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All children living in Monaco must be in full time education from the ages of 6-16 years. The school year in Monaco runs four terms annually and the school year starts in early September.
Monaco has ten state operated schools (French speaking) of which seven are nursery and primary schools, one secondary school, one lycee (college) and a specialised hotel and vocational training college.
For the Lycee the age range is 15-18 years. It is at this point that the scholar specialises in his/her chosen area. The final exams are the Baccalaureat (OIB) which is universally recognized as a qualification for university entrance. The Monaco school syllabus is similar to that of France but with a slightly more international focus.
The International School of Monaco (ISM) offers a bilingual education in English and French from ages 3-18 years. This Monaco school is very popular with the international community who prefer their children to have a bilingual and internationally focused education. The ISN offers the International Baccalaureat program with scores well above the average for IB schools and prepares the students for International University Entrance. ISM students are accepted into top universities worldwide. The school has recently expanded its premises (centrally located on the Port of Monaco) with a new Performing arts centre for music, art, drama and gymnastics. There are sports facilities available within Monaco.
The annual fees for the ISM range from €5430 at kindergarten level to €19,440 for the most senior students. Fees are paid in two installments, 40% in March and the remaining 60% in August of each school year.
The International University of Monaco offers programmes for undergraduate, graduate and business students both full and part time; all courses are taught in English.
For new residents of Monaco, there is a choice of both international and local schools to consider in Monaco, and in addition there are well known international schools in Nice, Valbonne and Mougins, all within a 45 min drive from Monaco.