Coaching for the best universities in the world

Coaching for the best universities in the world

Best universities in the world: Harvard, McGill, Oxford, etc.

International School 33 prepares students for major universities and foreign schools

IS33 supports its students for their post-baccalaureate orientation

Students from IB (International Baccalaureate®) world schools have an advantage in their post-baccalaureate orientation . In fact, their training allows them to make wider choices when it comes to universities and colleges.

The educational team’s mission is to meet the expectations of their students in their choice of higher education by guiding and preparing them.

It is about helping students to make relevant choices based on their sensitivity and deep aspirations.

The bond which is created with the pupils allows this support and brings positive results for the development of the young citizen which will be accomplished in his future studies and the career which will result from it.

A student can thus apply for prestigious universities like Harvard or Oxford in a realistic way since he will be prepared by a specialized team to achieve his goal.

Success always comes when an opportunity meets preparation .

⸻ Albert Einstein

IS33 offers personalized support from the fourth year (MYP 3)

The keys to success when entering prestigious universities

From the fourth grade (MYP 3 – middle years program year 3), students from International School 33 who wish are guided towards an intensive and personalized preparation program.

By applying for the most prestigious universities, students are prepared and receive a daily preparation plan supervised by the teachers and referent preparers:

  • Personalized coaching by an experienced professional.
  • Intensive courses to prepare for: TOEFL, PSAT, SAT and ACT **
  • Accessible from 4th grade depending on English level.

** TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) – PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) – SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) – ACT (American College Test)

The IB diploma, which is particularly recognized in all higher education institutions around the world , validates academic excellence and a particularly wide possibility of choice of higher education for students.


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Many events

Many events

A dynamic international school

Many events punctuate the lives of IS 33 students: school outings, participation in charitable works, evening events, etc.

In addition, every year, students have the opportunity to participate in several school trips: cultural trips in France and Europe, visits of universities around the world, ski trips, team cohesion trips, etc.

International holidays are celebrated by everyone, such as Halloween, Holi, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, etc.

Families are invited to share moments with the students and the entire IS 33 team: participation in dance evenings, eloquence performances, presentation of papers, fairs, welcome potlucks, etc.

Each year, students perform for their families a singing show and a dance show in a large auditorium.

Lunch break : Lunchboxes or caterer


Two options are offered for meals:

  • lunchboxes prepared in advance by families
  • meals delivered daily by a caterer.

On sunny days, students have the opportunity to have lunch in the large courtyard of the school.

Student transportation

We offer a private school transportation service. Contact us for more information.

School holidays

The school holidays are identical to those of the National Education’s calendar for Zone A for the academies: Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Poitiers.


The paid daycare begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.

Homework help is offered every day to primary, middle, and high school students from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

In kindergarten, classes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Half-time on four mornings is possible.

In elementary school, classes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In middle and high school, classes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday mornings.

Kindergarten and primary students can stay at school on Wednesdays to participate in fun and exciting activities! Workshops are offered during school holidays.

Public transportation

IS 33 is easily accessible from all of Bordeaux thanks to public transportation. Simply take tram B to the Hôpital Haut-Levêque stop, then a 5-minute bus ride on line 36 to the Stade Ornon stop, which is 100 meters from the school.

Extracurricular activities

Students can participate in the following afterschool activities within the school: programming, robotics, French theater, English musical comedies, chess, piano, violin, guitar, hip-hop, acrogym, babygym, and tennis at the Cestas club.


For primary, paid optional activities are offered on Wednesday all day: artistic workshops, general culture, reinforcement in French and mathematics.

For elementary and middle school students, homework help is offered every day from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.


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Judo for everyone at IS33

Respecting ourself, others and rules

IS33 and the French Federation of Judo

Judo for all from 4 years old

The Judo Federation welcomed very favourably the introduction of judo in the school curriculum to the point that Catherine Arnaud proposed to teach it in our school. Judo is for students beginning at age 4 and a half and all Montessorian judokas, who are certified by the judo federation, pass the grades at the end of the year.

Judo is a sport that allows the child to develop many skills: respect for the rules, respect for others and respect for oneself.

It builds self-confidence and an ability to communicate. The structured character of judo (dress, rules, greeting, respect of the teacher) allows children to flourish.

This contact sport participates in better appropriating the body diagram which remains an essential step to develop a better knowledge of oneself and helps to promote self-confidence. Through this activity, children evacuate excess physical energy and release their emotional charge which can be a source of aggression.

