France is the only country in the world that has an international state-approved network of schools overseen by the French Agency for teaching French abroad (AEFE), which allows pupils to follow the French national curriculum and pursue their education at the same level of schooling in any French school abroad or in France. Backed by the French Ministry of Education, the AEFE network guarantees that all French schools abroad comply with the same education syllabuses and requirements as those in France. Inspectors from the French Ministry of Education visit the school every year and assess the level of compliance and quality of teaching.
The French school in Belgrade was established in 1951. It adheres to the French educational principles, including the principles of secularity and of philosophical and political neutrality. The French government contributes financially to the education of our pupils, irrespective of their nationality, in the amount of €2,700 per pupil, through teachers’ salaries and other subsidies.
Starting from age two and a half, children are eligible for the Nursery at the French School in Belgrade. The Nursery welcomes 76 children aged from two and a half to five, in a warm and friendly atmosphere, in the Belgrade suburb of Senjak. The Nursery School is divided into four levels and five different forms, each overseen by a bilingual teacher and bilingual teaching assistant.
In the past two years, 100 per cent of our students successfully passed the final French exam, called Baccalauréat, which allowed them to continue their studies, mainly in France, but also in other countries, since this French diploma is recognised worldwide
The French Nursery School in Belgrade has a child-centred approach to education and promotes the diversity of its students – encouraging them to develop their mother tongue and preparing them for primary school through the teaching of basic pre-reading and writing skills.
Our staff members follow the French Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and are keen to offer the best of the French education system: they place a strong emphasis on a caring and nurturing environment suited to cultivating the taste for learning among young children. EFB Nursery School pupils grow accustomed to socialising and learn to be part of a group, but also to be independent. They develop plurilingual skills at an early age and build upon their physical predispositions. They are exposed to the requirements of the French curriculum and the autonomous critical thinking of French Education, which is synonymous with high-quality teaching.
A total of 510 pupils aged three to 18 currently attend the school at one of 16 different levels. Fifty per cent of our pupils are Serbian, 35 per cent are French or binational, while the remaining 15 per cent includes 20 different nationalities. In the past two years, 100 per cent of our students successfully passed the final French exam, called Baccalauréat, which allowed them to continue their studies, mainly in France, but also in other countries, since this French diploma is recognised worldwide. In addition to the academic curriculum, the school offers numerous extracurricular artistic, scientific and sporting activities each year.
Throughout the 15 years of their schooling, our pupils receive high-quality teaching and develop individual school excellence and great collective human values.