Education - Details

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Canton of Geneva


STATE PRIMARY EDUCATION

Compulsory schooling starts at the age of 4.  Any child entering obligatory schooling in Geneva must have turned 4 on or before the 31st July before the school year begins (end of August)

Primary school education consists of 8 years of primary school. 
The first 4 years of primary school is the » Cycle Élémentaire » for ages 4-7 (1P, 2P, 3P and 4P). The the second 4 years is termed the “Cycle Moyen” for ages 8-12 (5P, 6P, 7P and 8P)

Which school should I contact?

Contact the Direction générale de l'enseignement primaire (the Directorate responsible for primary education) once you have given them your address, they will be able to inform you of which school you should contact.

Where should I complete the enrolment formalities?

Contact the head teacher of the school nearest to your place of residence. To  find the schools in your commune, consult the map :  http://www.ge.ch/primaire/etablissements.asp

Which documents are required?

  • The carte de légitimation or an attestation issued through CERN
  • The livret de famille (family record book) or an equivalent document
  • Vaccination certificates
  • A health insurance certificate issued by your insurer.

Which vaccinations are compulsory?

For more information on the vaccinations and their monitoring. Vaccination against diphtheria is compulsory in Geneva.

Where can I apply for a "dérogation" (special dispensation) if I am not living in the Canton of Geneva but want my child to go to school there?

Contact the Direction générale de l'enseignement primaire (the Directorate responsible for primary education). The request must be made in writing no later than the January before the beginning of the school year in August.  The request must also be made every year. Your child will be admitted only if there are vacant places and you can provide valid reasons.

Can my child be admitted if he does not speak French?

Yes, he will be enrolled for a part-time induction class in addition to his normal classes. Induction classes consist of intensive lessons in French, which often allow children who have fallen behind to catch up within a few months. See: http://www.geneve.ch/enseignement_primaire/eleves_allophones.asp

What are the school hours?

There is a 4-day school week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. School hours are generally 8.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

From the Cycle moyen (5P-8P) children also attend school on Wednesday morning

For more information on school life: http://www.geneve.ch/enseignement_primaire/vie_scolaire.asp

What school curriculum will my child follow?

You can find out the contents of the school curriculum your child will be following by consulting the primary school programme

Cycle élémentaire (1P-4P) Cycle moyen (5P-8P)

Are school meals available and will my child be supervised outside teaching time?

The Groupement intercommunal pour l’animation parascolaire (GIAP – an inter-communal association for extracurricular activities) operates morning, lunchtime and late-afternoon facilities in the schools of the Canton's 41 communes.
Parents are required to make a financial contribution, where these facilities exist.
Contact your commune to find out the specific arrangements available in the school of your sector. For more information contact the GIAP.


STATE LOWER SECONDARY ("LEVEL I") EDUCATION: ORIENTATION CYCLE

The orientation cycle, for 12 to 15 year olds, (9CO, 10CO, 11CO) and covers the last three years of compulsory education.
It is designed to provide children with the basic knowledge they need to continue their studies or to enter the working environment.
You can find general information about the orientation cycle in the brochure "Cycle d'orientation 2017-2018"

Where should I complete the enrolment formalities?

Contact the admissions department "Service organisation et planification de la Direction générale de l'enseignement obligatoire - cycle d'orientation" (school admissions service) of the "Direction générale du cycle d'orientation" (the Directorate responsible for the orientation cycle) as soon as your child arrives in Geneva.
This Service will tell you which documents you will need to provide, which will vary according to your circumstances.

Where should I apply for a derogation if I do not live in the canton of Geneva?

As with the enrollment procedure, requests must be made to the "Service organisation et planification de la Direction générale de l'enseignement obligatoire - cycle d'orientation's" Admissions department. Requests are considered on a case by case basis  depending on individual’s motives and circumstances (Request must be submitted in writing by the 15 February before the academic year begins).

Is there an entrance exam?

Yes, if your child has not been attending a state school in Geneva.

Can my child be admitted if he does not speak French?

Your child will be admitted to an induction class for his age group without having to sit an entrance exam.
Induction classes are limited to a maximum of 11 children per class so that teaching can be adapted to individual needs; they are designed to bring the children up to a level that allows them to enter the normal system.
The programme comprises extensive tuition in French and other core subjects.
For induction classes contact: Mme Angela Bader of the Service organisation et planification de la Direction générale de l'enseignement obligatoire - cycle d'orientation .

