EPIM, International Private Schools of Marseille and the Mediterranean 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, EPIM 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.
The International Private Schools in Marseille and the Mediterranean are not under a contract with the state, in the sense that they are not subsidized. Voluntarily set apart from any ideology, EPIM is a member of the FNEP, National Federation of Private Education (la FNEP, Fédération Nationale de l'Enseignement Privé). In addition, EPIM 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. EPIM 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, EPIM is an official preperation 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, EPIM 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 EPIM, 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.
EPIM 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 EPIM, 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.
The two founders of the International Private Schools of Marseille and the Mediterranean live in Provence with their two young boys. Both graduates of engineering schools, they have spent most of their careers in France and Switzerland. The projects they implemented abroad, where they rubbed shoulders with many training specialists and directors of recognized international schools, convinced them of the necessity for early childhood bilingual schools. A child that has developed to the maximum adaptability at an early age will be the best suited for an every changing globalized society.
By creating such a school for their own children, they wanted to offer other parents in the region, both natives and expatriates, the opportunity to enroll in an international focused education which is needed in today's world. Driven by their passion for children, the founders have surrounded themselves by experienced graduated national and international teachers specialized in early childhool learning.
Scarce in the region, EPIM benefits from two educational curriculum directors, both English and French natives, present in both International schools in Luynes and in Marseille, who are in charge of the schools. They ensure the management of their teams and thus guide the teachers with a highly detailed educational program. The teacher's own experience, along with their talent and imaginatio, are then put to work to develop their lessons around this blueprint.
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, EPIM 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.
EPIM is international because:
The two founders have a broad international professional and personal experience. They have solid leadership, business and management skills. In 2005, the school moved to its current premises in Marseille and attracts since then child education specialists from across the globe with broad experiences in international schools (more than 15 years of experience in average). Pupils work also with specialist teachers in art, music and theater. In 2008, the founders opened a second school in Aix to respond to local demand.
EPIM 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, EPIM 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 which facilitates the move of children towards national secondary schools. The schooswork with local Colleges and International Sections.
Subjects taught include languages, mathematics, social studies, science and technology, personal, social and physical education and the arts. EPIM has access to the local gymnasium in Marseille and to its private sport area in Aix-en-Provence (Luynes).
EPIM has an extra curricular programme in English every Wednesday afternoon and during school holidays coordinated by a Fine Art Teacher with a broad international experience.