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What’s the difference between the European and International schools in Stasbourg?

Whenever I’m asked this question by a newcomer to Strasbourg I usually smirk and respond with something obnoxious.

This is primarily because I have two children in the International Section at Robert Schuman and am very happy with it, and also because I like to be obnoxious. Objectivity doesn’t come into it.

And there you have it – a case in point – the difference between the two schools is subject of much emotive and baseless discussion around Strasbourg; and rumours seem to play a part in each school’s reputation – each emanating from proud parents defending their choice of school.  It’s all very subjective, so if you’re a new parent in town – the story will vary wildly according to who you speak to.

The choice is made particularly difficult due to the fact that both schools are state funded and therefore free. However, before you even consider one or the other – you should know that one of the best fee-paying schools in the country is also located in Strasbourg.  Indeed, if you can afford it the Bilingual International School at Lucy Berger/Jean Sturm offers your offspring a totally bilingual approach to education – and has consistently produced a near 100% pass rate for the Baccalaureate.

So what IS the difference between the two schools? Well first off – although the European School is paid for by the French state it sits outside the French system. Which means that it covers the education needs of children throughout their entire school life, from age 4 to 18.

The international schools operate within the system, meaning a child will pass through the recognised French sections of Maternelle (3-5 years), Primaire (6-10 years), College (11-14 years) and Lycee (15 – 18 years).

[Note that a child’s age is relative to the year calendar and not the school one – meaning if you child is born on the 1st of January they will be the oldest in their class.]

So, if you are going to try and compare the two – you actually need to consider the full gamut of international institutions verses the European School – meaning:

  1. École maternelle/Primaire Robert Schuman
  2. École maternelle Vauban
  3. École primaire Conseil de Quinze
  4. International collège de l’Esplanade [SEE UPDATE BELOW 18/2/2016]
  5. Lycée internationale de Pontonniers

So direct comparison is very difficult and hence the views of parents, and their anecdotal advice, will depend entirely upon the age of their children.

There are many minor differences between the two such as the school hours, teachers pay, available facilities and extra-curricular activities/services. The reason I say minor is because the funding all comes from the same place – and therefore while there might appear to be disparity in some areas today – this situation is likely to be only temporary, and unlikely to affect the net result of your child’s education.  (e.g. there are no restaurant facilities at the European school)

Academic achievement is not yet comparable either because the European School has yet to produce any graduates. The State inspectorate decided only to offer places to children up to age 12 when it was set up three years ago, in order to keep set-up costs down, with each subsequent year seeing the opening of a new section to accommodate it’s oldest pupils, until the school is complete. Which means we’re still a good three years away from having any objective measure of academic success.

It is worth knowing though that the international Lycée, like it’s private counterpart, is also said to be one of the best schools in the country, also producing a near 100% pass rate on a consistent basis down the years.

Taking all this into consideration, the only things that you can compare on a like-for-like basis are:

  1. the teaching language
    The default language in the international sectioned schools is, not surprisingly, French – with 20% of classes taught in English*. At the European school all classes are taught in English**.
  2. the certificate
    The international schools take the French Baccalaureate with an international option (OIB) which qualifies them for foreign University admission. The European school takes the European Baccalaureate which is recognised across Europe. This obviously means the syllabuses are slightly different – but both qualifications certify your child as bilingual, which places them head and shoulders above the majority of their national counterparts.

That’s it essentially – as any other differences between the two are likely to be somewhat subjective.

So – as a parent in Strasbourg you have a fairly straight choice – but they are essentially two paths to the same thing – an excellently educated child. Whether you decide to let them do it predominantly in English or in French is entirely up to you.

*or Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish or German depending upon your mother tongue

** or French or German depending upon your mother tongue


UPDATE: 18 February 2016: The international schools have undergone some state intervention since I wrote this post. The rentrée in September 2016 will see the opening of a new international section at College Vauban. Children from the two primary schools, Robert Schuman and Conseil de Quinze, will henceforth be separated according to language. English, Italian and Spanish kids will attend College Esplanade while the German and Polish children will go to College Vauban. This change is designed to enable the opening of new language sections, including Arabic, as well as integrate more local children into a multilingual teaching environment. Whether it will work remains to be seen.

