The Lycée Français de Chicago is known globally and is accredited by a number of local and international organizations that each attest to the excellence of the school.
EFE3D (Établissement français à l'étranger en démarche de développement durable)
In June 2023, the Lycée Français de Chicago obtained the Level 2 of 3 of the French EFE3D label from the French Schools in Foreign Countries (AEFE). This certification recognizes French schools around the globe with a sustainable approach and development.
The Lycée Français de Chicago is listed on the official roster of the French Schools in Foreign Countries (AEFE). It is part of the French Ministry of Education network worldwide, which includes more than 520 schools outside France. A student leaving the Lycée is prepared to transition smoothly into sister schools in the AEFE network in the US, France, or any country in the world.
The LFC is registered and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) since May 2017. The programs at the LFC are approved by the State of Illinois which helps admissions into American higher education and the professional careers of our teachers. This ISBE accreditation also enables the LFC to take part in the elitist sports league Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and to participate in competitions involving the best schools in the region.
The International Baccalaureate is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1968. The four programs offered by the IBO are taught in more than 5,000 schools around the world. The LFC has been an IB World School since 2013 and is authorized to administer the IB Middle Years Programme for students in grades 9 and 10 and the Diploma Programme for students in grades 11 and 12.
ISACS is composed of more than 240 private schools from the central region of the United States, its accreditation is elitist and largely recognized by schools for higher education. ISACS provides advice to its member schools on professional development and best teaching practices to adopt.
French International Schools in North America
FISNA brings together 54 schools in Canada and the United States whose school programs are officially recognized by France and whose teachers are mainly from the French national education system. These French schools in North America are also international schools, as they welcome French, North Americans and many other nationalities.
LMAIS is a non-profit organization established to promote educational excellence by: supporting the interests of independent schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana; building strong relationships between independent schools and creating innovative opportunities in professional development for the faculty, staff and administrators in independent schools.
NAIS is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. The association offers research and trend analysis, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders.
Neighborhood Parents Network
NPN is a non-profit organization that connects a diverse community of families by providing support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago.