Frequently Asked Questions
HOW ARE TUITION FEES USED?
iféa is an independent school. This status means it benefits from an innovative educational approach and environment, in which teachers are chosen on the basis of profiles that correspond to our model for a caring education with high standards. In exchange, the school does not receive any state subsidies; our funding rests on tuition fees alone. Fees are mainly used to pay for staff wages, school running costs, and to provide appropriate classroom equipment (white boards, modular furnishing, educational tools and equipment, etc.).
IS HELP AVAILABLE FOR REDUCED TUITION FEES?
The school has established a tuition discount scheme (iféa assisted places). It is allocated based on parental income and individual family circumstances. However, due to budgetary constraints, the number of beneficiaries is limited, and tuition fees may not fall below €540 a month over 12 months.
I HAVE SEVERAL CHILDREN—DO YOU OFFER REDUCED TUITION FEES?
A 10% sibling discount on tuition fees is applied from the second registered child.
ARE TUITION FEES PAID IN INSTALMENTS?
Tuition fees are paid over 11 instalments.
When a child is formally registered, an initial payment covers two months of tuition fees. Monthly tuition fee payments are then due from September to June.
WHAT KINDS OF LUNCHES DO YOU SERVE AND WHAT ABOUT SNACKS?
Students who take school lunches eat in our buffet-style dining hall. They are offered a first course, a choice of two main dishes (served by designated staff), bread, a dairy product, and a dessert. Our menus are balanced and 50% of our daily ingredients are organic, sustainable or sourced from local distribution networks. Students are expected to sort their waste and put their tray away at the end of their meal. Food allergies must be indicated upon registering. Children may bring a snack from home and eat it at the end of the school day, before their supervised homework session.
MAY I DROP OFF MY CHILD BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS?
Tuition fees include a breakfast club for families of primary school children who require early drop-off care. Children may be dropped off in the school hall at 8 o’clock.
CAN MY CHILD STAY AT SCHOOL AFTER 5.30?
Families may sign their children up for IFÉA’s after-school clubs. These are optional and run from 5.30 to 7:30 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students head for their activity room straight after their supervised homework session. On Wednesday afternoons, extracurricular activities are organised from 1.30 to 7, depending on family choices. All activities are part of IFÉA’s educational approach for well-being.
DOES YOUR SCHOOL OFFER A SPECIFIC TRACK FOR GIFTED CHILDREN?
Our school is particularly well adapted to gifted children. Our individualised educational approach and methods help them progress at their own pace, learn to manage their emotions, and let their imagination, curiosity, and creativity run wild. In cases when they have dropped out of the traditional curriculum, gifted children who suffer from school phobia follow specific curricula for reintegrating school, in partnership with specialised psychologists.
DOES YOUR SCHOOL WELCOME CHILDREN WITH “DYS-TYPE” DISORDERS?
Our individualised educational approach, specially trained teaching staff, and adapted equipment and material enable us to welcome children with medically monitored dys-type disorders in excellent conditions. Due to our reduced class sizes aimed at supporting learning, we are unfortunately unable to meet all family requests.
MY CHILD IS NOT BILINGUAL. MAY S/HE JOIN YOUR SCHOOL?
Fluency in English, or in the case of expatriates, French, is not required to join our school. Where appropriate, students will follow a curriculum that includes additional English lessons or French for non-native learners in addition to their standard timetable.
WHAT ABOUT THE FRENCH BREVET AND BACCALAURÉAT?
Our students sit French Brevet exams. IFÉA guides all Year 10 students in relevant administrative procedures. In accordance with official instructions our “candidates […] sit four written exams common to all candidates [from state-funded schools], and another written modern language exam” chosen by the candidate.
Year 13 students sit exams for the general Baccalauréat. IFÉA guides all students in relevant registration procedures. Once they have registered at the beginning of the school year, students receive notifications at home, approximately ten days before the start of examination sessions. To validate the “continuous assessment” component of exams (corresponding to 40% of the final average), students must sit a one-off exam at the end of Year 13 in each relevant subject. Their overall average makes up their continuous assessment mark, which is then communicated to the Baccalauréat examining board. Please refer to the decision dated 16 July, 2018 published in the Journal Officiel, which sets out exam conditions for the new Baccalauréat.
DO YOU OFFER HIGHER EDUCATION GUIDANCE AT THE END OF YEAR 13?
At the end of their final year, Year 13 students are guided through the Parcoursup procedure, like all state school students.