Frequently Asked Questions
We have prepared a list of the most frequently asked questions by new families, along with answers. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Where is the International School of Toulouse located?
The International School of Toulouse is located in the town of Colomiers on the western edge of Toulouse.
Our address is:
2, allée de l’Herbaudière
Route de Pibrac
Tel: +33 (0)5 62 74 26 74
Fax: +33 (0)5 62 74 26 75
GPS Coordinates: 43°36'53.24" N, 1°18'11.89" E
Does IST have any boarding facilities?
No, we only accept day students who are living with their parents/legal guardian or a host family
What are the school hours at IST?
Primary students attend school from 08h30 to 16h00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 08h30 to 12h00 on Wednesday although our youngest children start school on a part-time basis.
Secondary students attend school from 08h30 to 16h15 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 08h30 to 12h00 on Wednesday.
What is your school calendar?
Our school year generally follows the French Schools' calendar and begins in early September and finishes at the beginning of July. There are usually 2 weeks holiday in October, 2 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks in February/March, 2 weeks in April and 8 weeks in the summer.
Is there a School Bus Service?
No. The School is located in the town of Colomiers which has good public transport links and the Colomiers bus service is free to the public. Parents are encouraged to car-share and there are walking groups from a variety of locations.
Is there a School Uniform?
There is a School Uniform in the Primary School. Secondary School students are expected to respect a dress code and ensure their clothing is appropriate for the learning environment.
Is there a hot lunch programme?
The School canteen provides delicious well-balanced meals in a pleasant environment at reasonable cost. The meals are prepared in the kitchens on site by a French chef and dedicated canteen staff.
All students, from Kindergarten to Grade 10 inclusive, remaining on site at lunchtime must eat in the canteen. Grade 11 and 12 students may choose to eat in the canteen, leave the building at lunchtime to eat elsewhere or bring a packed lunch to eat in their common room.
There is no provision for any other students to bring a packed lunch to school. Parents who do not wish their child to have a school meal are required to collect their child at the end of the morning session and return them to school in time for the start of afternoon session.
Where do IST students come from?
The International School of Toulouse welcomes students from all over the world. There are currently 30 nationalities represented within the student body. Approximately 45% of students at the school are British, 22% Spanish and 12% French. On average our students are with us for 3 years. Approximately 16% of our students relocate at the end of each school year.
My child has never attended an international school - will it be difficult for my child to adapt to IST?
We are used to welcoming children from a wide range of different backgrounds and our friendly students and staff will quickly make your child feel at home. At the beginning of each year we have an orientation day when parents and students can tour the school, meet the teachers and have the opportunity to talk to current students and their parents. If you arrive during the academic year we can arrange a tour of the school, meetings with staff and put you in touch with our parent representatives.
What curriculum do you follow?
The Primary School is in the process of introducing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) for all students aged 3-12. The Secondary School prepares students for Cambridge IGCSE examinations at the end of Grade 10 and for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Grades 11-12.
Can IST graduates attend universities anywhere in the World?
Recent graduates from IST have been offered places in colleges and universities in France, Spain, Holland, Canada, the UK and the USA. Our dedicated Careers Coordinator works closely with students and their parents assisting them with course selection and applications and helping students maximize their potential for university admissions.
Is the International School of Toulouse accredited by any external organisations?
IST has been an IB World School since January 2000 when it was authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
In 2011 the School was awarded full accreditation by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Is IST a bilingual school? What languages are taught at IST?
IST is not a bilingual school. French is taught at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels to all students, Primary and Secondary. Physical Education classes are also taught in French and children are encouraged to join clubs and activities in their local community on Wednesday afternoons. Students also study Spanish or German in the Secondary School for at least 3 years, either as a first or foreign language.
Does my child need to be fluent in English to attend IST?
With such an international population many of our children are not fluent in English when they arrive at IST and some have no prior knowledge of the language. Our teachers and our other students are skilled in making them feel at home and IST offers English language support in both the Primary and Secondary School. However, there are no dedicated EFL classes in the Secondary School and therefore some prior knowledge of English is desirable and a good command of English is necessary in order for students to be successful in the IB Diploma Programme in Grades 11 & 12.
Does IST accept children with special learning needs?
IST can support students with mild learning difficulties. The principal consideration in offering a place will be the student's ability to achieve success in the regular curriculum with limited support.
Do we need to provide books and stationery?
Primary children are provided with all the stationery they need for school activities. However pupils from Year 4 upwards may like to bring in their own pencil case with pencils, coloured pencils and felt tip pens. Secondary students are expected to provide their own stationery, a list of required materials is given to students at the start of each academic year.
Do we need to provide a laptop?
ICT is a highly developed learning tool at the International School of Toulouse. The Primary School has a dedicated computer suite as well as several banks of laptops. All Secondary School Students are provided with a school laptop.
What is the maximum class size?
There are two classes in each year group from K2 to Grade 12. Maximum class sizes are 24 across the school. The average is 18 in the Primary School and 12 in the Secondary School.
Are there any extra-curricular activities?
Instrumental music tuition is available for students from Grade 1 to Grade 12. A wide range of instruments including guitar, violin, piano, vocal, trumpet, saxophone, drums and flute are available and students are encouraged to join the Eurocampus orchestra and other ensembles once they reach a level of competence. There is also a choir in both the Primary and Secondary Schools.
Other activities include science, drama, art, music and maths clubs and opportunities to be involved in the school production which is an annual musical involving the majority of students in the lower Secondary School.
Is there a before/After-school child-minding service?
The Deutsche Schule Toulouse, which shares the Eurocampus with IST, runs a before and after-school 'garderie' child-care service for Primary School children from both schools.
What vaccinations are obligatory for my child in France?
Diphtheria, tetanus and polio (DTP) are legally required, and French law stipulates that anyone under the age of 18 must receive a booster every 5 years. BCG (Tuberculosis) is highly recommended.
Is there a Registration deadline? / When can my child join IST?
In order to facilitate mobility we welcome children to IST throughout the year. Children are accepted into the school according to the availability of space in the class concerned and it is possible for a child to begin school as soon as the admissions procedure is completed and a place has been offered. Please note, however, that an early application is encouraged as there are often waiting lists. The Admissions office will contact you with the specific starting date.
How can Parents be involved in School Life?
IST has two formal parent organisations.
Upon joining the IST community, all parents become members of the ʻFriends of IST' Parent Association which is a welcoming community for lively social exchange whilst supporting the School. As members of the ʻFriends of IST' parents can participate in activities celebrating the Schoolʻs diversity and creativity, volunteer their time and talents to social endeavours and support the School community.
Within the Primary and Secondary Schools there are elected Parent Delegates representing each year group. The Delegates meet with the Head of Primary/Secondary each half term and these meetings are an important means of identifying issues of concern to parents, celebrating successes and offering the School constructive feedback.
Where do IST families live?
A large number of families live to the west of Colomiers, between Seilh to the north, Fonsorbes to the south and l'Isle Jourdain to the west.