A Word from the Principal

    The Upper School is comprised of grades 10, 11, and 12 (Seconde, Première, and Terminale), with all students attending classes on the Lycée International de St. Germain en Laye campus. The Section normally has about 60 students per grade level. In addition to following the French national curriculum, eight hours per week are spent in Section in which students study literature and history in English. This part of the program is designed to prepare students for top anglophone universities and the year-end Option Internationale au Baccalaureate.

    There are a number of extracurricular opportunities at the Lycée International. Section-sponsored clubs include Model United Nations, Human Rights Team, Community Service, Vox a cappella group, Student Council, Writing Fellows, Ink Magazine and Drama. In addition, students can take advantage of lycée-wide offerings such as Sciences-Po Fridays, French drama, Math club, Jazz band, and Orchestra, to name a few.

    The Section encourages students to participate in those diverse offerings while also promoting the idea of global citizenship. Each fall, the American Section hosts a group of visiting Indian students before some of us head east during the February break to take part in a cultural and educational exchange with our sister school in Ahmedabad, India. There, we teach in the classrooms and undertake community service projects with local NGOs. In addition, annual scholarships are awarded students through our Summer Global Citizen Award. Past recipients, through their own initiatives, have taught English in rural China, done community service in Cambodia, studied law and order in Washington, D.C. and studied art in Scotland.

    After graduating from the Lycée International and going through the American Section, our students attend a wide range of universities across the globe. Whether matriculating to the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, or staying in France, they all attest to the fact that they were well prepared due to the rigor of the Lycée International. While here, it can be challenging, but dealing with those academic challenges in a bilingual and multicultural environment, surrounded by motivated peers and being taught by dedicated and supportive teachers are elements they all recognize as components that make their Upper School years truly unique.

    Mike Whitacre

    Upper School Principal