Unfortunately, the State is also in the process of doing away with bilingual classes at the college level, believing them to be “elitist” – alas, a view held by many ordinary French mother-tongue voters – which may mean the eventual dismantling of the international schools system entirely. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!

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  1. Englishman October 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    If you want to check out the exam results here they are for:

    The Lycée internationale
    Lycée Jean Sturm

  2. Matt October 7, 2010 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Some comments: When we were looking for a school for our kids when we came to Strasbourg, we visited Le Conseil de Quinze, and were well received by the then Headteacher, Mme Marlier, who is now the head of the European School primary. We also tried to visit Robert Schumann, and were told by the head (whose name I have long since forgotten) that he was not prepared to waste his time showing us around his school! I understand he “left” soon after this. As a result, we sent our kids to BISS. This is a great school, but expensive, and only suited one of our children. The curriculum is very heavy, as the kids effectively learn 2 syllabuses, one French and the other English. As you rightly say they have an excellent reputation, but they do work the kids hard, which will not suit all children.
    Now they are at the European School. Here, 80% of lessons are in English, with 20% in French. This balance suits our kids extremely well, and they are very happy at school. This, for me, is the most important part of growing up.
    Cheers,
    Matt.

  3. Englishman October 7, 2010 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Thanks for starting off the discussion Matt, and for correcting me – I was under the impression that French wasn’t on the syllabus at all at the European School – except as a ‘foreign’ language.

    (My intro was designed to get a bit of reaction – but it doesn’t seemed to have worked yet! )

    I guess the point is there are lots of views as to which school is best for whatever reason – but the fact is, as you say, it’s down to what suits the child. Academically we’re spoilt for choice in Strasbourg, so to suggest that one school is universally better than the others would be wrong – but I think what I’d like to see here (if the discussion ever gets going) are more comments like yours, where parents share the reasons behind their choices and their experiences of each school.

    Any other takers?

  4. Matt October 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Incidentally, once they get to secondary level year 2 they have to learn a third language, and then have the option of a fourth from year 3. I really think that it should be a question of choice, and that is, as you rightly say, what we have here in Strassy! Incidentally, when we first moved to France, I asked a French friend how I could find out how the schools perform, thinking about league tables, and all the other crap that kids are subjected to in the UK. He didn’t understand the question – as far as he was concerned ALL French schools taught to the same level, whether they were in a tiny Bourgogne village, or a major city.

  5. Englishman June 17, 2011 at 10:26 am - Reply

    No more comments people? Don’t be so shy!

  6. M November 9, 2011 at 12:37 am - Reply

    We currently live in Sydney and are looking to move to Strassborg in a year or so…
    Our two young girls are in private schools here (one required some additional learning support). To make life easier and to best transition the girls, we were hoping for an english speaking school with some part french. I understand the only two options in the private school system are The Strassborg International School and the International School at Lucie Berger (now BISS) no longer exist, the latter now mostly French? Are there any other pre-dominantly english-speaking private schools you know of in Strassborg or close to Strassborg you can recommend?
    The state school system seem to have 30 in a class, which seems like way too much fun…. Our girls are currently in classes of 18 pupils and we found they benefit greatly in their learning with this teacher student ratio.
    Thanks!

    • Englishman November 9, 2011 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Your only real option in the private sector is the BISS (Bilingual International School) at Lucie Berger (which should still exist!). It has a 50/50 curriculum in English and French and is known as one of the best schools in the country and from a mere 3000€ a year. In the state sector – you can send your children to the European School, which has an English section. Class sizes are quite big however and the quality of learning (and happiness of your child) seems to vary wildly according to who you speak to.

  7. M November 13, 2011 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Thanks for the reply. Will certainly investigate all options. 3,OOO euros for the year??? That’s amazing! We pay over 10,000 euros here for one kid…
    Sydney is v expensive…
    Ps. We’re enjoying reading your blog 🙂

  8. Kevin Steeves August 28, 2013 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Hi, interesting comments all around. Just wanted to add on the use of English and French at the European School (and German). Our daughter is at the European School, and loves it for a number of reasons, including the use of all three languages. We have her in the English track (after M1 and M2, you have to choose an English, French or German track), but she is fluent is French and is taught in French since she has to take instruction in another language, and, well, she is fully bilingual full stop. True, this is due in part to going at first for preschool to a French school (Ercole Branly), speaking French with all the other kids during Garderie after school during M1 and M2, and more generally just living in Strasbourg, but also in part as the European School ensures that all students become fluent in another language and given this environment it is French. Otherwise, just wanted to agree that here in this part of France at least, all the schools seem to be good and comparable. Certainly nothing like New York, where they differ considerably, and maybe even more on par in comparison to what I know in Vancouver.

