French-English bilingual schools in Australia
French-English bilingual sections exist in both public and private schools in most of the Australian States and Territories.
Many of them are members of AAFEBS.The Australian Association of French English Bilingual Schools (AAFEBS) is an organization of Primary and Secondary French-English bilingual schools in Australia, most of which are accredited by the French Ministry of National Education or recognised through the Label “France Education”. There are currently 10 AAFEBS schools throughout Australia.
Scholarships for students of French nationality can be obtained from the AEFE based on the fulfillment of certain requirements. These scholarships are available to students of the Lycée Condorcet in Sydney, Telopea Park School/Lycée franco-australien de Canberra, the French-Australian Preschool in Canberra, and the Melbourne French School/Caulfield Junior College and Auburn High School in Melbourne, and Tingalpa State School in Brisbane. Please contact the Consulate General of France in Sydney for any information you may require.
The Lycée Condorcet (also known as the International French School of Sydney) is a French-based bilingual school located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney in Maroubra. It was opened on the 22nd of February, 1989. It is a private co-ed school accredited both by the French Ministry of Education and the New South Wales Board of Studies Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES), and is government-regulated through the French Agency for the promotion of French education overseas the AEFE (Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger).
All levels from PS to Terminale are accredited and the school is authorised to welcome a limited number of international students (CRICOS). At present, there are 870 students enrolled (2017).
• There is no entry examination for students coming from other registered French institutions.
• Enrolment is based on a period of immersion in the level which corresponds to the child’s age class for the other students.
Due to a higher number of enrolment requests, there may be a waiting list for some classes (especially for maternelle).
Education is fee based. A scholarship for students holding French nationality may be granted by the AEFE, based on the fulfillment of certain requirements. Please contact the Consulate General of France in Sydney for any information you may require.
The school’s teaching program is bilingual from Maternelle to Terminale (Y12), which enables students to sit the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) in Première (Year 11).
For more information about all available programs, projects and activities please visit the school’s website.
758 Anzac Parade, MAROUBRA NSW 2035
Tel.: (02) 9344 8692 from 9am to 4.30pm
Killarney Heights Public School and F.A.N.S. (French-speaking Association of the North Shore): LabelFrancEducation school- Kindergarten to Year 6
Killarney Heights Public School (enrolment 705 students) is a strong professional learning community with committed staff and supportive parents dedicated to achieving high educational outcomes for all students. The school has excellent traditions in band, choir, dance, public speaking and debating.
A unique French/English bilingual program operates since 1999 through the school’s partnership with FANS (French speaking Association of the North Shore), which has been awarded the Label FrancÉducation by the French government. The bilingual program is a major focus with enthusiastic teachers committed to team teaching and collaborative planning.
The aim of the program is two-fold. For children of French speaking parents (40% of students), it is to reinforce their native tongue as a living language in an Australian school environment with an Australian curriculum. For non-French speaking background children (60%), it is to give them the experience of another language and culture in a natural way. For both groups of children, the program taps into their natural ability to acquire a language.
From Kindergarten to Year 6, students from the bilingual classes (remove) have two teachers in the classroom: one DoE teacher who teaches in English and one French speaking teacher, recruited by FANS, who teaches in French. Every French teacher works across two classes. In the course of the week, a francophone student will have almost 50% of the time in French or bilingually and 50% of the time solely in English with the DoE teacher while the anglophone student will have 30% of the time taught in French or bilingually and 70% solely in English. Between 9am and 3pm, the Australian curriculum is taught, in both English and French. Rather than separating out the French activities, topics in all Key Learning Areas are taught in both languages.
The immersion program consists of 3 elements:
Intensive French for Francophone students.
Team teaching for Francophone and Anglophone students.
LOTE (Language Other Than English): a program adapted for Francophone and Anglophone students.
The whole school community is committed to promoting French at school! Outside of class time, various activities have been put in place to promote the use of French (clubs, exchanges with other school, special celebrations, bilingual school song and signage at school, bilingual library, etc.). The parents’ community also organises a yearly French market on school grounds. Several French businesses and cafés are located within walking distance from the school too!
