IARC Welcome Pack
In Lyon, you can choose to follow the French programme (compulsory to attend school until the age of 16 in state or private schools, which can be either free or fee-paying, and most of which are under contract to the French State). The choice of a state school will depend on where you live, although exceptions to the rule can be made.
French schooling begins at nursery school between the ages of 3 and 5, followed by elementary or primary school from ages 5 to 10, followed by secondary school (“collège”) from ages 10 to 14. At the end of “la troisième” (the last year of “collège”), children can opt for either the general or technological programme (with the aim of sitting the French Baccalaureate at age 18) or the professional programme (from ages 14 to 16).
NB: The Cité scolaire internationale (CSI) offers the International Option Baccalaureate (OIB). This diploma consists of traditional French examinations accompanied by oral and written tests in a foreign language (languages, literature, and history-geography).
It is also possible to follow an international programme in Lyon accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB), at either the Ombrosa School or the International School in Lyon.
There are a variety of schools in Lyon offering different foreign diplomas and certificates.
For all information concerning education and teaching, consult the website www.aderly.com, click on the British flag for the English language option, and then click on “Setting Up”, “Customized Solutions”, “International Schools”.
If you have very young children, various options for childcare are available:
- Collective childcare: These are the most common options in Lyon. Day-care facilities (“crèches”) are either public or private. Some are managed by a group of parents (“crèches parentales”). Collective childcare is in general the most affordable option; however, waiting lists can often be long. More information (in French): http://www.lyon.fr/page/enfance-et-education/la-petite-enfance/laccueil-collectif-.html.
- Individual options: Registered childminders are also quite common. Some take care of the children at their place, some at your home. The latter is more expensive, but childminders can sometimes be shared with other parents. More information (in French): http://www.lyon.fr/page/enfance-et-education/la-petite-enfance/laccueil-individuel.html.
Education and schooling in Lyon: www.aderly.com