Lycée Condorcet (Sydney)

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Lycée Condorcet
Lycée Condorcet is located in Sydney
Lycée Condorcet
Lycée Condorcet
Lycée Condorcet is located in New South Wales
Lycée Condorcet
Lycée Condorcet
Lycée Condorcet is located in Australia
Lycée Condorcet
Lycée Condorcet
758 Anzac Parade, Maroubra, NSW 2035

Coordinates33°56′8″S 151°14′20″E / 33.93556°S 151.23889°E / -33.93556; 151.23889Coordinates: 33°56′8″S 151°14′20″E / 33.93556°S 151.23889°E / -33.93556; 151.23889
TypePublic, day school, co-educational
MottoThe International French School of Sydney [2]
PrincipalSébastien Mathey
Enrolment~1000 (Preschool-12) as of 08/2018[1]
Colour(s)Blue, Red & White

Lycée Condorcet Sydney (also known as the International French School of Sydney and formerly as the French School of Sydney) is a French-based public co-educational day school located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney in Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia from Maternelle - 12. It is linked to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is approved by the AEFE (Agency for French Teaching Abroad), and regulated by French authorities. The IB Diploma Programme is approved by the International Baccalaureate Organization.[3] It is also locally a member of the Association of Independent Schools.[4] The petite and moyenne section of maternelle are approved by the NSW Department of Community Services.


The school was established in 1969,[5] and was renamed to 'Lycée Condorcet' in 1988 on the eve of the bicentenary of the French Revolution of 1789. This name was based on Marie Jean Antoine Caritat, the marquis of Condorcet, the famous father of French Education.[6]

In 2003, the school moved to its current location in Maroubra, on the site of the former Maroubra High School.


The curriculum taught at the Lycée Condorcet follows the French education system, with the exception of the English classes which follow the NSW curriculum. Staff at the school are mostly French trained teachers.

The International French school accepts enrolments from all students with a working knowledge of French in primary school and secondary school and students who only speak English are welcome to join the school from year 10 onwards as part of the International Baccalaureate program. Students from grade 10 to 12 are classed in the upper secondary school, considered the 'international section' by the school. Students in these years are prepared for their upcoming International Baccalaureate exams or they prepare the French Baccalaureate. Those students taking the International Baccalaureate (IB) are taught by teachers entirely in English for the rest of these years whereas those taking the French Baccalaureate study entirely in French. [4][7]

Despite being in New South Wales, the school does not formally conform to the Department of Education's curriculum, but is registered by the NSW government as a specialist school from preschool level to year 12. Unlike non-government or government schools in the state, the students are not required to wear uniform whilst attending classes, as is the custom in France. The school year follows the European calendar. It begins in August and ends in June, unlike the Australian education system which starts the year in January and ends it in December.


The student population at the school is made up of over 20 nationalities and the school has initiated effort to make sure non-Francophone students learn French via foreign language classes.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Meet the Principal". Lycée Condorcet. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  2. ^ "Lycée Condorcet's motto". Lycée Condorcet. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  3. ^ "ib. Lycee Condorcet - The lnternational French School of Sydney". ib.
  4. ^ a b c "School presentation". Lycée Condorcet. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  5. ^ "Who we are". Lycée Condorcet. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  6. ^ "History of Lycée Condorcet". Lycée Condorcet. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  7. ^ "Description". Lycée Condorcet. Retrieved 2010-01-05.

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