A French education in a multilingual and multicultural environment

From Maternelle to Terminale, our students benefit from a rigorous teaching, based on the French curriculum drawn up by the French Ministry of National Education. Students prepare the Diplôme national du Brevet (last year of lower secondary education) and then the French Baccalauréat (final exam before finishing high school).

Our school is also recognised by the ARACIP (Romanian Ministry of Education)

The Maternelle, for children from 2,5 to 5 years old:  the first learning cycle

The French education system provides teaching to children from the age of 2. This is the first cycle of primary school and the first learning steps that come with it. The Maternelle is divided into 3 different age groups:

  • la très petite section (Nursery class – 2,5 years old)
  • la petite section (Nursery class – 3 years old),
  • la moyenne section (Reception class – 4 years old),
  • la grande section (1 year class – 5 years old)

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What are the main objectives at this stage?
  • To provide children with an atmosphere and a living environment conducive to their autonomy and their first experiences
  • To bring about situations in which children will be encouraged to interact with their environment, mainly playing, verbalising carrying out group activities, searching on their own, and making sensory and physical experiences
  • To encourage children’s participation by switching between guided, partially guided or unguided workshops planned during the day, in accordance with the teacher’s objectives.
  • To foster both their socialisation and their discovery of the world, which will ultimately lay the foundations for their future knowledge acquisition.
Five priority learning fields:
  • Handling all language combinations
  • Taking action, expressing oneself and seeking to understand through physical activities
  • Taking action, expressing oneself and seeking to understand through artistic activities
  • Providing children with the right tools to structure their thinking/mind
  • Exploring the world

In Maternelle, children do not actually learn how to read, instead, they are taught to decode written words and should be able to do so by the end of the cycle.


The assessment is based on our daily observation of the children. They progress at their own pace to acquire new skills in each one of the 5 priority fields. Children take part in their own assessment by completing their “Cahier de réussite” (Achievement notebook).


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday :

  • 8:20am : opening of the school
  • 8:30am : beginning of classes
  • 3:20pm : End of classes

Wednesday: classes finish at 11:50am

Detailed program

Primary School, divided into 2 different cycles, for children from 6 to 10 years old

  • 1st cycle of primary school, from the cours préparatoire CP (year 2 – 6 years old) to the 2nd year of cours élémentaire CE2 (year 4 – 8 years old), is dedicated to the basics
  • 2nd cycle of primary school, from the first year of cours moyen CM1 (year 5 – 9 years old) to the 1st year of lower secondary school 6ème (year 7 – 11 years old) focuses on children’s learning consolidation
Diferentiated subjects organized by areas of learning
  • In primary school, the top priorities are to master the French language and to learn the basics of mathematics in order to prepare our students to become citizens. We also give great importance to the teaching of foreign languages, sport, sciences, art, culture, IT as well as civic and moral education.
  • Foreign languages (Romanian and English) are also central to our school. From the age of 3, children are already familiarised with Romanian. They will continue to learn throughout their education in primary school, starting with 1,5 hour a week in Moyenne Section (year 1), then moving on to 3 hours a week in CP and CE1 ( year 2 & 3), and finally 4 hours a week until the end of secondary school.
  • Our school is fully equipped with great infrastructure and equipment (libraries, sports hall, computer lab, audio-visual equipment, interactive boards…) which allow a diversified education and help the children to understand and master new technologies.
  • In Anna de Noailles, we strongly believe it is essential to work hand in hand with parents, which is why we do everything possible to encourage dialogue with families through meetings, class meetings and one on one meetings. We also closely work with the parents’ board.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday :

  • 8:20am: opening of the school
  • 8:30am: beginning of classes
  • 3:30pm: End of classes (3:20 for CP)

Wednesday: classes finish at 12:00am

Educational support

In our team, two teachers are specifically here to support children in their French learning process. Children whose mother tongue is not French benefit from help suitable to their needs.

Modern languages

From the earliest stage, children are familiarised with the host country’s language and culture. This involves playing games and singing nursery rhymes in Maternelle (preschool) and attending native-speaker taught Romanian classes in both preschool and primary school. From CP (year 2) to CE1 (year 3) children are divided into two sections: native Romanian and Romanian as a modern language

Detailed program

Lower secondary school for children from 11 to 14 years old (year 7 to 10)

Year 7 is the first year of lower secondary school, which is divided into 4 different age groups.

