What is APARC?
- A non profit organisation English school for anglophone children.
- English classes integrated into the French education system.
- Native English-speaking teachers.
- Geared towards internationally recognised exams.
What does APARC do?
APARC’s primary function is to organise classes in English, with the goal of helping children achieve or maintain a level comparable to that of their peers in English-speaking countries.
APARC students receive 2.5 hours on Wednesday afternoons in Kindergarten and Primary classes (ages 4 to 11), and at age 11, they can enter the Collège des Bourgognes (state secondary school) in Chantilly, where 4 hours of English are integrated into the French school timetable.
After collège, APARC students continue their English education in the International Section at the Lycee Jean Rostand in Chantilly. Here, they have the possibility of taking the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in English language and literature at the end of 2nde (age 16). APARC is a recognized exam centre for the IGCSE. In 1ère and Terminale (age 17 and 18) they prepare for the Option International Baccalaureat (OIB) which forms part of the General Baccalaureat and is of an equivalent level to the British A-level.
APARC now also offers classes to children learning English as a foreign language.
When did APARC begin?
For more than a hundred years, The Chantilly region has been home to a high concentration of English-speaking families living temporarily or permanently in France. The Anglophone Parents’ Association in the Region of Chantilly (APARC) was founded in 1982 to bring together families in the area who speak English as a mother tongue or as a cultural language. Its main objective was to set up special English language sections within schools, offering lessons specifically for anglophone children, with a view to maintaining or achieving a standard of English comparable to their peers in English-speaking countries.
Today, the 120 families who are currently members of APARC come from all around the globe, wh itGreat Britain and the United States being the most strongly represented. Its proximity to Paris and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport make it a practical choice for families who are seeking an international community and school located in an exceptional environment.
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