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About Life at ASP and in Paris leadership.     And   we   are   so   certain   that   none   of   this   is   possible   without   remarkable   personal   connections   between   students,   teachers,   staff,   administrators   and   parents.    The  ASP  talisman  is  the  quality  of  relationships   across  the  school.       ASP  is  one  of  the  most  respected  in  Europe;  we  are  the   oldest  international  school  in  the  region  and  are  one  of   the   charter   schools   to   offer   the   International   Baccalaureate.     You’ll   be   joining   an   outstanding   faculty,   many   of   whom   have   worked   at   ASP   for   a   number   of   years,   having   found   much   to   capture   their   professional   and  personal  interests.    The  quality  of  life  in  Paris  holds   depth,   intellectual   challenge   and   a   feast   of   the   arts   and   cuisine.         The   best   news   of   all   is   that   our   students   motivate   teaching  performance  to  the  highest  level.    We  find  our   students   to   be   worldly,   engaging,   quick   with   a   smile   and   fully   aware   of   their   role   in   making   our   school   a   special   place.     At   ASP,   you   are   fully   able   to   focus   on   your   craft   and   chosen   profession.     You’ll   also   join   a   school   where   you   will   make   life-­‐long   friends   and   become   an   even   better  teacher.         If   you’ve   been   attending   a   hiring   conference,   then   your   adrenalin   level   is   way   too   high.     Representatives   of   schools   around   the   world   have   asked   you   many   questions.     By   now   you’ve   discovered   that   school   organizations,   job   descriptions,   salary   and   benefit   packages   and   the   geography   are   as   different   as   the   languages  spoken  around  the  globe.    How  best  to  make   sense  of  it  all?               All   of   us   recruiting   for   ASP   suggest   you   step   back   from   the   relative   madness   of   the   hiring   fair   and   find   a   quiet   place   to   make   a   “pro”   and   “con”   list.     You   have   a   most   important   decision   to   make.     Experience   tells   us   that   it   all   boils   down   to   finding   the   place   where   you   can   truly   make   a   difference   for   and   with   others.     We   hope   your   decision   will   be   to   join   our   ASP   school   and   community.     In   our   effort   to   present   you   with   straightforward   information   within   this   brochure,   we   are   trying   to   let   you  know  that  this  is  the  way  we  will  always  deal  with   you–  openly  and  honestly.         Again   Voltaire’s   thinking   is   instructive–   and   regardless   of  his  doubts  about  democracy,  “We  have  the  gift  of  life;   it  is  up  to  us  to  give  ourselves  the  gift  of  living  well.”  You   too   have   decisions   to   make.     Life   at   the   American   School   of  Paris  is  good,  overflowing  with  goodness  and  quality   of   life.     We   think   you’ll   collect   many   stories   that   will   keep  you  company  for  the  rest  of  your  days.         To   keep   you   on   your   toes   and   as   certain   as   each   new   morning,  we’ll  also  offer  a  bit  of  the  unexpected!         All  Good  Wishes  and  On  Behalf  of  Our  ASP  Community,       Mark  E.  Ulfers,  Head  of  School              