Judo is therefore a wonderful opportunity of self-learning and brings forth an extraordinary development of the personality (taste of the effort, surpassing oneself, spirit of sharing, respect, development of motor skills). Including judo in the school curriculum is a unique chance to practice a high-caliber sport in a peaceful and caring environment.


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A day in middle school and high school

A day in middle and high school

An individualized program to respond to every student’s personal goals

A day in middle or high school

Individualized program

Classes start at 8:30 a.m. and can end as late as 4:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, as well as on Wednesday mornings. Students receive their schedules at the beginning of the year. They have a different teacher for each subject. The program is differentiated according to the pace of each student who works according to the French National Education curriculum as well as the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

From sixth grade to tenth grade, students enter one of the following sections:

  • bilingual
  • French
  • English.

From 11th grade, students have the choice between several subjects, as mentioned in the high school section.

After classes, students can participate in the following extracurricular activities: robotics with participation in the First Lego League competition, programming, theater, musical comedy, piano, guitar, violin, chess, hip-hop, and tennis.

The school offers modern facilities: art room, computer room, dojo for judo practice, laboratory, library, etc.


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A day in primary

A day in primary at IS33

Self-confidence and academic excellence

Being happy to reach one's full potential

Working at one's own pace

At IS 33 in Bordeaux, the elementary section is divided into five classes for the French part, one for each grade, from first till fifth grade. Additional French classes are offered to students who have no or a very basic understanding of this language. Even without prior knowledge of French, students adapt very easily and are very happy at IS 33.

For the English part, students are divided according to their level. They are either in the native English class or in the English as a second language class. Within each class, the teaching is adapted to the child’s pace, and the teaching is therefore differentiated according to the progress of each one.

For language options such as Spanish and Chinese, students are also divided according to their level.

Rhythm of the day

Between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. alternating French and English

Class begins at 8:30am and ends at 4:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Children start two mornings a week in the French class, two mornings in the English class. They study language, mathematics, as well as history, geography, and science in both languages.

After lunch, children switch classrooms to study in the other language. Optional courses take place on Wednesday mornings.

Spanish, German, and Chinese classes take place at a designated time during the school day.

After classes, students can stay in childcare, get help with homework, or participate in extracurricular activities: theater, hip-hop, musical comedy, piano, guitar, violin, programming, and tennis.

In the middle of each half-day, there is a collective gathering on the circle. It is an opportunity to practice public speaking, learn to listen, participate in a common lesson, sing together, or recite a poem. Then the children share a small snack. Each week a student is in charge of their class’s snack. They distribute what they have brought to their classmates themselves. This sharing moment is also an opportunity to remind them of politeness rules.

Students will then enjoy the school garden for a recess period.

Once a week, children have sports, art, and music classes. The child is therefore educated in their entirety: well in their body, well in their head, well in their environment, well with others.

Students also take care of the school’s animals. They learn to pay attention to them, a responsibility that helps them grow well while enjoying it very much.

For lunch, students have the choice between lunchboxes prepared beforehand at home, or meals delivered daily by a catering company.


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A day in kindergarten

A day in kindergarten

Montessori class for the 3-6 years old : A place for amazing discoveries

Mixed ages

From 2 and a half to 6 years

In all Montessori environments, students are of mixed ages. At Montessori International Bordeaux, the environment is suitable to accommodate children starting at 2 and a half years old. They grow in the same class as students up to 6 years old.

Therefore, children of a very small, small, medium, and large section work in the same room. Everyone finds material adapted to their age: from the first verses to divisions, from sound games to the beginning of grammar…

The mixture of ages is a great wealth for all. Younger ones see the older ones doing and behaving as examples. They are stimulated without being pushed and are eager to do as well as their elders. The older ones learn the values essential to their well-being: respect for others, mutual help, kindness.

School: a Place of Wonderful Discoveries

Montessori pedagogy

When children arrive in class, they choose their own work according to one of the major Montessori domains:

  • Practical life: exercises related to the daily tasks, which will allow the child to develop fine motor skills, concentration, autonomy, will, self-confidence and help him to hold his pencil correctly.
  • Sensory life: the five senses are worked in the Montessori pedagogy so that the children refine them at best to facilitate their learning and to have a better comprehension as well as a greater appreciation of the world which surrounds them.
  • Mathematics: mathematics is approached sensorially through Montessori scientific material so that children who are ready can learn and manipulate numbers up to 9,999, master 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), and tackle geometry.
  • Language: the child will find the material to enrich his vocabulary in English and French, to learn to read, and to write, by first composing simple words, then sentences and finally small texts. The grammar can also be addressed.
  • Culture: the child is passionate about the world around him and the Montessori environment allows him to make wonderful discoveries: animals, insects, plants, volcanoes, dinosaurs, geography, solar system.

