The history of ASEICA
In 1978, the French Mission Laïque founded in Valbonne an education establishment which was later to become the Centre International de Valbonne (CIV). As of 1978/9, an international section was opened within the school to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate, and in 1982 further international sections were added dedicated to the French Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB). When the school was transferred to the responsibility of the Education Ministry in 1983, ASEICA was created to take over the employment of the international teaching staff who had previously been under the responsibility of the Mission Laïque.
Since that date, ASEICA has continued to employ a team of dedicated teachers who deliver high quality English language education to an ever increasing number of children. Having spent many years based in the CIV, teaching college and lycée level children, ASEICA sought to extend its reach and concluded an agreement with a local primary school, Haut Sartoux, to run a joint programme on its premises. Some 200 pupils now benefit from a fully bilingual primary education in two schools in Valbonne and Mougins.
In 2004, the Inspection Academique of Nice embarked on an ambitious plan to develop international education in the area, and Anglophone sections were opened in two further colleges, Niki de St Phalle and Eganaude. ASEICA was asked to assume the provision of teaching in these establishments, continuing the traditions and educational approach established within the CIV.
In 2005, also at the request of the Education Nationale, a new Association, ISSA, took over the management of the International Baccalaureate programme thereby ending years of close collaboration in this area. In 2005, ASEICA was delighted to receive its Agrément from the Rectorat de Nice, and is justifiably proud of this confirmation of its ongoing partnership with the Education Nationale.