    Dear  Prospective  ASP  Faculty  Member,     Making   the   decision   to   live   and   teach   overseas   is   a   commitment  to  live  the  “unexpected.”    To  be  sure,  there   are   many   positives   and   a   few   negatives   wherever   you   choose  to  work  your  professional  magic.    Another  truth   is   that   about   November   the   novelty   of   your   new   home   wears   off,   a   few   realities   of   the   weather,   size   of   the   school,   teaching   assignment,   workload,   affiliation   with   new   colleagues,   the   subtleties   of   culture   or   making   sense   of   the   French   home-­‐country   language   seem   to   loom  large–  at  least  for  awhile.         All   of   us   at   the   American   School   of   Paris   want   you   to   take   the   needed   time   to   make   the   best   personal   and   professional   decision,   based   on   employment   offers   you   receive.     We’ll   never   hurry   you   to   make   a   decision  about   working   with   us.     We   also   want   to   be   the   school   of   no   surprises,   hence   our   complete   and   uncompromising   availability   toward   ensuring   your   questions   are   being   answered  as  you  consider  us  for  your  new  professional   home.         Simply   stated,   the   American   School   of   Paris   resides   within   a   beautiful   city,   made   all   the   more   remarkable   by   a   sophisticated   culture   across   politics   and   the   arts–   the   home   of   democracy   with   all   contrasts   and   contradictions,   from   Voltaire,   to   Rousseau   to   the   observations   of   Tocqueville.     Considering   our   mandate   to   promote   inquiry   learning   across   curricula,   how   pleasing   that   it   is   Voltaire   who   said,   “Judge   a   man   (or   woman)  by  his  questions  rather  than  by  his  answers.”     We   are   a   mission-­‐driven   school.   We   seek   to   hire   teachers  that  are  energized  by  all  notions  of  continuous   improvement   and   who   bring   skills   and   enthusiasm   to   enliven   our   tenets   of   helping   each   young   person   achieve   personal   and   academic   excellence.     We   are   taking   the   clarion   call   of   21st   century   learning   seriously,   setting   into   place   a   curriculum–   what   our   students   know,   do   and   demonstrate–   that   pushes   habits   of   the   mind,   but   equally   values   the   skills   of   collaboration,   wellness   and  


About Life at ASP and in Paris TABLE OF CONTENTS

ASP in brief........................................................................................................ page 4 Our Mission Statement................................................................................... page 4 Our Beliefs..................................................................................................... page 4 The ASP community...................................................................................... page 5 Before arriving Long term visa ............................................................................................. page 6 Shipping of personal and household goods and pets.................................... page 6 Shipping your car from the U.S.................................................................... page 7 About life in Paris Arrival in Paris............................................................................................... page 8 Public transportation……………………………………………………..

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Taxis………………………………………………………………………. Page 8 Housing........................................................................................................ page 9 Banking…………………………………………………………………….. page 9-10 Automobile and driving information............................................................ page 10 Sports in Paris................................................................................................ page 10-11 Books about life in France............................................................................. page 12 List of approximate prices............................................................................ page 13 Holidays, French and American.................................................................... page 14 Residency card..................................................................................................... page 15 Income tax: French and American..................................................................... page 16 Health and medical............................................................................................. page 16 Retirement........................................................................................................... page 16 Salaries and benefits for new teachers to ASP................................................ page 17-18 ASP faculty salary grid....................................................................................


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ASP in brief The American School of Paris is a coeducational, independent school of more than 800 international students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Our Beliefs We Believe That: • •

ASP was the first international school established in Europe and remains the only American School in France. Founded in 1946 to school the children of those who arrived in Paris in the pioneering aftermath of the Second World War, ASP has remained true to its founding mission and continues today to provide a high quality education delivered in English to the children of diplomatic and corporate families.

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In addition, today International Education is fast becoming the first choice for many families who recognize inter-cultural understanding as the key to a successful future in a world in which national identities become at once more diluted and increasingly entrenche.

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Today's 4-hectare campus is a wonderful place with fine educational facilities including bright, light classrooms, a worldclass Performing Arts Center, two full-size gymnasiums and training center, two newly refurbished libraries, a media lab and modern cafeterias with organic choices.

• Our Mission Statement “The American School of Paris is a highly diverse, vibrant and family-oriented community. Our mission is to inspire every student to achieve personal and academic excellence as engaged, global citizens by ensuring a challenging, student-centered program within a compassionate and cutting-edge environment.” 4

Every person has equal worth. Honesty and integrity are central to all we do. Individuals are responsible for their choices and actions. We best meet the needs of learners when we understand them as individuals. Through hard work and determination individuals can achieve their potential. Every member of a community has the responsibility to contribute to the greater good. Seeking to understand diverse cultures, ideas and practices that enrich a community. A culture of high expectations and striving for excellence leads to higher achievement. Learning is a continuous lifelong endeavor. Great schools nurture passion, curiosity, creativity, self-expression and joy. Going beyond the familiar and taking risks stimulate growth, innovation and selfdiscovery. In a rapidly changing world, achieving excellence demands commitment to continuous improvement. Everyone shares responsibility for our global community and environment.

