International School of Marseille – ISM

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Welcome to IS of Marseille

Upper School


Students starting their secondary education join our international school in Aix-en-Provence which offers a bilingual curriculum for students coming from IS Mareille.

At IBS of Provence, we try our best to respond to the needs of each individual child as every child is unique.

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.

We follow the French national curriculum so that students continuing on in the French system can succeed on the national exams but we go far and beyond the traditional program by adding sports, arts, music, chemistry and physics starting in 6ème, and a third language for those students who are already bilingual.

Students can also choose Maths and Physics in either English or French depending on their future studies. Class sizes in the Middle School are limited and students thrive by learning side by side with their classmates who come from all over the world. With 78 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.

We try our best to meet the individual needs of each child and expertly guide him or her to achieve their full academic potential.

Our goal is to help all of our students to flourish, both academically and socially, and this makes for a very happy, purposeful and energetic school where students thrive.

FROM YEAR 10 to YEAR 13 / 9th to 12th Grades

In addition to the French students who make up 45% of the student population, IBS welcomes pupils from the five continents desiring to pursue their education in English, French or both.

Committed to French-English bilingualism and the  preparation of our 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).

IBS of Provence has a proven record of academic excellence while pursuing our aim to guide our students to becoming caring and respectful ‘world’ citizens.