  9. Maria September 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Hello, very interesting information regarding international schooling in Strasbourg. I have another question – what if the children are not English- or french speaking (in our case they have been brought up in Holland and only speak dutch), is it still possible to get them into the international schools? It regards younger children (maternelle and primaire). It seems, there is a requirement that the child uses either french, english or german actively with a parent to be able to attend. If anybody knows I’d love to get some information. Thanks in advance.

  10. Karin September 20, 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Our experience is that kids have to be good in the language you’re applying to. The ressources for language support at EES is limited.

    Maria, we just moved to Strasbourg with kids in primaire. If you leave an adress I’d be happy to share our experience. Best regards, Karin

  11. Eva October 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I’m not Maria but actually also interested in hearing of experiences with the european school when it comes to schooling of younger children who do not speak English/French. By the way Karin, your name sounds Scandinavian, if that’s the case you can write me in your own language (I am Swedish).

    Best regards, Eva

  12. selma November 6, 2013 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Hi Maria, Eva,
    what school did you choose? I am very interested to hear as we are moving to Strasbourg and find it very difficult to find the right school. Our children speak Dutch only (too). But I would like them to go to an international school.
    thanks!
    selma

  13. Yael November 8, 2013 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Does anybody know about the “test d’admition” for the European school?
    My children are in the secondary cycle (ages 12 and 14) and we are looking for an appropriate school for the next year where we will move to Strasbourg. They speak English but its not their strongest language and do not know French at all.
    thanks,
    Yael

    • admin November 12, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

      My understanding is that they must have English skills equivalent to children of their own age already in the school. The test is designed to confirm whether this is the case.

  14. maria November 12, 2013 at 11:23 am - Reply

    We have found out from the european school that they have no resources to help with language (ESL or the like) for children that are not english/french or german speakers already. The children that start school must already know the language of which section you are applying to. So it seems that there is no international option in Strasbourg for “all the rest of us” (non-french, english or german).

    • admin November 12, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

      The fact is if you wish to educate your kids in France – then they must learn French. The European School is the only exception in all of France.

      • Maria November 13, 2013 at 10:38 am - Reply

        I don’t think you are entirely right – in other larger French cities there are international schools, aimed at foreigners and especially those that only intend to stay for a limited period of time in France. In Paris there are several international options as well as the American school. There is also an international school for instance in Nice and in Lyon. I find it strange that such an international city as Strasbourg does not offer this type of schooling for foreign families coming to the city temporarily. Too bad, but that’s life!

        • admin November 13, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

          Well if you’re looking for a fee paying school where it’s not English, French or German that’s the language of choice – then you will clearly need to look for a city somewhat larger than Strasbourg. 😉

  15. Adeline February 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for this conversation as it gives some good personal advice, that obviously each one has to adapt to his own family case.
    We are a French family relocated in Michigan and we will be coming back after 4 years of full immersion in the US school system. That is tricky as the kids have not done much written French. They already had to adjust and learn English. Now they are fluent and we love the way of teaching kids that is much more adapted to the child’s abilities than in France. We would love them to keep speaking English too. I understand we have the choice between International, European and BISS. I have to dig deeper to understand what would be best for our 3 kids. I hope some parents will keep on giving their good or bad experience to help other make the right choice! Thanks for sharing!

    • Naoual El Annas June 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      We are in same case like you.. I hope you can share your experience with us..
      My husband is french, I am Moroccan, we have three little kids (primaire et maternelle) and we are living in Malaysia. Our kids speak english more fluently than French! We are thinking to go back to France next year and Strasbourg seems to be the more convinient city for their education.. we don’t know yet how we can have registet them while we don’t have an adress yet there..

  16. dragana vucinic- westerveen February 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Hope we ll make it, as I understood that the applications should be submitted for the following school year asap? Our 13 and 15 year old daughters speak English, and have been learning French for 5 years. Kind of twice per week in school, and some private lessons. Can they apply for both schools,European and BISS, in Strasbourg? We do not mind paying, the only thing that i wonder is if their French would be good enough. They are fluent in English, does French have to be the same level? Thank you very much for your helping!

