The American School of Paris (ASP) in Saint Cloud, a western suburb of Paris, is a great place for families to find innovative activities and holiday camps in English. Through its Extension Program the private, international school opens its world-class facilities to external students aged 4 to 18 during school vacations as well as Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the school year.
Camps and year-round activities led in English include basketball, tennis, soccer, coding, science, fashion design, filmmaking, theatre and more. Kids looking to improve their English skills have a choice of English immersion classes and even intensive workshops to prepare for the English BAC exam or the SAT American college entrance exam. At ASP, there’s bound to be a camp or workshop right for your child.
Check out their WEBSITE for all the details!
Metro: Brochant or La Fourche (line 13)
Learn French cuisine in a cooking workshop, Les Secrets Gourmands de Noémie. Noémie Fournier has been passionate about food ever since her grandparents invited her to her first gourmet restaurant at the impressionable age of 12. After graduating from the reputable Lenôtre Cooking School in Paris, Noémie opened up her kitchen, where she offers French pastry classes and cooking workshops in English, and visits to a quintessential French market to learn how to select the best seasonal produce. Classes and workshops are available to both novices and connoisseurs, and perfect to do in groups of two or more!
Alannah is passionate about demystifying the world of website creation. She runs workshops to show ordinary, not especially technical people how they can create their own website or blog. Her books are available on Amazon (her latest, Create Your Own Website The Easy Way, will be out in Spring 2016) and you can visit her website at http://www.alannahmoore.com.
Metro: Marcadet Poissonniers (lines 4 and 12)
Adults and kids from 7 to 12 years old can learn how to cook the French way at Cook’n with Class. Classes range from market cooking to foie gras and wine and cheese pairing, to classic French desserts. The icing on the cake? Cook n’ with Class is one of the few schools in Paris that offer cooking classes in English. They’ll even organize private family classes in the kitchen with a translator in Spanish, French, Italian or Chinese!
For over 50 years, Cours Legendre has provided tutoring services, including individual lessons in your home or group lessons at their centers in all major cities around France.
Your first contact is with a dedicated pedagogic counselor who will help determine your child’s needs (based on information you provide) and recommend the best tutor to fit those needs. If the first tutor doesn’t work out, you can ask to change tutors until you find the right one to work with your child. They also check in with you regularly to see if you’re satisfied with the services.
As with all of the professional tutoring companies, 50% of the fees are tax deductible!
One of France’s largest, most well-known tutoring companies (called soutien scolaire), with 20,000 teachers, 400 assessment counselors, and over 100 teaching centers around the country. They offer one-on-one tutoring for all ages, as well as numerous group classes taught during school holidays.
At Acadomia, the student is considered an individual with his own needs and their own objectives. Your child can also sign-up to use their online tutoring service to get help in every subject on their own time. One big advantage of using a tutoring company is a 50% reduction in the cost through tax credits at the end of the year.
Metro: Rue de la Pompe (line 9), Trocadéro or Passy (line 6), Ave. Henri Martin (RER C)
Institut de la Tour is a private Catholic school offering an Anglophone section with over 500 students in the collège and lycée programs. Teachers and administrators aim to help their students develop intellectually, personally and spiritually employing their philosophy of “s’élèver ensemble” (raise them together).
See website for details on the Anglophone section application procedures, which begin in October for the following school year.
They also offer Wednesday afternoon English immersion programs for primary and pre-primary (maternelle) aged children.
Meet the savviest eSafety expert we know: Elizabeth Milovidov – an American lawyer and foremost European consultant on Internet safety who shows children, parents and educators how to get the most from the Internet, safely.
On her website, Digital Parenting Coach, you will find free tips and information about workshops and downloadable guidebooks for parents who want to learn about the benefits and risks of Internet, social media and technology.
She is also a dynamic speaker on Internet safety issues, a part-time eSafety consultant at European Schoolnet and an independent expert on children’s rights and Internet for the Council of Europe.
Read her story: “Meet a Cyberspace Cop Protecting You from Internet Abuse” and find her biography and articles written for INSPIRELLE HERE
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
The Centre Danse du Marais offers over 40 different dance disciplines for children and adults, from beginners to the most advanced dancers. Choose from Classical ballet, African, Bollywood, Balinese, Belly dancing, Tap, Flamenco, Salsa, Tango, Hip Hop, Martial arts, Pilates, Yoga and much more. English is spoken.
