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The education system of the Principality of Monaco conforms to that of France but differs in some of the obligatory classes. All public and private educational establishments under contract to the Principality, are recognised as approved French schools abroad.

Schooling is obligatory for children aged from six to sixteen years, in addition children can attend nursery school from the age of three.

The school year is divided into 36 weeks, from September to July, separated by four holiday periods (Autumn half term, Christmas, February half term and the Easter holidays). Typical holidays are All Saints’ Day holiday, National Day, Immaculate Conception, Christmas holidays, winter half-term-holidays, Easter Monday, Spring half-term holidays, Ascension, Whit Monday, Monaco Grand Prix, Corpus Christi and naturally the Summer holiday.

State education is free of charge for all the residents, and within the state education system in Monaco, there are six nursery and primary schools.

There is a collège (secondary school) for children aged 11-15, and there is a general and technological lycée for pupils aged 15 to 18, and a vocational lycée.

Of course, when your children are growing, they will have many possibilities for education in local or private schools as well.

In general, lessons are taught in French, however most schools offer a multi-language education, which can help non-French-speaking pupils to integrate.

The timetables, teaching programs and diplomas, correspond to those of the French national education system. For examinations, the Principality’s educational establishments fall under the aegis of the Nice education authority. 

The Principality of Monaco offers a high-quality standard of teaching in small and children focused classes. Numerous options are available to pupils throughout their schooling to suit individual needs and aptitudes, and there are various international classes available.

Interestingly, English is taught from the age of three, and children can learn to swim from the age of five. Also fascinating is that children can learn the Monegasque language as well, which is taught in both primary and secondary schools.

Religious instruction is included in the curriculum, unless parents expressly refuse it. Students are taught Monégasque history and language, and great importance is attached to artistic and cultural educational activities.

When the time comes for university, the International University of Monaco offers well-recognised educational and MBA programs.

Finally, the education system in Monaco places an emphasis on mastering the English language. 

Having a knowledge of English is highly important for the future of your children, generally speaking, the environment where we live strongly influences us. The Principality offers a truly multi-cultural environment where many successful people allow you and your children to learn from them, and to get inspiration to move forward and to achieve their own ambitions. Living, and growing up in an environment which motivates us and shows us things we are aiming to accomplish, can give us a whole different vibe.

When you make your foothold at the Principality of Monaco, you will see that Monaco really appreciates creative people, new ideas and out of the box thinking. You can find in Monaco the combination of all the qualities and attributes of other people you may admire, you will also see that your children will be able to develop habits that will help them to be competitive, successful and motivate them to achieve their deepest desire.

Schools in Monaco

The Principality is able to offer places to approximately 5800 school children, and employs about 450 teachers.

  • École des Carmes
    33 bd du Larvotto
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 86 68
    www.maternelle-carmes.mc
  • École du Parc
    32 bis bd de Belgique
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 86 71
    www.maternelle-parc.mc
  • École de la Condamine
    4 rue Saige
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 86 65
    www.ecole-condamine.mc
  • École de Fontvieille
    5 avenue des Guelfes
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 47 65
    www.ecole-fontvieille.mc
  • École Saint Charles
    11 avenue Saint Laurent
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 86 70
    www.ecole-stcharles.mc
  • École des Révoires
    63 ter boulevard du Jardin Exotique
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 86 83
    www.ecole-revoires.mc
  • Collège Charles III
    Avenue de l’Annonciade
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 86 75
    www.college-charles3.mc
  • Lycée Albert 1er
    2, place de la Visitation
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 80 54
    www.lycee-albert1er.mc
  • Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monte-Carlo
    7 Allée Lazare Sauvaigo
    Tel:  (+377) 98 98 86 72
    www.lycee-technique.mc
  • Cours Saint Maur
    33 bd des Moulins
    Tel:  (+377) 93 50 61 51
    www.ecole-stmaur.mc 
  • Établissement François d’Assise Nicolas Barré
    11 rue Princesse Marie de Lorraine
    Tel:  (+377) 97 97 10 50
    www.fanb.mc

Unfortunately, due to the small size of Monaco, students who want to continue into higher education usually leave the Principality to study elsewhere.

About 28% of the residents have obtained the baccalaureate or similar diploma, and a further 35% have continued their education beyond that. Employment opportunities within Monaco can be limited, but could include art at the Pavillon Bosio, or business at the International University.

How-to enrol your children into nursery school

Nursery schools (écoles maternelles) accept children who are too young for compulsory education.  Children of three years of age and over, or children who have reached this age during the first quarter of the school year, and children aged four to five, can attend nursery school.

