American Section students of all ages enjoyed some Halloween fun in the days before the Toussaint vacation. Students from PreK through Quatrième were treated to Halloween parties, while the Upper School students were thrilled to receive treat bags of Halloween candy.
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-10 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.
In their study of The Catcher in the Rye, Troisième students were asked to pretend that they were psychologists, and were tasked with unearthing the experiences that led to Holden Caulfield's mental crisis and to explain the traumatic factors in his youth that led to an eventual breakdown.
Thank you to the many American Section families who participated in the annual Opération Fôret Propre on October 9! Over 3,1 tons of trash was collected at the various collection sites in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Fourqueux, one ton more than in 2020. The Fourqueux organizers were extremely grateful that the American Section chose to participate in their corner of the forest!
Students from the class of 2022 joined their parents and teachers for a long-awaited celebratory "Terminale Welcome Cocktail" last weekend. This traditional kick-off to the Senior year was much appreciated by all.
Our Quatrièmes enjoyed a full-day outing to the Fondation GoodPlanet recently. The focus of the day was a better understanding of the environmental issues our world faces today, as well as finding solutions to living a more sustainable life.
Life seemed to take on a return to near-normal as a multitude of American Section students and their families attended our traditional 'Back-to-School' Picnic at the Centre Aérée La Forestine in Aigremont. Thankfully, the weather was gorgeous and it was altogether a beautiful community gathering, the first since Covid-19 changed our way of life.
We took advantage of the beautiful fall weather to take cap and gown yearbook photos of the class of 2022. There was also ample time for some fun candid shots and lots of laughter to mark the start of what promises to be a memorable Senior year.
As part of their study of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the Troisièmes made a life map of five important moments in their life thus far: international moves, disastrous haircuts, broken bones, the arrival or departure of loved ones, embarrassing accidents... and exercise that allowed for both introspection and creativity.
As a living history exercise and a way to commemorate the 20th anniversary, many of our Middle Schoolers were encouraged to interview someone about their 9/11 experience. Though our students were not alive on that infamous day, their daily lives, along with teenagers all over the world, are affected by the events that happened that Tuesday morning.
Close to 50 parent volunteers, representing students from Mat.2 through Terminale and from all three of our campuses, gathered this past week for the Homeroom Parent training session in the Lycée château.
The Terminale Welcome assembly, held on the first day of school, was a fitting occasion to share words of wisdom with our students and to present a series of awards discerned by the Upper School faculty.
After over 18 months of virtual get-togethers, it was pure pleasure to welcome many of our new families to the Section to an in-person gathering!
An enormous thank you to the Homeroom Parents for organizing a fabulous back-to-school outing for our Sixièmes! American Section students from both the Collège International and the Collège Marcel Roby enjoyed a morning playing in the trees.
The Faculty and Staff of the American Section are ready for another academic year! We look forward to welcoming students to our classrooms next week.
Congratulations to 58 members of the American Section Class of 2021! We are very proud of their hard work and dedication, which are illustrated by their impressive OIB results. 5% of the class received a mention assez bien, 38% a mention bien, 43% a mention très bien, and 10% mention très bien avec félicitations du jury!
Two of our Termainles were recently honored in a ceremony organized for the winners of the Concours National de la Résistance et de la Déportation. Alexander was awarded first place in the Yvelines and second in the Académie de Versailles this year. Julie won first prize in the 2019-2020 session of the contest for her project centering on the role of the press in the Resistance of 1940.
Our budding authors and illustrators in Lower School successfully completed the publishing of their White Books, which are no longer white. In fact, they are filled with personal narratives, magic bean adventures, animal stories, mysteries, poetry, and fantasies. From Kindergarten to Fifth grade, students drafted, edited, wrote, and illustrated a book according to their level’s theme.
With the lifting of Covid restriction in June, a different version of our well known "Tournoi des Etoiles" was invented in order to give all 500 plus players across 14 sections a chance to play and win the cup.
American Section students at Roby were recently invited to contribute to a "community art project" in the library. The goal was to create something that would symbolize the diversity and unity of our student body.
As visitors are not allowed onto the Lycée campus, the Middle School Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz was filmed and then live-streamed to a home audience on the evening of June 16.
“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.”