France or more accurately the South of France regularly tops the polls for the best place in the world in which to live for people seeking the ultimate lifestyle. Recently however, the region was named in another survey as the most sought-after location for those considering a move abroad, based on economic and political stability, climate, accessibility, tax regimes, health and education. The state education in France is much admired for its academic standards, discipline and baccalaureate exam system, and many house-hunters searching for exclusive real estate in France do so for access to its schools. But on the French Riviera, families looking for real estate in the South of France
or a luxury home to buy in St Tropez
quickly realise that there are also a number of excellent international schools, all of which are private and just on their doorstep as well.
Here is our guide to the top international schools available to parents searching for real estate in the South of France
- Mougins School: an international school for children aged between 3 and 18 which follows the British system of GCSEs and A’Levels. The school, based in Mougins, boasts wonderful facilities and is set in spacious parkland.
- International School of Nice: an international school based on the outskirts of Nice which follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam system. Also known as ISN, the syllabus is taught in English for children aged between 4 and 18.
- International School of Monaco: is an international school for pupils aged between 3 and 18 right in the heart of Monaco. Again offering the IB programme, it attracts children from 35 countries.
- EBICA: is a private bilingual school in Sophia Antipolis for pre-school, primary and secondary pupils. The IB programme is offered at this school, which was set up by parents in 2006.
- CIV: is a co-educational day and boarding school in Sophia Antipolis which is called the Centre International de Valbonne. It is one of only a half-dozen French state schools to boast international sections, and it is the only one to offer the IB programme.