Cité Scolaire Internationale de Lyon

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Sixth form college (lycée) building

The Cité Scolaire Internationale de Lyon (CSI), also known as the "Lycée International de Lyon" or Lycée de Gerland, is an international school located near where the Rhône and the Saône meet in the city of Lyon, France. It provides education combining regular French classes with classes in the second language of the student. The international sections include English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese. The classes are taught from primary level all the way up to the high school diploma, the Baccalaureat, which is available with the International Option (OIB, or "Option Internationale du Baccalauréat").

There are 1900 students in the school, from primary to high school; over 40 nationalities are represented.

As in all French lycées, students in the last two years ("première" and "terminale") can choose between an "L" section (literary), an "ES" section (economy and society) and an "S" section (scientific).

International students are also able to prepare for the OIB, and take classes in literature, history and geography in their second language.

The school constantly rates top in the region, i.e. in 2005, 97% of the graduating students received their baccalaureate,[1] whereas the "2004-2005 success rate for the baccalauréat in mainland France was 79.7%" (see baccalauréat article).

The building is located on the Rhône riverside, and is a novelty in terms of architecture. After 15 years of hardship with the famous skyroof, a brand new one has been set in as of September 2007.

As a result of mismanagement, the new school 2009 year could not start at the scheduled date by the college and the high school and was delayed of ten days. The principal, François Chabot, was replaced by Bruno Bigi, then principal of Rosa Parks High School in Neuville-sur-Saône.[2] The administrative tribunal of Lyon reinstated François Chabot in his post on 23 March 2010,[3] triggering an immediate strike of all teachers supported by the two associations of parents[4][5] and students. After a week of strikes and demonstrations, François Chabot was again removed from the CSI on 29 March and Bruno Bigi was recalled.[6] Classes restarted on 30 March.


The school includes the Section Japonaises (リヨン・ジェルラン補習授業校 Riyon Jeruran Hoshū Jugyō Kō "Lyon Gerland Japanese Supplementary School"), which the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) counts as a part-time Japanese supplementary school.[7]


  1. ^ "Lycée de Gerland (établissement public)". L'Express (in French). Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  2. ^ "La Cité scolaire internationale change de tête". Le Progrès (in French). 15 September 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Profs et élèves occupent la Cité Scolaire Internationale" (in French). Lyon info. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Cité scolaire internationale : situation de plus en plus ubuesque à Lyon". Le Progrès (in French). 26 March 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  5. ^ Élisa Frisullo (25 March 2010). "La cité scolaire de Gerland en grève". 20 minutes (in French). Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Cité scolaire internationale : les cours reprennent" (in French). Lyon info. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010.[dead link]
  7. ^ "欧州の補習授業校一覧(平成25年4月15日現在)" (). Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Retrieved on May 10, 2014. Cite Scolaire: "Cité Scolaire Internationale, 2 place de Montréal,69361 LYON CEDEX 07 FRANCE"

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Coordinates: 45°43′40″N 4°49′17″E / 45.7278°N 4.8213°E / 45.7278; 4.8213