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Best International Schools and Bilingual Schools in Dordogne

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you''re moving to Dordogne with kids, choosing a school if often your first decisions and impacts where you''ll live. Here are some popular bilingual and international schools in Dordogne

Expats and digital nomads moving to the Dordogne region in France will find a tranquil, picturesque setting that is ideal for families. While Dordogne is known for its scenic villages and historical sites, it is not a large urban center and therefore has fewer international or bilingual school options compared to major cities. However, there are still some reputable schools within a reasonable driving distance that cater to expat children. Two of the most popular ones include the Bilingual School of Bergerac and the Bordeaux International School, both of which offer international curricula and a multicultural environment.

Bilingual School of Bergerac (Ecole Bilingue de Bergerac)

Grades: Preschool to Elementary
Location(s): Bergerac
Website: www.ecole-bilingue-bergerac.com

The Bilingual School of Bergerac offers a bilingual education to children from preschool to elementary level. The curriculum is designed to integrate both French and English languages in the learning process, providing a balanced bilingual environment. The school boasts small class sizes, ensuring personalized attention for each student. Extracurricular activities and a focus on cultural immersion enrich the educational experience at this institution.

Bordeaux International School (BIS)

Grades: Age 3 through Grade 12
Location(s): Bordeaux
Website: www.bordeaux-school.com

Bordeaux International School is the only bilingual school in Bordeaux offering an international curriculum from early childhood to the Baccalaureate. The school follows the English National Curriculum in the primary section and the Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in the secondary section. With state-of-the-art facilities, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and a diverse student body, BIS provides a comprehensive education that prepares students for global citizenship.

International School of Bearn (ISB)

Grades: Preschool to Secondary
Location(s): Morlaas
Website: www.isbearn.com

The International School of Bearn is located in Morlaas, which is within driving distance from the Dordogne region. ISB offers a bilingual program for preschool and primary students and an English-language curriculum for secondary students, leading to the IGCSE and A-Level qualifications. The school emphasizes small class sizes, a family-like atmosphere, and a commitment to fostering international-mindedness among its students.

International School of Pau (ISP)

Grades: Preschool to Grade 10
Location(s): Pau
Website: www.ispau.fr

Located in Pau, the International School of Pau offers a bilingual education for children from preschool to Grade 10. The school follows the French national curriculum in conjunction with an English language program. ISP prides itself on its multicultural environment, with students representing various nationalities, and it provides a range of extracurricular activities to complement the academic program.

Ecole Internationale de Bordeaux-Cauderan (EIBC)

Grades: Preschool to Elementary
Location(s): Bordeaux-Cauderan
Website: www.eibbordeaux.com

Ecole Internationale de Bordeaux-Cauderan offers a bilingual French-English education for preschool and elementary students. The school's curriculum is designed to promote bilingualism from an early age, with a focus on active learning and cultural awareness. EIBC provides a nurturing environment with a variety of extracurricular activities, including sports, arts, and cultural outings.

Please note that while these schools are within a reasonable driving distance from the Dordogne region, it is always best to check the exact location and commute times to ensure they meet your family's needs.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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