French Schools [fr]

To discover the various educational options for French education in the circonscription, click on the lefthand corner square at the top of the map.

French and American Education Systems

French and American education systems compared
Age French system American system
Crèche / Maternelle Day care / Pre-school
2-3 très petite section (TPS) ou crèche nursery school/day care
3-4 petite section de maternelle (PS) preschool
4-5 moyenne section de maternelle (MS) pre-kindergarten
5-6 grande section de maternelle (GS) kindergarten
École primaire Elementary School
6-7 CP 1st grade
7-8 CE1 2nd grade
8-9 CE2 3rd grade
9-10 CM1 4th grade
10-11 CM2 5th grade
Collège Junior high school / Middle school
11-12 sixième 6th grade
12-13 cinquième 7th grade
13-14 quatrième 8th grade
14-15 troisième 9th grade
Lycée Senior high school (certaines peuvent commencer au 9th grade)
15-16 seconde 10th grade
16-17 première 11th grade
17-18 terminale 12th grade
Université College / University
(DEUG dans l’ancien système) 18-20 ans : Associates of Arts (AA)
18-21: licence (3 ans) 20-22: Bachelor of Arts (BA) / Bachelor of Science (BS)
21-23: master (2 ans) 22-24: Master’s (MBA, MA, MS)
23-27: doctorat (3 ans) 24-27: PhD.

Note: American schools don’t follow the year of birth as in France, but enroll children in a class based on their age on September 1st. A child can only enter the public school system if she or he turns 6 years old before September 1st. To know more about the French and American school systems, please visit the CIEP website.


How to Enroll your Children in a French Program?

French Schools Abroad

There are six schools in the consular district of Los Angeles that are approved by the French Ministry of Education and respect the French curriculum.

International School of Arizona, Scottsdale, Arizona
Accredited for maternelle (pre-school) to CE1 (2nd grade). CM1 and CM2 coming soon.
9128 E. San Salvador Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Phone: (480) 874-2326 - Fax : (480) 663-6894
Email :

International School of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Accredited for preschool to 5th grade
206 Red Cross Way, Denver, CO 80230
Phone: (303) 340-3647 - Fax : (303) 360-9426

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles
Accredited for maternelle to high school (literary, economic and scientific BAC offered). Le Lycée Français also offers the French-American BAC
Phone: 310-836-3464

Le Lycée Français has five campuses :

  • Campus Overland
    Élémentaire (2-5th grades)
    3261 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles
    Tél : (310) 836­-3464
    Email :
  • Campus Overland
    Secondaire (6-9th grades)
    3261 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles
    Tél : (310) 836­-3464
    Email :
  • Campus 55
    3055 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles
    Tél : (310) 839-­1055
    Email :
  • Campus de Pacific Palisades
    Maternelle : pre-school à 2nd grade
    16720 Marquez Avenue, Pacific Palisades
    Tél : (310) 454-3663
    Email :
  • Campus Raymond and Esther Kabbaz
    Lycée : 9-12th grade
    10309 National Boulevard, Los Angeles
    Tél : (310) 836-3464 x331
    Email :

Lycée International de Los Angeles
Accredited for pre-school to high school (literary and economic baccalaureates). The LILA also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB)

The LILA has five campuses :

  • Burbank Campus
    6th - 12th grade (French Science or Economics Baccalaureate, and International Baccalaureate)
    1105 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank
    Phone: (818) 900-1895
    Email :
  • Los Feliz Campus
    Pre-school to 5th grade
    4155 Russell Avenue, Los Angeles
    Phone: (323) 665-4526
    Email :
  • Orange County Campus
    Pre-school to 8th grade
    1838 N. Shaffer Street, Orange
    Phone: (714) 771-4710
    Email :
  • Campus de West Valley
    Pre-school to 5th grade
    5933 Lindley Ave, Tarzana
    Phone: (818) 345-0155
    Email :
  • Campus de Pasadena
    Pre-school to 5th grade
    30 N. Marion Avenue, Pasadena
    Phone: (626) 793-0943
    Email :

San Diego French-American School, San Diego, California
Accredited for pre-school to 8th grade
6550 Soledad Mountain Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 456-2807 - Fax : (858) 459-2670

La petite école, San Diego, California
Accredited for pre-school
3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
Phone: (858) 274-2890
Email :

**Immersion Programs in the American System

Immersion programs teach the classic American curriculum taught in a foreign language. This target language is different from a subject, it is the language of learning.