What are the school hours?

There is a 5 day school week:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays. In general, the school day is from 7:50-11:45am and from 1:30-4:30am and these times vary slightly from one school to another.

What school curriculum will my child follow?

The first year (9C0) students are divided into 3 groups depending on their level of achievement in elementary school.  In 10CO and 11CO students specialise depending on their results and interests in one of the following 3 sections: Communication and Technology (CT), Modern Languages ​​and Communication (LC), literary-scientific profile with Latin or modern languages ​​or sciences (LS).  More information about the curriculum and schedule of the subjects taught is based on basic disciplines and specific branches.

Please consult: cours obligatoire et à options du cycle d'orientation,

What activities are available in the orientation cycle?

The schools organise various optional cultural and sporting activities, as well as multimedia libraries and various types of educational assistance (extra tuition, remedial lessons, study circles, supervised studies, special coaching).

Please contact the school concerned for further information.

Are school meals available?

Some schools have their own canteens, while others have special arrangements with primary schools or other secondary schools nearby.
Contact the head teacher's office of the school concerned to find out what provisions are available.
Parents are required to make a financial contribution, where these facilities exist.


STATE UPPER SECONDARY ("LEVEL II") EDUCATION: POST-COMPULSORY SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Post-compulsory secondary education  is for students aged between 15 and 19 years  and offers  general education (grammar school education and training for general education) and  or vocational education.
for more information on the above can be found by consulting the site EXPLOR

Parents who are not tax payers in the Canton of Geneva are required to pay schooling fees of 500 CHF per child per semester.

If your child does not speak French?

For students aged between 15-19 who have little or no knowledge of French, the Service de l’Accueil du Postobligatoire (ACPO)  runs small classes where French is taught as a priority.
for registration and advice contact: Ms S. Monet, Tel : 022 388 12 60

General education

This comprises of 4 years of study.  The successful preparation for the "Maturité" exam gives the student the diploma which enables them to enter university or the Federal polytechnic schools.

Students are referred to one of 11 institutions depending on their place of residence and choice of options.  Students from other countries  or certain private schools must pass an entrance exam.  a second national language, German or Italian for beginners forms an integral part of the educational program.

The Geneva College does not admit students for a period of less than one academic year.

Children arriving from other countries or from certain private schools are required to sit an entrance exam. The school curriculum includes a second national language, either German or beginners-level Italian.
The Collège de Genève does not admit pupils for periods of less than one school year.

For further information, consult  the brochure "La maturité gymnasiale au Collège de Genève"

Whom to contact to enrol a child who has not completed state school in Geneva (orientation cycle)?

Contact Mme S. Conza-Rossier, Tel : 022 388 33 90.

Full-time education includes general education which is supplemented by courses targeted at professional fields which in Geneva comprise of:

  • Visual arts
  • Communication and information
  • Health
  • Social work

These schools provide three years of studies in preparation for the "Certificat d’Ecole de Culture Générale" diploma and a further year of studies in preparation for the "Maturité spécialisée", a specialist "Maturité" diploma giving access to the relevant faculties of Switzerland's universities of applied sciences (Hautes Ecoles Spécialisées).
There are three such schools in Geneva:

  • The Ecole de culture générale Henry-Dunant
  • The Ecole de culture générale Jean-Piaget
  • The Ecole de culture générale Ella-Maillard

For further information consult the brochure "Concrétisez vos projets avec l'Ecole de culture générale".

Who should be contacted for registering at the l’ECG for a student who has not completed state school in Geneva (the orientation  cycle)?

Contact Ms C. Bertolo Monnier, Tel : 022 388 59 47

Vocational education

Initial vocational training includes general education, vocational education and a large portion of professional practice.  It offers 4 progressive stages:

  • The initial first 2 years of vocational training will enable the student to join the labour force with a diploma - an Attestation fédérale professionnelle (AFP level)
  • The course can also be taken over a 3-4 year period by a company work placement which is supplemented with 1-2 days per week learning in the classroom (dual system) or full-time training in a trade school.  This leads to obtaining a Certificat fédéral de capacité (CFC level).
  • Students who have obtained their CFC can complete their training
    • for maturité professionnelle and access higher education in universities of applied sciences - Hautes Ecoles Spécialisées (HES).
    • for a Technician Diploma in graduate school  (diplôme de technicien en École supérieure (ES).

