What qualification do graduates earn from the American Section?
All American Section graduates earn the French baccalaureate with International Option (OIB).
Can American Section graduates attend universities anywhere in the world?
Our graduates attend universities all over the world. Please click here to see a representative list.
Are parents encouraged to be involved at the school?
The American Section depends on the active involvement of the parent community! Parents are involved in governance, volunteer in the library, organize class parties, and assist in the organization of fundraising and social events. They are also asked to contribute to our Annual Fund. Outside of the American Section there are many opportunities to volunteer on a Lycée-wide level, such as within the French Parents Association (APELI).
Does my child need to be fluent in English to attend the American Section?
Yes. All American Section students have age-appropriate speaking, writing and reading English-language skills.
Does my child need to be fluent in French to attend the American Section?
No. Student may qualify for an intensive one-year immersion program entitled Français Spécial. After one year in the program they usually enter regular French classes.
What is your school calendar?
We follow the French school calendar. Classes begin in early September and finish in late June/early July depending on the grade level. There are two-week vacations in late October, during the Christmas holidays, in February and in April. You may view the French school calendar here.
How long is the school day?
Primary school children attend classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from approximately 8:30am – 4:30pm with a one to two hour lunch break. On Wednesdays they attend school for the morning only and are dismissed at lunchtime. Middle School students attend school from approximately 8:30am – 5:00pm, with a half-day on Wednesdays. Upper School students attend school from 8:00am – 5:00pm five days a week. They often have one shorter day during the week. Première and Terminale also students have several Saturday morning testing sessions.
How does my child get to and from school?
There is an extensive bus network used by many students. Parents often choose to drive younger students, and the French Parents Association (APELI) assists parents in establishing carpools.
How are student campus assignments determined?
Campus assignments are based on space availability, student profile and parental preference. It should be noted, however, that there is an internal transfer policy from Lower to Middle School.
What language is spoken on campus?
The common language of all our students is French. Students are fluent in at least one other language (the language of their section) and in Middle and Upper School usually learn two additional languages. Portuguese, Japanese, English, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Russian… are just some of the languages you hear when you walk through the school hallways.
What extracurricular activities are offered?
A wide range of extracurricular activities are organized within the American Section and by the French part of the school. There is an inter-section soccer tournament for all ages, and Wednesday afternoon sports for middle school students. There are theater groups for all ages. Students may also participate in community service activities, Model United Nations, yearbook, a literary magazine, student government, Human Rights Team, jazz band, orchestra, a cappella to name a few.
Is there a deadline for application?
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible after December 1st. The deadline for the first round of admission is mid-February.
Do we need to come to the American Section for testing?
While most applicants for grades 3 (CE2) and up are accepted on file, some children will need to be tested in English (or French for Français Spécial applicants). Tests take place on site and are usually scheduled in the spring. We work with families living abroad to schedule tests at mutually convenient times. All testing should be complete by the end of June.
How can I pay the application fees?
Application fees may be paid with € checks or by wire transfer. (see page two of the fee sheet)
How long does it normally take before I know if my child has been offered a place in the American Section?
We will let you know if your child has received a favorable recommendation soon after he/she is tested. Final decisions, however, are made by the French Head of School (Proviseur) and are most often communicated to families in June.
Do you accept children at all points in the school year?
We cannot accept Français Spécial students during the school year. Other applicants may be accepted if there is space available in the class.