At the end of their CM2 year, our pupils enrol at the secondary school of their choice. The decision as to which type of secondary school they attend is based upon the pupil’s ability, the family’s area of residence, and the parents’ plans for their child’s education. In the Paris area, pupils may opt for any of the following types of secondary school:
- Standard 6ème
- International section
- Bilingual section (for example English and Russian)
- Sports section
- Music section
Private school (under contract):
- Catholic with English-speaking sections
Private school (off-contract):
- Standard 6ème
- Bilingual/International section
In order to join a state school, pupils must pass entrance examinations in French language and in mathematics, which are organised by the local education authority. Inscriptions are usually made during the March before term begins, entrance examinations follow in May, and the results are received in June.
For an international section secondary school, pupils must also pass both a written and an oral examination in English (or another language, depending on the section they have chosen.) Since there are a lot of applicants for only a few places, only the very best are selected.
The process of enrolling a child in a private school (either under contract or off contract) varies between establishments. Generally, pupils are admitted based upon their previous academic performance, and some may be requested to take additional tests or interviews. Since places are limited, it is important to get in touch with the management of the prospective secondary school straight after the child begins CM2, in order to find out exactly how to apply.
Throughout their time at La Petite Ecole Bilingue – Stewart International School, each pupil has report booklets completed for them by their teachers. These booklets are periodically handed to parents, allowing them to carefully follow their child’s academic progress. These same booklets are eventually handed to the prospective secondary school.
In the past, pupils have most commonly gone on to the following establishments:
- Collège – lycée Honoré de Balzac, Paris 17, international sections (English, Spanish)
- Ecole Active Bilingue Jeanine Manuelle, Paris 15
- Ecole Pascal, Paris 16
- Eurécole, Paris 8
- Ecole Active Bilingue Monceau, Paris 17
- Collège public André Malraux
- Institut de La Tour, Paris 16 (English-speaking section)
- Collège public Ronsard, Paris 17
- Collège Sainte Marie de Neuilly, Neuilly sur Seine
- Institut Saint Thomas de Villeneuve, Chaville
We have observed the following trends in the types of secondary school chosen:
|TYPE OF SCHOOL||PERCENTAGE|
|Private Catholic bilingual||4%|
|State international section||18%|
Here is just some of the positive feedback we have received:
« Thank you so much for guiding us through this final year of early childhood with professionalism, yet in an almost family-like atmosphere. » AM
« Very good teachers. » AL
« A dynamic and really pleasant staff team. Our children have learnt a lot in your establishment, in a very special environment. Particular thanks to the Russian teachers for the extra little Slavic touch! » JK
« Coming from a bilingual household, our son did not have a good grasp of reading and writing in English. Thanks to your establishment his level has improved and he has acquired so much more self-confidence. » MD
« The teaching system at your establishment (several teachers per class, introduction to the arts and to foreign languages…) has opened our son’s mind towards the world and to the others in it. Thanks to this, joining secondary school did not at all unsettle him. » EP
We are proud of all our pupils who have left our establishment and gone on to continue their education at secondary school with no problems.