IBS (International Bilingual School) of Provence

I.B.S is a private independent primary and secondary school, is based on the principle of French-English Bilingualism and owes its international character to the diversity of nationalities of its students. Through the years, I.B.S has managed to create an authentic family spirit, a harmonious school life, enriching, tolerant, respectful of beliefs and customs which its international uniqueness demands.

IBS Education System is divide into three levels:

1. Primary School (Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Primary (from 2 to 10 years old)

The curriculum at IBS of Provence Primary School is inspired by Early Learning Goals as laid out by the English Department of Education and the French Education Nationale.  Children engage in independent and adult led activities which link skills and attitudes from the different learning aspects of: language and communication, physical, social, mathematical, knowledge of the world, and creative. Children interact with the adults and children in class, and are continually assessed in their learning journey through observation and recording.

2. Middle School (6ème/5ème/4ème (FR) – Years 7/8/9 (UK) – 6th/7th/8th Grade (USA))

This middle school program at IBS of Provence is a bilingual program created to ensure that all students receive language immersion in both French and English regardless of their entry level to our school. With 68 nationalities at IBS, we are truly an international school – not just a French school with a few hours of English – and not a British school transplanted in France. With over 30 years of experience, and a teaching staff with on average at least 10 years experience at IBS, we offer a rigorous academic program but in a friendly and supportive environment.

3. Upper School (3ème, 2nde, 1ère, Tle)

Committed to French-English bilingualism and the preparation of students for a variety of international examinations, the Upper School offers its students three different sections:

  • The International Section – which follows the IGCSE Cambridge programme in Years 10 and 11 followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13. IBS is one of the largest IB schools in France with a diverse student body and a highly qualified and experienced teaching staff from around the world.
  • The French Section – which follows the National French Education programme with the BREVET exam in 3ème followed by preparation leading to the French Baccalaureate during the last three years (2nde, 1ère, Tle).
  • Mixed International/French Section – for a small number of students in 3ème or 2nde, IBS offers a mixed programme which allows students to develop their French language skills while maintaining their core subjects in English.

Additional Activities: Sport & Art

IBS put great importance towards the development of students through sports activities with a wide range of different sports at all levels:

  • Tennis
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Golf
  • Dance

Visual arts as well as performing arts are offered from 6ème (6th grade) so that students can have a creative outlet to develop their imagination and expression, both visual and physical. IBS offers Theatre Club, Art Club, School Choir, Music club and connect students with private music and vocal teachers should they want a more individual approach.

Campus & Boarding

Located in the south-east of France in the fragrant sun-drenched heart of Provence of timeless charms, IBS benefits from an unparalleled geographical situation.

Six kilometres from the centre of Aix-en-Provence, the celebrated Spa Town, and not far from the bustling city of Marseilles in the village of Luynes, IBS is situated on a tranquil wooded estate of five hectares.

The new school campus includes a new two story Academic Building, Sports Complex (yoga room, martial arts, indoor gym, dance room, fitness room and indoor golf simulator), and 300-seat amphitheatre.  The campus also includes outdoor sports facilities – four tennis courts (two synthetic clay courts, two hard courts), swimming pool and outdoor sports fields (to be completed in Fall 2017).

IBS also boasts five spacious boarding houses which are located off-campus and where are 150 boarding students reside with their supervisors. The houses are large properties with gardens, and proper facilities. Students are typically four per room and are divided by age and gender.

Admission Requirements:

  • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or school administrator (only for Secondary students)
  • Marks from the present and previous school
  • Letter of Motivation from the student (only for Secondary students)
  • Copy of current passport
  • Current photo of student


IBS of Provence, established since 1984, is accredited by several international organisations including the International Baccalaureate Organisation and Cambridge.

Please find a below a list of the accreditations:

  • IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme)
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Exam Centre FR606 – A Levels, A/S Levels, IGCSE
  • Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language) Exam Centre FR900 – KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE
  • European Council of International Schools – ECIS
  • TOEIC – Test of English for International Communication
  • GMAT – Centre d’examens n°21
  • SAT ( Scholastic Assessment Tests ) and SAT Subject Tests – ETS Centre d’examens n°57 – 414.
  • Test Centre for TFI, AP, PSAT, ACT
  • London Tests of English (Pearson Language Assessments)
  • ISEE
  • Fédération Nationale de l’enseignement Privée Laïque
  • Fédération Européenne des Ecoles

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