It is compulsory for all children resident in France to attend school between the ages of six and 16. French education is divided into primary level (école), elementary or middle school (collège) and high school (lycée). We have an “école primaire” and a “collège” in Quarante. In addition, younger children are able to attend a nursery school (maternelle). We are fortunate to have a “maternelle” in Quarante also. Details as follows:
(ages 2/3 to 6)
While children are not obliged to attend, state facilities are free and are an excellent way for young children of ex-pat parents to learn French quickly and easily. The curriculum aims to prepare children for primary school, and includes reading, writing, numeracy and sometimes even a foreign language.
Primaire Jules Ferry
(ages 6 to 11)
Primaire is compulsory for all children resident in France. Currently our primary school is not open on Wednesdays.
There are five levels:
- Cours préparatoire (CP) – age 6 to 7 years old
- Cours élémentaire (CE1) – age 7 to 8 years old
- Cours élémentaire (CE2) – age 8 to 9 years old
- Cours moyen 1 (CM1) – 9 to 10 years old
- Cours moyen 2 (CM2) – 10 to 11 years old
Collège Louis Cahuzac
(ages 11 to 15)
All pupils are accepted; there is no entrance exam or requirements for state schools. Currently our high school is closed on Wednesday afternoons.
There are four levels:
- 6ème – 11 to 12 years old
- 5ème – 12 to 13 years old
- 4ème – 13 to 14 years old
- 3ème – 14 to 15 years old
(ages 15 to 18 years)
The last three years of secondary education are spent at a lycée general, a lycée technique or a lycée professionnel.
The levels are:
- Seconde (CAP, BEP) – 15 to 16 years old
- Première (CAP, BEP) – 16 to 17 years old
- Terminale (BAC) – 17 to 18 years old
As Quarante is situated in the Hérault region, children who live in Quarante must attend a lycée in their catchment area. There are both public and private lycées within 20 minutes of Quarante.
For a list of lycées in the catchment area, click this link
How to enrol your child in school.
To enrol your children in any of the schools in Quarante, I recommend you visit the town hall (mairie) where they can provide you with a list of necessary documents to apply. Alternatively you can contact any of the schools directly and arrange to visit the school.