About Life at ASP and in Paris The ASP community 45% of our student population is American, and our students come from nearly 60 countries with 8% from France. About 80% of our students are the children of diplomatic or corporate families. ASP is accredited by the Middle Schools Association and the Council of International Schools. We are members of the National Association of Independent Schools, the European Council of International Schools, the Mediterranean Association of International Schools and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The school is registered as an Association Loi 1901(not-for-profit) organization in France. It is governed by a board of trustees, made up of members of the school community and the Head of School.

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About Life at ASP and in Paris BEFORE ARRIVING Long term visa

should consider at least a partial shipment. You will find the cost of supplying pots and pans, ironing board, dishes, towels and linen, silverware, cooking utensils, tools and all the small incidental items mounts up rapidly. When estimating the worth of shipping, consider also these may be things you will want to ship home again; so the cost will be double the original estimate you receive. If your things are used, you may sell them here, which can be helpful in saving repatriation costs. You may be able to purchase some used items here from outgoing teachers and parents, but normally one finds used items at the end of the year.

U.S. citizens planning to enter and visit France as tourists are not required to have a visa or a residency card, and are permitted to remain in the country a maximum of 3 months (90 days). U.S. citizens who intend to stay in France for more than 3 months (90 days), to study, to work or to reside, should have the appropriate long-stay visa in their passport on arrival in France in order to be able to apply for a residency card. For new employees from the U.S., the school will assist in the visa application process.

If you rent a “furnished� apartment, it can mean different things. One apartment might come with everything you could possibly imagine – all the way down to champagne glasses and an ice bucket, while another will have only basic necessities, such as two sets of dishware/silverware, one set of towels, one set of sheets, etc.

The visa process is slow and can be extremely frustrating. ASP has a specialized immigration lawyer working directly with us, and he has proven very effective in the past. This does not mean, however, that the process is speedy. French bureaucracy is efficient but it is also true to its name: bureaucratic. Often the personnel in the consulates are overworked and do not seem overly friendly, and they tend to stick to very established routines. It is just something you have to learn to live with.

The typical furnished apartment tends to be somewhere in between. An unfurnished apartment will have nothing at all: no kitchen appliances and no counters or cabinets in either kitchen or baths. It is best to ship only those things that you truly would rather not live without.

Shipping of personal and household goods, pets and cars

Pets ASP provides a relocation allowance for teachers being hired from another country. This allowance may include the shipping of personal items. We offer the following suggestions from people who have recently gone through this process to help new teachers decide what to bring, what to purchase here, and what to leave behind. Generally, teachers do not ship furniture, but, especially if you are a family, you

If you are bringing a pet into France, the best way is to bring it with you on your flight. Entry of dogs and cats into France is subject to sanitary inspection by the veterinary inspector at the French customs bureau of entry and an official certificate, dated within ten days of entry, from a veterinarian is required. 6

About Life at ASP and in Paris Shipping your car from the US

can get it transported to France for a reasonable price, consider bringing it.

Don't bring an American car! Here are a few of the reasons: the import duties on a recent American car in good condition would make it unaffordable. If you bring it in with your shipment, however, the import taxes are usually waived but this must be well planned in advance and the car must be officially imported, a complicated and timeconsuming process, within a year after your arrival in France. There are limited service facilities, spare parts or repair tools for American cars. At this time, gas costs 1.45 Euros for a gallon of super!

