A Brief Background

Founded by Jeannine Manuel in 1954, the then Ecole Active Bilingue became an associated UNESCO school in 1957. Since 1959, the School has also been linked to the French national education system through a « contrat d’association » with the Ministry of Education, which provides substantial subsidies to independent schools in France. In 1979, the School changed its name to Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel (EABJM) and moved to its current main campus, 70 rue du Théâtre in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The next year, EABJM became the first independent International Baccalaureate (IB) school in France and, in 1992, opened its Lille campus with boarding facilities.

In 2004, the Fondation Jeannine Manuel was created shortly after the passing of the School’s founder and, ten years later, the School marked its sixtieth anniversary by shortening its name to, simply, Ecole Jeannine Manuel, thereby honoring her and affirming the School’s identity. The following year, the School’s namesake opened in London where the dream had begun more than seventy years before.

Today, Ecole Jeannine Manuel is the largest non-profit coeducational independent school in France. We welcome over 3,200 students from nursery to twelfth grade, in Paris and in Lille, representing almost eighty nationalities and every major cultural and religious tradition. Students follow an enriched bilingual curriculum and, in eleventh grade, choose between the French track leading to the international option of French baccalaureate (American section) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).

Academic standards are high: Ecole Jeannine Manuel is consistently ranked among the top French schools (ranked first among French high schools – public or private – in 2013, 2014 and 2015).

There are three campuses in Paris: Dupleix, Suffren and Théâtre with a total of almost 2,400 students; a campus in Lille with 860 students (including 120 boarders); and a sister school in London with 350 students from nursery to 8th grade (September 2016), which will grow into a primary and secondary school of 1,100 students leading – as in France – to the French baccalaureate or to the IB. Click here for more information.

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