Nursery school is not compulsory. State education is free, while private education is fee-paying.

All Monegasque children, or children with at least one Monegasque parent, can be enrolled in a state nursery school on request.  Non-Monegasque children whose parents live in the Principality will be admitted if places are available.

In general, the school enrolment periods are from the middle of January until the middle of February. Registrations are always taken in the secretarial offices of the selected schools during official enrolment periods and by appointment only.

You must enroll your child or children during the time-periods stipulated by the Department of Education Youth and Sport, unless you have moved to the Principality during the school year.

In the state sector, the school in which your child will attend, depends on the geographical area in which you live.  If you wish your child to attend a school in a different area, you should send a letter to the Department of Education, Youth and Sport before the 15th June requesting an area exemption.

How-to enrol your children into primary and secondary school

Education is compulsory for all children aged six to sixteen who are Monegasque nationals or living in Monaco. Education in the State sector is free while in the the private sector is fee-paying.

In general, the school enrolment periods are from the middle of January until the middle of February. Registrations are taken in the secretarial offices of the selected schools during the official enrolment periods or by appointment only. Outside these periods, you should contact the Department of Education, Youth and Sport.

Starting children into school could be challenging for parents, since they will be faced with some serious decisions to consider, and these selection possibilities could form and define the life of their child.

What is also important, is that in Primary school, Secondary school and Lycéé, a test will be carried out to assess your child’s level if: 

  • his or her mother tongue is a language other than French
  • your child was previously enrolled in a private school that was not under contract

In both cases, the Department of Education, Youth and Sport will send you the contact details of the Head of the school; you can then arrange the date of the test with him or her.

After passing all the tests and initial requirements, the very first question you have to ask yourself is the following: Do you want a public or a private school? 

In the public sector, you can find options for international education, which means learning the English language as well. Being in these kinds of schools could be very tough for your child since they usually spend less time with the general topics because of the English ones. 

The public schools in the Principality of Monaco maintain a very high standard of education and many people believe that the new smart generation will come from the public sector. 

Obviously, this is a very arguable statement, and many of the private schools will defend their education which maintains similar high levels, however, the decision should not be purely based on the level of education, but the way we aim to educate and form our own child. 

Private education under contract, (subsidised by the Monegasque State and separate from State schools) has to fulfil the same requirements with regard to timetables, teaching programmes, examinations taken and teacher recruitment. 

The International School of Monaco is an exception, since it is not under a contract subsidised by the Monegasque State. This establishment offers bilingual teaching in French and English.

The Principality of Monaco is an ultra-wealthy and extremely luxurious living environment, in which you can see in the early ages of children. Young babies dressed in Dior and Gucci, super rich teenagers are running around in Louis Vuitton, and young boys and girls spending over thousand Euro each night for clubbing multiple times a week. 

By choosing between public and private school, one of the main questions that parents should ask themselves is about the influence their child will receive. This question is highly important, because once you have enrolled your child; it is your obligation as a parent to help her/him to fit into the chosen society.

An environment not chosen wisely could alienate your child, and by that, you can damage her/his self-confidence and development. 

Primary school

Primary education starts at age 6, although there are nursery schools for even younger children. Secondary education is from age 11 or 12 and lasts for 4 years, after which students take a further 3 years to obtain the baccalaureate. 

In addition, and with regard to private education under contract, there is one primary school and one establishment that comprises a nursery school, primary school, secondary school and lycée.

Education is compulsory for all children aged six to sixteen who are Monégasque nationals or living in Monaco. Education in the State sector is free, the private sector is fee-paying. 

Children must be enrolled in primary school at the beginning of the calendar year in which they will reach the age of six, prior to starting school in September. 

You must enrol your child or children during the time-periods stipulated by the Department of Education, Youth and Sport, unless you have moved to the Principality during the school year. 

You can choose between:

  • State education
  • Private education under contract
  • Private education

You can also educate your child at home, subject to the terms and checks set out in Article 5 of Act no. 1.334 of 12 July 2007 concerning education.  

In the state sector, the school your child will attend depends on the geographical area in which you live. If you wish your child to attend a school in a different area, you should send a letter to the Department of Education, Youth and Sport before the15th June, requesting an area exemption, while awaiting a reply, you should enrol your child in the school in your area.

List of Primary Schools

  • École des Carmes
  • École du Parc
  • École de la Condamine
  • École de Fontvieille
  • École Saint Charles
  • École des Révoires
  • Cours Saint Maur

Secondary school

The “collège” is a secondary school for the first phase of secondary education. 