If you have a European car that has been constructed for American standards, do not consider bringing it as it will not conform to European standards. Be aware that the importing procedures are complicated and seem to be different for everyone who goes through the process!! The cheapest way to ship a car is from dock to dock. The cost of shipping a car mounts up considerably when it is shipped on land. Cars are expensive to purchase in France, so weigh the decision accordingly. There are often used cars available within the ASP community.

If you own a standard European car in good condition, have owned it for at least six months, are not a resident of France and you Paris – metro map


About Life at ASP and in Paris ABOUT LIFE IN FRANCE Arrival in Paris

Public Transportation in Paris and suburbs

The new teachers arrive in Paris around mid-August. The school makes the hotel arrangements and provides 10 days’ stay upon arrival. The new teachers are all housed together at a hotel in the center of Paris near Notre Dame.

The public transportation system in Paris is excellent, economical, efficient, well maintained and safe. More than five million people use it daily. As in any large city, however, women alone should be careful late in the evenings; sitting in the first car behind the driver is also recommended. Petty crime is quite common on the metro, especially in tourist areas, and riders should avoid looking like tourists, intently studying maps or carrying a thick wallet in the back pocket of trousers. Metro: Paris has one of the best underground transportation systems in the world. The metro has 13 lines and it is rare to be more than a five-minute walk from a metro (see map on page 7).

Upon their arrival, the new teachers are directed to their hotel and ASP will get them started on the basics, such as the relocation agency, transportation, the first day to school, etc.

RER underground express trains go to the suburbs. Stations and routes are specified on metro maps, drawn with thicker, different coloured lines. The RER is faster and quieter than the metro and makes fewer stops. and

August is the month when most Parisians take their summer vacations, so it is a very slow month. Housing is difficult to find during this time, but things tend to start picking up after the weekend of the August 15th holiday. ASP has contracted the services of a relocation agent to help new teachers become familiarized with the ins and outs of each neighborhood, to show them apartments, to help them through the process of signing a lease and opening a bank account. The relocation agency will also provide additional information should you wish to continue or expand the search on your own.

Bus: With some 2,000 city buses, the bus system is efficient although slower than the metro. Some bus shelters have printed information in English, especially those in tourist areas. Taxis: Taxis are plentiful, except in rush hours, late at night or in rainy weather... There are numerous taxi stands; you should always take the first one in line. The charge is marked on a meter and increases after 8 p.m. There is an additional charge if the driver handles your luggage or if you take the taxi at a railway station. The usual tip is 10 to 15% Do not get into a car without a meter.

One of the first stops at ASP is the Human Resources Office, where the new teachers receive complete information relating to their job and getting themselves settled. 8

About Life at ASP and in Paris Housing Finding suitable housing in Paris can take a considerable amount of time and may be a frustrating experience as many Parisians will be on holiday and therefore not available for viewing appointments. ASP has contracted the services of a relocation agency to assist new teachers in finding an apartment and reviewing the rental agreement.

ü 3rd + 4th – the “Marais”. A funky area that is also home to the Chinese/Gay/Jewish community. (Because of the Jewish Quarter, it is one of the few areas open on Sunday). Longer, non-direct commute. Mid-range rents. Part of the center, north of the Seine. ü 12th – good rents and decent parks. Shopping and nightlife. Longer, nondirect commute. By the Bastille, east/southwest of the center. ü 5th + 6th – the “Latin Quarter”. A more touristy area, but therefore has many restaurants, theaters and shopping as well. Higher rents. Decent commute, if in the north of the area. By the Sorbonne and Notre Dame, part of the center, south of the Seine. ü 7th – A more touristy area, due to the Eiffel Tower. Many expatriates live in the area, therefore English is used more. Higher rents. Decent commute. Part of the center, south of the Seine. Furnished apartments are the easiest to find and rent. Unfurnished ones have more legal red tape, longer commitments, and are completely unfurnished – there may not even be light fixtures!

