The figures vary from one source to another: 60, 70, 80... It doesn't really matter. The fact is, a large number of different nationalities is represented in the Sophia-Antipolis area. A real linguistic and cultural patchwork! Even though Linguapolis focuses solely on teaching foreign languages to adults, we would like to give you information about the possibilities for schooling open to children. A large number of children – whether they were born here or they came to this area with their parents – also need language tuition. A variety of solutions are available, depending on whether children wish to preserve their attachment to their original culture or prefer to open up to new cultures.
Here is a short, non-exhaustive list of the possibilities in Sophia Antipolis:
First of all, I should point out that true international curricula in state schools are a very rare occurrence in France. However, here in Sophia Antipolis, we are very lucky to have the opportunity to study in certain languages in state schools from the age of 6; this is to fulfil the local needs of our international population.
Sartoux Primary School boasts English-speaking and German-speaking sections and Garbejaire Primary School has an Italian section. These sections are open to children after admission tests (N.B. the enrolment deadline is usually in February/March for the following school year starting in September) and they are for 6 to 11 year-olds. They then give access to the corresponding international section at the CIV (Centre International de Valbonne) which offers the possibility of sitting the French Baccalauréat in various specialities: Letters (L), Economic and Social Studies (ES) or Science (S) with the International Baccalauréat Option (OIB). This option can be a real advantage when students wish to go on to study in certain schools or universities in France and abroad.
The CIV also has a Spanish section and in 2013, it launched a Chinese section. There is a Russian section for children over 15. It should be noted that depending on their home address, children from 11 to 14 who are admitted to the English or Italian sections will be assigned either to the CIV, to Niki Saint Phalle school (Valbonne Ile Verte), to Eganaude school (Biot) or to César school (Roquefort les Pins). From age 15 onwards, all the sections are grouped together on the CIV campus.
With regard to private schools, 3 establishments share the extensive English-speaking clientele in Sophia-Antipolis:
- the Montessori School "Les Colibris" offers bilingual teaching in French and English using the Montessori method for children from 2 to 12. They can then take the admission test to move up to the international section of the CIV.
- Ebica also provides bilingual English/French schooling for children from 3 to 18.
- Mougins School, where lessons are given in English, also takes children from 3 to 18.
For more information, click on the name of the school in question.
And for parents... contact Linquapolis if you don't want to be left behind by your children!