There are 7 vocational centres "pôles" in Geneva:

  • Applied arts
  • Commerce
  • Construction
  • Nature and the environment
  • Health and social work
  • Service and hotel/restaurant trade
  • Technical

Each division comprises of all stakeholders in vocational training in Geneva: professional associations, Office pour l'orientation, la formation professionnelle (OFPC) who orient, organise and place trainees, and Training Centres where trainees are assessed (CFP).

For registration formalities and questions regarding the "pôle commerce", contact Ms Myriama Barka, Tel : 022 327 36 14

For general information and advice and for registration formalities for the other 6 "pôles" contact la Cité des métiers du Grand Genève.


PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

There are many private schools in Switzerland, particularly in Geneva.
Programmes are available in English, German, French and Swedish.
Most private schools prepare pupils for the Swiss "Maturité" exam, the French or international baccalaureate, the English GCSE and A-levels or the exams needed for entrance to universities in the US (College Board Entrance exams).

Children must be enrolled with the school concerned directly.
Waiting lists are often long.
The cost of schooling ranges from 23,990 to  30,755 CHF per year (2012-2013 school year), and varies according to the age of the child.

The private international schools in Geneva include the following:

Information can be found on the following websites:


ORIENTATION

If you require guidance in choosing the right type of education for your child, you can contact the following office for information:

L'Office pour l'orientation, la formation professionnelle et continue

This office helps teenagers and their parents to choose the right school course and profession (documentation is available, and interviews with psychologists and councillors can be arranged).


USEFUL ADDRESSES

CERN Social Affairs Service
Bldg. 33/1-038
Tel. 767 4201 (74201 from inside CERN)
E-mail: Social.Affairs@cern.ch

GENERAL INFORMATION

CANTON OF GENEVA

Département de l'Instruction Publique
Rue de l’Hôtel de ville 6 - Case postale 3925 – 1211 Genève 3
Tel : 022 546 69 00
http://www.ge.ch/dip/dip_bref.asp

Direction Générale de l'Enseignement Primaire
Rue Jean Calvin 11 – Case Postale 3980 – 1211 Genève 3
Tel : 022 546 75 00
http://www.ge.ch/primaire/

Groupement Intercommunal pour l'Animation Parascolaire(GIAP)
Boulevard des Promenades 20 - 1227 Carouge 
Tel : 022 309 08 20
https://www.giap.ch

Direction Générale du Cycle d'Orientation (Collège des Coudriers)
Avenue Joli-Mont 15A – Case Postale 218 - 1211 Genève 28
Tel : 022 388 53 00
http://www.ge.ch/co/organisation.as 

Service des Classes d'Accueil de la Direction Générale du Cycle d'Orientation – Mme A Bader
Tel : 022 388 53 00
http://www.ge.ch/cycle_orientation/inscriptions/nouveaux_eleves_non-francophones.asp

Direction Générale de l'Enseignement Secondaire postobligatoire
Rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville 6 – Case Postale 3925 - 1211 Genève 3
Tel : 022 327 22 92
http://www.ge.ch/po/

Service de l'accueil du post-obligatoire (ACPO)
M. J. PETOUD
Av de Châtelaine 97 – 1219 Châtelaine
Tel : 022 388 12 60
http://www.ge.ch/po/acpo

Office pour l’orientation, La formation professionnelle et Continue
Rue Prévost-Martin 6 - 1205 Genève 4
Tel : 022 388 44 00
http://www.ge.ch/ofpc

Association Genevoise des Ecoles Privées
Rue de Saint-Jean 98 – Case Postale 5278 - 1211 Genève 11
Tel : 022 715 32 30
http://www.agep.ch

CANTON DE VAUD

Direction Générale de l'Enseignement Obligatoire
Rue de la Barre 8 – 1014 LAUSANNE
Tel : 021 316 32 32
http://www.vd.ch/fr/themes/formation/scolarite-obligatoire/