For further information on the bilingual section of Killarney Heights:
Ms Vicki Johnson, Principal
Killarney Heights Public School
KILLARNEY HEIGHTS NSW 2087
Tel.: (02) 9451 9547
Fax: (02) 9975 5038
Ms Sabine Duffy, F.A.N.S. Executive Officer
French-speaking Association of the North Shore
P.O. Box 472
Forestville NSW 2087
Tel: 0488 776 133
“Les Petits Loups” is a French speaking playgroup located in Lane Cove, offering activities for children from 0 to 5 years old every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10am-12pm under parental supervision.
Children and parents meet and participate as volunteers in organising the sessions. Children interact and learn through play, while maintaining and enhancing their level of spoken French as well as an understanding of francophone cultures.
Activities include free play, indoor and outdoor toys, art and craft, storytelling and songs in French. There is also a French library available for members.
1 Christina St Longueville 2066 NSW
French-Australian Preschool Red Hill: Partner school of the AEFE / Preschool ("petites" and "moyennes" sections)
The French-Australian Preschool in Red Hill was started in 1969 and is officially recognised by the French Ministry of Education, and as such is part of the AEFE overseas network of French Schools. It is also accredited by the Australian Government with approval for 128 places (2015) spread across 5 classes of "petites" and "moyennes" sections.
The preschool offers a French immersion program based on the French National Curriculum as well as the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
Opening times: 9am to 3.15pm during school term with before and after school care options (8am to 9am and 3.15pm to 6pm) as well holiday programs.
Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Childcare Benefits (CCB) and Childcare Rebates (CCR). Scholarships for students of French nationality may be obtained from AEFE based on the fulfillment of certain requirements.
School fees are available on the school’s website: www.frenchaustralianpreschool.com.au.
Waiting list registration applies.
École maternelle franco-australienne Red Hill / French-Australian Preschool Red Hill
Astrolabe Street - Red Hill
PO Box 3558
MANUKA ACT 2603
Ph: +61 (0)2 6295 0621
Telopea Park School/Lycée franco-australien de Canberra: Partner school of the AEFE- Kindergarten to Year 12
Telopea Park School / Lycée franco-australien is a unique bilingual and binational French Australian school offering an exceptional education in French and in English which was created by the 1983 Agreement. It is a partner school of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad), and all levels from Kindergarten to Terminale (Year 12) are accredited both by the French Ministry of Education and by the ACT Education and Training Directorate.
It has 770 students currently enrolled (2017).
Première (Year 11) and Terminale (Year 12) courses are delivered at Narrabundah College located 4 kilometers from Telopea Park School. Students sit the Australian examinations for their Year 10 and Year 12 certificates and the French DNB (Diplôme National du Brevet) examination and Baccalauréat (S - Scientific and L- Litterature streams - Mention européenne).
Telopea Park School / Lycée franco-australien aims at delivering the best world class education to all students by taking advantage of both the Australian and French systems. With more than 33 years of experience in bilingual education, Telopea Park School / Lycée franco-australien represents a unique opportunity for students to become open and enlightened global citizens of tomorrow.
Telopea Park School / Lycée franco australien de Canberra
New South Wales Crescent
Barton ACT 2600
Ph.: +61 (02) 61 42 33 88
Fax: +61 (02) 61 42 33 48
Website: http://www.lyceefrancoaustralien-efs.org / www.telopea.act.edu.au
The Melbourne French School/Caulfield Junior College: AEFE accredited school- Kindergarten to Year 6
The Melbourne French School is a French elective section within Caulfield Junior College, with more than 290 students across 13 classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 in 2017. 50% of all classes are taught in French (Mathematics and French) following the program of the French Ministry of Education and with the other 50% taught in English following the Victorian Learning Standards (VELS).
Early learning programs for children from 3 to 4 years of age are also established within Australian kindergartens (Brookville and Renown).
For all information concerning enrolment formalities and conditions, or the operation of the French section or kinder programs, please contact:
Ms Caroline Pommier, Director of the French selective section
The Melbourne French School/Caulfield Junior College
186 Balaclava Road
Caulfield Noth VIC 3161
Tel.: (03)9509 6872
Camberwell Primary School was first opened in 1872. In 1991, the decision was made to establish a bilingual immersion program that now caters to 645 students (2017) from foundation to Year 6. As a State school, Camberwell Primary School delivers the Australian curriculum to all students.
