What is the Adaptation Programme ?

The Adaptation Programme is designed for children who speak little or no French.  It involves both immersion into the school’s bilingual curriculum and special French language support to help structure the oral and written language. French language support takes place in small groups; it is intensive in the student’s first year of school in France and tapers off over the following two years.

The Adaptation Programme is available from 2nd through to 9th grade.  Experience shows that individually differentiated immersion is appropriate before 2nd grade. And students who are not fluent French speakers joining the school in 10th and 11th grade do so in the IB track, which is predominantly anglophone and leads to the IB Diploma Programme.

Do you have a Petite Section (Age 3) ?

No.  We accept children from the age of 4 (Pre-K/Moyenne Section).

How do you decide who you admit ?

Ecole Jeannine Manuel is a highly oversubscribed school.  Our Admissions Policy is available on our website and guides our decisions.

Applicants are accepted on the basis of their academic profile, their ability to cope with the academic challenge of an enriched bilingual curriculum and their contribution to the School’s cultural diversity.

Successful applicants will have met our academic entry requirements. They will also, depending on their level of entry, have demonstrated ability and/or interest in co-curricular areas, and excellence of character. Our admissions process is designed to identify students who are able to benefit from our education and to make a positive contribution towards the life of the School.

The parents of successful candidates will be internationally minded families who embrace the School's mission statement and are deeply invested in the education and wellbeing of their children.

Among equally qualified applicants, places will be offered in accordance with the following criteria (weighting of these criteria may vary and meeting one or more of these criteria does not guarantee entrance):

  • Current and former students of École Jeannine Manuel’s sister schools and their siblings (a full or half-brother or sister, an adoptive brother or sister, or a child of the same household);
  • Children of alumni and staff;
  • Extra-curricular interests and other talents;
  • Other factors.

We also make every effort to reserve space for international applicants (e.g. university faculty on sabbatical or research fellows) whose families expect to remain in France for a limited period of time and wish to combine a cultural immersion in a bilingual education with the ability to re-enter their own school systems and excel.

Do you accept boarders ?

We do not have boarding facilities in Paris, however, our school in Lille accepts boarders from 6th to 12th grade (6ème – Terminale).

Do you have a school bus service ?


- Written by Céline Bezioua. Tuesday, 18 September 2018