I received this email today and thought it might best to respond via the blog. While I did consider composing a direct response – there are anglophones in Strasbourg better informed than I (and so hopefully they will chip in).
I was so pleased to run across your blog. My family is going to be moving to Strasbourg in the summer and are desperately trying to sort out the school situation. Your information was helpful, but could you tell me more? I understand that there is a school just opened in September – an International school. Can you give me more information about that? I have children up to age 13, so the more information I have the better. I have seen that BISS closed, so I am trying to figure out what we can do without driving the kids to Karlsruhe every day.
Thanks so much!
Oh, and if you have any good ideas of where to rent a house that is good for a family of six, that would be very helpful too!!
The first place to look for information about moving to Strasbourg is ‘Window to Strasbourg’ – the Anglophones local bible. It contains just about everything you need to know (and other things you don’t) about moving to and living in the Strasbourg-Alsace region. You can buy it online at www.windowtostrasbourg.com or from the Bookworm (Strasbourg’s English bookshop).
I believe Lucy Berger (BISS), which is still open as far as I know, takes children up to 11 years and the European School, which has now opened, is planning to take 13 year-olds from September. However I have a feeling that if your nipper turns 14 by the end of 2009 – they may well have to go to Karlsruhe. You can find out more about the European school from the Strasbourg Academy website here. (The latest news is in French – but there is also some general info in English).
Where to live? Personally I would recommend living as close to the centre of the city as possible, avoiding the student neighbourhood (Krutenau), and the very centre due to the nocturnal noise factor.
The centre of Strasbourg is where the action is, the festivals, the markets, the sights, the shows, the bars, the restaurants, in essence the soul of the city. It’s clean, safe, and everything is usually walking distance from your front door, if you don’t want to walk – the trams are cheap and reliable. To live a drive away (however short) means you will most likely miss out on a great deal that the city has to offer.
That said, I’ve always fancied owning a farmhouse in the Vosges … or the Black Forest …