  17. Melanie February 8, 2014 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Thanks for writing about this topic. We are English and live near Obernai. Our children go to a local bilingual French-German school. I heard that a child is more likely to be accepted into the Intenational School if the parents work at the Council of Europe. Is this true?

    • admin February 8, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hi Melanie. They take that into account but it is not a guarantee. As I remember they look these elements in order of preference: mother tongue, occupation of parents (Eurocorps and CoE at the top of the list), sibling connections then catchment area.

      • Melanie February 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

        Thanks for your reply. I have to say it is very tempting to apply when my children reach collège age, but we live near Obernai (probably not in the catchment area) and neither my husband or I work for Eurocorps, CoE or any of those types of companies. I am an in-company English teacher however, if that would increase our chances! Do any children at the school come from outside Strasbourg? If so, how far away? You’re lucky to have places at a school with such a good reputation 🙂

        • admin May 20, 2014 at 7:27 am - Reply

          I do know people who live as far away as Dahlenheim – but they work at the Council.

  18. Jane March 18, 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    We’ll be moving to Starsbourg this summer. I was wondering if there is a bilingual primary school which is non-payable. My son will be going to CE1 in September, where we are now, they have English National Programme for English native speakers. How does it work in Strasbourg? Do they have a similar system mentioned above?

    • admin March 19, 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Jane, the only school you have to pay for is BISS. The English national elementaires at the International school are now combined with the ‘specials’ – the non native speakers – when they take English class (about 1 hour a day). At the European school there is an English section (everything except LV2 is taught in English) but again there the national and non-natives are mixed. Natives only teaching ceased to exist as of last year in Strasbourg.

  19. Martha April 14, 2014 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Hi Englishman!
    My family is considering a move to Strasbourg from Switzerland. My son attends a bilingual school which follows the IB program. I haven’t been able to find a school in Strasbourg which does the IB. However I might add it is really difficult to find information on any of the schools! Do you know if the European School has a website? At first I thought the nearest was Karlsruhe – maybe it is because it is so new and because it doesn’t cost much! Thanks for all the information on this page!
    Martha

    • admin April 14, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Hi Martha, There is one fee paying school in Strasbourg that does the IB: Lucie Berger (up to age 10) and Jean Sturm (11-18) it is a 50%-50% English-French programme. Other options include: the French Bac with International Option OIB (no fees) through the international schools of Strasbourg (Robert Schuman / Conseil de QuinzeCollege InternationalLycee Pontonnieres) or the European Bac at the European School (no fees).
      The French Bac OIB is offered in German, English, Spanish and Italian – and sees students study literature and civilisation in the language of their choice (i.e. you do the whole French Bac plus 2-3 subjects in English). About 25% of hours are given over to non-French learning. The European Bac isn’t strictly speaking a bilingual bac – though you can study up to four foreign languages in addition to English.
      People – please correct me if I’m wrong!

  20. Karin April 16, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Hello to everyone again, this is Karin from higher up. I just wanted to add some things;

    the BISS program at Lucie Berger is inspired by the IB. It is not qualified as IB and I have not seen any documentation on if they are working continuously to achieve that. Remember that the BISS program follows both the UK and the French curriculum and that is a quite charged schedule already.

    There is discussion on how the english/french languages will be maintained after BISS i.e. starting french 6eme with is College. I would contact the school directly with questions.

    Good luck with the school hunt!

  21. Alexandra May 15, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Hello everyone,
    I have been following this blog with great interest for a couple years now, and the question of which school to choose is becoming all the more pressing for us as we will be moving to Strasbourg this August. I have sent applications for my daughter to both the European and International schools for entry in CP in September. In case, she passes the English language tests (!) and we therefore have the choice, I really don’t know which to choose but have several questions in reaction to things that I have heard (from people with children in the European system). Is it true that the International school is “extremely competitive” (notes obsessed) and does this mean that, instead of accompanying students in difficulty, they are pushed out of the system? And, are the language teachers mother-tongue teachers or, as is often the case in regular French public schools, French teachers with more or less good mastery of the language? I am quite sceptical of the “traditional” French approach to teaching, which can be excessively authoritarian, rigid and not very adaptive to individual needs: is the international school different from this model, or not? It would be nice hear from more parents with experience with the international school !

