How do I apply?

Admission to the Anglophone Section is by written test and interviews. In all cases, previous school reports and assessment documents must be provided. Students entering CP (1st year of Primary) will be assessed orally. For more information, please see our Admissions Assessment and Procedure pages.


What is the catchment zone for the school and does it affect where I choose to live/where I live?

Normally where you live does not matter once your child has been accepted in the Anglophone Section. The catchment zone applies to children entering only the French section of the school and is quite restricted. The exact area for the Léonard de Vinci primary school can be requested from the Espace Famille office of the Fontainebleau town council and the catchment for the Collège International includes certain streets of Fontainebleau and the towns of Bourron Marlotte, Montigny sur Loing et la Genevraye.

Parents of Collège students who move into the catchment area are requested to signify their arrival to the Inspection Académique (DIVEL) in Melun as soon as possible in order for this parameter to have a possible positive influence on the outcome of their acceptance in the Collège. Parents of Primary students living outside the catchment area will have to apply for a ‘dérogation’ from their local Mairie. In the Lycée, the necessary ‘affectation’ will be requested for your child and no specific address will be required.

What is a “dérogation”?

Children of school age in France are meant to attend school within a catchment area defined by their local address. However, certain exceptions are allowed and admission to the Anglophone Section is usually one of them. In order to obtain a dérogation for a child entering Primary, you will have to show your letter of acceptance from the Anglophone Section to the mayor’s office in your town. Please contact us if you have any questions or require assistance.

What level of English is required?

A high level of English is required for entry to the Section. It is usually equivalent to that of an English native or near-native speaker of the same age. The level of English of our students, in line with the Common European Framework References for Languages, is B2 at the end of Collège and C1 at the end of Lycée.

How many places are available?

There are many factors that come into play to determine the number of places available in a specific year group/grade. Firstly, the number of students re-enrolling in the French school and the Anglophone Section has to be determined. Secondly, since the Anglophone Section is hosted in public schools, priority is given to new students from the catchment area of the school. In parallel the number of new Germanophone Section students need to be determined too. The accurate number is only known once all these parameters have been taken into account.