Who we are

The SIS have now become SIS Paris Ouest : we are present at Boulogne, Chaville, Sèvres and, since September 2018, at Saint-Cloud too!


Founded in 1960 under the auspices of the French Ministry of Education, the International Centre for Pedagogical studies and UNESCO, SIS Paris Ouest is one of the oldest bilingual programmes in France.

SIS Paris Ouest is open to either native speaking English or German children, or children who have spent a major part of their schooling in a local school abroad.

SIS Paris Ouest offers a bilingual and bicultural curriculum in partnership with the French state educational system from Primary to High school.  Our partnership is supervised by the French authorities, respecting the rules and procedures at all the public schools where our association is present.

SIS Paris Ouest is a non-profit association set up according to the official guidelines established in France in 1901.  It is governed by a Board of Directors of 10 members, elected at the Annual General Meeting.  The Board delegates its day-to-day running to the Manager and her administrative and teaching teams, all of whom are employees of the Association.  The association is financed by the school fees.


60 years of bilingual and bicultural education

In 1960, the association opened an English Section for Middle School students, enrolling 95 students from 14 different countries.

  • 1962 : bilingual classes were opened at the High School level,
  • 1979 : German Section was added to the programme.

The texts at that time already specified that «The bilingual classes are characterized by their distinctive mindset and way in which they operate. For example, parents play a very active role. This close cooperation enhances the development and well-being of the classes».

The International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB) was created.

11 May 1981 marked a turning point for SIS Paris Ouest. A decree was passed regulating the operation of international sections in France at the primary, middle school and high school levels.

  • 1984 : creation of the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB). Our students successfully passed the exam.
  • 1986 : SIS Paris Ouest opened Primary level Extracurricular classes on Wednesday mornings at the Gambetta Elementary school in Sèvres.  

  • 1995 : first school-based journal was published, written by parents and students. 350 students were enrolled in our Secondary programmes and 210 in our Primary programmes then.

A rare collaboration with the French public education system and other European and foreign education systems.

  • 2003 : opened integrated classes at the Jean Moulin Middle School in Chaville as well as German Primary Integrated classes at the Gambetta Elementary school in Sèvres.
  • 2008 : opened English Primary Integrated classes at the Gambetta Elementary school in Sèvres.

  • 2010 : opened English Primary Integrated classes at the Point du Jour Elementary school in Boulogne.

  • 2011: transferred all five levels of German Primary Integrated classes to the Croix Bosset Elementary school in Sèvres.

  • 2017: opened Secondary Extension Programme on Wednesday afternoons in Sèvres.

  • 2018: opened lower Secondary Integrated classes at Collège Gounod and Collège Verhaeren in Saint-Cloud.  Also started English and German Workshops on Wednesdays.




Par : Cornell-Pouret le 22/11/2019

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SIS Paris Ouest a deux magazines et une newsletter.


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