    • admin May 15, 2014 at 10:20 am - Reply

      It sounds like you’ve already made your decision Alexandra. However, to give you a better idea of the International system (where all three of my kids go): Yes they are taught by native speakers. Yes, you are right there is a strong emphasis on academic success (though “extremely competitive/notes obsessed” is not a fair reflection) – however you need to consider that schools in France are focussed almost entirely on academic success because sports, music and fine art are not taught at school per se – these are regarded as extra-curricular activities that you (the parents) must organise. This is not difficult however as there are activities galore to sign up to – and – from September 1, 2014, there will be many more of these taking place within the school itself – because of the new changes to the ‘rythmn scolaire’. Our kids do Gym, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Music, Art, Woodwork lessons etc outside school time.
      As I have said before the main concern between one system and the other is a question of language. In the European system you are taught in one language only and learn all other languages as ‘foreign’ languages. In the international systems (both private and public) you are considered bilingual and therefore must study multiple subjects in the two languages. In the private system this leads you to take the International Bac – which is the hardest, but most respected, of secondary qualifications, in the public system it’s the French Bac with international option (OIB) which is again very taxing academically but is valued above the normal French Bac and some would argue the European Bac – but with the right grades any of these qualifications would still get you into a good University.
      We decided on the international section because we wanted to integrate ourselves into the local community – and this is obviously easier if your kids go to a French school where the other kids and parents are French. Also, at that time, the European School had only just opened and there were big questions over whether it would become a decent school (and until they publish their results for the first wave of Bac students – these questions remain).
      My view is that if you’re planning to stay in Strasbourg for a short time, to then head back to the US or UK or wherever within a couple of years or so, then the European school is probably the right choice. If you’re planning to stay though – and integrate – I would suggest you look seriously at the International schools.

      • Alexandra May 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        Hello again and thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. We haven’t at all made up our minds yet; I was just sharing negative comments I had heard from 2 pro-european school parents I had had the chance to meet. I initially had been prefering the idea of the international system for exactly the reasons that you evoke – we intend to settle in Strasbourg for good and I suspect that there is alot of movement within the staff and student body in the European System. We want our children to grow up with a clear sense of home and identity (which I, having grown up in an excessively international context, lack). I am a little worried about my eldest daughter who is (admittedly only 5 1/2) but kind of a “wild child” and perhaps not very “scolarly” by nature – though this might evolve. I am concerned that the French system might be too hard on her and might turn her off school. I suppose one must also consider that this choice is not final and, if it’s not a good fit, one can always change schools later on. Question: She has been invited to take the english test at the l’Ecole Elémentaire du Conseil des XV – does this mean that she will be admitted to this school and not the Robert Schumann ? What is the difference between the two ?

        • admin May 20, 2014 at 7:23 am - Reply

          The Vauban, Conseil XV and RS schools are part of the same system. Which one you go to depends on catchment area and places available. I guess if you take the exam at XV – maybe that’s wehere you’ll go – but I don’t know for certain.

  22. Marcelle July 15, 2014 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Hi everyone! We are a Brazilian family moving to Strasbourg next September for a period of 2 years. We have 2 girls (5 and 8 y/o)and I really need your advise! It’s been very painfull all the transition, But specially the school… We sent the application to The “section Internationale”- for Vauban and Conseil des XV- and looks like it won’t be accepted unless we have a Strasbourg address… They didn’t even talk about the test yet… Our plan is stay in a flat for about 10 days and then find a place to rent… Conclusion: they probably won’t go to school before October…Today a person from Facebook told me that it’s almost impossible to get in the international school…. That I’m wasting my time! Any advise? Tks

    • admin July 15, 2014 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Hello Marcelle, We got our daughter into the international section in October – as we were to lucky enough to get the space left by someone leaving. You never know – you may yet get in. BUT the real question is – which language section are you hoping to apply for? There are no Portuguese sections in any of the schools as far as I am aware. They can generally make space for kids in ‘mother tongue’ sections – but if your two do not speak English or Spanish fluently – then they will have to go to the nearest French local school with space. There’s not much you can do about it until you get here unfortunately…

  23. Marcelle July 15, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Hello and thanks for answer! We are applying fir the English section. They go to an international school here and are very comfortable with English speaking. We lived in US for 2 years. So… Its wait and see!