The French speaking teachers, who come mostly from francophone countries, are bilingual primary school trained classroom teachers. The focus at Camberwell Primary is on quality teaching and learning where teaching in the first language is mirrored in the second language.
The students benefit from spending half of each day learning mathematics, science and literacy in the French language.
In 2013 Camberwell Primary School was awarded the LabelEducation, an accreditation awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by the AEFE (Agency for the teaching of French overseas).
Camberwell Primary School
290 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell, VIC 3124
Tel: +61 (0)3 9882 4663
Fax: +61 (0)3 9882 7408
Principal: Janet Gale
Created in 2014, Auburn High School offers the opportunity to follow a binational French-Victorian curriculum. 50% of the classes are taught in French (mathematics, history-geography, economics, sciences, French) and with the other 50% taught in English (technology, arts, health, physical education and English). This curriculum - accredited by the AEFE since 2016 - meets the demands of both the Victorian and French governments. Fees for 2017 are $2,000 per child.
Auburn High School
Burgess Street, East Hawthorn, VIC 3123
Tel: 9822 3247
Fax: 9822 6837
Principal: Maria Karvouni
French bi-national coordinator : Geneviève Papon
Glen Eira College: Accredited by the CNED and LabelFrancEducation school - Secondary school
Established within the Australian secondary public college of Glen Eira College, the French-English bilingual program started in 2007 and is managed by ESFM (Ecole secondaire française de Melbourne). The ESFM is a not for profit organization, managed by a group of volunteers.
The program provides high school students with the opportunity to continue studying French, History and Geography and also Mathematics as an option according to the French Education Curriculum, while being integrated within an Australian school. Glen Eira College is fully accredited by the CNED (Centre National d’Education à Distance) and joins about one hundred other schools around the world in obtaining this accreditation.
Glen Eira College also hosts on its site an English Language Centre providing intensive language tuition so as to enable non-English speakers to achieve sufficient proficiency in the English language for them to join a mainstream class within the Australian schooling system.
Currently, there are three options to study French language:
The French as a First Language option is addressed towards French-speaking students wishing to maintain a similar level as that of children in France in the taught subjects.
The French Partial Immersion Program (CLIL), where students learn Language and Humanities according to the immersion methodology and following the Australian Curriculum.
The French Language Pathway: Languages Other than English (LOTE) is aimed at Australian students learning French as a foreign language according to the standard curriculum in Victoria.
For further information,please visit GEC’s website: http://www.gec.vic.edu.au/
Ms Loveena Narayanen (Head of Languages)
Glen Eira College
76 Booran Road,
Caulfield East 3145
Methodist Ladies’ College : private high school
Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne offers a French Partial Immersion Program for students from Year 7 through to Year 9.
For further information: https://www.mlc.vic.edu.au/learning/secondary-curriculum/languages
The school has two centres in Melbourne (Brookville and Renown):
Offers a French language Preschool program through the Ecole Française de Melbourne (EFM) and is based on the French National Education guidelines. The program operated three times a week in 2016 for children aged 3 to 5 years. Session times are from 9.00am to 4.30pm.
Offers a French language Preschool program through the Ecole Française de Melbourne (EFM) and is based on the French National Education guidelines. The program operates twice a week for children aged 3 to 4 years. Session times are from 8.30am to 4.00pm.
After opening in 2016, Almost French offers a Kindergarten program following the Australian and French kinder curriculums. The program takes place daily from 8.30am to 5.00pm for children aged 3 to 5 years old.
85 Liardet Street, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
Director: Fanny Phillips
0414 456 062
Offers a French-speaking preschool program for children aged 2 to 5 years based on the guidelines of the French Ministry of National Education. Class days and times vary depending on age group.
1003 Nepean Highway, Moorabin, VIC 3189
Director: Steve Latouche
Tel: 0451 187 833
La Petite Ecole Preschool
Offers a daily French language Kindergarten program for children aged 2 to 5 years from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Programs are for small groups, with a maximum of 10 children per class. Also offers evening sessions for children aged 5 to 9.
