The Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel (EABJM) is a private co-educational college preparatory day school with the main section in Paris and another near Lille Métropole, subsidized by the State (by 'contrat d'association'). It is recognized by UNESCO as an 'associated school'.
The aim of EABJM is to develop bilingualism and biculturalism among the students. In the primary classes, besides the French national programme, English is mandatory for all students. It is taught as a foreign language and as a mother tongue. Japanese is also taught at primary level and continued through secondary level. In the secondary classes, French is the working language. English is taught as a foreign language or a mother tongue by level of proficiency. Science, history and geography are taught in English or French. For those students wishing to enter American universities, the College Board exams (SAT, Achievement Tests, PSAT) are administered.
Adaptation classes for non-French students at EABJM run parallel with regular French classes, with emphasis on the teaching of French. All teachers employed by the school, French and foreign alike, are highly qualified and certified teachers. The French Baccalauréat (also 'Option Internationale'), and the International Baccalaureate are the final exams for the school. Computer science classes are also offered.
A typical school day starts from 08:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday, with Wednesday afternoon free in the primary and middle schools. Hot meals are served daily. There is also a cafeteria service. The school has modern premises with state-of-the-art facilities (gymnasium, science laboratories, library, playground, etc.) The school campus near Lille has a boarding capacity of 400 students.