Top 20 Best International Schools in Paris, France

Top 20 Best International Schools in Paris, France

International Schools In Paris

There are over 30 international schools in Paris, with 6 British schools and many other nationalities are represented including American, German and Canadian.  There are also 6 International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in Paris. The majority of these schools are situated on the western side of Paris.

About 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.

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 where you can find some more of the best schools in Paris - 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. 


Before the ranking, check out our Featured Best Schools in Paris:

École Jeannine Manuel

 A school at the forefront of innovation  

École Jeannine Manuel logo

Ages
3 to 18

Curriculum
French,IB

Primary Language
English

American School of Paris

 American School of Paris is AMAZING!!! You learn so much  

American School of Paris logo

Ages
3 to 18

Curriculum
IB, AP, American

Primary Language
English

Lindenwood International School

 Such an innovative curriculum is very exciting  

Lindenwood International School logo

Ages
2 to 15

Curriculum
English, IB

Primary Language
English


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Best international schools in Paris

Best International Schools in Paris - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Paris school should be in the top 20, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they research their next school. You can find your school in the full List of International Schools in Paris, or search by name here.

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École Jeannine Manuel logo École Jeannine Manuel 

5.0 from 13 reviews

Curriculum

French,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

École Jeannine Manuel École Jeannine Manuel is a non-profit pre-K-12 coeducational school founded in 1954 with the mission to promote international understanding through the bilingual education of a multicultural community of students. It believes in pedagogical innovation and the constant exploration of best practices, in the context of an ever-changing global environment.

An associated UNESCO school, École Jeannine Manuel welcomes over 3,300 students from nursery to twelfth grade, in Paris and in Lille, representing almost eighty nationalities and every major cultural and religious tradition. Its campus in Lille offers co-educational boarding for students in grades 6-12. Students follow an enriched bilingual curriculum and, in eleventh grade, choose between the French track leading to the international option of French baccalaureate (American section) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Academic standards are high: Ecole Jeannine Manuel is consistently ranked among the top French schools (ranked first among French high schools – public or private – for eight consecutive years).

Each year, the school welcomes more than 100 new non-French speaking pupils. These students, key to the cultural diversity of the school, are enrolled in an adaptation programme where they receive intensive and immersive French tuition tailored to their individual level.
The school is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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Etre et Découvrir Ecole International Bilingual Montessori School 

5.0 from 11 reviews

Curriculum

French, Montessori, International

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 11

Description

Etre et Découvrir Ecole Paris is a highly regarded international bilingual 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. The school welcomes children from all origins and cultures aged from 2 years of age to 11 years of age.

The school is run as a not for profit association and has been established for over 30 years ago. A core ethos of the school to develop each child's self-confidence as well as their academic skills in a nurturing, multicultural, bilingual French - English speaking environment.

Pupils are supported in building their academic and social skills thanks to a well-trained team of highly trained and experienced French and English native-speaking Montessori teachers.

Organic catering available onsite to pupils / Afterschool club / private music lessons available.

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Prunelle School Montessori Bilingual 

5.0 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

French, Montessori, International

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 11

Description

At Prunelle School Montessori Bilingual, 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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Lennen Bilingual School 

5.0 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

French, American

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 11

Description

The Lennen Bilingual School (LBS), 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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Open Sky International 

5.0 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

International

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 13

Description

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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Forest International School Paris 

5.0 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English,International

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 15

Max Class Size

12

Description

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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Marymount International School Paris 

5.0 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

International

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 14

Description

Marymount International School 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 International School Paris. 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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Ecole Montessori Bilingue Les Petites Canailles 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English, French

Primary Language

French

Ages

3 to 6

Max Class Size

20

Description

Our schools are independent private preschools, we welcome children from the ages of 3 to 6 in a French and English bilingual environment.

Each class is made up of about twenty children of mixed ages under the responsibility of 2 qualified Montessori teachers (one francophone teacher and one anglophone teacher).

They will accompany your children and will help them day by day to acquire independence in an enriching, structured and reassuring setting.

Our school is located at 36 rue Pierret in Neuilly-sur-Seine close to the Bois de Boulogne and the Jardin d’Acclimatation. It is located in the same building as our nursery and as our head offices. Our premises were entirely renovated in 2016.

The school adjoins the nursery and benefits from certain of its facilities such as the playground. It benefits from a space of 200m 2 and is separated into 2 classrooms which will welcome 20 children each in September 2021.

The spaces have been thought of by our architect and the teaching team in order to create and offer a pleasant, luminous, functional and safe environment.

