Lycee Francais de Chicago (The French International School)

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: (773)665-0066
  • The Lycee Francais de Chicago provides its students with a rigorous bilingual education in a dynamic and welcoming multicultural community.
  • The Lycee draws on the best of the French, American and international educational systems preparing students to thrive at top universities throughout the world.
  • French at its core, the Lycee`s education transforms students into global ambassadors, inspiring them to lead lives of purpose, responsibility and respect.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1995
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students770 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradeLycee Francais de Chicago (The French International School) Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(School colors)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,820
Tuition NotesBase Tuition Rate – $19,820 High school students grade 9 (arrived in or before 2011) – $19,820 fixed rate for the duration of high school High school students grades 10 (arrived in or before 2010) – $18,930 fixed rate for the duration of high school Hi
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$6,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorStephanie van Sice
Admissions AssociateLaurine Planche


Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Gymnastics, Indoor Soccer, Martial Arts, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
GymnasticsIndoor Soccer,
Martial ArtsSoccer,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.36 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Adventures in Space, Automotive Mechatronics, Chess Wizards, Circus Arts, College Preparatory Courses (SAT, ACT, Higher Scientific Education Preparation,...), Computer Building, Crafty Little Hands, Engineering using LEGO ®, Fun Robotics, Homework Help & Group Projects, Kids Can Cook, Mad Science, Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin for Munchkins, Meet the Board, Personalized Homework Help, Product Design with 3D Printing, Tech Crew, Tiny Tinkerers, Web Design, Young Knitter

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Fashion Illustration & Costume Design, Introduction to Graphic Design, Music Ensembles, Musical Theatre, Podcasting, Private Music Lessons (piano, violin, guitar, cello, ...), Scenic Art & Design, Young Potter

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ballet, Breakdance, French Soccer Academy, Girl Power Yoga, Girls on the Run, Latin Dance

School Notes

  • First founded in 1995 by a small group of French and American families, the Lycee began as an international school of fewer than 150 students. Twenty years later, our community has grown dramatically, attracting families from around the world who share the value of an academically challenging and culturally diverse education. Families find a second home at the Lycee because of our commitment to a world-class education and fluency in respect, responsibility, and the joy of learning. Today, the Lycee is Chicago`s premier international education community, consisting of nearly 500 families and more than 750 students. Our program is based on the French National Curriculum combined with key American building blocks. It offers students the best of both worlds. From the extensive French curriculum - taught in French - students become highly proficient critical thinkers by acquiring the rigorous writing skills and broad academic knowledge necessary for the French Baccalaureate. From our strong American program - taught in English - students receive the academic preparation that is sought by American colleges and universities. From multicultural exposure, students gain valuable social and communication skills, and become exceptionally open-minded. Taking into account the richness, diversity, and challenges of this dual-language system, students educated at the Lycee are well-prepared to meet - and often exceed - the demands of the best universities in France, Europe, and North America.
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5  5/15/2017
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