Here is an interesting article I just dug up about the French education system. Covers some topics where I was a little lost myself! Things like what the classes are called -very useful when talking to your French friends and neighbours and they ask which class your child will be in next year!!!! Don't look ignorant, go and read it now! Click Here
It also explains some of the differences between French Public Schools and French Private Schools, not just simply that Public Schools are free in France but the difference in the way they operate - makes interesting reading.