International Schools in Wallis and Futuna

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You will find below a list of the most popular schools for expats in Wallis and Futuna. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school and other accreditation in Wallis and Futuna.

Education in Wallis and Futuna

There are barely 16,000 people living on these tiny Pacific Islands and education is hardly a sophisticated affair, although it is compulsory and completely free for children aged between 6 and 16. The main education medium in village schools is French.

Public primary school education is provided by the Directorate for Catholic Education. The Local Education Authority has sole responsibility for public secondary school education.

  • Primary school lasts for 5 years.
  • Secondary Education: It is sometimes difficult to attend lower secondary education centres due to the difficulty to commute to, especially for children living in remoter rural areas.

Most of the students aspiring to senior secondary education travel to New Caledonia or French Polynesia instead, or even France, where they could study at tertiary levels too.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Wallis and Futuna. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body.

Admission and enrolment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

  • The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education, complemented by grants and awards.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a responsive organisation that serves, supports and represents its member schools.
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) is a regional accrediting association which establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral.
  • Agency for French Education Abroad (Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger, AEFE) is a national public agency under the administration of the French government that assures the quality of schools teaching the French national curriculum outside France.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) represents over 1100 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad.

International schools in Matā'utu

There are 18 primary schools in the territory: 12 on Wallis and 6 on Futuna, with a combined total of over 5,200 students.

The territory also homes six junior high schools and one senior high school/sixth-form college.

  • Junior high schools (collèges) in Wallis: Mataotama de Malae, Alofivai de Lano, Vaimoana de Lavegahau, and Tinemui de Teesi
  • Junior high schools in Futuna: Fiua de Sigave and Sisia d'Ono

The senior high school/sixth-form college is Lycée d'État de Wallis et Futuna on Wallis

However, none of the schools listed above is considered as “international school”.