The Lycée is managed directly by the Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger – AEFE (the Agency for French Education Abroad) which ensures the continuity of French public education for French children living abroad, contributes to the influence of the French language and culture by welcoming foreign students, participates in strengthening cooperation between French and foreign education systems and helps families through grants for French children. Its management is ensured according to French accounting rules by a French civil servant, its budget approved by the AEFE and its financial account subject to the control of the [French] Court of Auditors.
The education provided by the school is approved by the French Ministry of Education and ranges from preschool (beginning at 3 years old) to the Baccalaureate in accordance with the French education system.
But the Lycée, also recognized and authorized by the Spanish government, incorporates additional programs provided for by the Franco-Spanish cultural agreement, in Spanish Language and Literature, Catalan Language and Literature as well as in the History and Geography of Spain.
Cultural agreements provide for equivalence between studies at the Lycée Français de Barcelone and those of the Spanish system at all levels.
The teaching staff is mainly made up of tenured professors from the French Ministry of Education, seconded to the establishment, except for specific lessons given by local teachers to allow students to better master the local and national languages.