English Classes for English-Speaking Children in Chantilly

What is APARC?

Anglophone Parent’s Association in the Region of Chantilly

A non profit organisation English school for anglophone children.

English classes integrated into the French education system.

Native English-speaking teachers.

Geared towards internationally recognised exams.

What does APARC do?

APARC’s primary function is to organise classes in English, with the goal of helping children achieve or maintain a level comparable to that of their peers in English-speaking countries.

APARC students receive 2.5 hours on Wednesday afternoons in Kindergarten and Primary classes (ages 4 to 11), and at age 11, they can enter the Collège des Bourgognes (state secondary school) in Chantilly, where 4 hours of English are integrated into the French school timetable.

After collège, APARC students continue their English education in the International Section at the Lycee Jean Rostand in Chantilly. Here, they have the possibility of taking the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in English language and literature at the end of 2nde (age 16). APARC is a recognized exam centre for the IGCSE. In 1ère and Terminale (age 17 and 18) they prepare for the Option International Baccalaureat (OIB) which forms part of the General Baccalaureat and is of an equivalent level to the British A-level.

APARC now also offers classes to children learning English as a foreign language.

When did APARC begin?

For more than a hundred years, The Chantilly region has been home to a high concentration of English-speaking families living temporarily or permanently in France. The Anglophone Parents’ Association in the Region of Chantilly (APARC) was founded in 1982 to bring together families in the area who speak English as a mother tongue or as a cultural language. Its main objective was to set up special English language sections within schools, offering lessons specifically for anglophone children, with a view to maintaining or achieving a standard of English comparable to their peers  in English-speaking countries.

Today, the 120 families who are currently members of APARC come from all around the globe, with Great Britain and the United States being the most strongly represented. Its proximity to Paris and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport make it a practical choice for families who are seeking an international community and school located in an exceptional environment.

Brocante de Livres 26/9/2020

Come to APARC’s stand between 9am and 5pm to buy from a large selection of second hand books IN ENGLISH  Venez voir le stand d’APARC entre 9h et 17h pour acheter des livres d’occasion, IN ENGLISH OF COURSE!  Rue D'aumale We need your help 🙂 APARC...

Good bye Miss Congreve…

APARC wishes to express it's regret at the recent death of Marianne Congreve, our immediate past Head Teacher, and a mainstay of the APARC and anglophone communities in and around Chantilly. Marianne spent over 13 years with APARC, as committee member, then teacher...

Welcome back to school!

APARC classes will start on 2nd September 2020 for all Wednesday classes. Teachers are looking forward to meeting their pupils, and committee members will be at the gate to welcome new families! The full year calendar is available here:...

A message from the APARC committee and teachers

For all our students and their parents, a special video message from the APARC committee and teachers was posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aparcschool/videos/670639387094519/

All APARC classes suspended until further notice

An email with more information has been sent to all members on 16/03/2020, please check your mailbox. Un communiqué détaillé a été envoyé à tous nos membres le 16 mars 2020, merci de vérifier vos emails.

Burns Night Supper

Our Burns Night supper was a great success, attended by over 50 parents, staff and committee members! One of our authentic APARC Scots Marc Perombelon read the 'Ode to a haggis' in authentic dialect. The whisky was also flowing as quite a number of attendees made the...
Celebrate 2020 with APARC in Scottish style

Celebrate 2020 in Scottish style

Come celebrate in Scottish style as we toast 2020 at our Burns Night supper! At La Cantina Chantilly on Saturday 25th January 7.30pm

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - APARC / ADGE

Theatre in English!

Don’t miss Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL performed in English by the American Drama Group Europe on Sunday 8th December 2019 at 5pm in the Centre Culturel in Coye la Foret! Suitable for the entire family (PG 8+). Pièce de théâtre en anglais, jouée par la troupe...

Welcome Tea and AGM

On Sunday 6th October 2019, teachers and committee members will welcome you from 3pm for tea, coffee and refreshments, Salle St Jean, 9 avenue du Bouteiller, Chantilly. Dimanche 6 octobre 2019, les professeurs et les membres du comité d'administration vous...
BrocanteDeLivres APARC 2019

Brocante de Livres 29/9/2019

Come to APARC’s stand between 9am and 5pm to buy from a large selection of second hand books IN ENGLISH 🙂 Venez voir le stand d'APARC entre 9h et 17h pour acheter des livres d'occasion, IN ENGLISH OF COURSE! 🙂 APARC members, we need your help to run the English book...