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Ermitage International School of France 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

French, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

11 to 18

Description

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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American School of Paris logo American School of Paris 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

IB, AP, American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

20

Description

American School of Paris American School of Paris (ASP) is an international school focused on personal and academic excellence, innovative programs, and student-centered learning. With students and families from more than 50 countries, our community is united by a passion for learning, and engaging with what it means to be a responsible, global citizen in a dynamic world. Our commitment to lifelong learning, leadership, creativity, and responsibility last a lifetime. An ASP education prepares students to succeed in the real world, no matter where they go next.

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Lab School Paris 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

International, French

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 14

Description

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.

Lab School Paris 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).

In 2022-2023, the high school level will open, aiming at preparing student for IB

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Lindenwood International School logo Lindenwood International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

English, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 15

Max Class Size

15

Description

Lindenwood International School ✨BE A PART OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL GREEN SCHOOL IN PARIS ♥️

Welcome to Lindenwood International School : Kindergarten, Primary and Middle school.
Tucked away in a beautiful village, in the Yvelines west of Paris, surrounded by the calm of nature, you will find Lindenwood.

We offer a unique learning environment that awakens within the child their potential, spirit for life and natural love for learning.

We are an inclusive and culturally diverse school that welcomes all children from 2 to 15 years old.

We support and nurture children as they grow to reach their full potential, by providing a child-centred and developmentally appropriate curriculum while also safeguarding the insatiable curiosity that comes only with childhood.

We follow a high standard curriculum in English (Cambridge curriculum and IPC) and in French (French national curriculum) with Montessori pedagogy and other ones.

We offer the children a balanced Curriculum including a wide range of learning areas from sports, art, sewing and music, to taking care of the permaculture gardens, and tf the animals.

Admissions are OPEN for September 2021
Please go to : https://www.lindenwoodinternationalschool.fr/welcome-to-admissions

If you are looking for a school where children can connect with nature and a healthy educational setting, Lindenwood might be the place for you.

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SIS Paris Ouest 

4.9 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

English,German

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

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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La Tour Paris - Anglophone Section 

4.6 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

International

Primary Language

English

Ages

11 to 18

Description

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 

4.6 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

The International School of Paris (ISP) has over 50 years of accumulated experience in international education and is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the International Baccalaureate (IB) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

As the only three programme IB World School in France, the International School of Paris offers an academically challenging, socially engaged and culturally rich education.

International School of Paris is a city center school located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris with three state-of-the-art campuses, ISP enjoys a unique location in the heart of one of the greatest cities in the world.

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Notre Dame International High School (NDIHS) 

4.6 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

American, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

15 to 18

Description

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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Malherbe International School 

4.6 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English, French, Montessori

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 14

Max Class Size

18

Description

Malherbe International School (MIS) was founded in 1990 as a private co-educational day school to serve the needs of the international communities west of Paris. MIS is located in the Yvelines (78) region, easily accessible by public transportation. The school offers a rich cultural environment with approximately 160 students and over 25 nationalities. We welcome children between 2 and 14 years old.

They attain high standards of performance within a family like nurturing environment. During the past 30 years our ability to combine both French and English teaching techniques has enabled Malherbe International School pupils to move on to further education worldwide and adapt successfully. 

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Collége Sévigné 

4.5 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

International, French

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

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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École Montessori Bilingue de Saint-Cloud 

4.5 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

French,Montessori,International

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 11

Description

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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Cours Molière - International School 

4.5 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

French, International

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

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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Other International Schools in Paris

There are 15 other international schools in Paris that didn't make it into our Top 20, either because they didn't have enough reviews or its review rating was too low. If your school is one of those and you think it should make the Top 20, make sure you add your review and tell your story via the school links below.

School Curriculum Rating
Canadian Bilingual School of Paris Canadian, French 5.0 / 5
Eurécole International, French 4.4 / 5
Lycée International - American Section American, French 4.3 / 5
Kingsworth International School International 4.2 / 5
EIB de La Jonchère English,French 4.2 / 5
EIB Paris - The Victor Hugo School IB 4.2 / 5
Lycée International British Section English, French 4.1 / 5
Rainbow School Paris Montessori, French 4.0 / 5
The British School of Paris English 3.7 / 5
Kingsworth Bilingual Primary School International 3.7 / 5
Bilingual International School of Paris French, International 3.0 / 5
German School of Paris German 2.8 / 5
THE LITTLE ENGLISH MONTESSORI SCHOOL Montessori n/a
MIS RISE International School International n/a
École Bilingue Les Moineaux International, French n/a

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