It is advised that you do a little reading before arrival, so that you can get an overview of the different areas of Paris and the suburbs and have some focus for the apartment hunt. Some who move here believe that if you move to Paris, you should live in Paris. An apartment within the city limits offers more than one could do in a lifetime, with many restaurants, theatres, clubs, music venues, and shopping areas within an arm’s reach. Others find the suburbs more to their liking due to cheaper rents, a somewhat quieter lifestyle, and a better commute. Apartments in Paris are expensive. Rents generally start at €950 per month for a studio, and it can go up or down depending on where you live within the city. The range is about €1,100-€1,300 for an apartment with one bedroom. Paris has 20 arrondissements. Some of the most popular among the staff are:

Banking Although the relocation agency assists new teachers in setting up banking services, it is good to know some things in advance.

ü 15th - good location in regards to school and the commute. Reasonable rents. Southwest of the center. ü 16th - good location in regards to school and the commute. Higher rents. West of the center. Borders large park. No nightlife. ü 18th – somewhat longer commute. Reasonable rents to higher rents. Excellent nightlife. By Sacre Coeur/Montmartre, north/northwest of the center. Close to St. Lazare – a major train station.

You can have money transferred to your Paris bank account quickly if the issuing bank is directly affiliated with the receiving bank account so that money does not have to go through intermediaries. You should have enough cash/traveler’s checks/money on a debit card/credit card purchasing power to get yourself started. Even though you will set up an account right away, it may take time to get a


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checkbook and debit card. If you have a U.S. account debit/instant cash card, you can easily withdraw money from ATMs. There is a fee, so it should be done judiciously.

Children must sit in the back if under twelve years of age. The car to the RIGHT HAS PRIORITY if there is no traffic signal or other marking. LOOK RIGHT should be remembered at all times.

Although you will get a Euros checking account, you may want to bring U.S. account checks, in case you ever need to pay for something in dollars, such as student loans, registration fees, or any other regular payment.

You are required by law to carry a warning triangle & security jacket which you must display / wear if your car breaks down or is in an accident along a highway.

By all means it is better to keep an account in the US open. If you are used to banking by Internet, comparison of local bank fees in France should be done carefully, as some offer this for free and others charge a fee.

Parking Parking in Paris is a big problem. Laws are strict and fines are heavy. If you park illegally, your car may be "booted" or towed away. Under no circumstances should you park on the streets in Paris that are designated "axe rouge”! On streets where parking is allowed, you must display a piece of paper indicating that you have paid (distributors are located on every street) or you can apply for a parking permit.

Automobile and Driving Information U.S. driver’s Licence If you are holder of a French residency card you may drive in France with a valid U.S. driver’s licence for a one-year recognition period. Before the end of the first year of residence, you should obtain a French driver's license, which is a permanent document that does not need to be renewed. Be sure that your U.S. driver’s license will be valid for at least one year after your departure for it can be inconvenient to renew it while you are in France.

Rental of garage space Rents are between 100 to 200 Euros / month. Sports in Paris The French, although passionate sport spectators, are not known for being extremely sportifs themselves. This is changing however, as younger people are becoming fitness conscious. Gymnasiums are opening all across Paris, jogging, roller blades and bicycling are popular, and main city streets have bicycle paths. Paris offers an extensive system of public sports facilities, including tennis courts, swimming pools, gyms and tracks, all increasingly crowded, but very reasonably priced.

You may exchange your foreign license for a French one during your first year of residence in France if the country where you obtained your license has a reciprocal exchange agreement with France (see website, for more details). Legally you are supposed to wear seat belts at all times in both the front and back seats. 10

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The two largest parks


Within the Bois de Boulogne at the western edge of Paris are the race courses and Roland Garros, the tennis stadium that is home to the French Open. Here too are running tracks, a workout course, artificial lakes, rowboat and bicycle rentals, and swimming pools. The Bois de Vincennes stretches east from the 12e. Jogging paths, rowboat rentals on two lakes, baseball and football fields, and a large tennis facility are some of the park’s attractions.

