Former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe visited the Lycée International today. He met with members of the French administration and section directors. About a dozen Upper School students were also in attendance, with each explaining his/her unique parcours.
The Lycée International, established just outside Paris over a half-century ago by Dwight D. Eisenhower, offers a unique approach to bilingual and bicultural education for children ages 4 to 18.
Students learn from native English-speaking faculty in the American Section. They also follow a full French curriculum within the Lycée International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a public institution ranked among France’s top schools. With 99–100% success on the prestigious BFI diploma (baccalauréat français internationale), our graduates go on to the world’s finest universities. Students with limited French can join Français Spécial for one year of language immersion.
The Lycée unites students from 14 international sections. The result is a true multilingual, multicultural experience, with friendships that span the globe and last a lifetime.
With over twenty participants of all ages, our fall chess tournament at Collège Marcel Roby has now ended. Congratulations to the winners! Chess playing is part of the Roby DNA. Navigating competition is part of the game and being gracious about it is a wonderful sign of emotional maturity.
A new tournament will begin right after February break.
The Ecole Primaire recently embarked on a heartwarming project entitled the "Wishing Tree." Students from every section were encouraged to write their goals or dreams on colorful slips of paper, which then adorned the branches of the Wishing Tree.
Close to 300 guests attended last Friday night's Snowflake Soirée, in an Atrium transformed into a sparkly winter wonderland, complete with giant snowflakes and glowing lanterns. trium transformed into a sparkly winter wonderland, complete with giant snowflakes and glowing lanterns. Current and former parents, as well as members of the administration and teaching staffs at the Lycée International, Ecole Schnapper, and Marcel Roby were reunited for a lovely evening of delicious cocktail nibbles and great conversations.
Our Second Graders recently completed a science unit which required that they build a device capable of protecting a hard-boiled egg when dropped from the height of one meter. The eggs that survived unbroken during the one meter drop were then dropped an entire floor. This involved a lot of experimenting and trying-out different materials!
Secondes who attended the Collège International as Middle School students were treated to an award ceremony and presented their DNB diplomas on December 21. We are proud to report that our very own Inès Chahid, Seconde, received the highest moyenne generale of the entire class! Congratulations to you all.
Over 50 alumni joined us on Thursday evening for our annual alumni holiday reunion, which reunited members from the classes of 2010 to 2023. It was gratifying to see the sense of belonging our former students have with the American Section, and the camaraderie and common bonds they share from their years here.
200 members of the American Section recently gathered for an Ugly Holiday Sweater potluck dinner. It was a wonderful evening, complete with mulled wine, delicious food, and lots of ugly sweaters, but most importantly of a united community.
This past Monday evening, a group of students, faculty, and staff welcomed a delegation from the local Red Cross. The Student Council presented a check of donated funds raised at the American Section picnic on behalf of our community.
The weather was perfect last weekend for the Lycée's annual Holiday Sale. Featuring foods and crafts from each of the school's fourteen sections, the event is a fabulous way to kick-off the holiday season. Over 130 American Section volunteers contributed to our portion of the sale, with offerings that included gingerbread houses, decorated cupcakes, chili dogs, and handmade holiday decorations.
The Lower School Lego Robotics club has been busy this year programming, building with Legos, and creating stop motion. This week, they took a break from our usual projects to participate in the Lego holiday challenge, Build a Heart, Share the Joy. The club contributed 11 hearts this week!
The traditional (and much beloved) performance by our fifth graders took place on Thanksgiving Day. The French administration as well as colleagues from other Sections and passing collège and lycée students attended the performance, which included renditions of This Land is Your Land and Over the River and Through the Woods as well as a bilingual explanation of the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!
The American Section community came together on Wednesday for the Annual General Meeting. The highlight of the evening was Director Brian Brazeau's interview with the Lycée's Proviseur, Philippe Bonneville.
Thank you to all who bought tickets at last year's Gala for the "Cocktails with the Director” event! It was a lovely evening with cocktails, finger food, and lots of interesting conversation in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Brian, in a fireside chat, touched on a variety of topics, including his educational background, the many paths college and life after the Lycée can take for our students, favorite authors, and educational philosophies.
