Admissions

LFI is committed to educating children appropriately to their needs and irrespective of their religion, nationality or gender and to providing the physical and educational means to ensure the success of the child’s education.

Please note that the completion of an application form does not in any way guarantee a place in the school for your child.

Infant Classes

Certain criteria must be met before a child can be accepted in our infant classes:

  1. Age: The child must be three years old by 31st August the year of entry.  For children born between the 1st of September and the 31st of December of the year of entry, it may be possible for them to start in January of the current school year provided there are places available and according to the same priority criteria as those for entry in September.
  2. Toilet training: The child must be toilet trained before starting in the infant classes.

On receipt of the completed application, the school attributes a place on the waiting list in accordance with the following priority criteria:

  1. Children who have siblings enrolled in the school.
  2. French-speaking pupils and pupils from French-speaking schools.
  3. Children of LFI staff members and diplomats.

Given the number of applications received each year by the school, it is preferable to complete an application as far as possible in advance of the date when the child should start school.
For applications with equal priority, the date of the first application for enrolment determines the waiting list place attributed. The same system applies to applications with no priority criteria.

All decisions on admissions are taken by the Principal.

Junior Classes

On receipt of the completed application, the school attributes a place on the waiting list in accordance with the following priority criteria:

  1. Sufficient mastery of the French language to be able to benefit from education through French.  We may require a French language assessment (DELF Prim).
  2. Children who have siblings enrolled in the school.
  3. French-speaking pupils and pupils from French-speaking schools.
  4. Children of LFI staff members and diplomats.

Given the number of applications received each year by the school, it is preferable to complete an application as far as possible in advance of the date when the child should start school. For applications with equal priority, the date of the first application for enrolment determines the waiting list place attributed. The same system applies to applications with no priority criteria.

All decisions on admissions are taken by the Principal.

1. Place the child’s name on the waiting list as soon as possible by submitting an application with the necessary supporting documentation.

2. Offers of places will be made at the beginning of the calendar year the school year in question starts:

a)  If a place is available, you will receive a place offer letter together with the Terms of Business and Code of Behaviour of the school. You have eight working days to confirm your acceptance of the place or cancel your application by e-mail to inscriptionsprimaire@lfi.ie, after which time the place may be offered to another child on the waiting list and the application voided.
The enrolment will be confirmed by e-mail to the parents only when
– the coupon confirming acceptance of the Terms of Business and Code of Behaviour has been received by the school, duly completed and signed
– the non-returnable admission fee of €500 per confirmed place has been paid
– the deposit of €500 for the first child, €450 for the second child and €375 for the third and any other child (deductible from the school fees for the first term) has been paid.
NB: These fees are non-returnable if the application does not proceed.

b) If there is no place in the class requested the child will remain on the waiting list and an offer will be made when a place becomes available.

3. The parents whose children did not get a place will be contacted by e-mail during the first term and asked whether they wish to keep their child on the waiting list for the next class for the following academic year. If there is no answer the application will be voided.

4. At the end of the third term you will receive information about the next school year and be asked to come and complete the formalities relating to your child’s entry to the school.

We advise you to place the child’s name on the waiting list as soon as possible by submitting an application with the necessary supporting documentation.Download and complete the application form here.Return it, together with the required documentation:*
  1. copy of birth certificate/passport/ID card
  2. confirmation of attendance from current school (if applicable)
  3. school reports from previous school year (if applicable)
LFI Primary School, Foxrock Avenue, Dublin 18 D18 HP73On receipt of these documents we will send you confirmation that you are on the waiting list.*NB: If these documents are not provided the request for enrolment is not valid and your application will not be processed.

Apart from specific minor requests by the teacher (paper handkerchiefs etc.) most of the class materials are included in the school fees.

The Lycée Français d’Irlande secondary school (both Collège and Lycée) is located in Clonskeagh on a shared campus with St Kilian’s Deutsche Schule: the Eurocampus.  The Eurocampus integration project unites both schools and covers 1st, 2nd and 3rd year classes.  It is a bilingual teaching programme based integrating these classes into the Irish educational system, thus offering pupils greater proficiency in English.

The Lycée Français d’Irlande draws parents’ attention to the fact that the age required by the Irish regulations for entry to secondary school may affect primary school admissions. The French-Irish double curriculum at the LFI (the Eurocampus programme) begins in 1st year and continues during 2nd and 3rd year. It requires that pupils be twelve years old by 1st January of the academic year that they enter 1st year. Parents should note that if children have been moved to a higher class while in primary school and are younger than the usual cohort, they may be refused entry into 1st year or subsequent years. Parents should contact the Admissions Department for further information when applying.