Les Grands Clubs are privately run membership organizations that offer their thousands of members multi-sport opportunities at a variety of public sporting venues. They also sponsor competitive teams, as well as training lessons for young people. Gyms There are more than 100 gymnasiums throughout the city that vary in their facilities and programs.

Running Many runners head for the Bois de Boulogne or the Bois de Vincennes. In the city center, people run in the Tuileries (by the Louvre), the Champs-de-Mars (by the Eiffel Tower), in Parc Monceau, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Parc Montsouris, in the Luxembourg Gardens and the Canal St Martin.

Tennis There are some 44 public tennis centers in Paris with more than 170 courts. Swimming pools The swimming pools in Paris are well maintained, many are quite attractive and all are reasonably priced.

Bicycling The city is encouraging bicycle riding and has created bike lanes and paths throughout Paris. There are piste cyclables (bicycle paths) within the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes. The wider streets in Paris have dedicated couloirs vélos (bicycle lanes), marked by wide white stripes. Riding outside the couloirs during rush hour can be extremely dangerous. Do not ride through a red light, as fines for automobiles also apply to bikes. The rental of public bicycles (vélib) is cheap, easy and well resourced throughout the city.

Golf To play golf regularly or to obtain a handicap, you must have a permit, which may be issued on a daily, trimester, or annual basis. There are two public golf clubs near to Paris with entrance at a reasonable price.


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Books about life in France Paris Inside Out. (Applefield, David, ed.) Frank Books and the American University of Paris. A comprehensive guide for residents and students. This has everything.

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong (Robson Books, ed). What makes the French so French. Guide Paris Pas Cher. (First Editions). Where to find bargain prices on anything and everything.

Paris Anglophone. (Applefield, David, ed.) Frank Books. A directory of Englishspeaking commercial, cultural, and professional activities.

WICE, Health Care Resources in Paris. All you ever wanted to know about health care and health care insurance.

Bloom Where You’re Planted. (Chambers, Jean, ed.) The Women of the American Church of Paris. A must for newcomers, complements of the Applefield books. The American Church also sponsors full/half day workshops and meeting sessions. Culture Shock: Living in the World’s Great Cities: Paris at Your Door. (Gendlin, Frances). Great resource for learning about Parisian neighborhoods. Also gives straight information on almost everything else you might need, with a sense of humor. Almost French : A new Life in Paris (Nicholas Brealey Publishing). “An entertaining tale of being a fish out of water in one of the most magical cities in the world.”


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List of approximate prices Taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris:

45-60 Euros

Taxi from Orly Airport to Paris:

30-45 Euros

Gas per litre:

1.50 Euros

Monthly Navigo metro pass Paris to ASP – (for which the school reimburses half of the cost):

82 Euros

Average monthly cost for Internet/TV/fix telephone (including long distance calls):

35 Euros

Cell phone price (with calling plan):

20 Euros a month

Movie ticket:

10-11 Euros

Informal dinner with a drink:

20-25 Euros


6-8 Euros

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Holidays French and American - 2012 January 1

New Year’s Day


January 16

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

American *

February 20

President’s Day

American *

April 9

Easter Monday


May 1

Labor Day


May 8

Veteran’s Day


May 17

Ascension Day


May 28

Memorial Day

American *

May 28

Whit Monday


July 4

Independence Day

American *

July 14

French National Holiday (Bastille day)


August 15

Assumption Day


September 3

Labour Day

American *

October 8

Columbus Day

American *

November 1

All Saint’s Day (Toussaint)


November 11

Armistice Day (WW I)


November 22



December 25



* Not observed at ASP

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RESIDENCY CARD The information contained in this section applies only to U.S. citizen. The citizens of the countries being member of the European Union, who plan to reside and work in France, are not required to have a residence card. General information residency cards


“Visitor” residency card (for spouses who reside in France but do not work and for retired persons)

Residency cards are issued to individuals 18 years of age and older. Parents of children below the age of 18 should obtain a long term visa for their children before coming to France.

