Schools & Education

Schools & Education
man in the kitchen

Man in the Kitchen: Have We Lost Our Way Searching for the Right School?

Has the increasingly stressful process of finding that perfect school for our kids gone a bit over the top? Our Man in the Kitchen has some thoughts and a comforting beefaroni recipe to share...
moving up to CP

Have Kids Moving Up to CP in Paris? AAWE Can Help

Within the French education system, the transition from maternelle (pre-school) to primaire (primary school) is an exciting and huge step for children. The Cours Préparatoire (or CP) is the first year of primaire, or primary school. AAWE is holding "Moving Up to CP" at the American Library of Paris to offer parents insights and practical advice to help their children thrive in this next stage of their education.
college search

American College Search Tips for Teens in France

Do you have a teenager in France looking to apply to a North American university? Here are some expert college search tips to help you demystify the process.

Paris Compass: Let “College Day” and “Bloom Where You’re Planted” Guide You

Don't miss Bloom and Paris College Day, two key Paris events for newcomers to the city that could make a difference on how well you live your life in France and whether your teenager makes the right educational choice for their future.
career advice for teens

Career Advice for Teens: Perspectives on “La Situation”

Coach Jane Mobille offers career advice for teens (and their parents) on how to pursue a path that is both financially stable and personally fulfilling.
Happy Kids standing in circle

Expat Parents Open RISE International School of Paris to Rethink Education

RISE International School, a progressive, new international middle school in Mareil-Marly, just west of Paris, aims to inspire confidence, curiosity and adaptability in students.
Oriana Timsit School Choices

Teen Scene: The Difficult Choice between Fromage and Cheesecake

It’s hard to believe that just one month ago I was landing in New York with a very busy schedule and some important decisions to make. Now it’s time to go back to school in Paris. Yes, the dreaded “rentrée” has arrived. But before I return to sneakers, alarm clocks and the airless metro wagons of line 13 (or as I call it: purgatory on wheels), let me recap my summer.
worry about education

The Motherhood Diaries: Turning Worry About Education into Productive Thinking

Our Motherhood Diarist explores the way parents can turn worry about education issues into productive thinking for the future.
Open Letter to parents with children in French schools.

Teen Coach: Open Letter to Families in French Schools

Many of us bash the French school system because our teens are subject to rigorous requirements, tough grading, and receive sparse encouragement from their teachers; while “at home” teachers encourage their students and reward them with easy grading.