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.
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.
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.
We were excited about MUN's strong presence in the first local conference that we attended this year at Ermitage. Four of our members received best delegate for their involvement. We have lots of new students joining us this year and are also welcoming members from the Chinese, Italian, and Spanish Sections who are contributing thoughtful and enthusiastic presentations in our weekly meetings.
The Lycée International community came together for a fantastic holiday sale this weekend. On offer were food specialties from the school's 14 international sections, as well as typical crafts and holiday treats. The American Section's decorated gingerbread houses were once again a hit, as was our newest offering... s'mores!!
We celebrated Thanksgiving this year with thankfulness trees, recitations of songs and poems, a Pre-K pagent, and the sharing of special sweets with our French and section colleagues at the Lycée International, Colèège Marcel Roby, and Ecole Schnapper.
Mr. Vachon's Secondes wrapped up their study of A Streetcar Named Desire this week. Instead of the traditional end of book test, student groups wrote an additional concluding scene to tie together the play's abrupt ending. On Tuesday, the class took to the stage in the Agora to act out their interpretations.
4èmes enjoyed a wonderful three-day trip to Amsterdam. Based on the principles of tolerance, sustainability, and diversity, the trip featured visits to the Anne Frank House, the Zaanse Schanse, and the Van Gogh museum. The trip was all about learning, experiencing new things, and having fun with friends, both new and old!
American Section Halloween parties are much anticipated and highly appreciated! Lower and Middle School students enjoyed spooky celebrations before the Toussaint holidays, complete with elaborate costumes, scary decorations, and lots of delicious treats. Boo!
We wrapped up the first part of our India Exchange this week, with a joyous celebration of Indian culture: the Soirée Indienne. The Indian exchange students treated the audience to a presentation of dance and musical numbers. It was a wonderful way to end the two week exchange, which also included classroom visits to teach our students about Indian traditions and culture.
Congratulations the two second grade students who created the cover art for this year's family directory. The boys worked like real artists, accepting a commission and submitting drafts for approval. The result is fabulous!
Our Upper School team spent much of last week meeting with peers from around the world to discuss planning for this year's set of OIB exams, as well as the progressive implementation of the BFI. AAMIS (the association that regroups schools with the American option) meetings took place in Paris, which APEDESI (the association of international French schools) meetings took place on the Lycée International campus.
Over 25 members of the American Section community (including three of our Exchange students) joined the Opération Forêt Propre effort last Saturday morning. Reuniting some 250 people in all, Forêt Propre teams took advantage of some beautiful weather to clear our forests of 2.4 tons of trash while enjoying each other's company.
They are finally here! The delegation from our partner school, Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS) of Ahmedabad, India arrived in Saint Germain! The Indian students will be exploring Paris by day and spending time with their host families in the evening and on weekends. They will also run in-class activities for Lower and Middle School students to teach them about India culture.
We took advantage of some clement fall weather for the annual Terminale "Cap and Gown" yearbook photo shoot last week. There was also ample time to take selfies, practice throwing caps, and to pose for some fun "candid" shots. It was a great way to mark the start of what promises to be a very memorable Senior year!
Our annual American Section Picnic celebrates our coming together as a community. It is a chance to catch up with old friends and get acquainted with new ones. From young children running around and playing, to older kids bonding over their given tasks, and parents connecting, that's what the American Section picnic is all about!
The recent Sixième accrobranche outing surpassed all expectations. Students were pushed to overcome their fears and forge bonds as our newest members of our Middle School. The opportunity to catch up with Lower School friends who are now on different campuses was also appreciated!
Our Secondes spent the weekend at an outdoor activity center in “la Suisse Normande.” The aims of this trip are multiple: to foster connections among students and teachers, to bring together former Roby and Lycée campus Troisièmes and fuse them into the future class of 2025, and most of all to engage our senses and emotions in non-academic activities that present challenges, and hopefully form lasting bonds among students as they overcome their reservations and fears.
“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.”