The information below relating to French legal requirements is provided for general information only and may not be totally accurate in a particular case. Questions involving interpretations of specific provisions or application to a specific case should be addressed to ASP’s Human Resources office.

Americans coming to France to work are issued a 1 year visa authorizing to work. Before the expiring date of the visa, one should apply for a 1-year residency card to be renewed every year. After five years of continuous residence in France, the bearer may request a residency card valid for ten years.

The French authorities issue three main types of residence cards to foreigners, depending on their status. A U.S. citizen who wants to reside and work in France receives one of the following documents:

The 10 years card is issued for foreigners who have the intention of becoming French residents. It is renewable if the holder can prove that he/she either is exercising a profession in France or has sufficient means to support himself/herself financially without being employed in France.

1 year residency card authorizing to work

10 years residency card

The “visitor” residency card is issued for persons who remain in France, but do not work (spouses or retired persons).

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INCOME TAX: FRENCH AND AMERICAN The information contained in this section applies only to U.S. citizens. Personnel of other nationalities will need to consult the French tax authorities and tax authorities of their own countries to learn about tax treaties and other regulations that apply to their particular situations.

If you have lived overseas for a long period of time prior to obtaining a teaching job in France, this exemption, in principle, does not apply to you – except if you have previously filed in the U.S.

The following rules are concerning French income tax for U.S. citizens living in France:

U.S. citizens must file U.S. tax returns for the full period of their employment abroad. Since 1982, there has been an exclusion of the first $92,900 of income that is earned overseas. This will apply only to your salary. The $92,900 is reduced for each day spent in the U.S. during the tax year and is pro-rated.

A tax treaty exempts U.S. teachers from French income taxes on their salaries for the first two years of their residence in France, providing they have just come from the U.S. to France for the purpose of teaching.

For your U.S. income tax:

HEALTH AND MEDICAL Health care is excellent in France. There are very good French public hospitals in Paris and a private American Hospital.

Health care costs are covered through French social security and ASP’s private supplemental plan. For more information, see page 17.

RETIREMENT Any employee in France is eligible for the retirement programs, in accordance with French law. For full pension at the age of 67 you must have participated during 41 years; otherwise your benefits will only be calculated on a proportional basis.

This benefit can be requested as of 62 years of age. However, you are not obliged to retire until age 70. You can therefore continue to work beyond the minimum age to retire of 62 years and even beyond the age of 67 years. For more information about retirement schemes, see page 17.



seniority will remain at full salary during the period of illness. ASP extends this advantage to employees with less than one year’s salary.

All salaries are based on the ASP faculty salary scale, and are paid in Euros in 12 equal monthly installments. Placement on the scale depends on one’s degrees and on the number of years of full-time teaching experience, with a maximum entry point of step ten for BA and step twelve for MA. The scale is revised annually.

Retirement benefits program Approximately 10% of salary goes into the mandatory French Retirement plans (Caisses de retraites Cadres – CGRCR and RESURCA). Employees are credited with points based on the contributions received by their plan administrator. Each plan sends a yearly statement to participants listing the points that have been credited during a given calendar year. At retirement the amount of points accrued is multiplied by the coefficient at the time of retirement to determine the pension from the retirement plans.

Medical insurance Eligible employees are enrolled in the school’s supplementary health insurance at no cost to the employee for the basic option. The employee can elect to enroll his family as well. This health insurance supplements the coverage provided by the French social security system. (The French Social Security reimburses an average of 60% of the medical expenses, including doctor visits, and bills for hospital, pharmaceutical, dental, and optical costs).

In addition to the mandatory French Retirement plans, you will benefit from a supplementary retirement plan. This plan is currently set as an employer contribution. At retirement the amount in your account can be withdrawn in a lump sum if it does not exceed 10,000 euros (this limit changes from year to year).

