French-English bilingual schools in Australia [fr]

French-English bilingual sections exist in both public and private schools in most of the Australian States and Territories.

Many of them are members of AAFEBS.The Australian Association of French English Bilingual Schools (AAFEBS) is an organization of Primary and Secondary French-English bilingual schools in Australia, most of which are accredited by the French Ministry of National Education or recognised through the Label “France Education”. There are currently 10 AAFEBS schools throughout Australia.

Scholarships for students holding French nationality can be obtained from the AEFE based on certain conditions - for students of the Lycée Condorcet in Sydney, Telopea Park School/Lycée franco-australien de Canberra, the French-Australian Pre-School in Canberra, and the Melbourne French School/Caulfield Junior College in Melbourne. The Consulate General of France in Sydney is at your disposal for any information you may require.

The French educational institutions of Australia which are government-regulated through the AEFE or partners of the AEFE, are placed under the authority of the educational district of Montpellier.

New South Wales

Lycée Condorcet: government-regulated through the AEFE / From Kindergarten to year 12

The International French School of Sydney, Lycée Condorcet, was opened on the 22nd of February, 1989. It is a private co-ed school accredited both by the French Ministry of Education and the NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES), and is government-regulated through the French Agency for the promotion of French education overseas AEFE (Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger).

All levels from PS to Terminale are accredited and the school is authorised to welcome a limited number of international students (CRICOS). At present, there are 805 students (2015).

Regarding enrolment :
• there is no entry examination for students coming from other registered French institutions
• enrolment is based on a period of immersion in the level which corresponds to the child’s age class for the other students.

Due to a higher number of enrolment requests, there may be a waiting list for some classes (especially in Maternelle).
Education is fee based. A scholarship for students holding French nationality may be granted by the AEFE, based on certain conditions. The Consulate General of France in Sydney is at your disposal for any information you may require.

The school’s teaching program is bilingual from Maternelle to Terminale (Y12) and this enables students to sit the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) in Première (Year 11). If you would like more information, all programs, projects and activities are available on the school’s website.

Lycée Condorcet
758 Anzac Parade, MAROUBRA NSW 2035
Tel.: (02) 9344 8692 from 9am to 4.30pm

Killarney Heights Public School and F.A.N.S. (French-speaking Association of the North Shore): Label FrancEducation accredited school / From Kindergarten to year 6

Since 1999, a bilingual program has existed at Killarney Heights Public School for children from Kindergarten to Year 6. There are currently 25 bilingual classes across all Australian primary year groups at the school on Sydney’s North Shore. In 2016, there were 251 Francophone pupils in these classes, representing 38% of all pupils (674 students in total). This program is organised in partnership between the school and F.A.N.S. (French-speaking Association of the North Shore).

The Francophone and Anglophone pupils are in classes together with two qualified teachers, one Australian and one native French speaking teacher. The teachers are in the classroom at the same time and team-teach the NSW curriculum, one in French and the other in English (8 hours per week). The native French-speaking teacher also teaches an intensive French program with the Francophone pupils for 5 hours per week.

In 2012, the school received the Label FrancEducation, an accreditation awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by the AEFE (Agency for the Teaching of French Overseas). 14 native French-speaking teachers are employed by F.A.N.S. and the program is financed by the contributions of the parents ($3,100 / $4, 200 per year).

For further information on the bilingual section of Killarney Heights:
Mrs Vicki Johnson, Principal
Killarney Heights Public School
Tel.: (02) 9451 9547
Fax: (02) 9975 5038
Mrs Sabine Duffy, F.A.N.S. Executive Officer
French-speaking Association of the North Shore
P.O. Box 472
Forestville NSW 2087
Tel: 0488 776 133

Australian Capital Territory

French-Australian Preschool Red Hill: Partner school of the AEFE / Preschool ("Petites" et "Moyennes" sections)

The French-Australian Preschool in Red Hill was started in 1969 and is officially recognised by the French Ministry of Education, and as such is part of the AEFE overseas network of French Schools. It is also accredited by the Australian Governement with approval for 128 places (2015) spread across 5 classes of "Petites" et "Moyennes" sections.