Junior Cycle (Collège)

In the French system, 6th class is part of the secondary school. This year is an important preparation year for pupils for the Eurocampus integration programme in 1st Year.  It also serves to consolidate the foundation work carried out in the primary school.  In 6th class pupils take two subjects in English (music and art) and the history curriculum is divided between English and French (four classes per week in French with the remaining class in English).  English classes are held in smaller groups for four classes out of five.

Pupils of the junior cycle (‘Collège’) from 1st to 3rd year are part of the bilingual programme with St Kilian’s combining the French and Irish national syllabi. This programme consists of 50% of classes undertaken in English and 50% in French. Pupils are integrated into the three existing Irish class groups (A, B, and C) and remain in these groups for the three remaining years of Collège. Both curricula have been combined so that they are both fully covered by the programme. Pupils have the opportunity to sit both the French Diplôme National du Brevet and the Irish Junior Certificate.

Senior Cycle (Lycée)

For the final cycle of the secondary school (‘Lycée’), pupils prepare for the Baccalaureate (the French equivalent of the Leaving Certificate). Three Baccalaureate series are available: Literary (L),  Economic(ES) or Scientific(S).  Languages offered are: English, German, Spanish and Latin.  Special options taught are:

  • L: mathematics
  • ES: mathematics or social science and politics
  • S: physics or biology or  mathematics

An additional two hours of history, taught through English, is in place from 4th year on to prepare pupils for an eventual Baccalaureate with a European Option.

The Lycée Français d’Irlande also offers the possibility to take the American Option of the International Option of the Baccalaureate.

Pupils can also study for and sit the Leaving Certificate by choosing to follow the Irish curriculum with St Kilian’s.  Currently pupils do not prepare for both final school exams.

However, the Baccalaureate is officially recognised by Irish universities (Trinity College, UCD, DCU, DIT….) and the International Option of the Baccalaureate is an advantage for those who wish to study at an English-speaking university.  Pupils have the option of applying to Irish universities through the CAO (Central Applications Office) system.

In the event of over-subscription to a particular class, applicants are placed on a waiting list.  Admission to LFI is then pursuant to the following criteria:

  • Siblings of an existing pupil
  • Level of French
  • Pupils of one of the AEFE’s schools
  • Children of an LFI employee

It should be noted that only after the school’s admission criteria as above have been applied will the date on which the application was made be taken into consideration in determining an applicant’s position on the waiting list.

All decisions in relation to admissions are taken by the school principal.

You are reminded that sending in a form does not constitute an enrolment, it is just a request.

The document can be filled in directly, printed, signed and sent, together with the necessary documents, to:

Lycée Français d'Irlande
Eurocampus Dublin
Roebuck Road
Clonskeagh
Dublin 14
D14 P7F2

The Admissions Commission takes place in February, then subsequently in May.
It is important to note that pupils must have a good level of French to be enrolled in the secondary school.

To enrol your child, please read the terms and conditions before completing your application, then download and complete the relevant form below:

Sixième/6th classCinquième/1st yearQuatrième/2nd yearTroisième/3rd year
2nde/4th year1ère/5th yearTerminale/6th year

Don’t forget to include the following documents:

Exemption from studying Irish if relevant (for Junior Cycle only):

Book lists will be posted here in June.

Please check the enclosed document.

Per yearPer term
Infant classes€5,241€1,747
Junior classes€4,392€1,464
6th class and junior cycle (resident)€4,749€1,583
6th class and junior cycle (non-resident)€6,384€2,128
Senior cycle (resident)€5,604€1,868
Senior cycle (non-resident)€7,389€2,463
Additional fee for International Section (OIB)€1,000€   334

Note that the infant and junior classes Lunch Supervision Charge has been incorporated into the general school fees.

Please read the full Terms of Business.

Grants are available for the children of French or binational families who do not have the means to pay the entirety or part of the LFI school fees. Information about the possibility of obtaining a grant is circulated by the school each year.

Note that parents MUST live in Ireland to be eligible for a grant.

Senior cycle in a host family

Thanks to host families, the Lycée Français d’Irlande welcomes pupils whose parents do not live in Ireland to Dublin. This opportunity allows pupils to follow the French curriculum while developing their mastery of English language.

Host families programme

For more information: click here

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