La Petite Ecole PreSchool has three centres:
710 Inkerman Road, Caufield North, VIC 3161
86 Kooyong Road, Caulfield North, Vic 3161
10 Belmont Street, Belmont Geelong, Vic 3126
Director: Stephanie Paut-Brisson
Tel: 0433 100 650 / (03) 9504 8438
To access a list of Francophone playgroups in Melbourne please visit: http://www.melbourneaccueil.com/?page=63
Tingalpa State School offers a French-Australian bilingual program, following its inauguration in June 2015 by the French Ambassador in Australia with the support of the Department of Education and Training and the French Ministry of Education.
This initiative began with one Prep class in 2015. As of February 2017, the school now offers its program from Prep to Year 6. The courses are taught in both French (4 days a week) and in English (1 day a week).
The students work with two teachers, one English and the other French, depending on the day.
All teachers are Queensland accredited teachers.
Tingalpa State School
1546 Wynnum Road, Tingalpa 4173 QLD
Tel: +61 (07) 3890 6777
Fax: +61 (07) 3890 6700
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Founded in 1985, the Academic French Immersion Program (FIP) is for students from year 7 to year 9. It follows the Australian curriculum, however 60% of the courses are taught in French (Mathematics, French, Sciences and SOSE). Students are able to continue studying French in years 10, 11 and 12 (French Extension).
The program has been LabelFrancEducation accredited since 2015.
Benowa State High School
Mediterranean Drive, Benowa, QLD 4217
PO Box 5733, Gold Coast Mail Centre, QLD 9726
P: +61 (0)7 5582 7333
This school offers an immersion program for children from years 8 to 10 in Mathematics, SOSE, French and Sciences.
Mansfield State High School
Corner Broadwater and Ham Roads, Mansfield, QLD 4122
P.O. Box 229, Mt Gravatt, QLD 4122
Tel: +61 (0)7 3452 5333
The Glennie School is a private Anglican school with a French immersion program for girls from years 8 to 10, with 60% of courses taught in French.
246A Herries Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350
Ph: +61 (0)7 4688 8888
A French section for children up to 12 years of age that are either French speaking or non-French speaking, "Les Petits Princes" was officially opened on the 3rd of June, 2000, within Enoggera Primary School. It was created through the combined efforts and co-operation of both the French and English speaking parents.
The "Petits Princes" association is a non-profit association with the purpose of providing primary children with the opportunity to learn French for a moderate cost.
Courses are held on Saturday mornings at Somerville House, Middle School, South Brisbane from 9.30 to 11.30.
There are 3 classes and two playgroups. The cost for 2015 was a $50 membership fee per family and $160 enrolment fee per child per trimester.
For more information, please contact:
Association Les Petits Princes Inc.
Suite 50, 5/18 Kilroe Street Milton
QLD 4064 Australia
School location: Brisbane Grammar School, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane
Tel.: 0451 128 772
Fax: (61) 7 3367 1759
The program started in January 2017 with two classes (reception and year-1).
For further information:
Mr. Loïc Calvez
Director of the French bilingual program
4 Hampstead Avenue
Highgate SA 5063
+61 8 8271 9622
This school offers an educational program inspired by the "Education nationale française" and is dedicated to French speaking children in Perth from early childhood to Secondary (from 2 to 16 years in age). 1,2,3 Soleil offers an early learning program (children aged 2 to 5 years) and French lessons in reading and writing (children aged 5 and above). Giving the taste of learning, self-confidence in verbal communication and ability to grow in their knowledge of the French culture are the main goals of 1,2,3 Soleil.
A dynamic team, made of 10 French speaking professionals, welcomes the children from Monday to Saturday (depending on their age).
The team is in charge of organising activities to promote the social and cognitive development of the children.
1,2,3 Soleil offers about twenty different classes, spread out between its two schools located in the North and South of Perth.
Lifestreams Christian Church (South Perth): Cr Murray Street and McNabb Loop, Como WA 6152
Meerilinga Centre (North Perth): 30 Chichester Drive, Woodvale WA 6026
Director: Isabelle Gault
Ph: +61 (0)438 651 567