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Starting at a new school can be a daunting prospect - especially if you are also moving to a new city or country. Language barriers, cultural contrasts, making new friends and building a social network from scratch can bring challenges during this exciting time for you and your family. The information in this section has been put together to help new families settle into life in the Anglophone Section and at the CSI Lyon.


Our Section prides itself on being welcoming to and supportive of families that are new to the school and to Lyon: we want to do everything we can to help you hit the ground running at school as you start this exciting phase in your family's life. 


If you have any questions that are not answered below, or if you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Anglophone Section on ​

A big welcome to all new families joining the Anglophone Section!

To help new families settle in Lyon, APESA has put in place practical support and opportunities to connect with the school community. These include:

  • The APESA Volunteer Committee, which aims to organise informal social events throughout the school year. These include coffee mornings, book sales, potluck suppers, picnics and other events. The Volunteer Committee is organised by the APESA Board.

  • The CSI Anglophone Section Parents Facebook Group: this provides an informal contact point for APESA parents. You can make a request to join the group here.

  • The Anglophone Section website, which is kept up-to-date with information about the CSI and the Section.

  • Regular email communications to provide important information (in English) for all families

  • The Anglophone Section community calendar, which includes all the important academic, administrative and social events for the Anglophone Section students and parents.

If you want to find out more being part of the Anglophone Section community, please contact the APESA President on

Information for new families

At the start of each year, during the first week of school, meetings are organised where the APESA President and the Head of Section welcome new families to the Section. At this meeting a presentation is made for new families: the 2022-2023 presentation will be available on this website in due course. 

The CSI Lyon​

The CSI Lyon is a French state school and has the same administrative and pedagogical set-up as other schools in France. In essence, the administration of the CSI Lyon is responsible for a wide range of functions, including the provision of pastoral care and guidance, monitoring absences, organising the school cantine, school transport etc.


For families that are new to the French educational system and the daily functioning of a French school, the Anglophone Section has put together an English-language booklet that provides information on these, and many other, topics. 

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