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Welcome to LFC!

At the Lycée Français de Chicago, students receive a world-class international education in a welcoming, caring and inclusive environment.

Students and families are surrounded by a community of peers from a diversity of backgrounds.

Children of all citizenships, ethnic origins, religions, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. As a result, our families represent a richly diverse international community within Chicago, and our alumni become true global ambassadors.

Program Features

  • A world-class pre-K to Grade 12 education
  • A unique multicultural learning environment
  • No previous French required, except in Grades 4 to 8
  • French-English bilingual immersion: pre-K to Grade 8
  • Two world-renowned high school programs: Grade 9 to 12
  • Third language option: Beginning in Grade 4
  • Four or fifth language option: Grades 9 to 12

Our main admission points are pre-K and the Grade 9 English-based IB program. Enrollment at other grade levels is subject to availability.

Meet Our Admissions Team

Cecilia Porter

Director of Admissions
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager
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Alix MacDonald, Class of 2021

I built a lot of great connections with many of my teachers over the years, and it's thanks to them that I am where I am today.
—Alix, Class of 2021

Addison K., Class of 2020

I am most grateful for the experiences that the Lycée has given me when it comes to being exposed to many different cultures, whether it is through my friends or through the trips that I have gone on.
—Addison, Class of 2020

Willa Frej, Class of 2009

I feel so lucky to have grown up in such a multicultural environment–it totally opened me up to the rest of the world in ways that a traditional American school environment would not have.
—Willa, Class of 2009

Ninive Mbarga, Class of 2003

The teachers at the Lycée really push you to learn, and always make you want to know more. They challenge you to learn from your mistakes.
—Ninive, Class of 2003

Pre-elementary School

From pre-K to Kindergarten, LFC's  "Maternelle" years provide a warm and caring start to a child’s school years.

French Baccalaureate

In Grades 9 to 12, this renowned program's structured approach to education is complemented by an enriching student life.


In Grades 1 to 5, we challenge students to solidify their bilingual confidence and take the first steps in their academic journey.

International Baccalaureate

In Grades 9-12, the IB at LFC combines the IB's powerful student-centric program with the LFC's unique international offerings.

Middle School

Grades 6 to 8 focus on a rigorous and comprehensive academic curriculum as well as developing important social and life skills.

University Prep

The LFC college counseling team helps assist high school students in selecting university choices that are a best-fit.

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