The curriculum can be taught in French at various degrees. The objective is not solely to speak a second language, but also to master the contents of the different disciplines that are being taught in this language.

Immersion programs in the consular district are currently limited to daycare, pre-school, and elementary schools. The Cultural Services of the French Consulate in L.A. support and help the creation of bilingual programs. Please write to for any question regarding bilingual programs.

Please note that the following list of bilingual schools is not exhaustive and does not engage the responsibility of the French Consulate.


Los Angeles

  • Savoir Faire
    pre-school (private)
    117 West Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Phone: 310.379.1086

San Diego



  • World Compass Academy
    2490 S. Perry Street, Castle Rock, C0 80104
    Tél: 303-814-5200


Note regarding pre-school enrollment
Daycare and pre-schools do not exist in the public sector — schooling is only required after the age of 6. Private "Day Care Center & Preschools" enroll children aged 5 or younger. The families are responsible for making sure that the center has been officially licensed.

Newly arrived parents can find useful information on French Morning and French District or via organizations such as Los Angeles Accueil or Orange County Accueil in Southern California.

**After-school programs

The FLAM program (Français Langue Maternelle)

The FLAM (Français Langue Maternelle) program was initiated in 2001-2002 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is especially targeted at French expatriates and supports extracurricular activities and opportunities for French children enrolled in local schools to speak their mother language. A pedagogic program has been created to address the specific needs of these children. It allows them to develop communication, reading and writing skills in French. Various aspects of the French language are being taught, together with a deep cultural background. Please visit the program website for additional information.

Such programs exist in Long Beach, Pasadena, and Irvine CA

Private After-School programs


  • Savoir Faire Language Institute, Torrance :
    117 West Torrance Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Phone: 310.379.1086
    Contact: Joelle Petit Adkins



Summer Camps

American schools sometimes offer French summer programs. French schools in the US and after-school programs may also have summer camps. Please visit their websites for more information.

The Alliances Françaises (French language and cultural centers)





Nouveau Mexique


The Centre National d’Enseignement à Distance offers distance-learning courses in the French system. There are different options:

  • "Scolarité à classe complète réglementée": offers the entire French curriculum to students who are not enrolled in any school. The student follows the courses under the sole responsibility of her or his family and has access to the French curriculum as defined by the official guidelines of the French Ministry of Education, from the "Cours préparatoire (CP)" to the "CM2" level.
  • "Scolarité à inscription libre" gives access to the French curriculum according to the French curriculum as defined by the official guidelines of the French Ministry of Education, from the "Cours préparatoire (CP)" to the "CM2" level. The student can be enrolled in a school at the same time.
  • "Scolarité complémentaire internationale" gives students who live outside of France access to a program of three core subjects. The aim is to help the student keep in contact with the French system and ease going back to the French system.

Several language schools in the area offer CNED courses— Find their addresses in the list of "private-after schools"

**Taking the Baccalaureate

To take the official French Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate or the Brevet examinations, please contact the West Coast coordinator:

Christine Crosetti, Assistant to the Head of School
755 Ashbury Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: 415 6615 232 x1706

The exams take place at the Lycée Français de Los Angeles:
3261 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: (310) 836-3464 - Fax : (310) 558-8069
Supervisor: Monsieur Petauton

For more information about exams, please contact:

Nadia Boga-Sbihi
Service des Examens du Lycée Rochambeau de Washington
9600 Forest Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 530-8260

Independent or external candidates, please contact Mme Boga-Sbihi to take the Baccalaureate examination.

You may also visit the AEFE (Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger) website


Please visit this page for all the information regarding grants for French families in the US (in French).

Last modified on 06/07/2020

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