About us

The Anglophone or English-speaking Section is part of the CSI, (the Cité Scolaire Internationale) in Lyon, a French state school with international sections. We offer children who are already fluent in English an education unique in the Lyon area: English teaching within the French state system.

We teach children from Primary through to High School. All section pupils get the best of both worlds: the rigour for which the French system is justly proud combined with the encouragement for creativity and self-expression that is a feature of Anglophone educational practice.

Students relaxing in front of the CSI

French class groups are mixed-ability and international, composed of pupils from across the nine language-sections of the CSI. Core subjects such as French, Maths and Science are taught in French by French teachers from the state system whereas English language and Literature, History and Geography and taught in small groups by the Anglophone section staff (6 to 9 hours a week depending on the year group), who all hold degrees in their subject areas from their home countries – Great Britain, Canada and the United States. The section uses Anglophone teaching practices, methods and materials.

Anglophone section pupils leaving the CSI are thus well equipped to continue their education anywhere in the English-speaking world. They sit not only the OIB (International Option of the French BAC), a bilingual diploma which is the French Baccalaureate with its additional component; the International Option (OIB). The OIB is an equivalent to a British A Level (British Option) or to Advanced Placement (American Option) and recognized by Anglophone universities worldwide. They also sit the iGCSE in English, just like teenagers from the UK, proof of their prowess in English.

Although part of the French state system, the Anglophone Section is a fee-paying section, run by a non-profit making association, the APESA, governed by a parent board.

To find out how to apply to the Anglophone section, consult our admissions page, or contact the APESA office.