APARC classes were not only a great opportunity to study English/U.S. language & literature but also a fantastic intercultural experience.  Although I went on studying in France I was always eager to evolve in an international and English speaking environment. I started out as evaluation engineer for Toyota at their European HQ in Brussels and after a while moved to the travel industry which took me to Brazil where I am now.

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Benjamin Delaunay

Thanks to APARC, I was able to attend College in the US, where I graduated summa cum laude in business and international affairs. I then started my career in advertising in NYC, working on international clients such as Gillette, Martini/Bacardi, & Vespa. When I turned 30, I decided I had lived up to the NYC ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy and it was time to move back to France to look for a new rhythm…and love! Luckily I continued to work on global clients from L’Oréal to Luxottica as juggling multi-cultural challenges is what I like best. And I did find love. 🙂

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Fanny Delaunay

APARC allowed me to have a leg up when it came to applying for colleges and ultimately getting accepted in one. I graduated with a marketing degree and went immediately into the sales world. I started with inside sales and transitioned to an outside sales life working for Collette Travel, selling tours around the world. After a tiring lifestyle, I moved on to Staples, Inc. working with small businesses. I’m now 29, married, homeowner and recently a marathon finisher ;). Life is going pretty great if you ask me!

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Jonathan Delaunay

Lived and worked in Germany for two years after obtaining a degree in business studies.  Now living in Ireland, for the last eight years and working for Apple European Headquarters as an EMEIA Sales Team Manager.  I remember moaning for so many years about having extra school hours compared to my non APARC friends but then realising that first day of Uni that the only reason I was there was thanks to all those years of projects and essay writing with Mrs Henriot. I will be forever grateful to my parents and Mrs Henriot for all their encouragement and support. We are now planning to give our two children Amélie and Alexandre that same opportunity but in reverse so that they can keep up their French.

Kristin Tessyman (née Ross) Class of 1997

Currently living and working in Paris after spending some time in San Francisco.  Lead Software Engineer of a small startup company – Feeligo.  I have many fond memories of APARC, even though I was only able to attend the primary classes.  Learning to read and write in English has proved invaluable.

Daniel Ross – (1991 – 1997)

I studied biomechanical engineering in France, Italy and Germany – Erasmus is wonderful! I then worked for five years as an international product manager in the medical industry.  I now live in Göteborg, Sweden and am currently a stay at home mother of three small children (5, 3 and 1).  My memories of APARC are all linked to being challenged to think outside the box, voice my opinion, working hard and laughing a lot!

Emilie Clauet (née Ross) Class of 1998

After the baccalauréat, I studied in England, France and the United States of America. I am now admitted to the Paris and New York Bars and work on cross-boarder disputes as a lawyer in Paris. I am eternally grateful for the education I received in the APARC classes. Had it not been for the teachers’ commitment, I would never have had the opportunity to study, travel and work in a completely bilingual environment.

Benjamin Ross – Class of 2005

Nicholas Coulton – 1983-1995
Senior Project Manager for the Arcadis Group in SE France. Living in Cannes and married with a daughter, Sienna, almost 4yrs old.
APARC memory: Friendships formed by being together throughout our schooling. I was with Paola Allais from the age of 3yrs.
Alexander Coulton – 1985-1996
Working in Sustainable Energy as a Policy and Strategy Manager for the Low Carbon Contract Company in London.
APARC memory: Mrs Henriot, who was a very good and inspiring teacher.
Anthony Coulton – 1986-1997
Head of Finance at Travel Security Services in London.
Lives in Lewersham with his partner Anna Cottray (ex APARC) and their two children, Hector aged 3yrs and Teilo 1yr.

Coulton Family

Alex Souter – APARC pupil from 1986 until 1998.

Went on to study at St Andrews University and Edinburgh University.

Now living in Dehli, India and founding co-partner of an e-commerce company.

Crofton Souter – APARC pupil from 1988 until 1993. Studied at SOAS.

Now running his own project development business in Chantilly.

Robert Souter – APARC pupil from 1991 until 1997.

Studied at School of Hotel Management, Crans Montana, Switzerland.

Now F&B manager at the Four Seasons hotel in Bahrain.

Souter Family