Relocate Editorial 7 November 2023
Ermitage welcomes children from all over the world into a highly-motivated, well-rounded academic environment.
Founded in 1941, Ermitage International School of France is a bilingual K-12 IB World School located 20km west of Paris in the historic suburb of Maisons-Laffitte. Our dynamic student body of 1,400 students represents over 80 nationalities.
Ermitage International School is a diverse, cosmopolitan community with more than 80 years of excellence in teaching students to engage, prosper, and succeed. The campus is located in Maisons-Laffitte, a green and peaceful retreat just 20 minutes from Paris. This stunning, historic environment gives our 1,400 students a safe and beautiful place to explore, study, socialize, and flourish.
At Ermitage, students have a choice between the French Bilingual Programs and the International Baccalaureate program in English with a bilingual diploma option as well. These programs are united by shared values, a multilingual campus, and an openness to the world. Ermitage strive to build their programs upon an educational foundation that values curiosity, critical thinking skills, innovation, and ambition, so that their young scholars are confident and prepared to take on the world of tomorrow.
Ermitage believe learning should also include cultural and athletic activities to help our students excel in a broader context. Whether a day student, or a 5 or 7-day boarder, everyone gets to participate in a rich student life experience. Ermitage offers a broad range of after-school activities provided by various school and city infrastructures. This means that from 15:30-17:00 every day, students get to participate in horseback riding, golf, tennis, swimming, rowing, football, volleyball, and so much more!
Maisons-Laffitte: Your Home Away From Home
Boarding students get to experience French life in a beautiful place. The pedestrian-friendly town and green park space of Maisons-Laffitte offer the comfort and safety all families desire for their children, while still allowing easy access to Paris just a 20 minute train ride away and all of its museums, monuments and cultural events.
The boarders have access to shops, sports facilities, bakeries and cafés, giving them fun opportunities to connect with the local community, practice their French language skills and taste local delicacies. Being a boarder at Ermitage means enjoying the best of both worlds!
International Baccalaureate Programs
The International Baccalaureate programs are part of a world-renowned education framework, recognised by top universities across the globe. The student-led approach aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people, ready to face challenges and embrace opportunities.
At Ermitage, our students are provided with a nurturing and international environment throughout their IB experience—from their lower school program, which is the perfect springboard into IB programs, to the IB Middle Years Program (IB MYP) and the IB Diploma Program (IB DP). Small class sizes mean teachers can provide each and every one of their IB students with individualised coaching, follow their academic progress, provide guidance individually or in small groups, and ensure each child is being adequately challenged and supported in their learning.
Ermitage take pride in the hardworking students who undertake the IB. The IB offers a balanced timetable with rigorous academics taught in English, including comprehensive French classes for all students from beginner to native-level, and co-curricular activities. Ambitious though this program may be, their students rise to the challenge with proactivity, independence, open-mindedness, and determination to achieve excellence in all that they do..
French Bilingual Programs
At Ermitage International School, one of our key objectives is for students to master both French and English. Ermitage teams have developed an approach to teaching that considers the needs of each individual so everyone can work together to reach success and confidently navigate the world as bilingual citizens.
Ermitage offers French and bilingual instruction from Maternelle to Terminale (Pre-K to 12th grade). As students reach key developmental junctures, they are provided with an academic experience that challenges and supports them in age-appropriate ways. Starting at the age of 3, students in our Pre-K and Primary School begin to foster the love of learning in French and English. Children begin to actively participate at their own pace and gain self-awareness during these first formative years.
Collège (6ème-4ème/6th-8th grade) is a time of discovery. Discovery of self, but also of the world around us. Middle schoolers learn to find their own way and expand their skills. By offering classes adapted to their level of learning in each major subject. Ermitage individually guide their students toward mastery of the academic pillars while stimulating their minds through interdisciplinary flexibility and bilingualism.
Lastly, in Lycée (3ème-Terminale/9th-12th grade) program leada students to their final accomplishment: the French Baccalaureate. The baccalaureate can be completed through one of two paths: the French Lycée or the International Option Baccalaureate (OIB). No matter what path their students follow, everyone at Ermitage acquires the experience necessary to achieve excellence and prepare for an ambitious post-secondary career.
For over 80 years, Ermitage International School has deep roots in Maisons-Laffitte, known as ‘La Cité du Cheval’, and renowned for its equestrian heritage. Located in the heart of Maisons-Laffitte park, the school provides the perfect setting for horse riding and to combine students’ passion for horses with academic excellence. Ermitage International School offers for riders aged 11 to 18 two equestrian programmes, intermediate and competition, where they practice the following disciplines: jumping, dressage, and cross country.
Virtual Open House on 25 November