Notre-Dame International High School is a private American boarding and day school located in Verneuil-sur-Seine, in the Yvelines, 38km west from Paris city center (France).
Notre-Dame International High School is integrated to Notre-Dame Les Oiseaux, a prestigious French High School with a long history of excellence in the very competitive private high school system. We are privileged to be part of this rich history and look forward to helping our students make the most of both school systems: French and American.
The American section provides bilingual, college preparatory academics to students in grades 9 through 12 and is made up of international students from all over the world. Notre-Dame International High School is an international boarding school, but also offers French homestays for further French cultural immersion. The school introduces an exciting opportunity for non-French speakers to learn the French language and culture while attending an American High School curriculum held in English.
We invite you to visit our school in France and see the great potential which exists in the world’s future international community!
Notre-Dame Les Oiseaux was established in 1929 at the site of the Château de Verneuil by the Congregation of Notre Dame. The school is located in the heart of a beautiful historical park of 13 hectares, with gardens and several century old trees.
The Château de Verneuil has a history going back to the 16th century when it was occupied by French families of nobility up until the French Revolution. The Château was abandoned in the years following the Revolution but was reclaimed by one of its legitimate heirs, Hervé de Tocqueville in 1802. As the son of Hervé de Tocqueville, the famous political thinker and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville spent his adolescence at the Château. The Château also welcomed the great French writer, Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand, while under ownership by the Tocqueville family. In 1817 the property was sold and had various owners until 1929, when the Château was purchased by the Congregation of Notre Dame. The Church itself is recognized as an historical monument.
Verneuil-sur-Seine, located on the River Seine, is “a town on the countryside”, offering all facilities of a residential town, the proximity of Paris, but also a rich natural environment, with parks, gardens, forest, rivers and lakes. From 1000 inhabitants in 1930, Verneuil has grown to 15 000 inhabitants today. This former village became a real town close to the city center of Paris. The town is “young”, with 57% of the inhabitants aged less than 39 years old; culture is a must, with a facility dedicated to dance (Espace Maurice Béjart) and regular cultural events. A swimming pool, a skate park, soccer fields, tennis fields and a Riding Camp, as well as trekking facilities are offered.
The French school currently offers 7 sections: a Kindergarten (5 classes), a Lower School (21 classes), a Middle School (32 classes), an Upper School (26 classes), as well as post-secondary school’s degrees (Business and International Business, Banking, Chemistry), a further education training center for adults and since September 2010, the American section called Notre-Dame International High School.
Today, the campus welcomes a large community of approximately 3,000 pupils (both French students attending the French curriculum and international students attending the American school itself). The majority of these students range in age from 14-17 years old, but the school does provide education to students aged 4-20 in pre-school (Kindergarten) to post secondary education.
There are roughly 230 staff members including teachers, admin and maintenance staff who oversee the students and the school’s facilities and gardens (on a total of 13 hectares of land).
Investments are made year after year on the campus to improve and modernize the facilities offered to students. Since Notre-Dame Les Oiseaux provides college level education, the school has excellent science and computer labs, with up to date science instruments.
The facilities offered include:
The school welcomes students with various statuses:
Notre-Dame International High School’s curriculum is based on a tried-and-true American curriculum which has been developed at St Paul Preparatory School, in the USA. NDIHS offers students an American-styled high school education in English, leading to an American High School Diploma. In addition to the American curriculum (Math, English, Social Studies, Science), the school offers an extensive French language and culture program as well as enrichment courses taught by French teachers (Music, Art, Physical Education).
Our curriculum provides students with quality, college preparatory academics and enrichment through the arts and physical education. Our classes are taught from a culturally relativistic perspective and take advantage of the wealth of diversity within our student body.
Teachers share a passion for working with students from around the world. The majority of our faculty members hold a Master’s degree or higher, and many have professional career experience beyond the classroom. We truly care about the well-being of our students and offer them a safe, supportive and nurturing environment in which to learn.
We aim to give students opportunities for the development of self-awareness, social consciousness, leadership skills and creativity through our enrichment activities, clubs and study abroad program. We also recognize the importance of providing our students with an enjoyable and memorable high school experience, and promote positive interaction through field trips, dances and other social events. Students are encouraged to take an active role in shaping the culture and climate of their international school, ensuring that it is a comfortable place to grow and learn.
Our school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or disability in the administration of its admissions and scholarship programs, the administration of its educational, athletic, or other school programs, or its employment practices.
The primary educational goal of our school is to prepare students for professional success in the global community. We believe that students must be culturally literate and competent problem-solvers.
Our curriculum emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills and intercultural learning within a college preparatory academic framework. We also recognize the benefits of non-formal learning that students gain from their daily interactions.
The school values individualized learning. Our teacher to student ratio ranges from 1:6 to 1:25. Small classes create an environment for personal interaction between students and teachers, and provide the opportunity for students to explore topics of personal interest. Teachers are able to focus on the individual instructional needs of their students, particularly on needs to develop their English abilities.
Significant global changes suggest a need for corresponding changes in the ways in which we think about ourselves and the world. International education is an approach to learning focused on thinking competencies that help students to perform successfully in intercultural contexts. This approach also includes the development of intercultural communication skills.
The emphasis on personal and social responsibility supports the learning and helps young people apply their international education to everyday and global situations. Ultimately, we aim for students to make meaning of their international education and integrate this learning into their life experience.
In order to fulfill our mission to prepare students to be competent global professionals, Notre-Dame International High School offers a wide variety of courses in science, mathematics, language arts, foreign language, social science, arts, and physical education. We strive to provide an appropriate level of academic challenge for all students, and encourage their involvement in the arts and other enrichment courses. In each of our classes we endeavor to maintain a culturally relativistic viewpoint, and encourage students to share their personal experiences to increase the awareness and understanding of their peers.
Notre-Dame International High School’s graduates have been admitted at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajará, Tabasco, (Mexico), Faculty of Philosophy, Novi Sad (Serbia), Canisius College, SUNY Fredonia, Penn State University, Abington/University Park, Arizona State University, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, American University of Beirut, Fordham University, Eugene Lang, Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), University of Sheffield’s Law School, LSBF (London School of Business and Finance), Regent American College London (member of the, Webster University network), Hult University of Business, Ekonomski fakultet – Zagreb (Croatia), Russian State Medical University, University of S. Florida, Barry University, Santa Barbara University, San Diego University, University of Florida, European University of Barcelona, Caucasus Business School of Georgia, Free University of Georgia, Tbilisi Teaching University, University of St Thomas, Atelier Hourde année préparatoire aux écoles de creation, Savannah College of Art and Design, Parsons Paris- the New School for Design, Penn State Erie, University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, University of Colorado, Kings College London, Kaplan International College London, Texas A&M University, Chicago, Institute of Art, Parsons New York, SUNY Ferdonia, Canisius College and Buffalo State College. One of our students has been recently admitted at Wharton School at Upenn. This is consistently rated among the top 3 business schools in the US alongside Stanford and Harvard.
The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for all students.
Following is a list of clubs/sports that are currently active in our school. They include clubs that are exclusive to the American section as well as opportunities for involvement in the French school (list subject to changes):
List of available clubs will be updated at the beginning of the school year, depending on students’ motivations and interest.
For more information or to arrange a visit please contact:
Céline Gibassier, Admissions Officer
Phone : +33 9 70 40 79 22