Rhythm of the day

From 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in French or English

Class starts at 8:45 am and ends at 4:15 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Children start two mornings a week in the French atmosphere, two mornings in the English atmosphere. After lunch, the children change class to study in the other language.

Spanish, German and Chinese classes take place at a defined time in the school day.

In the middle of each half-day there is a moment of group gathering in a circle. This is an opportunity to practice speaking in public, learning to listen, participating in a lesson together, singing together or reciting a poem.

Then, the children share a small snack. Each week a student is in charge of the snack of his class. He distributes himself to his comrades what he has brought. This moment of sharing is also an opportunity to remember the rules of politeness.

Students will then enjoy the school’s large garden for recess. Children enjoy having fun freely, creating their own games, and their own rules.

After lunch, students who need to can take a nap.

Once a week, children have lessons in sportsart and music. The child is therefore educated in its entirety: well in his body, well in his head, well in his environment, well with others.

Students also have access to vegetable gardens. They cultivate themselves and thus have a concrete understanding of the rhythm of nature. They respect their planet even more, and grow up wanting to preserve it.


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International school in Bordeaux: a bilingual program

French, English, Spanish, German and Chinese taught by native teachers

English for everyone from the first year of Kindergarten

English as a mother tongue

One of the core values ​​of International School 33 is to educate students so that they find their place in the world of tomorrow. There are more than 180 students of 15 different nationalities in the school. English and French are offered to all in immersion from the first year of kindergarten.

Students learn English and French as a mother tongue, during their sensitive language period, and their teachers, who are native speakers, make them discover their culture.

Spoken language acquisition occurs during childhood in such a way that a child learns languages ​​and all their accentuated subtleties effortlessly, simply by listening and reproducing what is offered.

We take advantage of this sensitive period of language to enable children to master not only their mother tongue, but also one or more foreign languages.

Every day, students study 50% of the time in French, and 50% in English, in immersion, in kindergarten and primary. In middle and high school, students also study the language in immersion 8 to 15 hours per week depending on the level groups (international section or English taught as a second language).

The teaching of Spanish, German and Chinese is offered as an option in nursery and primary. From the 6th year, Spanish or German are part of the common course and Chinese is always offered as an option.

By attending International School 33, children are given the opportunity to master the most widely spoken languages ​​in the world.

Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.

Nelson Mandela

International Children

French-speaking students or not

The non-French speaking children who join International School 33 have the same timetable as the other students. They learn the French language in half-days in full immersion in kindergarten and primary, and can study Spanish, German and Chinese.

French as a foreign language courses are offered to students with a beginner level.

In middle and high school, the programs are adapted to their level allowing a gentle pedagogical approach so that the students can quickly find their place in the school. New foreign students regularly join our classes during the school year. Therefore, the teachers know how to differentiate their teachings and have different objectives for every student.

The French-speaking world in which foreign students evolve allows them to quickly and easily learn the language under the guidance of teachers anxious to promote their adaptation. They are often accompanied by bilingual students who facilitate their access to educational tools as well as the assimilation of the French language within the framework of school life.

IS33 offers a thriving social ecosystem in which foreign families can bond with parents, students and teachers. Events and activities within the school also reinforce these interactions.

Master writing

Cambridge exams

In elementary school, students’ work is designed for English-speaking children, or specially prepared by native English teachers, depending on the level of students. The language is therefore studied in depth with grammar exercises, vocabulary, writing and listening.

From grade 1, students who wish and are of a sufficient level, are prepared for the Cambridge Young Learners English Tests (YLE).

These tests, highly appreciated by the children, attest to a level of listening, writing and understanding of the language.

Beginning in middle school, students may continue with the rest of the Cambridge exams: Key English Test, Preliminary English Test First Certificate of EnglishCertificate of Advanced English and Proficiency Certificate in English.

Students pass the exams of Cervantés in Spanish, and HSK in Chinese.

To enroll in kindergarten and primary programs, no level in English or French is required, the teacher adapts to each level.
In middle school and high school, the students are grouped in level sections.

The quality of language teaching at IS33 develops a great sensitivity among students, which is a considerable advantage for their future since some students engage in preparation courses within the school to attend the top universities in the world.

Our students maintain a high level and obtain results in oral language tests well above the national average.


