College International De Fontainebleau
The International College of Fontainebleau is a co-educational French
State school with a total enrolment of 2,200 pupils.
The Anglophone Section at International College of Fontainebleau
is a financially self-supporting, non-profit-making organization
within the school, providing six hours a week tuition in English
(language, British/American literature, history and geography) for
children who are either native speakers or particularly fluent second
language speakers. Founded in 1979 in answer to the pressing need
for an English language education in a rapidly expanding international
community, the section aims to develop students' awareness and experience
of English and the English-speaking cultures. Anglophone Section
work goes on within the normal timetable of the host French school,
all students thus following the regular French curriculum (leading
ultimately to the Baccalauréat), but with six hours a week
of Anglophone work. Courses are designed at every stage to develop
oral, written and study skills to a high level and, where appropriate,
students are prepared for GCE 'O' level exams and GCSE. Pupils at
the International College of Fontainebleau normally enter for the
Baccalauréat with International Option and are also able
to prepare for SAT. Many students subsequently pursue their studies
in British or American universities.
The teaching staff at International College of Fontainebleau all
hold British/American university degrees and teaching certificates,
and have gained considerable practical experience prior to their
arrival in France. All staff work closely together in providing
pastoral care and arranging many extra-curricular activities.
The current enrolment in the Section includes students from 22
different countries. The majority of students are bilingual in French
and English, but where necessary special intensive French courses
are provided at elementary and middle school level. There is a wide
range of after-school activities including music, drama and art
classes and, in summer, various sports events. High School students
take part in international Model United Nations conferences. In
addition, the Section has complete access to all facilities of the
French school, i.e. gymnasium, recreation area, library, video-equipment
and cafeteria. A large well-equipped sports complex is nearby. There
is a comprehensive bus service for secondary age students.
Admission to the International College of Fontainebleau is consequent
upon successful interview and reports from previous schools and,
at secondary level, a short entrance paper.