Lycee Georges Pompidou School
Updated March 04, 2013
1 The Lycee Geoeoges Pompidou in Academic City Dubai is a co-educational French-medium
I have my 2 children (aged 7 and 3) in the Lycee Francais. The French school is all right; but my idea of schooling is the old type of schooling, where the French school is of the model of learning when to read and write at the age of 6 or 7.
It is the only French speaking school in Dubai, and I have chosen it because when I go back home, there will be more choice for me to place my children in a French speaking school.
My 4 year old daughter has been attending what is called the Lycee Georges Pompidou since September and we're very happy with it so far. She is in maternelle moyenne section where the emphasis is really on play, preparation for reading and writing, cooking and eating (!) and the usual nursery activities. There's a reasonable mix of nationalities in the school with nearly half the children coming from French expatriate families and the others from Arab, mainly Lebanese families.
Class size is about 25/26 which I think is a bit big for the age group but the teacher has a full time assistant - both are French.
The only real weakness I've found so far is that they do not put much emphasis on physical education and don't even have such good facilities. Most other schools in Dubai have playing fields and a swimming pool but they only have a "salle de sport" which I think the children are taken to once a day. The Sharjah campus might be different though.
The school is over subscribed and have to give priority to French passport holders so you need to get your child's name down pretty quickly I'd imagine.
This page was last updated by Leigh Butler on March 04, 2013