Jeanne d'Arc School, Tehran

Jeanne d'Arc School (Persian: مدرسه ژان دارک, romanizedMadreseh-ye Žāndārk) was a prestigious French school for girls founded in 1900 in Tehran, Iran.[1][2] It operated until the 1979 Islamic Revolution.[2] Many members of Iran's upper classes sent their daughters to the Jeanne d'Arc School, and it offered both primary and secondary education.[2] French and English were taught as foreign languages at the Jeanne d’Arc School.[1]

Jeanne D'Arc School in Tehran


The school was founded by the French Catholic Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul.[1] Its origins are traced back to the St. Vincent de Paul School founded in 1865, and the St. Joseph School founded in 1880.[2]

In the early 1960s, the Jeanne d'Arc School had c. 1,000 pupils.[2] In the dawn of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, it had 1,600 pupils.[3] As instruction ended at tenth grade, the more prosperous students of the Jeanne d'Arc School usually chose one of two options. They either completed high school (i.e. until twelfth grade) at the Lycée Razi in Tehran which offered mixed boys-girls classes, or they continued their studies abroad.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Shahvar 2009, p. 36.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hadidi 2000, pp. 178–181.
  3. ^ van Gorder 2010, p. 89.
  4. ^ Pahlavi, Farah (2004-05-02). "'An Enduring Love'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  5. ^ Afkhami, Gholam Reza (2009-01-12). The Life and Times of the Shah. University of California Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-520-94216-5.