DGEP - Direction générale de l'enseignement postobligatoire
Rue St-Martin 24
1014 Lausanne
Tél.:021/316 63 04
http://www.vd.ch/autorites/departements/dfjc/dgep/

Association Vaudoise des Ecoles Privées (AVDEP)
Case Postale 1215 - 1001 Lausanne
Tel : 021 796 33 00
http://www.avdep.ch

Department of the Ain 


PRE-ELEMENTARY STATE EDUCATION

Children aged 3 to 6 can attend the nursery school in the commune where they live and subject to availability if the child reachs 2 the first day of the school year. Attendance is not compulsory but regular attendance is recommended to help children develop and get used to community life.
Classes are divided into 3 sections by age: the "petite section" for the youngest, the intermediate or "moyenne section", and the "grande section" for the oldest.
The "Guide pratique sur l'école maternelle"
contains a wealth of practical information, including details of school hours and curricula.

Which school should I contact?

Your local town hall ("mairie") will inform you of the school for the sector where you live.

How can I apply for a "dérogation" (special dispensation) if I don't live in the commune of the school I want my child to attend?

Write to the school board ("Commission Scolaire") at the town hall of the commune in which the school is located.
Each application is examined on its merits.

Where should I go to complete the enrolment formalities?

You should go to the town hall in the commune where you live in order to register. Once you have done this, contact the school itself to arrange for your child to be enrolled.
The school or the town hall will be able to tell you the enrolment dates and times.

Which documents do I need to provide?

  • Your special residence permit ("titre de séjour spécial") issued through CERN,
  • The registration certificate issued by the town hall (in the case of children who have not been attending school in the same sector),
  • The livret de famille (family record book) or an equivalent document (birth certificate),
  • A document certifying that the child has had the requisite vaccinations for his age,
  • A personal liability insurance certificate ("assurance responsabilité civile"),
  • Proof of your place of residence.

Which vaccinations are compulsory (except where there are medically certified contraindications)?

The Td-Polio vaccination (tetanus, diphtheria, polio) is compulsory.
Other vaccinations are strongly recommended: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR).

Can my child be admitted if he does not speak French?

Yes, he will be admitted to a class corresponding to his age group. He will pick up French naturally through classroom interaction.

What are the school hours?

The school week is 24 hours divided into 9 half-days (Mondays. Tuesdays, Wednesdays mornings only,  Thursdays and Fridays) 
Contact the school concerned to find out the weekly timetable
or see following link: http://5matinees.education.gouv.fr/#/.

Which school curriculum will my child follow?

You can consult the curriculum your child will follow in the "Guide pratique des parents" published by the Ministry of Education (French only).

Are school meals available and will my child be supervised outside teaching time?

Most nursery schools provide a canteen service and after-school child-minding facilities in the mornings before school begins and in the evenings after school.
Information is available from the town hall.


STATE ELEMENTARY (PRIMARY) EDUCATION

Primary schools provide elementary-level education for children aged 6 to 11. Classes are spread over five school years and are divided into two "cycles".
A welcome brochure in several languages designed for families who have recently arrived in France is available on the website of the schools inspectorate of the Department of the Ain (l’Inspection Académique de l’Ain
).

Which school should I contact?

Your local town hall ("mairie") will inform you of the school for the sector where you live.

How can I apply for a "dérogation" (special dispensation) if I don't live in the commune of the school I want my child to attend?

Write to the school board ("Commission Scolaire") at the town hall of the commune in which the school is located.
Each application is examined on its merits.

Where should I go to complete the enrolment formalities?

If your child has already been attending nursery school in the same commune, he will automatically be enrolled for primary school.

If your child has just arrived in the commune, you will need to go to the town hall in the commune where you live in order to register. Once you have done this, contact the school itself to arrange for your child to be enrolled.
The school or the town hall will be able to tell you the enrolment dates and times.

Which documents do I need to provide?

  • Your special residence permit ("titre de séjour spécial") issued through CERN,
  • The registration certificate issued by the town hall (in the case of children who have not been attending school in the same sector),
  • The livret de famille (family record book) or an equivalent document (birth certificate),
  • A document certifying that the child has had the requisite vaccinations for his age,
  • A personal liability insurance certificate ("assurance responsabilité civile"),
  • Proof of your place of residence.

