The School

The International School of Lyon was founded in March 2004 by a group of major locally-based multinational companies in response to the growing demand from  expatriate families and their employers for an English language international education in Lyon which would facilitate international mobility and give access to a globally recognized qualification for top higher education worldwide. The school’s Supervisory Board is made up of representatives of some of those companies and is run as a non-profit organization under French law (‘loi 1901’). 

ISL is an IBO ‘World School’, of which there are over 3,000 today, spread over five continents. The school is fully authorized to deliver the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Primary Years Programme and is an accredited centre for Cambridge International Assessment ( and is a member of the European Council of International Schools ( and the English Language School Association (

Classes in ISL range from Early Years to High School and we welcome children from age 3 upwards. Admission is based on school records, evaluation and, where appropriate, an interview or test. The school offers ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’ (ESOL) support. For admission into primary school, no prior knowledge of English or French is required but a minimum level of English is usually required for entry into the secondary school.

Numerous extra-curricular activities (lunchtimes and after school) are available  (see Enrichment Programme and Activities). The school has two active Student Councils (Primary and Secondary) and a busy and dynamic PTA (Parent Teacher Association). The school calendar follows the calendar of the French ‘zone A’ with some modifications (see School Calendar).