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Education at International School 33

International School 33 is the only International Baccalaureate school of the world near Bordeaux

The International Baccalaureate

Rigorous teaching and student development

International School 33 (IS 33) is the joy of going to school and the guarantee of a high level of education

International School 33 is one of 5,300 schools that teach International Baccalaureate® (IB) programs to over one million students around the world. All IB World Schools are distinguished by their pedagogical rigor and emphasize the critical thinking skills, diversity and personal growth of their students.

IB programs start in kindergarten and are more extensive than the others offered by different pedagogies around the world. They develop in young people the intellectual curiosity, knowledge, sensitivity and determination necessary for success.

The IB equips students with compelling assets by strengthening their critical thinking skills and cultivating their curiosity and ability to solve complex problems. (source:

At IS 33, teaching is bilingual in English and French in kindergarten and primary. Students therefore study all subjects (mathematics, language, natural and human sciences, art and personal, social and physical education), in both languages, as many hours in French as in English.

Each student has the opportunity to study Spanish, Chinese and / or German as an option during school time.

In middle and high school, bilingual students enter the international section in order to study English language and literature. They will thus take bilingual IB exams at the end of their course. Non-bilingual students join a section dedicated to them.

All students are prepared for the Cambridge Examinations each year and our school scores very well in each session. Teachers teach in their mother tongue.

Students of International Baccalaureate® (IB) world schools receive a unique, stimulating and varied education. IS 33 is an IB school of the world for the primary years, middle years and diploma programs.


Quality student-centered education

Universities and colleges find many advantages in recruiting and admitting students from IB programs. The IB enables them to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to be successful throughout their university studies.

Through their career in an IB school, students develop:

  • time management skills as well as a real sense of personal motivation;
  • a deep interest in civic engagement;
  • remarkable academic skills;
  • strong research and written communication skills;
  • critical thinking skills;
  • an international perspective.

Research suggests, for example, that IB students are more likely than their peers to graduate from undergraduate studies and pursue graduate studies. They also suggest that they are more likely to get involved in different aspects of university life. (source:

At IS33, students have the choice of taking either the French baccalaureate or the International Baccalaureate. A French student graduating from the IB is therefore exempt from taking the French baccalaureate. By following this demanding and innovative course, the students present a dossier highly recognized by the most prestigious universities around the world. IVY league colleges, for example, such as Sciences Po, HEC, and top universities of the world such as Oxford or Harvard, promote the International Baccalaureate diploma.

The best heritage that you can leave to your children is a quality education.

⸻ Julien Lefebvre

A complete and transversal education

Education and respect

The student receives a general instruction with specific classes, weekly physical activities (motor function for the youngest and gym for the older children), and arts (fine arts and music). The students are encouraged to develop their creativity. This value, which is fundamental for the fulfillment of the student, allows them later in life to find their own solutions in challenging situations.

The main goal of International School 33  is to educate open-minded beings, who know how to adapt, who have self-confidence, and who respect others and their environment.

While growing, they are capable of choosing their own way and always have the tools to do their best in life in order to have a positive role in this world.

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High school

High school at IS33

Academic excellence and self-confidence

Access to the most prestigious universities

Quality education and student development

More and more families are choosing the IB for their children in France, knowing the advantage the exam provides for their future. Students who take the IB diploma at the end of high school are accepted into all areas of French higher education: medicine, law, business schools such as Essec, ESCP or HEC, Sciences Po, as well as preparatory classes, the bachelor’s degree at Polytechnique, etc.

The transition to English speaking universities is also very easy for IB graduates, and their diploma is highly recognized in countries such as the United States, Canada, England, as well as in other European countries such as Spain, Italy, Holland, etc.

IB graduates are highly valued by university professors around the world because they are not only academically advanced, but also self-reliant, mature, confident, and outgoing.

Many American universities recognize IB graduates as having a that allows them to go directly into the second year of their graduate studies.

Teachers are chosen based on their qualifications, experience, and motivation for the values and teaching methods of the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Students are welcomed according to the number of places available, after study of their files, and interviews with parents and possibly the children. They integrate the pace of work without difficulty.

As the only school candidate IB school in the Bordeaux region, IS 33 offers quality education with a focus on well-being, self-fulfillment, and self-confidence. Students develop their potential and are well prepared for oral expression in public. They acquire a very good level in languages in order to be able to move towards studies which require diplomas in languages. Students are prepared for the international baccalaureate. They can also decide to take the French baccalaureate.

