IBS Primary Schools consists of two international schools in
Provence, the first located in Marseille between Roucas Blanc and the old port, and the second in Luynes, 10 km south of Aix-en-Provence. Since the schools' creation, IBS Primary School (ISM) offers a unique educational concept for the region, yet based on a curriculum recognized by UNESCO and mastered by more than 2,000 international schools around the world.
IBS of Provence is not under a contract with the state, in the sense that they are not subsidized. Voluntarily set apart from any ideology, IBS is a member of the FNEP, National Federation of Private Education (la FNEP, Fédération Nationale de l'Enseignement Privé). In addition, IBS is full member of the European Council of International Schools, ECIS (Conseil Européen des Écoles Internationales, l'ECIS), an independent official body which ensures, through regular inspections, quality and ethics of the member schools. IBS is also working to meet the requirements of the National French Inspection Académique, with which it is registered, and was able to audit and verify the rigor and relevance of its procedures. Finally, IBS of Provence offers an official preparation site for the University of Cambridge English Exam.Because the children of today will be the students of tomorrow, starting their studies in France, continuing on in United States and finishing in Japan, IBS gives the opportunity to prepare early on for an international future.
The most sensitive period for learning a language is from birth to the age of 8.
A 2 year old child recognizes the languages to which it is exposed and can clearly express him or herself in one or the other. This is why, at IBS of Provence, as in any international school in the world, language is not considered a subject of study: the child must simply use them to access activities that are shared in English or French during the week accompanied by professors of the native language.
IBS of Provence offers your child a calm and safe environment purpose designed for his/her needs. For this reason, we have deliberately chosen to limit number of students per class.
Our experience and independence from all ideology caters for your child's fundamental needs.
At IBS of Provence, the teaching team is made up exclusively of specialists. Armed with their expertise, they model individualised educational principles, drawing on the natural predisposition of each child.
The effectiveness of the programme is further enhanced by stimulating the child's thought and curiosity to speed up development and allow each child's personality to blossom. Therefore, teachers organise group activities with each child in mind.
Our decisions are purely based on the grounds of your child's interest and future.
Each of the decisions taken by the teaching team is accompatnied by the desire to anticipate the expectations of parents for the benefit and enjoyment of the child, and effectiveness of their education. Each approach is driven by the motivation to become ever more efficient.
Essential to the curriculum at EPIM is striving for continous improvement and evolution. For this reason, the schools are systematically monitored by educational inspectors to ensure the coherence of it's teaching program with the French national academic program as well as the international program. Organized around experienced teachers from both international and French schools, some graduates of Fine Arts, the Conservatory or their international equivalent, teacihng music, visual arts and drama in English and French, IBS continuously refers to official programs and conducts evaluations throughout the year, to ensure implamentation of a program tailored to abilities, needs and emotions of each child.
IBS of Provence is international because:
The three founders have a broad international professional and personal experience. They have solid leadership, business and management skills. With over 30 years experience, and now four international schools (two in Aix-en-Provence, one in Marseille and one in Montpellier), families can be reassured that their child's future is in competent and qualified hands.
IBS of Provence strives to prepare open-minded thinkers who will be prepared to meet the demands of an ever changing society in a responsible and respectful manner. The school provides a well-balanced curriculum taking into consideration each child's intellectual, social, emotional and artistic development. The languages of instruction are English and French at all levels. Admission is based on an open policy and each application is considered on individual merit.
Having identified certain international schools and evaluated their different possible educational alternatives, we chose in 2003 to use the IB - PYP philosophy and principles of education. The school offers the added-value of integrating the French national curriculum requirements in its curriculum.
Subjects taught include languages, mathematics, social studies, science and technology, personal, social and physical education and the arts. IBS has access to the local gymnasium in Marseille and our own sports campus in Aix-en-Provence (Luynes).
IBS of Provence Luynes has an extra curricular programme in English every Wednesday afternoon and during school holidays.
IBS is an excellent alternative to the Nursery/Creche as it accepts children starting at 2 years of age!