Like typical American Schools in the USA and abroad, the American Section endeavors to forge a strong sense of community. Various social events in and out of the classroom have the dual goals of imparting American culture and strengthening bonds between all members of the Section: students, parents, faculty and staff.
Lower School students have in class parties to celebrate the end-of-year holidays and Valentine’s Day. Halloween and Thanksgiving are observed with special emphasis in the younger grades, but due to efforts of the Student Council and parent volunteers, everyone is encouraged to mark these significant American holidays. Middle and Upper school students enjoy dances and socials - including Troisième (Ninth Grade) and Senior Proms. "Family Fun" activities are also organized, ranging from ice-skating and bowling parties to Quiz Night, and a Square Dance. While parent volunteers run many of these activities, our students play a key role in the Section’s social calendar as well. The Student Council picnic, for example, mobilizes many student activities to create a convivial fall afternoon of barbeque, games, music and fundraising opportunities for student-run groups.
The annual Potluck Dinner and Neighborhood Dinners bring parents together with faculty and staff for casual evenings of shared food and friendship. Our biennial Cocktail party welcomes the entire adult community from all three campuses as well as local dignitaries and French colleagues for a chic soirée. Finally, the Fundraising Gala mobilizes the entire community for an elegant evening of live and silent auctions, entertainment, and gourmet food in an effort to raise money to support our academic and co-curricular programs. Everyone gets to play a part, as the events are organized by members of our parent community, and student volunteers participate as well.