At the end of 10th grade, students take the MYP exam which provides an international recognition of expertise, hard work and personal achievement.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is highly respected by the world’s leading higher education institutions. It is fully recognized as an entry qualification to all British universities, even the most prestigious, as well as those in Spain, the United States, and elsewhere in the world. For students, success in the IB often results in a higher standing, course credits, scholarships, and other admissions-related benefits at many universities. (source:

English as a first language

Self-confidence and open-mindedness

The international program at IS 33 is designed to help international students prepare for British and international exams. Upon completing high school, these students have the opportunity to pass the International Baccalaureate diploma, which is recognized by universities around the world and allows them to secure a place at the institution of their choice.

The goal of our pedagogy is to work with committed, responsible and active students who will want to change the world in order to make it a better place. Students will learn to develop their critical thinking in order to determine their own strategies while working with enthusiasm.

International School 33 Bordeaux encourages students to become active, compassionate, tolerant, open minded and long life-learners who are proud of their own values and beliefs and ready to contribute to a better world.


Develop self-confidence and openness

Quality education and student well-being

Students can decide to organize and participate into humanitarian or communitarian projects on a local or international scale.

It is essential to develop altruistic values ​​that allow students to understand the world in which they live so that they can work to improve it.

The students are welcomed according to the number of places available, after a study of the academic results and interviews with parents and possibly child. They integrate the rhythm of work without difficulties.

At IS 33, we prioritize the overall well-being and development of our students, fostering a sense of self-confidence and helping them reach their full potential. Our educational programs focus on language proficiency, and our students become proficient speakers and are well-prepared for public speaking. We also place a strong emphasis on language learning, as this can open doors to further academic and professional opportunities that require language proficiency.

IS33 and the International Baccalaureate

IS33 offers students the opportunity to follow National Education programs, as well as those of the international baccalaureate (called the Middle Years Program MYP). The MYP is therefore offered within IS 33 to students in grades 6 to 11, with the aim of developing the skills necessary for them to become effective learners in an international context.

The MYP aims to develop students who are:

  • Active learners
  • Internationally minded
  • Able to empathize with others
  • Have the intellect and skills to pursue lives of purpose and meaning.


offers students opportunities to:

  • develop their potential
  • explore their own learning preferences
  • take appropriate risks
  • reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity.

As students seek to build themselves in terms of their identity and self-esteem, the MYP can motivate them and help them succeed in school and beyond.

At the end of this 5th year of the MYP, and therefore the 11th grade, students have the opportunity, if they wish, to take the 1st examination of the International Baccalaureate.

Students who have integrated the MYP after the first year will still be able to take this exam. This assessment allows students, if successful, to receive an official certificate recognized throughout the world. Students who have completed the 5 years of PEI are thus perfectly prepared to take the international baccalaureate diploma at the end of the high school. (source:

End of MYP exam


Through eAssessment, students will enjoy a richer experience during their final years of MYP study, as teachers will have access to a greater range of contemporary stimulus material and media content for questioning and discussion.

The examination process with eAssessment is positive and highly engaging thanks to its effective use of technology and focus on deeper levels of understanding. Similarly, ePortfolios provide a stimulating and structured unit of study, therefore delivering an appropriate and organic culmination of a student’s time in the MYP.

With eAssessment, students have the opportunity to:

  • explore their interest and passions in the personal project so they can start building their academic profile (CV) as they move ahead in school.
  • build contemporary skills valued by higher education and work.

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Middle School

Middle school at IS33

High quality teachings

Passionate teachers and successful programs

A quality education opened to all

International School 33 is the only international school in the Bordeaux area to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in middle school. Students develop their potential and are prepared for public speaking.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge.

It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life.

The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.



Immersion language learning

English as a first language

French, English and Spanish or German are taught as part of the curriculum. Chinese is offered as an option.

Students who are fluent in English join the international section. They have, in addition to or instead of the courses given in French, and per week:

  • 4 hours of literature in English
  • 4 hours of mathematics in English
  • 3 hours of science in English
  • 3 hours of history and geography in English
  • 2 hours of physical education in French
  • 2 hours of visual arts in English
  • 1.5 hours of design in English
  • 4 hours of French language acquisition (optional)


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

⸻ Albert Einstein

Respect for individuality

IB and French National programs

Students work at their own pace while following the IB and French National Education programs, their individuality is respected. Teachers are always available to listen and guide the student.

Well respected, the students are happy to come to school and work with great seriousness.

The classes are composed of about fifteen students.

They can be prepared to take the French brevet des collèges at the end of middle school, and the end of MYP (International Baccalaureate) exam the following year.

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

The MYP was revised in September 2014 to provide a more rigorous and highly flexible framework that powerfully integrates with local educational requirements. New industry-leading onscreen examinations and ePortfolios offer exciting opportunities for reliable, robust digital assessment of student achievement.



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