At this stage, education aims for the development and the widening of the children’s basic knowledge, as well as their self-development. We also put the emphasis on modern languages.

6ème (year 7) is a transition between primary and secondary school. It is part of the 3rd cycle and allows pupils on the one hand, to strengthen basics from primary education, and on the other hand to get familiarised with the different subjects and methods of secondary school. From 5ème to 3ème (year 8 to 10), students broaden their knowledge and skills. They gradually enrich their academic career by choosing optional subjects. In 3ème (year 10), students start to develop their career objectives and prepare for the final exam of Diplome National du Brevet as well as the beginning of upper secondary school.

In 3ème (year 10) students are required to do a one week job shadowing (in a company or an organisation of their choice). Then, students have to prepare a report they will then present in front of a jury.


Skills students are expected to master at the end of lower secondary school

  • French (oral and written)
  • Mathemathics, Sciences and IT
  • History and Geography
  • Modern languages
  • Art and Physical education (PE)
  • Citizenship
  • Methodology

Children’s schedule consists in 26 hours of mandatory classes a week that can be completed by optional subjects of their choice. We also offer “cross-cutting programs” that allow them to discover a new approach on a subject:


  • 3 mandatory modern languages
    • Modern Language 1 (LV1): English from year 7 and for the entire duration of students’ schooling
    • Modern Language 2 (LV2): German or Spanish from year 8 and for the entire duration of their schooling
    • Host country’s language: Romanian from year 7. Children are split in 3 different groups according to their level : beginners/advanced/native
  • Optional language class
    • Latin from year 9
    • Modern Language 3 (LV3) : children who wish to continue a language they have already started learning (such as Italian, Chinese or Russian), are offered optional courses through the CNED correspondence course platform

From Monday to Friday:

  • 8:30am beginning of classes
  • End of classes at 3:30, 4:30 or 5:30pm according to each student’s timetable

Upper secondary school, from year 11 to 13

From year 11 to 13, our school offers children a rigorous education based on the program drawn up by the French Ministry of National Education. Our mission is to make sure our students succeed and are fully prepared to continue with their studies. In year 11, we ensure our students an access to a wide range of courses to choose from. They consolidate their general background while getting the opportunity to discover new subjects such as literature, economics, sciences or IT.


From Monday to Friday:

  • 8:30am beginning of classes
  • End of classes at 3:30, 4:30 or 5:30pm according to each student’s timetable

Saturday mornings can be dedicated to exams or exam/project preparation

Year 11

At the beginning of the 2019 academic year, children will get the same timetable and share the same core curriculum with 25,5 hours of class a week in the following subjects :

  • French (4 hours/week)
  • Modern Language 1 and 2 (6 hours/week)
  • History, Geography and Citizenship (3,5 hours/week)
  • Mathematics (4 hours/week)
  • Chemical physics (3 hours/week)
  • Biology (1,5 hour/week)
  • Physical Education (PE) (2 hours/week)
  • IT (1,5 hours/week)
  • Educational guidance and individual support

In addition to the core curriculum, students can also choose :

  • a 2 hours class taught in English (Economics and Mathematics)
  • Drama class (3 hours/week) or Romanian (2 hours/week)
  • Latin

ADN-AEFE is a school exchange program that allows year 11 students from French AEFE schools worldwide to go abroad during the second term of their school year and study in another institution that is also part of the program. It is a unique opportunity for children of their age to explore a new environment and live a great experience.

Year 12 & 13

Since the baccalaureate reform, the organization of the years 12 and 13 is as follows:

• The teachings of the common core are identical for all in the following disciplines:

  • French (4 hours/week)
  • Modern languages 1 & 2 (between 5 and 6 hours/week)
  • History, geography and citizenship (3,5 hours/week)
  •  Physical Education (PE) (2 hours/week)
  • Sciences (2 hours/week)
  • Educational guidance and individual support

In addition, students must pick 3 specialties (4 hours a week each) :

  • History & Geography, geopolitic and political sciences
  • Humanities, Literature and philosophy
  • Foreign culture & literature, modern languages
  • Mathematics
  • Chemical physics
  • Biology
  • Economics and social sciences

In addition to the core curriculum, students can choose:

  • a 2 hours class taught in English (Economics or Biology)
  • Drama class (3 hours/week) or Romanian (2 hours/week)
  • Latin (3 hours/week)

In year 13, students can also choose to follow another optional class: Mathematics, Law or Contemporary issues.