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Lycée Saint Joseph Public School

Address:  1 Rue Palou, 64400 Oloron-Sainte-Marie
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Description Lycée Saint Joseph Public School

The recently renovated public school Lycée Saint Joseph is located in the small town of Oloron Sainte Marie (population of approximately 12 thousand people). This cozy, charming little town near the Spanish border, next to the Pyrenees mountains, which makes it quite a busy center of tourism and skiing.

Lycée Saint Joseph accepts both French citizens and international students (aged 15 and over) for the program of the senior classes (10-12 years). All children (up to 300 people) study together: so foreign students can quickly develop knowledge of French, and overall progress becomes faster. Students are brought up valuable social qualities: responsibility, mutual respect and tolerance, independence, ability to defend their point of view. Students constantly interact with each other while working on various projects, research, major works: it helps to learn how to work with representatives of any nationality, to prepare for life in a single international community. Graduates of the school are active and responsible citizens, real cosmopolitans , who successfully builds an international career.

The high school in France is divided into two levels:

  • The College (grades 6-9);
  • The Lycee (grades 10-12);
  • The final step is the training on the undergraduate program.

The main emphasis in teaching is done in the lessons of the French language, literature, science and economics. For foreign students, the assistance and support of a special employee and consul is provided. The list of subjects can vary depending on the chosen level of training (from the class), but the basic, fundamental disciplines are generally the same:

  • Mathematics;
  • French;
  • Physics;
  • The first foreign language (usually English);
  • The second foreign language (often Spanish or German);
  • The art;
  • Biology;
  • Geography;
  • Sport and physical culture;
  • History.

Lycée Saint Joseph does not work on holidays, on public holidays and national holidays - this is the time the students spend in host families. On weekdays (Monday - Friday) lessons start at 8 a.m. and end at 5-6 p.m.; Some classes are held in the morning on Wednesday or Saturday. The hour break for lunch and short intervals between classes in the morning and afternoon block are provided.

Sports activities are not included in the compulsory curriculum - usually students take time to exercise during the weekend, when they are in the homes of host families, or in the evenings on Saturday or Wednesday.

Usual schedule for the day:

  • 7:00 - start of the day;
  • 7: 10-7: 45 - breakfast;
  • 8:00 - residences stay closed for the daytime;
  • 8:30 - 12:00 - morning block of academic studies;
  • 12:00 - 13:00 - lunch;
  • 13:00 - 16:00 - afternoon block of academic studies;
  • 17: 00-18: 00 - free time, Visiting electives and student clubs;
  • 19: 00-19: 30 - dinner;
  • 20: 00-21: 00 - free time, independent work and study;
  • 21:00 -22: 00 - free time for rest and entertainment, communication and games with friends;
  • 22:15 - end of the day.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Lycée Saint Joseph Public School

Program name
from 5 845 € / semester

Quick overview: in the 10th grade, basic, fundamental sciences are studied, which are divided into 3 blocks (or series):

  • S (série scientifique) is a natural science, physics and mathematics;
  • ES (série économique et sociale) - economics and social (humanities) sciences;
  • L (série littéraire) - philosophy, French and foreign languages.

About the educational program: student can not enroll immediately in the 12th class (Terminale), if before that he did not finish the last two classes of the French school - that's why the students usually choose 10 (Seconde) or 11 (Première) class. Foreign students for studying must confirm the high level of knowledge of the French language and pass the relevant examinations.

Accommodation and food

Lycée Saint Joseph works on the principle of a five-day workweek: from Monday to Friday, children study and live in campus residences, and on weekends, holidays and vacations they go to the homes of host families. Each family is selected for each student individually, is constantly monitored and checked by the school staff - you can be sure that the schoolchildren are provided with the most comfortable and safe conditions. Family members provide students with cozy rooms, meals, laundry, have the right to monitor academic success and overall academic performance. Also, the family helps to solve administrative and domestic issues, and in case of injury or discomfort, organizes timely medical assistance (visit to the clinic or call a doctor).

The school residence, where pupils live five days a week (Monday to Friday), provides cozy, fully equipped rooms for 1-2 people. Common rooms at the residence are: dining rooms, lounges and bathrooms. Meals are organized according to the principle of full boarding.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: biology, business, chemistry, design, drama, economics, English, geography, history, Information Technology, law, maths, modern languages, music, physical Culture, physics
Events list: badminton, dancing, football, mountaineering, music studio, theater Workshop

Events Lycée Saint Joseph Public School

In your spare time, you can learn ski or other sports, play music or drama, fine arts, learn cinematography and video shooting technology. In winter (subject to good weather), you can go to the ski resort.

Equipment Lycée Saint Joseph Public School

Lycée Saint Joseph has a modern computer classroom, functional research laboratories for practical classes (there are also separate laboratories for biology or chemistry), equipped with classrooms; an extensive library, classes for music or art. Also on the territory there is a general Student Center, two student's clubs, a diverse sports infrastructure, fields and grounds (including a modern climbing wall).

Term dates and fees

Trimester runs from August 24 to December 18 (the required date of arrival for training is indicated); The fall semester is from August 24 to February 12, and the full academic year is from August 24 to June 18.

Note the official and state weekend when the school is not working:

  • Christmas holidays (two weeks from the end of October to the beginning of November);
  • Christmas (two weeks, including Christmas and New Year itself);
  • Winter Holidays (two weeks From mid-February to mid-March);
  • Spring break (two weeks from mid-April to mid-May);
  • Summer holidays (two months, begin at the beginning of July).

Christmas holidays and holidays, as well as summer holidays are unified for all schools in France. The other dates of the holidays can vary depending on the location of the institution (zone A, B, C).

The cost of the program already includes:

  • Administration fee;
  • Accommodation on the basis of the school and the host family on weekends, holidays and vacations;
  • 24-hour support and security, emergency telephone line 24/7.

Some services are paid additionally:

  • Round trip airfares;
  • Visas and fees;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Additional excursions, sports and creative entertainment;
  • Additional language classes;
  • Pocket expenses;
  • Language Courses E-learning;
  • Transfer in both directions;
  • Teaching aids, books and materials.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

  • It is necessary to have a personal interview before you arrive in the country and school. Students must complete their studies in the last grades of the French school (level A2), demonstrate excellent academic achievements and academic success, prepare a recommendation letter from the teacher of the French language.
  • In order to begin training in August, the application must be submitted before March 31, to begin classes in January - until October 31.


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Lycée Saint Joseph Public School reviews

SMAPSE consulant
Dear Svetlana, thank you for you enquiry. Before applying to the school our managers need to check the availability in this school because we're very close to the beginning of 2019 and there is a chance that there won't be any places available for your child. Our manager will contact you shortly regarding it.
Svetlana Sorokina
Dear Admission team Please if you can guide me what documents are required for my son to be accepted in your school for French Baccalauréat boarding school. He is currently in grade 11, in Choueifat school in Dubai, holder of a Russian passport, he is 15 y.o., date of birth 11.02.2003. If there is a possibility for him joining term 2 in January 2019, will be most desired. His French is equivalent to DELF B1. We would like Maxim to study in French and be prepared for Universities in France. I think French Baccalaureate is the best option for this. With best regards, Svetlana Sorokina Mother of Maxim

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