Originally, due its small size, the secondary school used the services of The National Center for Distance Education, (“CNED”), an institution that makes sure learners all over the world follow the curriculum of the French Ministry of Education. Founded in the 1940s, it provides students with a demanding and high quality French education. The CNED caters for 203 000 students and it prepares not only for our two diplomas (Brevet and baccalaureate) but also for some university degrees and administrative competitive exams.
However, as our school got bigger and we hired more teachers, we got the approval of the French Ministry of Education and the AEFE (the Agency for French schools abroad) to proceed without the services of the CNED. For the last four years, we have been an independent school, relying on the French curriculum but without the guidance of the CNED except in 2 levels:
The last 2 levels (Grades 11 and 12) are still registered with CNED until 2019. We have applied with France to be certified since we now have built the logistical and educational capacity to be completely independent: we have qualified teachers, enough students, labs, facilities, different languages, a guidance counsellor … we are now ready for new challenges such as the new baccalaureate which is being reformed for 2021 !!
To learn more about the CNED, visit the website.