The French School of Maine Achieves Coveted IB World School Accreditation


Freeport, Maine, September 10th, 2023The French International School of Maine / L’Ecole Française du Maine (EFDM) is basking in a triumphant moment as it proudly unveils its prestigious accreditation as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the esteemed Primary Years Programme (PYP). With an unwavering commitment to excellence and innovative education, L’Ecole Française du Maine has transformed into an educational powerhouse that empowers students aged 3 to 12 through inquiry-based, transdisciplinary learning.

EFDM’s remarkable journey, beginning as a Candidate School for the PYP in March 2020, has culminated in this remarkable achievement, reflecting its dedication to cultivating inquisitive minds, nurturing creativity, and fostering holistic development. Rooted in the rich legacy of IB World Schools, EFDM’s accreditation as an IB PYP School signifies its dedication to providing an exceptional, world-class education that resonates with modern educational principles.

“Our vision has always been to provide a transformative learning experience that equips students with skills to succeed beyond the classroom,” declared Willy LeBihan, Founder of EFDM. “This accreditation is a validation of our commitment and a testament to the remarkable journey of growth and achievement we’ve embarked upon.”

EFDM stands as a beacon of educational innovation, strategically located a mere 20 minutes from Portland. Amidst a renovated campus enveloped by Maine woods in the heart of the fishing village of South Freeport, the school embraces a real-world, inquiry-based curriculum designed to cultivate individuality, ignite creativity, and inspire self-reliance in every student.

The French International School of Maine – A Beacon of Excellence and Recognition

As an IB World School (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme), FASTB proudly joins the esteemed ranks of the Florida Association of IB World Schools, underscoring its commitment to fostering global perspectives and excellence in education.

In addition, EFDM has garnered prestigious accreditations, including being recognized as “homologué” by AEFE of France and the French Ministry of Education (MENJS). EFDM’s bilingual education is closely aligned with Mission Laïque Française (MLF), renowned for managing over 55,000 students in 41 countries. EFDM’s close partnerships extend to the French Ministry of Education, arevered international network of 400 schools (AEFE), and the Association of French Schools in North America (AFSA), which comprises 53 accredited primary, elementary, and secondary schools across the United States and Canada.

Further affirming its commitment to excellence, EFDM boasts approval from the Maine Department of Education. At the same time, its Child Care and Extended Care programs hold full licenses.

Empowering Accessibility through Scholarships

EFDM stands committed to making its transformative education accessible through scholarships in grades K and up to ease tuition costs, ensuring that educational excellence knows no bounds.

French nationals registered at the Consulate in Boston also have the opportunity to benefit from tuition assistance through the Government of France, provided they adhere to the application process, which includes early filing of US tax returns.

As The French International School of Maine continues to shape young minds and inspire futures, its legacy of excellence and accessibility remains unwavering.