learners committed to developing individuals who are aware and compassionate, knowledgeable and responsible, and able to act in their own lives and in their world. We strive to provide an education that stimulates the mind and develops critical thinking while imparting the values of respect and mutual understanding, honesty and cooperation, empathy and open-mindedness. We work to create a learning environment in which our students can be creative and reflective and where they can find opportunities to demonstrate initiative, leadership and a sense of responsibility.

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Lab School Paris 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:International, French Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 12
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Lab School Paris is an innovative, bilingual, inclusive, secular, and ecologically responsible school. Lab schools, or laboratory schools are innovative schools operating in close collaboration with or within university departments. We aim to support children in all aspects of their learning experience and to enable them to become responsible, well-informed, autonomous, socially-conscious, and happy citizens. Our pedagogy draws inspiration from the work of pioneers in pedagogy such as Maria Montessori, Célestin Freinet, John Dewey, Alexander Neill or Rudolf Steiner. Its foundations are firmly anchored in current research in learning sciences, psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and the humanities (philosophy and anthropology).

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Kingsworth International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:International Primary Language:English
Age Range:11 to 18 Max Class Size:18
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Kingsworth International School is dedicated to providing quality education, not only in an academic sense of the meaning but in the holistic, by this we mean, we strive to educate the whole student. We aim to prepare them to leave us as well balanced young people, who have matured in knowledge, personality, well-being and are ready to continue their life journey with the skills and attributes that will make them successful in the World of today. We offer the students opportunities to develop key skills, to learn outside of the classroom and to take an active and personal interest in what they do. To accomplish this we have set up a series of after school Enrichment activities that allow the students to develop their less academic skills and abilities in a less formal setting.

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Etre et Découvrir Ecole International Bilingual Montessori School 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:French,Montessori,International Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 11
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We are an international Montessori school based to the West of Paris in the leafy village of St Nom la Bretèche, just a short drive from St Germain en Laye. Our bilingual school welcomes children from all origins and cultures aged from 2 years of age to 11 years of age. Etre et Découvrir was founded as a not for profit association over 30 years ago (in 1986). Our ethos is to develop the whole child in a nurturing, multicultural, bilingual French - English speaking environment. All of our pupils are supported in building their academic and social skills thanks to our wonderful team of French and English native-speaking educators who follow the Montessori philosophy. Children who attend Etre et Découvrir are encouraged to explore their own potential, grow their self-confidence, develop independence and develop a wide range of problem-solving skills.

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The British School of Paris 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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Here at The British School of Paris, we provide a British independent school education that combines excellence in teaching, a highly personal approach, a technology-enriched learning environment with many opportunities for cultural and sporting activities. Our community of happy, confident students and supportive, well-qualified staff provides an enriching environment in which young people thrive and succeed.

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SIS Paris Ouest 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English,German Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 18
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Founded in 1960 the Sections Internationales de Sèvres, Boulogne, Chaville and Saint-Cloud (SIS Paris Ouest) is one of the oldest bilingual international programmes in France. Enrolling your child at SIS gives them the opportunity to learn in a dual educational system from a very young age and prepares them to become internationally-minded citizens capable of adapting to ever-changing global environments! We offer a curriculum which focuses on our students, making them play an active role in the learning process thanks to our internationally-trained teachers and extra-curricular activities such as theatre, chorus, and trips while respecting the requirements of the French educational system. The academics are rigourous and the programme is demanding but our students receive personalised support from our team.

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American School of Paris 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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The American School of Paris is an international school with a focus on personal and academic excellence, innovative programs, and global citizenship and community. With students representing more than 50 nationalities, our community is united by a passion for learning and unleashing the incredible potential of young people in and out of the classroom. Our rigorous curriculum and personalized teaching approach encourage active learning; students are stimulated to develop their ideas, curiosity, and enthusiasm to delve deeper.

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Cours Molière - International School 

4.5 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:French, International Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
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Founded in 1926, Cours Molière is a bilingual, independent private school, recognized by the Rectorat (French public administration). The school was created by teachers who wanted a different, more challenging kind of school where teachers are closer to their students. From 2 and half years old to International Baccalaureate, Cours Molière offers a dynamic bilingual secondary (middle) and high school cycle. Teaching follows the official programs and requirements of the Education Nationale and often goes beyond that high standard. With more than 25 nationalities represented, our students are citizens of the world.

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La Tour Paris - Anglophone Section 

4.2 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:International Primary Language:English
Age Range:11 to 18
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The Anglophone Section began with a single program, now called Etudes Anglophones, designed to provide a bilingual and bicultural education for students entering La Tour with a fluent level of spoken and written English. However, we soon realized how important it is to give ALL students the opportunity to perfect their English skills and introduce them to the many cultures of the English-speaking world. Anglais Avancé, an honors program for top students in Anglais académique, was thus born, creating a second level adapted for non-bilingual level students. Soon after, the Step Programs for pre-primary and primary students were established to begin the learning process even earlier.

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International School of Paris 

4.2 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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The International School of Paris was set up in 1964 and now has over 700 students from more than 60 different nationalities. The campuses are all situated less than 15 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower. Our students benefit from seamless access to the city for field trips and experiential learning opportunities. Whether it is seeing the Hockney exhibit at Pompidou, climbing to the top of the Iron Lady or descending into the sewers, Paris is our classroom. On average, over 70 local field trips take place each year, where students leave the traditional classroom to learn by doing.

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Notre Dame International High School (NDIHS) 

4.2 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:15 to 18
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Notre-Dame International High School (NDIHS) is a College Preparatory American school, offering an American education in France, comprehensive French language instruction, and cultural exchange opportunities. NDIHS provides bilingual, college preparatory academics to students in grades 10 through 12 and is made up of international students from all over the world. The school introduces an exciting opportunity for non-French speakers to learn the French language and culture while attending an American curriculum held in English. Our small class sizes allows for challenging curriculum with individualized learning, all within an internationally rich environment.

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Rainbow School Paris 

4.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:Montessori, French Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 11
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At Rainbow School Paris, children experiment with the fun of learning and bilingualism in a multi-cultural environment. We receive children from all around the world, from nursery through primary school. We have approximately 100 children from twenty different nationalities. With an average class size of 18, students are significant as individuals and receive the attention to help them realize their potential. We provide a curriculum in English and French. Inspired from the Montessori method of schooling, we have a pedagogical approach allowing each child to learn at his rhythm, to discover the joy of learning and to build his self-confidence.

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École Montessori Bilingue de Saint-Cloud 

4.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:French,Montessori,International Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 11
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École Montessori Bilingue is situated in Saint-Cloud, a suburb just west of Paris. We welcome a diverse group of 120 students from countries around the world. We take a unique approach inspired by the work of Maria Montessori, one that is open and adapted to the children of today. Both our pre-school section and primary school are bilingual (French and English). As a secular private institution, our school operates completely independently. Inspired by the work of Maria Montessori, one of the great educators of the 20th Century, we take a unique approach that is both open and adapted to the world of today. The idea of respect is at the heart of our school’s educational vision. Help me to do it myself is the saying that encapsulates the Montessori approach. It summarizes our primary objective which is to help the child build and develop his or her autonomy.

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Collége Sévigné 

4.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:International, French Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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Collège Sévigné welcomes pupils from ages 3 to 17 as well as students preparing for first and second level teaching certifications (CAPES and Agrégation). The school has almost 1,400 students from Kindergarten children aged 3 to students preparing for higher education entrance examinations. Collège Sévigné is a private, secular establishment founded in Paris in 1880 offering a bilingual and bicultural education in all our primary and secondary school year groups.

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