Which vaccinations are compulsory (except where there are medically certified contraindications)?

Td-Polio (tetanus, diphtheria, polio).
Other vaccinations are strongly recommended: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR).

Can my child be admitted if he does not speak French?

Yes, he will be admitted to a class corresponding to his age group and level of education.
He will be required to sit a test in his mother tongue (reading and mathematics) as well as a French test so that his teacher can form a picture of his education to date and his level of French and decide on any special arrangements that need to be made so that the child can be integrated into the education system at the appropriate level.

In the Pays de Gex, the tests are conducted by the teacher responsible for remedial lessons ("Cours de Rattrapage Intégré" - CRI) for children who have recently arrived in France:
Mrs Florence Favre, Ecole primaire Les gentianes Thoiry, Tel. 04.50.41.26.60, e-mail: enaf.001137k@ac-lyon.fr.
The CRI teacher organises 30 or 45 minute French remedial classes in small groups at the Ecole Primaire du Lion in Saint-Genis and the Ecole Primaire Les Gentianes in Thoiry.
For other schools, contact the teacher directly to find out how these remedial lessons can be integrated into your child's school curriculum.

From level CE1 onwards, children may attend weekly Tuesday-afternoon classes in their mother tongue (Dutch, English, Italian, Spanish and German in Prevessin) at the Collège Lycée International in Ferney-Voltaire.
Children must be enrolled with the head teacher's office of the child's school directly.

Presentation of the national integrated elementary courses in the Pays de Gex: http://www2.ac-lyon.fr/etab/ien/ain/pays-de-gex/IMG/pdf/plaquette_info_cours_nationaux_integres.pdf

Finally, children experiencing difficulties are entitled to special assistance free of charge outside compulsory schooling hours: two hours of personal assistance a week and remedial courses during the school holidays for children in classes CM1 and CM2.

What are the school hours?

The school week is 24 hours divided into 9 half-days (Mondays. Tuesdays, Wednesdays mornings only,  Thursdays and Fridays) 
Contact the school concerned to find out the weekly timetable
or see following link: http://5matinees.education.gouv.fr/#/.

What school curriculum will my child follow?

You can consult the curriculum your child will follow in the "Guide pratique des parents" published by the Ministry of Education (French only).

Are school meals available and will my child be supervised outside teaching time?

Most primary schools provide a canteen service and after-school child-minding facilities in the mornings before school begins and in the evenings after school.
Information is available from the town hall.


LOWER SECONDARY ("FIRST CYCLE") EDUCATION

Children aged 11 to 15 having completed their primary education attend a collège for the first four years of secondary education, known as the "first cycle". This lower secondary cycle consists of Years 6, 5, 4 and 3 (known as the sixième, cinquième, quatrième and troisième).
Year 6 consists of a year of adjustment to secondary education, Years 5 and 4 constitute the intermediate level and Year 3 is known as the orientation cycle.
At the end of the orientation cycle, children sit an exam for the national brevet diploma.
A welcome brochure in several languages designed for families who have recently arrived in France is available on the website of the schools inspectorate of the Department of the Ain (l’Inspection Académique de l’Ain
). 

Which collège should I contact?

Contact the collège in the sector where you live.
If your child has not been attending a primary school in the region before entering a collège, the head teacher will provide you with an enrolment file to fill in and will tell you about any formalities that may need to be completed with the schools inspectorate.

Which documents do I need to provide?

  • Your CERN employment certificate ("attestation d’emploi").
  • Your special residence permit ("titre de séjour spécial") issued through CERN 
  • The livret de famille (family record book) or an equivalent document (family record of civil status),
  • Birth certificate
  • Photocopy of identity card
  • Proof of address (energy bill or landline)
  • A personal liability insurance certificate ("assurance responsabilité civile").
  • Vaccination certificates (for the file kept in the infirmary),
  • The school reports from previous years,
  • In Ferney-Voltaire: proof of child custody in the event of separation or divorce,

Where can I apply for a "dérogation" (special dispensation)?

