FAQ

What do I need to do to enroll my child at EFIB?

To enroll your child at EFIB you need to:

  • Complete the application form
  • Return the form
  • Arrange a visit
  • Arrange for payment of fees
  • Where is the school located?

Where is the school?
Located off Worli Sea Face, the school is ideally placed between the northern and the southern suburbs of Mumbai. Just 15 minutes away from Malabar Hill in the South or from Bandra in the North, thanks to the Bandra Worli Sea Link.

How will my child get to school?
Your child will need to be driven to school by a responsible adult. The school has strict drop off and pick up times and parents are asked to come to school on time. According to the strict security policy of the school, only adults who are authorized to collect a child may do so. Nannies and domestic helpers may be authorized to collect children if the required paperwork is completed.

What are the school hours?
School hours vary depending on the grade your child is enrolled in.
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In addition the school offers extra curricular activities after school.
Most activities take place at the school premises and right after school hours.
These timings create greater flexibility for working parents.

When are the school holidays?
Visit the school calendar to find a list of school holidays.

What countries speak French?
The French language is the official language in more than 25 countries worldwide.
It is spoken as a first language by more than 120 million people.
There are over 450 French schools in over 130 countries worldwide.
Of the 250,000 students attending French Schools worldwide, 100,000 are French.

My child has not learned French before, how will they cope?
Learning a new language is an exciting process. It can be a little daunting in the beginning, but EFIB now has a support structure in place to help students through this transition. There will be times in the first six months when your child will feel overwhelmed during the French part of the school day. This feeling begins to lessen as they begin to learn songs and words in French. It takes a child up to two years to become bilingual and sometimes longer if the language is not spoken at home. You will find that your child will understand French long before they speak it. They will also be reluctant to speak to you in French, preferring their native language when communicating at home. This is all totally normal. As time passes, your child would be more comfortable to talk to their teachers and friends as their confidence grows. Given that the child has to process two languages at once, it takes longer for a foreign language to seep in. However, considering that the child is surrounded by natives, it facilitates the child to become perfectly bilingual.  Every child is unique, but eventually their mind grasps the French language and they begin to speak it with proficiency and confidence. It is delightful to see this happen to our students at EFIB. It gives your child so much confidence when they know they have mastered this beautiful and challenging language. Enjoy the process!

What does the school do to help my child to learn French?
EFIB offers students in GS upwards, additional French classes during school hours. These classes are designed for students for whom French is a second language and hence takes them through its basics. These classes help improve the french language and helps them cope with the challenges of the CP (Year One). After school, additional tutoring is offered to CP students and upwards, to help them complete their French homework. For more information see Language Support.

Does the school have an active social community?
Yes, EFIB has an active social community. EFIB is a small school with a caring Parents and Friends committee. Social activities are organised for Mums to attend so that we can get to know each other better. Visit School News to see some of the latest things we have been up to!

Does the school provide lunch?
Students are required to bring a packed lunch to school everyday.
The school provides a snack to students during the recess.
The school encourages parents to pack a healthy lunch with food the children enjoy eating.

Can the French teaching staff speak English?
Yes, the French teaching staff can speak enough English to give explanation about your child’s progress.