School starts « la rentrée des classes » at the beginning of September.
Children have a
- two weeks holiday for « la Toussaint » (end of October-beginning of November),
- two weeks around Christmas and New Year "vacances de Noël", "vacances de fin d'année",
- two weeks in February-march « vacances de février »,
- two week in March-April « vacances de Pâques » or « vacances de printemps »,
- school ends beginning of July "vacances d'été" "grandes vacances".
What is a « zone » ?
France has been divided into 3 zones so there's not everybody on the roads leaving the same day to go on holiday... (remember this the day you will be stuck in a huge traffic jam...).
Depending on your zone, your child might have different holiday dates from children in a different region.
How can I find my « zone » ?
Usually you get this information from the school at the beginning of the year, but if you don't know, go to :
There's a map of France, click on your region and you'll discover when your children will be on holidays.
Usually, children at « école maternelle » and
« école élémentaire » don't go to school on wednesday.
- back to school : 13:30 -16:30
If you want or need, your child can stay one more hour 16:30-17:30 in « études », « études dirigées », « aide aux devoirs ». It's not a class but it's still at school. It's a time dedicated to the homeword and most of the time children are looked after by students.
For lunch, you can take your kid back home (in this case he is « externe ») or he can go to the « cantine » (he
stays at school for lunch), this is « demi-pension ». If you want your child to eat at "la cantine", you
will have to provide your "quotient familial".
If your children are « au collège » they study between 25-28 hours a week. And « au lycée » 30-40.
Be careful, in France you must know your child's « emploi du
temps » his time schedule because « au collège » and « au lycée » it's very flexible. Some days he might start at 8 and finish at 5 and some other days start at 10
and finish at 4 or 6...
Back to school / école