The preschool offers a French immersion program based on the French National Curriculum as well as the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
Opening times: 9am to 3.15pm during school terms with before and after school care options (8 to 9am and 3.15 to 6pm) as well holiday programs.

Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Childcare Benefits (CCB) and Childcare Rebates (CCR).Scholarships for the students holding French nationality may be obtained from AEFE based on certain conditions.
School fees are available on the school’s website:

Waiting list registration applies.

Ecole Maternelle Franco-Australienne Red Hill
(French-Australian Preschool Red Hill)
Astrolabe Street - Red Hill
P.O. Box 3558
Tel.: (02) 6295 0621
Fax: (02) 6295 9582
École maternelle franco-australienne Red Hill (French-Australian Preschool Red Hill)
Astrolabe Street - Red Hill
PO Box 3558
Ph : +61 (0)2 6295 0621

Telopea Park School/Lycée franco-australien de Canberra: Partner school of the AEFE/ From Kindergarten to Year 12

Telopea Park School / Lycée franco-australien is a unique bilingual and binational French Australian school (1983 agreement) offering an exceptional education in French and in English. It is a partner school of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad), and all levels from Kindergarten to Terminale (Year 12) are accredited both by the French Ministry of Education and by the ACT Education and Training Directorate. It has 683 students (2015). Première (Year 11) and Terminale (Year 12) courses are delivered at Narrabundah College located 4km from Telopea Park School. Students sit for Australian examinations for Year 10 and Year 12 certificate and French examination of DNB (Diplôme National du Brevet) and Baccalauréat (S - Scientific and L- Litterature streams - Mention Européenne).

Telopea Park School / Lycée franco-australien aims at delivering the best world class education to all students by taking advantage of both the Australian and French systems. With more than 30 years of experience in bilingual education, Telopea Park School / Lycée franco-australien represents a unique opportunity for students to become open and enlightened global citizens of tomorrow.

Telopea Park School / Lycée franco australien de Canberra
New South Wales Crescent
Barton ACT 2600
Tel.: +61 (02) 61 42 33 88
Fax: +61 (02) 61 42 33 48
Website: /


The Melbourne French School/Caulfield Junior College: Partner school of the AEFE/ From kindergarten to year 6

The Melbourne French School (kinder to end of primary: 14 classes with more than 278 students in 2015) is operated from a private section within Caulfield Junior College. 50% of all classes are taught in French (Mathematics and French) following the program of the French Ministry of Education and the other classes are taught in English following the Victorian Learning Standards (VELS).

Founded in 1998, all students’ parents automatically become members of the Parents’ Association which manages the school. School fees ($3960 per child in 2016) are set by the Association’s general committee. French teachers are paid thanks to the tuition fees.

Early learning programs (children from 3 to 4 years old) are also established within Australian kindergartens (Brookville and Renown).

The Melbourne French School/Caulfield Junior College
186 Balaclava Road
Caulfield Noth VIC 3161
Tel.: (03)9509 6872

For any information concerning enrolment formalities and conditions or the mode of operation of the French section or kinder programs, please contact:
Ms Caroline Pommier
Tel.: (03)9509 6872

Camberwell Primary School: Label FrancEducation accredited school / From Kindergarten to year 6

Camberwell Primary School was first opened in 1872. In 1991, the decision was made to establish a bilingual immersion program that now caters to 617 students (2016) from foundation to year 6. As a State school, Camberwell Primary School delivers the Australian curriculum to all students.

The French speaking teachers, who come mostly from francophone countries, are bilingual primary school trained classroom teachers. The focus at Camberwell Primary is on quality teaching and learning where teaching in the first language is mirrored in the second language.

The students benefit from spending half of each day learning mathematics, science and literacy in the French language.

In 2013 Camberwell Primary School was awarded the LabelEducation, an accreditation awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by the AEFE (Agency for the teaching of French overseas).

