Students who complete the OIB at the CIV have had a sophisticated anglophone education in language, literature, history, geography and culture. The experience of the student is not just an immersion in a challenging academic atmosphere, but also an enriching cultural one.
Generally, a student entering the lycée in 2nde would be expected to be fluent in both English and French. The student's French must be at a level sufficient to understand, speak and write the language. The majority of the classes will be in French and the student will be expected to do his/her best to follow these courses. Generally speaking, the teachers will appreciate the student with a positive attitude towards the learning of the French language.
On the English side, a student must be capable of expressing himself/herself in a relatively sophisticated way both orally and in written expression. Only exceptionally would a student who has been through a classic French education with no experience of having lived in an English speaking country or with no experience of English spoken at home, be qualified to enter this program at this level.
In 2nde, there are ten groups of English classes each receiving five hours per week. The students continue to have two hours of history/geography in English in addition to the two taught in French.
In 1ère and Terminale, there are nine groups preparing for the baccalaureate examination. English classes meet five hours per week and history/geography in English meet three hours per week.
Please refer to the CIV web site to make an application for the Lycée.
Registration, tests and results are managed by the Service Scolarité of the Lycée International de Valbonne.
Registration in Seconde for 2018-2019: open until April 12th on the CIV Lycée webpage. Click here for more information.
As soon as you receive the results, it is compulsory to complete registration with the Lycée, as well as with ASEICA, the International Anglophone Section.
ASEICA Registration documents (available now)
See also: School fees
More than 940 students currently follow ASEICA English and Humanities programs in one of the four collèges in Sophia Antipolis offering the Brevet International. After 3ème they will all transfer to the anglophone section of the international lycée at the CIV.
It is important to understand that ASEICA functions within the French state educational system. Children entering the Anglophone sections at Niki de St. Phalle, Eganaude, César or the CIV will have 65% of their course content provided in French by the French Education Nationale. The remaining 35% will be provided in English by ASEICA teachers, although beginners in English may receive their English tuition from Education Nationale colleagues.
The admissions policy into the Anglophone section is determined by Education Nationale.
Any child who has attended a French school for more than a year will be required to pass the entrance examination organized by Education Nationale's Inspection Académique. French citizens (or double nationality one of which is French) are tested in the section language, in English for the Anglophone section. For foreign nationals, it tests knowledge of French. There is a written test and also an oral test of about 10 minutes.
Children coming directly from abroad who have recently arrived in the area and have never attended a French school are usually evaluated for entrance on the basis of a questionnaire and assessment of their past school record (the dossier).
Children from the international sections of the two primary schools with Anglophone sections (École Élémentaire Sartoux and Trois Collines, Mougins) pass directly into the Anglophone program at one of the four colleges as long as they receive the agreement of the school's "Conseil des Maîtres".
The choice of school, Niki de St Phalle, Éganaude, César or CIV, is determined by the Inspection Académique and depends on place of residence as well as the number of children from a particular catchment area who are accepted into the programme.
Once allocated to a collège and after the rentrée, students are evaluated on their English language ability, and classes are organized according to skill level.
Children entering in 5ème, 4ème or 3ème are usually evaluated through a questionnaire and their past school record. Parents can contact ASEICA for information on the entrance process, but eventually must contact the appropriate collège directly.
Entrance exam for sixième, International Section:
Registration is now closed on the DSDEN06 website (11 december 2017 to 12 february 2018 midnight)
Information for 2018-2019: Inspection Académique website
Registration, tests and results are managed by the Inspection Académique (I.A.).
Once you receive the results, it is compulsory to complete registration with the Collège allocated by the I.A. and also with ASEICA, the International Anglophone Section.
ASEICA Registration documents for NEW PUPILS: Available HERE!
Recruitment for 5ème, 4ème and 3ème, or for families arriving from abroad:
Please contact each of the four collèges directly.
See also: School fees:
ASEICA, the "Association pour le soutien de l’Enseignement International sur la Côte d’Azur", has worked with the French state education system for more than 30 years, promoting high quality, bilingual education for thousands of children.
The demand for places is high and entry is based on tests carried out each year. Children should have a good level of English and French, particularly in the older classes.
The test procedure is common to both Sartoux and Trois Collines Mougins schools. Tests and results are overseen by the Inspection Académique.
A proof of residency is required by the Inspection Académique and will be checked when applying for the entrance test.
The tests are carried out in both languages, with an increasing expectation of writing and reading ability through the age groups. An average of the two language scores gives the marks from which a list is created.
Tests results: The Inspection Académique will send results directly to families by email. Children are accepted starting from the best mark according to the number of places available. A waiting list is also kept with these places being allocated at the end of August/beginning of September when final numbers are known.
Once you receive the results, it is mandatory to confirm online, complete registration with the school and townhall, as well as with ASEICA, the International Anglophone Section.
The majority of children admitted for the tests are in the CP level (year 2, grade 1). From year to year places can become available at other levels. This is dependent on pupils leaving the program.
Primary Admissions 2019-2020:
Registration for primary tests is now open on the Académie de Nice Website
See the DSDEN Website for further information.
For places available please consult the school websites
Sartoux: Ecole Sartoux
3 Collines : Ecole 3 Collines
Anglophone Curriculum for CM1 & CM2 pupils
Registration is currently open. Registration Form: Download it on our Home Page in "Latest news". Registration on receipt of completed registration documents, on a first come, first served basis; limited number of places available.
02/7/18 : Group Beginners is full. Few places available in Intermediate and Advanced groups.
ASEICA offers lessons on Wednesdays to teach an Anglophone Curriculum to children of CM1 and CM2 age groups that are not already enrolled in the International Anglophone Section.
CM1/CM2 Beginners: 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m (Mrs. Richards)
CM1/CM2 Intermediate: 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m (Mrs. Menches)
CM1/CM2 Advanced: 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m (Mrs. Buge)
Lessons start: 12th September 2018
Place: Ecole Elémentaire Garbejaire in Valbonne from September 2018
Annual fee: 750 € not refundable once class starts
Parents' meeting at the 'rentrée': 26th September 2018 at 1.30pm
Important: English on Wednesdays classes are designed to tutor pupils in the English language. They are not designed to train pupils for the entrance tests for ‘sixième' in the local International Sections, and do not in any way guarantee that pupils will pass these tests.