Lycée Honoré de Balzac is a large state school, situated in spacious grounds in the north-west of Paris offering excellent facilities. There are science, language and computer laboratories and the best sports equipment of any school in Paris: 4 gymnasiums, a running track and a swimming pool.
The English section is one of six international sections, all fully integrated into the vibrant multi-cultural life of the school.
The pupils follow the usual French national curriculum from 6ème (year 7 - 6th grade) to Terminale (upper 6th-12th grade) to this is added 4-6 hours of English language and literature and 2 hours of history-geography (1 subject in France). Our teachers are all native-level speakers.
The International Section pupils prepare the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) (not to be confused with the Geneva-based International Baccalaureat) in Terminale. This qualification facilitates integration into the universities of the English-speaking world as well enabling students to pursue their studies in France. As perfectly bi-lingual and bi-cultural citizens they will succeed in and help to build the multicultural Europe of the future.
Apart from the usual requirements of entry into secondary school all pupils must pass an English test in May (written & oral) for the school year starting in September. Application forms are available from the International secretary towards the end of January. Pupils coming from abroad or an hors contrat school (e.g. La Petite Ecole Bilingue, Montessori) must also sit a French and a maths test with the Rectorat de Paris.
More detailed information about the section (FAQs), together with our contact email, can be found on the English section parents’ association (Apesa) Site de l'Association des Parents d'Elèves de la Section Anglophone (APESA)