The history of the bilingual school of Haute Savoie started in 2009 when, after a detailed needs and gaps analysis of the area in terms of bilingual education, Hélène Jager, Dale Wells and Mathilde Mondongou decided to join forces to create the organisation whose name still shares the name of the school, and opened the first two nursery classes in 2010, with nineteen children.
With the sponsorship of the townhall in Annecy Le Vieux, we started working in premises in the activity park of Les Glaisins. The project aroused such a keen interest that the school opened two classes each year, from nursery school to the end of primary school, reaching the number of 150 children in 2013 .
In September 2013, the original buildings became too small and the school found a more suitable space in Pré de Challes, where eight classes (four mixed nursery classes and four mixed primary classes) opened in brand new buildings with all the necessary facilities (gym, school restaurant…)
The success and great reputation of the school grew rapidly, and again with support of municiapal authorities, the bilingual school found new premises, aiming for two full educative programmes. A building was set out for the school needs in September 2015 and housed two nursery school classrooms and one in the first year of primary school (CP). In 2016, three more classrooms were opened, and a fourth one in 2017.
Our second full educative programme will be completed in September 2019, with a total of sixteen classes, which is however, far from meeting the needs of the families wishing for their children to benefit from such a programme.
In september 2018, the secondary school opened, allowing the students to both follow the French curriculum and get quality education in English. The first year (6ème) opened with seventeen students, installed in the temporary premises of Pré Faucon.
In June 2017, after being a pilot school, the EbiHS got the first quality label for independent private schools, thus certifying that the school complied in all areas (administrative, logistical, security as well as educational) with the process aiming at the best quality in re ception and education.
In September 2020 the 2 schools were reorganized and the college, located on the Pommaries site, now has three classes: the 6e, 5e and 4e (equivalent Year 7, 8 and 9 in UK). The college also became a “Cambridge school”, a testament to the quality of its English program.