What is an independent private school ?

In France, there are State-dependent private schools and independent private schools. Independent private schools are schools that have not signed a contract with the State under the Debré Act 1959. It is strictly an administrative title and in no way reflects the profound reality of these schools. We prefer to call these schools free schools (as they are free to choose their own pedagogical methods, their programmes and their staff) or independent schools (as they were created by civil society, not by the State).

The wide variety of independent schools enriches the choice of French education, which increases parents’ chances of finding the right kind of school for their child’s needs.

In what measure can independent schools guarantee quality ?

The existence of an independent school is governed by the Code of Education which precises a strict juridical framework. They are subjected to more complete and thorough inspections than other schools. They are obligated to show results in the sense that the number of children enrolled in these schools and their finances depend on the satisfaction of families.