Each year, EABJM enrolls approximately 350 students at various grade levels, with the major entry points being MS-GS-CP (Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade), sixième (sixth grade) and seconde (tenth grade). Detailed information about the school and its curriculum is presented in the About pages and in the Academic pages of each division. Prospective parents also attend school presentations (in English or in French), which are scheduled thoughout the school year.
EABJM is a not-for-profit pre-K-12 coed school with 2,900 students representing sixty-six nationalities and every major cultural tradition. The school’s academic excellence matches its diversity; EABJM is among the top schools in France in terms of overall academic performance and our graduates are consistently accepted at the most competitive colleges and universities around the world. Consequently, admission is competitive and each year the Admissions Committee must deny admission to many bright, talented applicants whom the school would very much like to welcome if it had the space to do so.
Looking at an application, the first question we ask is: would this student be able to cope with the academic challenges of an enriched bilingual curriculum? If the answer is unequivocally favorable, the Admissions Committee considers a number of other academic and non-academicfactors, including parental commitment to education and to the school's pedagogical multicultural project.
Among otherwise equally qualified applicants, admission decisions will give preference to certain constituencies: returning students, siblings of students and children of alumni, teachers and staff.
Although applications typically exceed available spaces by a wide margin, we make every effort to reserve space for international applicants, including children of families who expect to remain in France for a limited period of time and wish to combine a cultural immersion in French education with the ability to re-enter their own school systems and excel.
A summary of the EABJM curriculum is provided below. Detailed information is provided in the curriculum pages of each division: Nursery & Primary School, Middle School (Collège), Upper School (Lycée, including the International Baccalaureate), and Adaptation.
The lower and middle schools follow the French national curriculum with several exceptions:
- English is taught every day and, in middle school, sciences, history (except French history), and geography are taught in English. Throughout their studies students are grouped according to their English proficiency level so that every subject can be taught at a challenging level.
- The curriculum is enriched at all levels, not only with a more advanced English language and literature curriculum, but also, for example, with Chinese language instruction (compulsory in grades 3-4-5), an integrated science program in Lower School, and independent research projects in middle school.
In the upper school, 10th graders follow an International-French curriculum conceived so students, whether English-speaking, French-speaking or bilingual, can explore the options available to them at year-end. In 11th grade, students make a final choice between the French curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB). Two third of our students choose the French track and one third opt for the IB. Students from both tracks share as many school and extracurricular activities as possible in order to nurture the multicultural understanding which forms the core of the school’s mission.
- The French baccalaureate curriculum has three concentrations: Literature (L); Economics and Social Sciences (ES); and Sciences (S). Students who have reached a native proficiency in English may elect the International Option (OIB), which involves a demanding English curriculum and History-Geography exams in English. Among French baccalaureate students, 90 percent opt for the OIB.
- In the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, students choose subjects taught in French or in English according to their preferences and their proficiency in each language. Students who do not include French as a diploma language are asked to take an additional French certificate at their proficiency level.
Adaptation curriculum: each year, EABJM welcomes more than one hundred new non-French speaking students who enroll in “adaptation” classes where they follow a French immersion program. A senior advisor follows them closely and, the following year, students join the mainstream where they continue to be supported with a special French program.
Adaptation classes for non French-speaking students
Each year, EABJM welcomes more than one hundred new non-French speaking students. Over the years, EABJM has developed a program particularly suited to meet the needs of these students, for whom the emotional challenge of relocation is often as great than its academic challenge. The Parents Association also plays a critical role in helping the entire family “adapt.”
Up to and including CP (first grade), children are placed with their age group peers who are often already bilingual. Invariably, these children are fluent in French within a few months. Beginning in CE1 (second grade) and up to seconde (10th grade), new non-French speaking students enroll in “adaptation” classes where they follow a one-year French immersion program. A senior advisor follows them closely and, the following year, they join the mainstream where they continue to be supported with a special French program including three additional hours of French each week and individual support, as required. For all students, English instruction is organized according to levels of proficiency.
Students in adaptation classes follow an enriched French language curriculum and take as many subjects as possible in French so as to reinforce their command of the language through multiple interdisciplinary perspectives. For the same reason, they also share many activities with the other students (physical education, technology, art…). The adaptation program is equally suited for students who will continue their studies in France as it is for those children of families who expect to remain in France for a limited period of time and wish to combine a cultural immersion in French education with the ability to re-enter their own school systems and excel. The adaptation program also welcomes French-speaking students returning from abroad whose command of the French language is insufficient for immediate integration in our bilingual classes.
Beyond language acquisition, cultural immersion takes place naturally through shared classes and extracurricular activities such as visits, outings and trips organized by the school or by its faculty.
EABJM is not-for-profit "association loi de 1901" accredited by the French Ministry of National Education. The school is also recognized by UNESCO as an “associated” school and is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization. EABJM is a member of ECIS (European Council of International Schools), and accredited, as a testing center, by the College Entrance Examination Board and the Cambridge University Local Examination Syndicate.
Out of a graduating class of 244 students in 2005, 60 took the IB, 41 opted for the French OIB, and the balance chose the standard French Baccalaureate. Over the past five years, approximately 10 percent of our students have gone to U.S. colleges or universities, 12 percent chose the U.K. or Canada, 70 percent entered the French higher education system and the balance pursued their education all over the world.