AMERICAN CURRICULUM (20% of the school week)
The fact that Ninth Graders are considered Middle Schoolers here in France is unique and not as peculiar as it may appear to be to outsiders. This year can be viewed as a critical year during which everyone undergoes that one last bit of preparation before heading off to the greater challenges of Upper School. Special attention is given to this age group, cognizant as we in the Section are of the fact that these students look, act and feel quite different from the youngest members of Middle School!
Literature: Four hours per week: Students continue their study of classic and contemporary American texts. During the year, they examine a variety of literary elements, including conflict, theme and characterization. Authors include J.D. Salinger, as well as plays by Shakespeare and Sophocles. Their level of analysis will be pushed further than in previous years and they will embark on strengthening their skill at writing in many different genres. Creative writing opportunities are offered all year long. Listening and speaking will also be emphasized and students will be asked to articulate analysis of works of literature both in written and oral form. At the end of the year, students will be expected to present a poetry portfolio as part of their International Brevet exam. Vocabulary development is taught formally, still, but the emphasis is on acquiring and understanding the new words and idiomatic expressions from increasingly complex readings.
Standardized Testing: In the spring, Troisième students take the CTPIV.
History: Two hours per week: The curriculum was redesigned and modeled after the French national curriculum in 2012, following a directive from the Ministry of Education. The focus is the twentieth century, with special lessons designed to provide a more American style approach to learning history. The chief goal of the year is to help students prepare for the International Brevet exam at the end of the year. In addition to the textbook materials, students will also read at least one non-fiction book during the year.
Library and Digital Literacy: Students in Middle School are encouraged to develop a love of reading through regular library visits, book clubs, and reading projects. The librarians also collaborate with teachers to introduce and sharpen research skills to promote the effective use of books and of the Internet. In addition to helping students find good books to read, the Section’s librarians stress the proper citation of research sources during the Middle School years to foster a respect for intellectual property and the avoidance of plagiarism.
Field Trip: Students visit the celebrated Musée de la Grande Guerre located east of Paris in Meaux. The trip occurs at the beginning of the school year both to mark our study of and commemorate the First World War in appropriate, timely fashion. This trip includes both Middle School campuses and is also designed as a community-building event.
FRENCH CURRICULUM (80% of the school week)
In Troisième, students follow the French national curriculum which means at least four hours per week of both French and math. At Roby, students may replace their study of Latin with Ancient Greek. For more information on the content and skills developed in French during the year, go to the website of the French Ministry of Education:
Passage into Seconde and the International Brevet Exams
All American Section students are accepted into Tenth Grade (Seconde) at the Lycée International de St. Germain en Laye, if they meet certain key criteria, notably academic and social readiness for our Upper School and the OIB program.
The International Brevet Exam is the first in a slate of national-level exams that are a common feature of French schooling. Taken in June, the exams test a child’s knowledge in French, mathematics, French History-Geography-Civics as well as three oral exams in American English: English and American Literature, History and Art History.