Camberwell Primary School
290 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell, VIC 3124
Tel: +61 (0)3 9882 4663
Fax: +61 (0)3 9882 7408
Principal: Janet Gale

Auburn High School: in the process of being accredited by the French Ministry of Education / Secondary school (Year 7 to Year 9)

Created in 2014, Auburn High School offers the opportunity to follow a binational French-Victorian curriculum. 50% of the classes are taught in French (mathematics, history-geography, economics, sciences, French) and the other courses are taught in English (technology, arts, health, physical education and English). This curriculum, in the process of being accredited by the AEFE, meets the demands of both the Victorian and French governments. Fees for 2015 were $1200 per child.

Auburn High School
Burgess Street, East Hawthorn, VIC 3123
Tel: 9822 3247
Fax: 9822 6837
Principal: Maria Karvouni
French bi-national coordinator : Geneviève Papon

Glen Eira College: Accredited by the CNED / Secondary school

Established within the Australian secondary public college of Glen Eira College, the French-English bilingual program started in 2007 and is managed by ESFM. The ESFM (Ecole secondaire française de Melbourne) is a not for profit organization, managed by a group of volunteers.

The program provides high school students with the opportunity to continue studying French, History and Geography and also Mathematics as an option according to the French Education Curriculum, while being integrated within an Australian school. Glen Eira College is fully accredited by the CNED (Centre National d’Education à Distance) and joins about one hundred other schools around the world in obtaining this accreditation.
Glen Eira College also hosts on its site an English Language Centre providing intensive language tuition so as to enable non-English speakers to achieve sufficient proficiency in the English language for them to join a mainstream class within the Australian schooling system.

Glen Eira College is well on its way to becoming a centre of excellence in French language delivery. To this end, we are constantly improving our French program and introducing new pathways in French education learning to meet the needs of all students.
Currently, there are three options to study French language:
- The option French first language is addressed at French-speaking students wishing to maintain a similar level as that of children in France in the taught subjects.
- French partial immersion program (CLIL) where students learn Language and Humanities according to the immersion methodology and following the Australian Curriculum.
- The pathway French Language: Languages Other than English (LOTE) is aimed at Australian students learning French as a foreign language according to the standard curriculum in Victoria.

For further information,please visit GEC’s website:
Ms Loveena Narayanen (Head of Languages)
Glen Eira College
76 Booran Road,
Caulfield East 3145

Melbourne French Preschool

The school has two centres in Melbourne (Brookville and Renown):
Brookville Preschool
Offers a French language Preschool program through the Ecole Française de Melbourne (EFM) and is based on the French National Education guidelines. The program operates three times a week in 2016 for children aged 3 to 5 years. Session times are from 9.00am to 4.30pm

Renown Preschool
Offers a French language Preschool program through the Ecole Française de Melbourne (EFM) and is based on the French National Education guidelines. The program operates twice a week for children aged 3 to 4 years. Session times are from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

Almost French Preschool

Starting in 2016, Almost French will offer a Kindergarten program following the Australian and French kinder curriculums. The program will take place daily from 8.30am to 5.00pm for children aged 3 to 5 years old.

85 Liardet Street, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
Director: Fanny Phillips
0414 456 062

La Grande Récré Preschool

Offers a French-speaking preschool program for children aged 2 to 5 years based on the guidelines from the French Ministry of National Education. Class days and times vary depending on age group.
1003 Nepean Highway, Moorabin, VIC 3189
Director: Steve Latouche
Tel: 0451 187 833

La Petite Ecole Preschool

Offers a daily French language Kindergarten program for children aged 2 to 5 years from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Programs are for small groups, with a maximum of 10 children per class. Also offers evening sessions for children aged 5-9.

La Petite Ecole PreSchool has three centres:
- 710 Inkerman Road, Caufield North, VIC 3161
- 86 Kooyong Road, Caulfield North, Vic 3161
- 10 Belmont Street, Belmont Geelong, Vic 3126

Director: Stephanie Paut-Brisson
Tel: 0433 100 650 / (03) 9504 8438


Tingalpa State School: in the process of being accredited by the French Ministry of Education / From Kindergarten to Year 3

Tingalpa State School offers a French-Australian bilingual program, inaugurated in June 2015 by the French Ambassador in Australia with the support of the Department of Education and Training and the French Ministry of Education.

