The School

The International School of Lyon was founded in March  2004 in response to the growing demand from  expatriate families and their employers for an English  language international education in Lyon which would  facilitate international mobility and give access to a  universally recognized qualification for quality higher education worldwide. Run as a non-profit organization under French law (loi 1901), it is strongly supported by major multinational companies and has benefitted from support from some of the local and regional authorities.

ISL is an IBO ‘World School’, of which there are over 3,000 today, spread over five continents. The school is fully authorized to deliver the IB Diploma programme and the IB Primary Years Programme, is an accredited centre for Cambridge International Examinations (cie.org.uk) and is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ecis.org) and the English Language School Association (elsa-france.org)

Classes in ISL range from Early Years to High School and we welcome children from age 3 onwards. Admission is based on school records, evaluation and, where appropriate, an interview or test. The school offers ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’ support but a minimum level of English is required for entry into the secondary school.

Numerous extra-curricular activities (lunchtimes and afterschool) are available (see Field Trips and Activities) and the school has two active Student Councils (Primary and Secondary) and a busy and dynamic PTA (Parent Teacher Association). The school calendar follows the calendar of the French ‘zone A’ with minor modifications (see School Calendar)