Telopea Park School is located in the inner centre of Canberra within sight of Parliament House on the edge of Telopea Park, which extends to Lake Burley Griffin. The school, which calls itself “Lycée Franco-Australien de Canberra” in French, caters for children and students from kindergarten to grade 10. Of the approximately 1,200 students, almost two-thirds are in grades 7 to 10.
Telopea Park School is remarkable in several respects: it is the oldest school in Canberra and the only one with bilingual teaching. It is also the only school to participate in the International Baccalaureate Middle Year Program, enabling it to offer IB instruction below the Upper School level.
In the lower grades, all subjects are taught in French to the same extent as in English. From grade 7 onwards, there is a differentiation into an English and a French branch. A second foreign language is compulsory from then on – unlike other Canberra high schools. Students can choose between Spanish, Italian, French, German, Japanese and Indonesian.