International Baccalaureate and French national programs

To enter the sixth grade under the best conditions

During the elementary cycle, students at International School 33 (IS33) benefit from bilingual teachings, following at a minimum the programs of the National Education system and the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The purpose of this teaching is to allow the student to confidently enter the sixth grade under the best conditions. Likewise, if the child is forced to leave the school during the cycle, they will easily reintegrate into the traditional system.

At the end of elementary school, the child enters middle school with an excellent level in English (comprehension, expression, and writing) thanks to an English-language education by immersion.

International Baccalaureate learners are (source : www.

  • encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems
  • drive their own learning
  • a core part in educational programmes that can lead them to some of the highest-ranking universities around the world
  • more culturally aware,through the development of a second language
  • able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

The child’s individuality and pace

About 22 students per classes

In order to respect the individuality of each student and everyone’s own pace of learning, we have set up individual work plans in each subject. The child is self-reliant and knows the minimum amount of work he or she must do each week to complete the school program before the end of the year.

If the student understands and quickly integrates a notion, they can immediately move on to the next; they may need additional time or return later to integrate or deepen notions to which they less sensitive.

The classes are composed of about twenty students.

Each student is unique and must be respected as such


The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running.

⸻ Maria Montessori

The richness of the education

Our goal is for kids to be happy to come to school, enjoy working, trust themselves and respect others and their environment.

International School 33 in Bordeaux focuses on language learning in immersion and the respect of National Education programs at least in French and mathematics.

Teachers listen to students and maintain their curiosity and thirst for knowledge by offering attractive work. With a strong desire of working for oneself and an interest in what they are doing, the students in Montessori school frequently do their homework alone.

The attractiveness of the work and the richness of the teaching allow the child to gradually build a solid foundation in general culture.

IB students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students on other curricula.

The IB’s programmes are different from other curricula because they:

  • encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  • encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • develop multilingual students.
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