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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.