The 5th Grade trip to Branféré this past weekend was a huge success. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Students learned about climate change and its numerous consequences, then came up with solutions to bring about positive change. They also took full advantage of the animal park!
The American Section
of the Lycée International
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 OIB diploma (baccalauréat avec option 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.
Last weekend, the American Section Middle School was rocking! Kids were bouncing off the dance floor and having a memorable time with their friends. Sixièmes and Cinquièmes enjoyed an Aloha Evening on Friday night, while Quatrièmes and Troisièmes partied to Venetian theme on Saturday evening.
At this year's Spring Information Meeting, we had the pleasure of listening to Director Adrienne Covington and incoming Director Brian Brazeau exchange on a range of topics related to education. They shared their thoughts on many things including the evolution of the OIB, the role of the American Section at the Lycée, and the ways in which their students inspire them in their chosen field.
We recently had the pleasure of welcoming young adult fiction author Amy Plum in all three Quatrième classes for a couple of hours. Students learned about fiction writing in a playful and creative manner.
We recently published the 2022-2023 edition of Compass, our Annual Review.
The theme this year is sustainability; the magazine spotlights the work that has already been done in our school and provides encouragement and inspiration to our community for future initiatives.
Cinquième students spent a fabulous three days in Amsterdam, exploring themes of sustainability, diversity, and inclusion during the annual school trip. Highlights included the Zaanse Schans, the Begijnhof, the Anne Frank House, a canal cruise, and an Indonesian feast.
The annual Quatrième Culture Fair featured vibrant and colorful displays, delicious food, careful detail, period costumes, bustling crowds, or the bubbling Quatrième enthusiasm, but what touched was most touching was each personal story that was shared. We are the American Section but we invite culturally rich and diverse backgrounds giving us an international breadth that is simultaneously, deeply rich.
A team of Quatrième experts were on hand Monday evening to answer the many questions of our Rising Sixièmes. They covered questions ranging from detention to finding your way around, and cafeteria food to homework. Poised and knowledgeable, our panel expertly accomplished their mission of assuaging some of the stress the Fifth Graders are experiencing about their upcoming transition to Middle School!
The India Exchange Team took an exciting two-week trip to India over February vacation.
Our team was hosted by families from the Mahatma Gandhi International School of Ahmedabad. Students taught English to children at two different NGOs and an orphanage school. They also partook in cultural workshops and shared French culture with the students of MGIS.
Both the Mayor of Ahmedabad and the Consul General of France in Mumbai attended the India Exchange Team's end-of-stay celebration at the Mahatma Gandhi International School on March 3. Students performed a variety of French dances (waltz, rock, Madison, Alexandrie, Alexandra...) as well as a spectacular Bollywood number. They also ran a kermesse for the MGIS children.
Our Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders on both campuses welcomed author Elizabeth Eulberg this week.She discussed her journey to becoming a published author and walked the students through her writing process. She also shared tips on how to develop interesting characters and also where she gets her inspiration for her books.
On February 4, delegates from four different schools arrived for the first MUN hosted in the Lycée since COVID hit. Over 55 people attended the day long event that had been so carefully planned by the MUN team over a few weeks. The delegates were separated into four committees dealing with various international subjects, including the question of returning national patrimony, the status of refugees at the border of the the European Union, encouraging economic development in Africa, and the rising tensions in between Taiwan and China.
Congratulations to the American Section team for winning the first place in Middle School Division at the International History Bowl Regional Competition! The American Section's International Geography Bee Club participated in the event took place at École Jeannine Manuel in Paris.
Things were a little bit different in Upper School this week, as all students were treated to a session with alumna Sanaë Lemoine '07, our Upper School Visting Author. Students participated in a creative writing workshop, and listened, entranced, as Sanaë shared her journey from Lycée International student to published author, and gave insight to how she approaches the writing process.
Over 240 members of the American Section community gathered in the Lycée's Upper School dining room last Friday night for one of our most beloved traditions, the Potluck. Participants enjoyed an enticing variety of delicious food, and most importantly, we enjoyed being together and building connections.
Thursday morning's in-person Early Years Information Session, held in the Agora on the Lycée campus, was a great success. Over fifty prospective families attended. A special thanks to our current parents for helping out with the event.
Over 70 alumni joined us on Tuesday evening for a long-awaited alumni reunion, which included members from the classes of 2012 to 2022 and one representative from 1999!
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.
H eralding in the new year
A merican Section wishes you
P henomenal luck
P lenty of laughter
Y outhful enthusiasm
N umerous new friendships
E xciting adventures
W onderous discoveries
Y ear-long happiness
E xceptional serenity
A bundant good fortune and
R obust health in 2023
Our 5th Graders took part in the “31 Days of Giving” challenge. They were given one month to complete as many of the activities listed on the challenge calendar as possible. The way they jumped enthusiastically into helping and honoring others before themselves is a beautiful reminder of the true reason for the season.
Our Troisième classes recently spent the day at the Musée de la Grande Guerre in Meaux. Students learned about the history of WWI propaganda, and created their own pamphlets using various pictures. The final results spoke to how broad the range of interpretation can be, especially when groups used the same pictures to convey completely different, sometimes even opposing, messages.
Voices of the American Section
“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.”