French Accredited Program
The Awty International School offers Houston's only program accredited by the French Ministry of National Education, providing the French curriculum from Maternelle through Terminale, and culminating in the French Baccalauréat.
In Maternelle - Petite, Moyenne, and Grande Sections - we offer a bilingual immersion program in English and French. The language of instruction alternates daily and students develop fluency in both languages. Continuing in CP and CE1, while the core subjects are taught in French, specials such as Second Language, Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer Basics, and Technology Projects are taught in English, accounting for 40% of the instructional time. In all other grades, students continue their study of English, from Beginner to Native Speaker levels, and have multiple academic and extracurricular opportunities to enrich their linguistic and intercultural skills by being a part of a richly diverse international community.
The main entry point is Petite Section with a total of 30 seats in the English/French immersion classes. After Petite Section, while we are able to accommodate new students in each grade, the number of openings is based on attrition. Some grades may have room for one or two new students while others may have 10 to 12.
Admissions is open to applicants coming from both French accredited and non-accredited programs, but the requirements vary. In all cases, the admissions process is selective and subject to the availability of openings in the intended grade of entry.
Please refer to the AEFE website to search for French accredited school outside of France.
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the stated deadlines: October 31 for Primary grade levels, November 30 for Secondary grade levels. Applications received past these deadlines will be processed on a rolling basis subject to the availability of openings in the intended grade of entry.
Applicants from Accredited Schools
Applicants from schools accredited by the French Ministry of National Education (écoles homologuées) must provide the following minimum requirements: the school records for the previous and current school year and the Certificat de scolarité from the current school. However, as admission is selective, the more information we have for each student, the better informed the decisions of the admissions committee will be. We encourage you to review the list of requirements for applicants from non-accredited schools and to complete as many of those as possible (with the exception of the admissions testing).
Applicants from Non-Accredited Schools
Students applying from schools not accredited by the French Ministry of National Education must complete all requirements as outlined for each division, with the exception of the admissions testing (i.e. WISC, WPPSI, ISEE, OLSAT), which may be substituted by a placement test (test d'entrée).
We understand that applying from an overseas location can be complicated. While we recommend visiting Awty and Houston during the application process, we will work with you to facilitate your application should you run into any obstacles meeting the application requirements.
- Visiting Awty
- Online Application & Fee
- Requirements - Students from Accredited Schools
- Requirements - Students from Non-accredited schools
Group tours will be available beginning in September 2017 for applicants to the 2018-2019 school year. Please check back after September 1 for a registration link for a tour, information session or open house.
If you are not a local resident and would like to schedule a visit to coincide with your travel plans, please contact the Admissions Office directly and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(For entry to the 2017-2018 academic year, please call admissions before submitting an application.)
The application is available online only. First time applicants will need to create a new user account. Families already affiliated with Awty should use their existing My Backpack account.
There is a $200 non-refundable fee payable online with submission of the application.
Please be prepared to upload a photograph of the applicant.
Additional information as described in the links is optional, though recommended, for students applying from a French accredited school. It is required of all other applicants though in some cases the testing may be waived in lieu of a French placement exam (test d'entrée).
Please click on the grade level to see complete instructions, requirements and important dates:
Early Learning – PS - CP
Lower School – CE1 - CM2
Secondary School – 6ème - Terminale