Get more ideas about after-school and weekend activities in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
This modern cooking school has 16 locations around France, including 5 in Paris, which offer cooking courses for adults and children, and a professional training center in Rueil Malmaison. You can drop of your kids for a 1-1/2 hour Graines de Chefs workshop or share the fun with a parents and kids session on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year.
For more after-school and weekend activity ideas check out our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
A non-profit association founded over 50 years ago by UNESCO and the Education Nationale, SIS, Sections Internationales de Sèvres, operates within several French public school campuses in Sèvres, Chaville and Boulogne-Billancourt, on the western edge of Paris. SIS offers bilingual English/French and German/French education from nursery school through high school. An entrance exam is required to evaluate the child’s language level.
In addition to preparing students for the Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB), the international option of the French baccalaureate program, SIS offers post-bac counseling for applying to universities outside of France and organizes many extra-curricular activities, including a lively theater group, active book club and school trips abroad. Due to the school’s reputation and popularity, early enrollment is recommended.
Metro: Porte de Clichy (line 13 and RER C)
Located on the largest public school campus in Paris, Lycée Honoré de Balzac offers, in addition to the traditional classes, international sections open to students who speak fluently and write in one of the following languages: Spanish, German, English, Arabic, Portuguese or Italian. Within this dynamic, culturally enriching international environment, these students pass one of the French general baccalaureate programs, with an international mention (Option Internationale Baccalaureate).
Entrance exams in the student’s “mother tongue” are required in order to ensure their language level is high enough to meet the rigors of the additional hours and subjects taught in these special international sections.
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine (line 10), Place Monge (line 7)
A cultural and education center providing a vision and profile of the personality of Ireland. Offering student accommodations, events and activities in the heart of Paris.
Metro: La Motte Picquet Grenelle (lines 6, 8, 10)
One of Paris’ oldest Anglophone associations bringing together expats, new and old, through year round cultural, educational and social activities and events. WICE keeps the mind sharp, the body active and the spirit alive. Join the internationally known writer’s workshop, book club, learn a language or participate in an art class, walking tour or wine tasting.
65 Rue du Théâtre, 75015 Paris, France
15 Rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris, France
141 Avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris, France
Founded in 1954, École Jeannine Manuel has now become the largest non-denominational independent school in France. With a mission to promote international understanding through the bilingual education of a multicultural community of students and parents, they now educate 2,900 students, representing over 65 nationalities, between their Paris and Lille locations.
For new non-French speaking students beginning in CE1 (~age 7) and up to seconde (~age 15), enrollment takes place in “adaptation” classes where they follow a one-year French immersion program. Further special instruction in French continues for another additional year including three additional hours of French each week and individual support, as required.
They have 4 locations in Paris and boarding opportunities at their Lille, France location.
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon(line 3), Pont de Neuilly (line 1)
Marymount is a private Catholic school with a proud reputation for embracing cultural and religious diversity. The international day school offers an American based curriculum for students aged 2.5 years to 14 years from all over the world. Located in the leafy Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, the school believes in providing a stimulating and challenging curriculum to bring out the best in students.
They also offer day camps during school holidays and after-school activities in English to non-Marymount students.
2 Rue Hans List, 78290 Croissy, France
At their two campuses (Junior and Senior) located in the western suburbs of Paris in the small market town of Croissy-sur-Seine, the British School of Paris is one of the largest and longest-running British international schools in the world. Established over sixty years ago, they follow an educational program based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales and are committed to encouraging their pupils to do and give of their best.
65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France
53 Rue Erlanger, 75016 Paris, France
Established over 40 years ago as an independent and not-for-profit organization, all of their teachers hold AMI (Assoication Montessori Internationale) diplomas. The school offers a unique bilingual Montessori education, at 3 locations in the heart of Paris, for children from 2-9 years old.
145 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France
176 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
Founded in 1960 by a pioneer in bilingual education, Mrs. Patricia Lennen, this school welcomes children and their families from all over the world. With their staff of well-qualified and experienced teachers, they continue to adapt the concept of bilingual education affording children the skill to think and learn in both French and English from the beginning of their schooling – from ages 2 thru 11 years old.
Metro: Duroc (lines 10 and 13), Vaneau (line 10)
A classical dance school whose unique philosophy combined with a high standard for its teachings have made it the largest private dance school in Europe. Created in 1997 by American, Brooke Desnöes, she brings joy to the discipline of ballet dance. The school opens its doors to aspiring dancers from ages 4 to 21 years old and offers recreational, pre-professional and trainee programs, as well as master classes, workshops and summer intensive programs.