If you wish to send your child to the collège in Ferney-Voltaire to follow one of the non-French national curricula but it is not the school for his catchment school, special dispensation will be granted automatically on presentation of proof that you are working at CERN.
In all other cases, an application for a "dérogation" (special dispensation) must be sent to the schools inspectorate of the Department of the Ain
. In accordance with recent measures to relax the "carte scolaire" for secondary education (a "school map" determining that children must attend a school within a certain distance of their home), exceptions are granted subject to the availability of places in the school concerned.
For more information see the web page: "Assouplissement de la carte scolaire"
.

Can my child be admitted if he does not speak French?

Yes.
Only the collège in Ferney-Voltaire provides lessons in French as a foreign language and special mathematics lessons. This is done on a flexible basis, for the time it takes each child to integrate into the normal school system. Non French-speaking children can enrol in one of the international sections of the collège in Ferney-Voltaire.

Is there an entrance exam?

Yes, if the child is transferring from a different national education system or has been following a school curriculum not recognised by the French national education authorities (a private school in France or a French school abroad).
He will be required to sit an entrance exam in French and mathematics

What are the school hours?

The school week varies between 25 and 28 hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays.
Classes start at 8.00 or 8.30 a.m. and finish at 5.00 or 5.30 p.m. There is usually a lunch break from 12.00 midday to 1.30 p.m.
Children are given a timetable at the beginning of the school year.

What school curriculum will my child follow?

Please consult the following web pages: "nouveaux programmes et enseignements au collège".

What are the costs?

State education is free, with the exception of stationery. A financial contribution is required for the international section of the collège in Ferney-Voltaire. The cost varies according to the international section concerned.

What kind of services do the collèges provide?

A library, canteen (for children opting for school lunches), school transport, various extra-curricular sporting and cultural activities, course and careers advice.
For more information, contact the head teacher.

Which schools in the Pays de Gex offer lower ("first cycle") secondary education?

There are collèges in Saint-Genis Pouilly, Ferney-Voltaire, Gex, Prévessin-Moens, Divonne and Péron.


UPPER SECONDARY ("SECOND CYCLE") EDUCATION

After four years at a collège, children can continue their education at a general/technological lycée or a vocational lycée or apprenticeship centre (CFA).

The general/technological lycées provide 3 years of general and technological education (known as "deuxième", "première" and "terminale", respectively) and prepare children for the general or technological baccalaureates, national diplomas giving access to higher education (short or extended studies).

At the end of the first year, which is known as the "seconde générale et technologique" or the "cycle de determination" and is the same for all pupils, children are required to choose the type of baccalaureate they wish to study for.
They can choose either one of the three general streams, known as the "E.S." (mainly economics and social studies), the "L" (mainly literature) and the "S" (mainly science),
or one of the seven technological streams, namely the "S.T.I." (industrial science and technology), the "S.T.G." (management science and technology), the "S.T.2.S." (health and social science and technology), the "S.T.L." (laboratory science and technology), the "T.M.D." (musical and dance techniques), the "S.T.A.V." (life sciences and agronomy), and the hotel trade.

The professional/vocational lycées prepare children for the "Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle" (CAP) in 2 years of studies or for a professional/vocational baccalaureate in one of 75 disciplines in 3 years of studies.
Children obtaining the CAP certificate generally go straight into employment. .
Those obtaining the professional/vocational baccalaureate either enter the working environment or study for a BTS diploma (brevet de technician supérieur).

These diplomas can also be obtained by following an apprenticeship, a work-based learning scheme which combines training in a company with education in an apprenticeship centre (Centre de Formation d’Apprentis - CFA).

Which school should I contact?

Contact the lycée in the sector where you live.
If your child has not been attending a collège before entering a lycée, the head teacher will provide you with an enrolment file to fill in and will tell you about any formalities that may need to be completed with the schools inspectorate.

Which documents are required?

  • Your CERN employment certificate ("attestation d’emploi").
  • Your special residence permit ("titre de séjour spécial") issued through CERN 
  • The livret de famille (family record book) or an equivalent document (family record of civil status),
  • Birth certificate
  • Photocopy of identity card
  • Proof of address (energy bill or landline)
  • A personal liability insurance certificate ("assurance responsabilité civile").
  • Vaccination certificates (for the file kept in the infirmary),
  • The school reports from previous years,
  • In Ferney-Voltaire: proof of child custody in the event of separation or divorce,

Can my child be admitted if he does not speak French?