Fourteen American Section and four British Section students traveled to Oxford for our first international MUN conference post-Covid. Over the course of four days, our students participated in four different committees spanning historic committees, present day committees, and future committees; past and future being the particular focus of the conference.
This past Toussaint break a delegation of 12 Seconde students visited Washington, D.C. They were hosted by the Sidwell Friends School. In addition to time spent at the school, the group toured Washington, D.C. monuments, museums, and landmarks. It was a beautiful experience and marked the beginning of new friendships across the pond for us all.
American Section students enjoyed Halloween celebrations right before the Toussaint vacation. From the school-wide celebration at Schnapper to a Middle School dance party at Marcel Roby and an extravaganza complete with games and dancing for the Lycée Lower School, students, faculty, and parents alike enjoyed this very American holiday.
Our Troisièmes recently took a day trip to London to see Macbeth at the Globe Theatre. Students enjoyed them play held in an open Amphitheater, beautifully built to resemble the original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s original plays were performed. This was really a trip to be remembered!
Members of the American Section joined with other local community groups to collect garbage in the forest. Unfortunately, our quest for trash was hugely successful. We found two tires, a broken refrigerator drawer, and stuffed many, many bags with garbage including tin cans, food wrappers, styrofoam, plastic bags, and containers.
Our Troisième students were on an outing this past Friday to the Musée de la Grande Guerre. Our students were able to handle WWI munitions, see a piece of bread that is more than 150 years old, and explore the inside of the trenches. When we weren't seeing the exhibits, groups worked on understanding and identifying "Fake News" with their guides.
“The American Section taught me the importance of having the right people around you. To this day, classmates from the Lycée are among my closest friends. American Section faculty were rock stars - they did everything to ensure that we had the best environment to grow. And I’ll be forever grateful for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse myself in other languages and cultures.”
“The American Section provided the best preparation possible for college in the US. Not only was it an excellent academic foundation, thanks to our English and History classes, but it also allowed me access to American culture through various extracurricular clubs and the community. The French system also supplied me with the rigor necessary to succeed at a challenging place like Yale.”
- Faculty & Parent
“It's a pleasure to teach tomorrow's leaders at the American Section. Our student body, composed of nationalities from all over the world, continue to impress me with their keen minds and curious spirits. I love guiding my students on the path to excellence, and take pride in helping them grasp the complexities of modern history. Students here are among the best minds out there today, making my job at the Section that much more engaging and enlightening.”
“I chose the American Section of the Lycée International for my children because I wanted them to grow and learn in an environment similar to that of my own childhood in the United States, with the added bonus of learning with students from the other international sections of the school. In addition to learning an American curriculum, my children share American culture and traditions with their classmates. I’ve also become an active volunteer, which allows me to interact more with the faculty and staff as well as the other Section families. This community has become our children's American family in France.”
“Some of my closest friends, almost 25 years on, are people I met at the Lycée. Despite being separated over long distances we remain in close touch and try to see each other when we can. Having this core group of friends has been a great constant over a period of a lifetime that involves continuous change. Through college, starting out in the professional world, and eventually starting my own family, it has been wonderful to continue to grow up with some of the same people and see how all these different phases link together.”
“As an American Section student, I can take advantage of a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, as well as a wonderful and engaging academic life. In both the classroom and the podium during MUN, or working as a photographer during a yearbook photoshoot, the American Section gives us the ability to grow and learn skills, and helps us find who we are and who we’ll become after we leave.”
“I love the American Section. We don't just study grammar, spelling, sciences... but we also have time for art and library, amazing class projects and a lot of fun activities such as theater, community service, robotics, and Irish dancing. In the American Section I feel just like in my old school in the United States, but here my friends are from around the world.”
“What I really love most about the American Section is the atmosphere: it is always cool and calm and you are always welcomed. It really makes you want to learn. Our teachers help us and joke with us, and they always find a way to make the lesson interesting. What I also like about the American Section is that they organize and truly put hard work into the dances and trips.”