Notre-Dame International High School, an international boarding school in Paris welcoming students of 18 different nationalities

Top Quote Expatriates families relocating in Paris may decide to move close to the international day school of their choice. And the choice is really wide. But they now have an alternative solution for their children: Notre-Dame International High School is an American day and boarding school welcoming boarders from all over the world for a distinctive educational experience. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 16, 2012 - More than 250 000 French students are enrolled in a boarding school today. Most of the French boarding schools even have a waiting list! What about international students? Can they be offered the same opportunity like French students when they arrive in France?

    Few international schools currently offer boarding facilities to their students, even if the demand is there. Fulfilling this need, Notre-Dame International High School has been created two years ago, welcoming boarders either 5 or 7 days a week, even on bank holidays and school holidays if necessary. Most of the international boarders come from abroad. Their parents choose to offer them the opportunity to study abroad and wish to have them stay full time at the boarding school in France: 18 different nationalities currently live at the NDIHS. Expatriates families living in Paris or in province also use this opportunity to have their children attend a boarding school. They all come to experience a challenging American educational experience but also to share with their classmates an international and multicultural community life at the boarding quarters.

    Even if it is a volunteer choice, adapting to a boarding school requests time. Sharing your daily life with others, respecting their private life and belongings, complying with school rules and timetables can be challenging for some teenagers. It's a learning process. A Notre-Dame International High School's expatriate student, who so far only attended day schools in Paris, explained us that his idea of boarding was much different from what he finally experienced: "I applied to Notre-Dame International High School because I needed a place where I could stay at a dormitory or where I could live close to. [] I expected a very overly-strict atmosphere with no freedom at all. That was my biggest fear, no space to move and breathe. Dormitories schools are shown in the media as over disciplined. []But when I arrived I didn't find it so oppressive and depressing at all! [ ]I think since I came I have become more confident in my studies, and also more knowledgeable about socializing with people of different cultures."

    Students not only share their school day with their classmates, but also their breakfast, lunch and dinner, their excursions to visit Paris over the weekend, their homeworks, their evening discussions etc. It creates a stimulating study and living environment for everyone.

    Students are delighted with their boarding school experience at Notre-Dame but their parents too! Choosing a boarding school for a child surely helps him to develop his autonomy, reenforce his maturity and see his studies from a different perspective. Notre-Dame International High School still accepts new boarders for the school year 2012/2013.

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