This initiative begins with one Prep class in 2015 and in February 2016 the school is offering its program to Prep, Year 1 and Year 2/3. The courses are in both French (4 days a week) and in English (one day a week). In February 2017 the school will expand this program to year 4.
These students work with two teachers, one in English and the other in French, depending on day.
All teachers are Queensland accredited teachers.

Tingalpa State School
1546 Wynnum Road, Tingalpa 4173 QLD
Tel: +61 (07) 3890 6777
Fax: +61 (07) 3890 6700
Email: /

Benowa State High School: Label FrancEducation accredited school / Secondary school (Year 7 to year 10)

Founded in 1985, the Academic French Immersion Program (FIP) is for students from year 7 to year 10. The curriculum is Australian but 60% of courses are taught in French (mathematics, French, sciences & SOSE). Students are able to continue studying French in year 11 and 12 (French Extension).

The program has been accredited by the Label FrancEducation since 2015.

Benowa State High School
Mediterranean Drive, Benowa, QLD 4217
PO Box 5733, Gold Coast Mail Centre, QLD 9726
P: +61 (0)7 5582 7333

Mansfield State High School / Secondary school (year 8 to year 10)

This school offers an immersion program for children from 8 to 10 years old in mathematics, SOSE, French and sciences.
Mansfield State High School
Corner Broadwater and Ham Roads, Mansfield, QLD 4122
P.O. Box 229, Mt Gravatt, QLD 4122
Tel: +61 (0)7 3452 5333

Glennie School / Secondary school (year 8 to year 10)

The Glennie School is a private Anglican school with a French immersion program for girls aged from 8 to 10 years old (60% of courses are taught in French).

Glennie School
246A Herries Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350
Ph: +61 (0)7 4688 8888

"Petits Princes" association

A French section for children up to 12 years of age that are either French speaking or non-French speaking, "Les Petits Princes" was officially opened on the 3rd of June, 2000 within Enoggera Primary School. It was created through the combined efforts and co-operation of both the French and English speaking parents.

The "Petits Princes" association is a non-profit association with the purpose of providing primary children with the opportunity to learn French for a moderate cost.
Courses are held on Saturday mornings at Somerville House, Middle School, South Brisbane from 9.30 to 11.30.

There are 3 classes and two playgroups. Cost for 2015 was a $50 membership fee per family and $160 enrolment fee per child per trimester.

For more information, please contact:
Association Les Petits Princes Inc.
Suite 50, 5/18 Kilroe Street Milton
QLD 4064 Australia
School location: Brisbane Grammar School, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane
Tel.: 0451 128 772
Fax: (61) 7 3367 1759

Western Australia

1,2,3 Soleil - French School of Perth : Preschool and Primary school association

This school offers an educational program inspired from the "Education nationale française" and is dedicated to French speaking children of Perth from Early childhood to Secondary, from 2 to 16 years old. 1,2,3 Soleil offers an early learning program (children aged 2 to 5 years old) and French lessons, reading and writing (children aged 5 and above). Giving the taste of learning, self-confidence in verbal communication and ability to grow in their knowledge of the French culture: these are the main goals of 1,2,3 Soleil.
A dynamic team, made of 10 French speaking professionals, welcomes the children from Monday to Saturday (according to their age).
The team is in charge of organising activities to promote the social and cognitive development of the children.
1,2,3 Soleil offers about twenty different classes, spread out between its two schools, North and South of Perth.

Lifestreams Christian Church (South Perth): Cr Murray Street and McNabb Loop, Como WA 6152
Meerilinga Centre (North Perth): 30 Chichester Drive, Woodvale WA 6026
Director: Isabelle Gault
Tél. : +61 (0)438 651 567
Courriel :
Web :

Dernière modification : 26/05/2016

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