The supplemental health insurance has two options. Basic coverage for single or family is mandatory; the premiums are fully paid by the school. The employee can elect supplemental coverage, the additional cost per month is borne by the employee.

Moving expenses 1. The school will reimburse receipts for moving expenses (upon provision of actual receipts) up to : 4,000 Euros for recruits from USA 3,000 Euros for USA ex-pats coming from Europe (due to return to USA for visa) 2,000 Euros for others coming from Europe Zero Euros for others coming from within France. 2. The school will provide relocation assistance when teachers first arrive in Paris 3. The school provides maximum 10 days’ hotel upon arrival of new teachers.

Life and disability insurance Employees also receive life and disability coverage. Both the employee and the school share the cost of this. This benefit provides partial coverage in the event of disability and life insurance coverage in the event of the death of the employee during the period he is employed by ASP. The disability portion complements that provided by French social security. Sick Pay In case of illness all employees shall continue to receive their salaries during their absence. As per French law, employees with one year’s


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Thus, take-home pay is approximately 75% of the figure on the salary scale.

The school will provide a long term visa and working papers for teachers being hired overseas.

French Income tax is not deducted from the salary. It is paid directly by the employees to the State.

Additional optional benefits Coaching, club supervision, etc. If you take public transport to school, the school will reimburse 50% of the cost of your monthly pass. (If you are not a full-time employee, this percentage is reduced pro rata.) If you would like to participate in the chèques déjeuner (meal voucher) program, the school will deduct approximately 60 euros per month from your salary, but issue tickets with a value of approximately 108 euros. These are honored by most restaurants, take-out food shops and some supermarkets.

Faculty will receive a stipend for any work involving extra-curricular activities, with a maximum of 10%. Specific Franco-American tax agreement For a period of 24 months following the start of employment, US teachers are exempt from paying French income taxes. (You are still liable for the payroll deductions shown above.) Overseas Americans are always required to file US income taxes each year, but their foreign earned income is only taxable if over $92,900 for 2011. Of course, your tax obligation will vary according to your personal situation.

Other benefits: Summer Grant: Available to faculty after three years’ employment, this grant of 1500 euros is meant to cover home leave expenses tied to a professional purpose and is currently tax exempt. After the first three years, the benefit is provided every other year.

Note The information in this document reflects the current state of the laws of France and of the policies of this school as of the time of writing, however, these laws and policies are subject to change. For example, the granting of a work visa is totally under the control of the French government, as is the granting of a social security or income tax exemption under the term of the Franco-American treaty concerning teacher exchanges.

Sabbatical: Available to faculty after 5 years’ employment, sabbatical leave is a full year paid at 50% of salary. Tuition Remission: Children of full time faculty receive approximately 95% tuition remission for each of their children tax free. Salary deductions The following salary deductions are made for taxes and insurance: •

Approximately 25 % for Social Security taxes, retirement benefits, unemployment insurance, disability coverage, health insurance, accident benefits.


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New  employees  with  no  experience  remain  2  years  on  first  step.   New  teachers  will  be  placed  on  the  salary  scale  step  corresponding  to  their  years  of         full  time  teaching  experience  up  to  a  maximum  of  ten  years.       (e.g.  a  new  teacher  with  five  years  of  full  time  teaching  experience    will  be  placed  on  step  5.         A  teacher  with  15  years  will  be  placed  on  step  10.)   NB   IN  ADDITION  ,Credit  for  advanced  study  will  begin  as  follows:       BA+30  one  additional  step       MA  two  additional  steps       MA  +30  three  additional  steps       PHD  four  additional  steps   POINT  VALUE  for  extra  activities  above  100%  is  408.29  for  2011/12  (per  35  Hour  Agreement)  

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HR Office Elvi Keulen – Human Resources Manager American School of Paris 41 rue Pasteur – F 92210 Saint Cloud Tel. +33 1 41 12 82 64


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