Education is compulsory for all children aged six to sixteen who are Monégasque nationals or living in Monaco. Education in the State sector is free; the private sector is fee-paying. 

You must enrol your child or children during the time-periods stipulated by the Department of Education, Youth and Sport, unless you have moved to the Principality during the school year. 

If your child will be joining the 6e (Year 7), 5e (Year 8), 4e (Year 9) or 3e (Year 10) you can choose between: 

  • State education
  • Private education under contract
  • Private education

At the collège level, all students receive the same general education, and may also take some additional options. The core curriculum includes the following subjects: French, Mathematics, Foreign Language, History–Geography, Civics, Sciences, Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education (EPS). Support and supervision of individual work are also available to students.

In addition to the usual curriculum, the school offers four special sections: English plus / European section, International option, Music, Sport.

Support is available at all levels, as is a self-service canteen, a swimming pool and gymnasium, and an information and documentation centre.

List of State secondary schools:

  • Collège Charles III
  • Lycée Albert 1er
  • Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monaco

Lycée

The “lycée” is a secondary school for the second phase of secondary education. 

The various options for secondary education at a lycée are:

  • The general education prepares students for  General Baccalaureate, in Economics and Social Sciences (Baccalaureate ES category), in Literature (L category),  in Science (S category)
  • The technology option, leading to specific baccalaureates in the service, industry or hotel and catering sectors
  • The professional option, which opens up to three sectors: hotel and catering, industry and services

General education 

This option prepares students for the General Baccalaureate, and for higher education at a University or a foundation course for the Grandes Ecoles (prestigious higher education institutions that are not universities). 

It offers three categories:

  • ES category:  General Baccalaureate in Economics and Social Sciences
  • S category:  General Baccalaureate in Science
  • L category:  General Baccalaureate in Literature

Technological education 

Technological education prepares students for short graduate courses. 

There are 3 sections available: 

  • STG category: Technological Secondary Education Diploma in Science and the Technology of Management
  • STI2D category: Technological Secondary Education Diploma in the Science and Technology of Industry and Sustainable Development, Energy and Environment option
  • Hotels and catering category: Technological Secondary Education Diploma in Hotels and Catering

Vocational training 

This channel is available to students at the end of Secondary School (Classe de 3eme – Year 10) in three areas of specialisation: Hotels and Catering, Service Sector and Industrial Sector. 

The courses last 3 years, and lead to one of the following 8 professional diplomas:

  • Hotels and Catering Category
  • Vocational Secondary Education Diploma in Cookery
  • Vocational Secondary Education Diploma in Marketing and Catering Services
  • Service Sector Category
  • Vocational Secondary Education Diploma in Secretarial
  • Vocational Secondary Education Diploma in Accounting
  • Vocational Secondary Education Diploma in ARCU Reception and Customer and User Services
  • Vocational Secondary Education Diploma in Commerce
  • Industrial Sector Category
  • Vocational Secondary Education Diploma in Maintenance of Industrial Equipment
  • Vocational Secondary Education Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Energy, Equipment and Electronic Communications Devices

Once students receive a vocational diploma they can continue their studies to the graduate level. 

International University of Monaco

The International University of Monaco is the only university which provides a business education fully taught in English on the Cote D’Azur. With 60 nationalities represented in the student body and faculty, it is the premier institution for higher education in the Principality of Monaco. 

The mission of the International University of Monaco is to deliver an excellent business education in an unparalleled multicultural context where diversity in personal and professional backgrounds, cultures and languages is the rule.  

The International University of Monaco offers various education programs such as summer programs, bachelor programs, masters of science, MBA programs or doctoral programs. 

The International University of Monaco prides itself on its small class size, where students receive individual attention in their academic endeavours. There is a high-level of interactivity between professors and students, and creative thinking is encouraged.  

They encourage students at the International University of Monaco to go beyond the theories and data taught in the lecture hall, by using the skills learnt in real world situations. This allows them to develop strong analytical and cognitive skills, which provide them with a foundation for their development as successful business people.  

Students learn in a multi-cultural environment, which brings together people from all over the world to share ideas, change lives and create opportunities on a global scale. The International University of Monaco students take with them a sense of who they are in the world of commerce, and pride in themselves as confident business people and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  

Monaco is one of the top centres for business in Europe, as well as being renowned as a safe business environment. The International University of Monaco students graduate with the business skills, practical experience and personal development that will serve them for life. It is its mission to inspire the global generation.

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