  24. Louise November 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Hello, Salut, I wonder if you could offer some good advice? Our situation is rather complex! My husband is German and I am Singaporean (English is my first language, but I’ve also learned Mandarin and French in school, but no German); we are currently living in Hong Kong where my children (13 and 11) are raised in the highly competitive local system. My son, aged 11, is finding it increasingly difficult to cope with Chinese, and we have plans to move back to Europe. As I speak English and French better than German, I wonder if it would be a good idea to settle in Strasbourg for my son? We are both architects and my husband is an adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University and Lausanne. He would like to return to Europe when his contract is completed.

    Can you elaborate on your positive experiences at the International School Robert Schuman? My son is intelligent, good-natured, but is frustrated by the rote-learning system in Hong Kong. Instead of transferring him to an International School there, I would like to consider settling him in Europe before he becomes too old to adapt.

    Would really appreciate your perspective. Thanks in advance!

    Louise

    • admin November 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Louise, Robert Schuman only takes kids up to CM2 level (aged 10) – and my eldest is in CM1 – so I have had no experience of the international college as yet. It sounds like the French system is similar to the HK one though – so don’t get your hopes up! Maybe another parent who reads this blog might be able to help you? Anyone?

      • Louise November 25, 2014 at 6:13 am - Reply

        Thank you for your reply. Do you know which French lycee offers the International College system in Strasbourg, with the option to learn German?

        • admin November 25, 2014 at 7:59 am - Reply

          As far as I am aware all Lycées in Alsace offer German! There are two international lycées: Lycée Pontonniers (French Bac + International Option) and fee-paying Jean Sturm (International Bac).

          • Louise November 26, 2014 at 5:58 am

            That is very helpful, merci beaucoup. When we move there, would love to join the expat community. Appreciate your blog for a good overview of life in Strasbourg. Strasbourg sounds like a great city straddling both French and German societies, with an international dimension.

            By the way, when you mentioned the French schooling system might be as draconian as the Hong Kong system, do you mean in terms of homework, tests, exams, etc.?

            Is the cost of living high in Strasbourg? Is it difficult for non French or German speaking children like my son to get along with the other children, if he is mostly proficient in English?

            Looking forward to hear from you.

            Louise

  25. Ada July 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Hello englishman,
    We are a spanish family moving to strasbourg with kids 4 and 6 years old. We would like them to study in french and english in the school.
    I have seen only lucie berger and international european school. In the european school the have told us that there is no place for them this year and that the admission time is finished. We didnt get any answer on lucie berger yet.
    Do you know more or less the prices of both schools?
    Do you know if there is the possibility of free place in the schools later on in the year?
    Do you know any other options?

    Thanks in advance
    Ada

    • admin July 16, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      I am a bit bemused as to why you would want your children to learn in English and French – certainly if neither is their mother tongue? The International School, Robert Schuman, has a Spanish section and would therefore be perfect if you wanted your kids to speak French and Spanish….?

  26. Ada July 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Hello and thanks for your reply.
    We know importance of english for them and .
    Because we can teach them in spanish, we prefer that they could improve their english there aswell as they learn french.

    I have heard about robert schumann and im considering it too, but my problem is if they didnt teach them in english, then i should find a way that they could learn it.
    But if they are going to an english school they will learn it without effort and they are not going to forget soanish because we are speaking it all the time 🙂

    Maybe its difficult to understand, but we have been studyinh english all our life, and i would prefer my kids to learn it and speak it with the proper accent and withiut effort.
    Thanks in advance

    • Garam September 24, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Hello Ada,

      We are a Korean family and will move to Strasbourg with our kids 4 and 5 years old next year. I’m just curious but have you decided your kids school?

      In Strasbourg, there are few options for pre-school. Do you know “playgroup” as a private school and their reputation?

      Thank you in advance

  27. Tina July 14, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Hello,

    This is a very detailed forum with useful information. Thanks a lot for the info. We are a British/French family living in Germany with children ages 8, 3 and 1.5 years. Our 8 year old is attending an English/German European school in Berlin. We have a high chance in moving to Strasbourg in January 2017 because of my husband’s job (not for the European commission). A quick question regarding the lucieberger school, what are the requirements and how difficult is it for the kids to get in? Also for the European school as well, what are the chances?

    Thanks

    Tina

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