Frequently asked questions

    About us

  • Why open the ECB-CBS in Paris, France?

    The idea of opening the ECB-CBS began in 2011. The founder, Dr. Hélène H. Leone, realized that there were no academic institutions offering Canadian pedagogy in France. Canada is of interest to a large pool of French families based on the coexistence of two international languages, English and French, and of two strong identities, anglophone and francophone. The fact that Canada is a forerunner in pedagogical research and innovation, as well as being recognized for excellence in education and for continued professional development for teachers is a further strength in opening a Canadian school in Paris, France. For Canadian and French institutions, collaboration and partnerships can be developed in the context of La Francophonie du monde

  • Who are the students at the ECB-CBS?

    Students attending the ECB-CBS are between the ages 3-19, grades Kindergarten through 12. The school provides high-quality English and French bilingual education to Canadian, French and International students from diverse backgrounds. 

  • Does the school accept students throughout the year?

    The ECB-CBS accepts students throughout the academic school year. However, to ease a student’s academic transition, we recommend that students begin at the start of a school term: 

    • Term 1 begins in September
    • Term 2 begins in January
    • Term 3 begins in April
  • From what age does the ECB-CBS accept children?

    The ECB-CBS offers grades Kindergarten through 12 for students from 3-19 years of age. The ECB-CBS is committed to meeting the demands and needs of students and their families. For more information on ages and grade placement, please contact

  • Do siblings have admissions priority?

    At the ECB-CBS, we value our students and their families. Applicants who have siblings at the school are given priority provided that they meet the admissions requirements. 

  • Does the school have a bus service?

    The ECB-CBS provides bus services to and from school in Paris and in surrounding areas at an extra cost. All students using the bus service are supervised. For more information on routes and bus fees, please contact

  • What is the school calendar?

    The ECB-CBS school calendar year begins in late August until the end of June.

  • What are the school hours?

    The school day begins at 8:25 am and ends at 3:20 pm, Monday to Friday. After-school activities begin at 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm Monday to Thursday for students not registered in the half-day high performance program.

  • Are there after-school activities?

    The ECB-CBS offers an extensive program of after-school activities for students not registered in the half-day high performance programs. 

  • Do students wear uniforms?

    Yes, all students attending the ECB-CBS are required to wear a school uniform. At the ECB-CBS, we believe that the school uniform demonstrates a sense of pride and unity within our school community, as well as safety requirement during out-of school activités. For more information on ordering School uniforms, please contact

  • Are parents encouraged to be involved at the school?

    At the ECB-CBS, we strongly encourage parents to be involved in and at the school. We value our students and their families, and we are committed to developing and nurturing a strong school community with each and every member of our families.

  • Does the ECB-CBS provide boarding and/or host families for potential students?

    The ECB-CBS does not offer boarding facilities and/or provide homestay families.

  • Does my child require medical insurance?

    Students attending the ECB-CBS are required to have valid medical insurance while studying at the school. For International students requiring more information on medical insurance, please contact

  • Academics

  • Why offer the British Columbia Ministry of Education’s English and French curriculum programs?

    The province of British Columbia has an exceptional education system: students consistently rank among the best in the world according to achievement tests such as the OECD PISA. The ECB-CBS delivers the British Columbia Ministry of Education’s provincially prescribed curriculum for grades Kindergarten through 12 in both English and French. For more information, please visit the OECD PISA and/or the BC Curriculum website.

  • What is the difference between the British Columbia Ministry of Education’s francophone curriculum program and the immersion program?

    The British Columbia Ministry of Education’s francophone curriculum program ensures the linguistic and cultural vitality of the francophone community. The francophone program is a curriculum program provided in a francophone context of learning intended for families whose children consider French to be their first language. The immersion program is intended for non-francophones and for students for whom French is taught as a second language. The ECB-CBS offers the British Columbia Ministry of Education’s francophone curriculum program, as well as an immersion program for non-native speakers of French. For more information on the francophone curriculum program, please visit the BC Curriculum website.

  • What are the language requirements to gain admission to the ECB-CBS?

    For non-native speakers of English or French, the ECB-CBS provides additional language support for all students in grades Kindergarten through 9 with intensive ESL (English as a Second Language) and FSL (French as a Second Language) programs. Students applying for grades 10, 11 or 12 must demonstrate a functional level of academic English or French to complete the literacy and numeracy exam requirements of the British Columbia provincially prescribed curriculum. All non-native speakers of English or French are required to write a language proficiency test during the application process.

  • What is the language of instruction?

    Classes at the ECB-CBS are taught in English and French. 

  • What is the average class size?

    Our class sizes vary from 10-20 students depending on the course subject. However, our maximum class size for core academic courses is a 16:1 student-teacher ratio.

  • Does the ECB-CBS accept students with special learning needs?

    The ECB-CBS will make every effort to accommodate a student’s special learning needs. However, our programs are designed for students who can integrate in the mainstream classroom with some support. The ECB-CBS is not able to accommodate students with moderate or severe disabilities or students with significant conduct, communicative or emotional difficulties. Students who require one-on-one classroom support may be assigned a private special education specialist at an additional cost to the family. For more information on Learning Support Services at the ECB-CBS, please contact


  • What certificate/qualification will my child leave with at the end of his/her schooling at the ECB-CBS?

    Students graduating from the British Columbia Offshore School Program receive the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation, also known as the Dogwood Diploma. The Dogwood Diploma is recognized internationally and accepted by post-secondary institutions worldwide.

  • Will my child be able to gain entry into Universities around the world?

    At the ECB-CBS, our university preparatory program will guide our students and their parents through the university admissions process for colleges and universities in British Columbia, in Canada and around the world.

  • Admissions

  • Is there an admission’s interview?

    There is no required admissions’ interview. However, we want to meet our students and their families. Families are asked to contact the Admissions Office at to schedule an appointment. 

  • Is there a deadline to submit my Application for Admissions at the ECB-CBS?

    No, there is no application deadline, as the ECB-CBS accepts students throughout the academic school year. However, we strongly suggest that applications be completed by February of the year prior to entry to avoid being placed on a wait list. 

  • What are the school fees?

    Information regarding school tuition fees is available on the Fees section of our website. 

  • Does the school offer scholarships and financial aid?

    The ECB-CBS offers a limited number of scholarships and bursaries to qualifying students. For more information on scholarships and bursaries, please contact the Admissions Office at

  • How do I pay the application fee?

    The ECB-CBS accepts payments in Euros or in Canadian dollars. For payment by check in Canadian dollars, please contact the Admissions Office at for the correct exchange rate. 

  • How do I submit my application for admissions?

    All applicants are requested to submit their Online Application Form, including uploading all required documents.

    The application package can be submitted electronically. For electronic packages, please send all materials to the Admissions Office at Please note that larger email files may need to be submitted in separate emails, or scanned using a lower resolution.

  • When will my application be reviewed?

    Applications are reviewed throughout the year upon receipt.

  • My child has been accepted to the ECB-CBS. What is the next step to complete registration?

    Upon acceptance, families will be required to pay the registration deposit fee to secure their enrolment. The full tuition amount must be paid in full by August 1st the year prior of entry. International students must pay the full tuition fee prior to receiving the Letter of Acceptance required for the study permit application. For more information on payment options, please contact the Admissions Office at