While a move to France promises famous cuisine and joie de vivre, it also raises many questions about family life, particularly for expat parents. Which nurseries and schools are available for expats kids, and what about the family pets? This guide has all the answers.
The French education system consists of four stages — preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school — and is provided free of charge by the state. Although students have to attend school between the age of 6 and 16, many continue to work towards the baccalauréat, also referred to as bac. Among expats, private schools also have a very good reputation. State-contracted private schools are more affordable and follow the French curriculum, while non-contracted private schools offer more academic options and have their own curriculum. State-run schools are secular, following the implementation of the 2013 secularism charter, but 90% of private schools in France are Catholic. Many also offer curricula based on specific pedagogical philosophies or with an international focus. Moreover, expat children attending an international school can choose between different languages and academic qualifications.