Admission

The admission of students to ISB is conditional upon our satisfactory appraisal that the school can offer a valuable educational experience for each child. Criteria that will be taken into account for admission are:

  • representation from the international community in the city and French families who respect the philosophy of the school
  • previous school experience
  • ability to work in the English language or to benefit from our ESL support program
  • the likelihood of being able to benefit from courses offered at the ISB

Placement

Placement in a particular grade is dependent on:

  • the age of pupil
  • the report from the previous school
  • a consultation with parents
  • interview with pupil and tests, if appropriate

Our primary criterion for placement is the age of the child, there is however some flexibility for individual needs and hence an overlap of ages may occur in any class, especially with admission in the later grades of Primary School. Please note that children at ISB are placed into a class depending on their age on 1st September, since the school admission year runs from September to August and not from January to December.

If a child’s birthday is within a few days of September 1st, then the policy of the school is to place the child in his or her correct class depending on their age on 1st September, irrespective of how close their birthday is to 1st September.

Requirements: When a child enters school, parents are required to submit the following:

  • a completed application form
  • a teacher’s confidential report
  • a medical record form

In addition, parents may be asked to provide a record or report from the child’s previous school.

Withdrawal: 90 days notice of intention to withdraw a child must be given in writing, otherwise the refundable deposit will be retained by the school.

Admission procedure

Students will be admitted at the school’s opening date in September, provided there are places available and provided the applicants have submitted an Admissions File. Admission in the middle of the year could be accepted.

Please contact the Head of School, Maria Elias, directly contact@isbearn.com who will give you all the information, school fees and the procedure for registration.

Comparative Education Systems

Pupil’s Age (Years)English / I.S.Béarn SystemFrench System
½ – 4

Foundation

Early YearsMaternelleMaternelle petite section
4 – 5Reception Maternelle moyenne section
5 – 6

Primary

Key Stage 1

Grade 1 Maternelle grande section
6 – 7Grade 2PrimaireCours Préparatoire (CP)
7 – 8

Primary

Key Stage 2

Grade 3 Cours Elémentaire 1 (CE1)
8 – 9Grade 4 Cours Elémentaire 2 (CE2)
9 – 10Grade 5 Cours Moyen 1 (CM1)
10 – 11Grade 6 Cours Moyen 2 (CM2)
11 – 12

Secondary

Key Stage 3

Grade 7Secondaire-CollègeSixième
12 – 13Grade 8 Cinquième
13 – 14Grade 9 Quatrième
14 – 15Secondary KS4Grade 10 Troisième
15 – 16Grade 11LycéeSeconde
16 – 17

Secondary

Key Stage 5

Grade 12 Première
17 – 18Grade 13 Terminale

THE ACADEMIC FRAMEWORK

Phase

Grade Age of student

as at 31 August

Subjects Taught
Foundation EY 1
EY 2
R
2 1/2
3
4
Early Years and Reception :
Personal, Social & Emotional Development; Communication; Language & Literacy; Mathematical Development; Knowledge & Understanding of the World; Physical Development; Creative Development.
Key Stage 1 Grade 1
Grade 2
5
6
  Key Stage 1/2:    English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, French, History, Geography, Drama, Art, Music, Physical Education.
Key Stage 2 Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
7
8
9
10
Key Stage 3 Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
11
12
13
Key Stage 3:
In addition to the Key Stage 2 subject list, Spanish and Design and Technology are also offered.
Key Stage 4 Grade 10
Grade 11
14
15
Key Stage 4:
Preparation for I.G.C.S.E. exams
I.G.C.S.E. exams
Key Stage 5 Grade 12
Grade 13
16
17
Key Stage 5:
Preparation for International A-levels
Exams AS – A levels