For this 29th school year 2016/2017, the teaching staff and I would like to welcome all new parents and students joining the International Bilingual School (EPBI) this year and we hope it will be a great year for all.
EPBI is a demanding and ambitious school offering each pupil their own path to success. Pupils acquire solid foundations from the nursery and infant school through to the sixth form or high school.
EPBI and international awareness
Established in 1988 by Mrs. Dorothée LEBAILLIF, the school consists of pupils of different nationalities from the age of 2 through to 18 years.
The infant and primary schools offer a completely bilingual education (Engish/French).
The secondary school offers two possibilities: an English-French bilingual section or a European section for non-bilingual children.
At the end of Year 10 or 9th Grade, pupils have 2 possibilities: The sixth form school to prepare for the French Baccalaureate S (Sciences) or ES (Economic and Social Studies), or the International School to prepare for the international Baccalaureate (IB).
The International Baccalaureate (IB) :
a qualification which is recognised by the most prestigious universities in 140 countries
Since September, EPBI offers a new International Baccalaureate section.
Today, quantity of knowledge cannot be based on acquisition only; Students also need to learn how to learn.
The IB education system encourages students to become independent learners, and offers more complete programmes compared to other curricula by developing intellectual curiosity and the determination to succeed. The IB Diploma is recognised by the French Education Ministery (decree in 1985). It is highly appreciated by the most prestigious universities around the world and offers an excellent preparation for Higher Education studies. The IB Diploma Programme, with total international awareness, offers a stimuating and high-quality education to 15-19 year olds. At the beginning of the sixth form or high school, students start in Seconde IB (Year 11 or 10th Grade), then 1ère IB (Year 12 or 11 th Grade) and 2ième IB (Year 13 or 12th Grade) for the final IB Diploma year.
The EPBI programme
Active and innovative teaching methods implemented at EPBI allow each student to develop their own creativity, independence and responsibility as a future citizen of the world.
The EPBI objectives are:
- To help develop the personality and potential of each individual pupil by helping them to think creatively, to develop a criticial mind and to be open to learning methods from different cultures.
- To give pupils excellent language skills in at least two languages (English and French) in order to help them build intercultural relationships with others, whatever their nationality.
- To enhance knowledge, skills and understanding allowing them to continue their higher studies anywhere in the world.
- To develop a sense of self-respect and respect for others in order to become responsible and healthy citizens of the world.
In infant school, English and French are taught equally, carried out in optimal learning conditions through total immersion bringing remarkable benefits both linguistically and cognitively.
In primary school, pupils continue their bilingual schooling. French and Maths are studied in the French language. Other subjects such as History, Geography and Science are taught in English.
In secondary, two programmes are possible: Bilingual er European. For both programmes, French, Maths, Chemistry and Physics are taught in French. History, Geography and Biology are taught in English for the Bilingual section and in French for the European section. English is taugh at two levels in two different classes : at advanced level for the Bilingual section and at beginners through to intermediate level for the European section.
From Year 7 (6th Grade) onwards, it is compulsory to study a second foreign language. EPBI offers the choice of Spanish, German or Chinese. It is also possible to study a third or fourth language.
In the sixth form, two programmes are on offer :
- The French Baccalaureate in 2nd générale, 1ère S (Sciences) or 1ère ES (Economic and Social Studies) and then Terminale E or ES.
- The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) in 2nde IB, 1ère IB DP and 2ième IB DP.
EPBI is also an official Cambridge English preparation centre. Pupils can prepare for these exams from as young as 7 years old by taking the Young Learner Englmish exams or YLE (Starters, Movers et Flyers). At secondary school and in the sixth form, pupils can prepare and take the KET, PET, FCE and CAE.
All the EPBI staff are at the service of the school to help all pupils obtain excellence and offer them quality education every day.
Have a great school year.