Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley

  • Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley is a pionner bilingual school in the East Bay, founded in 1977
  • It offers a full-immersion program for children ages 2 to 14 (Preschool to Middle School).
  • We prepare students to be not just linguistically but culturally fluent. EB graduates are extraordinary communicators, equipped with critical thinking skills and at ease with complexity
  • Accredited by CAIS/WASC and the French Ministry of Education.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1977
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$460
Summer Program Cost Notesweekly rate.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students461 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers58 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 25 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$28,420
Tuition NotesTuition does not include extended day care.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorManon Johnson
Endowment Size$0.384 million


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Chinese, Cooking Classes, Fencing, Lego Robotics, Soccer Classes, Yoga

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Choir, Piano, Ukelele Club, Violin

Recreational Athletic Programs:
basketball, Judo, Soccer Team

School Notes

  • Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley nurtures creative, multilingual learners, equipped to confidently embrace the delights and challenges of an interconnected world.
  • Founded in 1977 by a group of parents passionate about bilingual education, Ecole Bilingue has grown to become the most renowned French American school in the East Bay, with about 450 students from Preschool to 8th grade.
  • Our students are immersed in the French language and culture for most of their day and acquire solid academic, social and emotional skills throughout their education at EB.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Our daughter started at EB in kindergarten, wish we would have started in their preschool program which looks excellent and is a sort of separated from the "big kids." She's in 4th grade now and we have been very happy at EB. The community of parents, teachers and administrators are really wonderful. The school works tirelessly to be the best school out there. Their curriculum is a combination of French, like it would be in France, and American. The kids adapt well to this and they truly become citizens of the world, as their motto promises. I'm writing now especially to say how quickly and unbelievably well the school adapted to online learning when it had to shut down in March 2020, due to the Covid 19 crisis. Other schools took weeks to figure it out. We shut down on a Friday and by Monday, everyone was logging in and had a plan for the day and weeks to come. It's a very impressive place with a wonderful group of committed people.
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EB is an absolutely wonderful school. Teachers are top notch, responsive, creative, on top of current methods but intentional, and constantly working on interesting projects that will teach and use skills as well as engage the kids. They're fun and flexible, accommodating different learning styles while maintaining control over the class, which is so important for kids to concentrate and learn. Support staff are amazing, and the Administration is responsive, well-organized, friendly, deeply engaged with the school, and absolutely dedicated to excellence. The curriculum balances French and English so as to provide really solid learning in both, and meeting both French and American standards. Art, music, science, computer programming, and sports are included in the curriculum and used as language learning activities (in the lower grades, at least, many of these are conducted entirely in French). There are loads of extracurriculars available: art, music, soccer, judo, gardening, languages, science and math clubs, cooking- fencing during camps! And also great morning and afternoon childcare coverage for a really reasonable rate.
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Fantastic school. Both of my kids have had an amazing time. Incredibly talented and high quality teachers. Excellent, nurturing environment. Great community of caring and diverse parents. My children move between French and English seamlessly and have developed an enriching set of friends. A fantastic school.
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