Yes.
The lycée in Ferney-Voltaire provides lessons in French as a foreign language and special mathematics lessons. This is done on a flexible basis, for the time it takes each child to integrate into the normal school system.
Non French-speaking children can enrol in one of the international sections of the lycée in Ferney-Voltaire.

Is there an entrance exam?

Yes, if the child is transferring from a different national education system or has been following a school curriculum not recognised by the French national education authorities (a private school in France or a French school abroad). He will be required to sit an entrance exam in French and mathematics.

What school curriculum will my child follow?

Please consult the lycée curricula.

What are the school hours?

The school week varies between 30 and 40 hours, depending on the stream and the options chosen.

What are the costs?

State education is free, with the exception of stationery and text books. Text books can be purchased either new from bookshops or second-hand at special school sales organised by parents' associations at the end or beginning of the school year.
A financial contribution is required for the international section of the Collège in Ferney Voltaire. The cost varies according to the international section concerned.

What kind of services do the lycées provide?

A library, canteen (for children opting for school lunches), school transport, various extra-curricular sporting and cultural activities, course and careers advice.
For more information, contact the head teacher.

Which schools in the Pays de Gex and the surrounding area offer "second cycle" (upper) secondary education? 

The lycée international de Ferney-Voltaire and the lycée polyvalent de Bellegarde
The latter has a professional/vocational section specialising in the hotel trade, industry and the service sector.


PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN THE PAYS DE GEX

There are 3 private pre-elementary and primary schools in the region:

The Collège Jeanne d'Arc in Gex is the only private lower secondary school in the region.

The Lycée polyvalent Jeanne d'Arc, a professional/vocational and general lycée in Gex, offers upper secondary ("second cycle") education leading to a professional/vocational baccalaureate in the fields of:

  • Administrative services
  • Transport
  • Commerce

These private schools all follow the official French education curriculum. The tariffs vary from one school to another.


INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN THE PAYS DE GEX

The Collège et Lycée international de Ferney-Voltaire is a state school. Schooling is free, with the exception of the "national" non-French curricula, for which a financial contribution is required.
The school takes pupils from the 6th grade (first year of lower secondary school, age 11-12) to the "terminale" (final year of upper secondary school) and prepares them for the French baccalaureate, the international option baccalaureate (BOI), the Cambridge English first certificate and Advanced certificate in English, the German KMK diploma or the Spanish D.E.L.E diploma. 

There are no international primary schools in the Pays de Gex. However, children enrolled in a primary school may attend weekly Tuesday-afternoon lessons in their mother tongue (Dutch, English, German, Italian and Spanish) at the Collège Lycée International in Ferney-Voltaire.
Children must be enrolled with the head teacher's office of the child's school directly.

For further information about the national sections see:


ORIENTATION

The information and orientation centres provide information about study programmes, professional/vocational training and individual course and careers advice for schoolchildren and their families.
Course and careers advisers and psychologists are on hand to guide secondary school children and students.

For more information on the different information and orientation centres, see: lieux d'information de l'orientation

You can also consult the ONISEP website, which allows you to look for courses by field and level of study and offers factsheets on the different professions and trades.


USEFUL ADDRESSES

CERN Social Affairs Service
Bldg. 33/1-038
Tel. 767 4201 (74201 from inside CERN)
E-mail: Social.Affairs@cern.ch

GENERAL INFORMATION

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIN

Primary and secondary schools in the Pays de Gex

Schools Inspectorate of the Ain
10 rue de la Paix - 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse
Tel : 04 74 45 58 40
http://www.ia01.ac-lyon.fr/
http://www.ia01.ac-lyon.fr/

Information and Orientation Centre
12 rue Joliot-Curie - 01200 Bellegarde
Tel : 04 50 56 06 13
http://www.ac-lyon.fr/rubrique-orientation-de-l-academie-de-lyon,129371,fr.html

DEPARTMENT OF HAUTE-SAVOIE

Schools Inspectorate of Haute-Savoie
Cité administrative
7 Rue Dupenloup – 74040 Annecy Cedex
Tel : 04 50 88 41 58
http://ia74.ac-grenoble.fr/spip/spip.php?article1123
 

Information and Orientation Centre

Updated on: 25/02/2015