Who are we?
“A family-orientated school where students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to discover and develop their intellectual, physical and creative potential in a caring and supportive learning environment” The French School of Harare has been in existence for more than 30 years and is part of a network of schools in 130 countries all over the world, catering primarily to the French and Francophone communities and offering the same curriculum as schools in France. Each school falls under the authority of the French Ministry of Education and regular inspections are carried out in order to ensure that French standards are maintained and the curriculum is followed correctly. More than 30 nationalities are currently represented within this school in various classes of 15 to 25 students. The French School follows the European school calendar, and as such the school year commences in September and ends in June with brief holidays in October, December, February and April, whilst the main school holidays are taken during the months of July and August. The Nursery and Primary school is open from 8am to 1pm, Monday to Friday. Less emphasis is placed on sports in the French educational system however a variety of extra curricular sporting and artistic activities and clubs are offered at all levels in the afternoons except for Nursery school. The French School is managed by a parents’ committee and is run as a non-profit organisation. An Annual General Assembly is held each June during which the schools fees for the following year are adopted by the parent body. These school fees include a non-refundable registration fee and tuition fees which are payable in September, January and April of each school year. These fees are payable both locally and abroad in American dollars or Euros. The current fees are available upon request. Students are not required to wear a school uniform, and all text books and exercise books are provided in the Nursery and Primary school, but have to be purchased for the Secondary school. The school has a small shop where exercise books and stationary can be purchased at a reasonable price. Wishing to broaden their horizons within the English-speaking communities, the French Schools in Eastern and Southern Africa opened bilingual classes in the Nursery and Primary school sections. The Secondary school classes however continue to be taught in French only, as the students write the French “Brevet des Collèges” (equivalent to “0” level) and the French “Baccalauréat” (equivalent to “A” level). English and Spanish as second languages are compulsory subjects for both the “Brevet” and “Baccalauréat”. The English component of the bilingual classes follows the Cambridge Primary Certificate curriculum.