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!
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.
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.
We would like to thank everyone who attended our Kick-Off Coffee Klatch and Volunteer Information Session! The members of our Volunteer Leadership Committee were on hand to answer questions and recruit new volunteer for our various events. To everyone who signed up to help; thank you, and we will be in touch soon!
Our annual Terminale Welcome Cocktail Party was an amazing event. Terminale students, their parents, and the Upper School Faculty were there in force to mark the return of this social event to the first weekend of the school year. With near-perfect attendance, guests were able to enjoy delicious finger food served by volunteers from our Première class, with the evening capped by touching speeches by members of the Upper School team.
We were happy to host a welcome get-together for the 102 new students and their families who are joining the Section this fall. Parents were able to mingle and exchange contact details, teachers were on hand to meet everyone, and the students, slowly but surely, began making connections with their new classmates. The best part of it all was being able to see everyone in person!
We wrapped up the 2021-2022 academic year with some of our favorite people, our alumni! Former students (and parents) from the past 20 years gathered in New York city for a wonderful evening at helped forge new bonds and strengthen our community.
After the American Section ceremony, graduates and their families participated in the Lycée-wide OIB graduation ceremony which reunited the school's 350 Terminale students. They were the last of the fourteen sections to be called to the podium, and wrapped up the moving ceremony with a memorable final, enthusiastic, cap toss!
The graduation ceremonies held on July 6 marked the culmination of twelve years of hard work for the 50 members of the American Section Class of 2022. Each student was awarded a high school diploma, recognizing their successful completion of the American Section program.
First graders ended the year in style with a potluck picnic in the park. It was a great opportunity for parents and children to mingle and get to know one another a bit better. It was easy to keep an eye on our students who were all proudly wearing the beautiful red, white, and blue hand-painted flag t-shirts which they had made in class.
We are extremely proud of the members of the American Section Class of 2022!
Bac results were published today, and we once again have a 100% mention rate! 12% of the class were awarded mention assez bien (mooyenne 12-14), 28% mention bien (moyenne 14-16), 52% mention très bien (moyenne 16-18), and 8% mention très bien avec félicitations du jury (moyenne 18+).
Fifth Grader had a blast at ou 4th of July field day! Students spent the afternoon outside competing in various team events, including a water balloon toss, a three-legged race, a corn hole toss, a relay race, and an egg on a spoon race. Not a bad activity to fight the July heat. Students also enjouyed home-made 4th of July brownies and other patriotic snacks.
The Section's first-ever Science Fair took place in our classrooms at École Schnapper. Students confidently shared their experiments with intelligence and poise, to an enthusiastic audiecne of parents, teachers, and friends.
The incoming Collège International Sixièmes enjoyed an orientation day on Wednesday afternoon. They had a picnic, met with the French administration, and took a tour of the campus.Thank you our two rising Cinquièmes, who shared the very important student perspective during the tour.
The Lower School celebrated the American Section’s amazing graduating Fifth Graders. The Agora stage was decked out with yellow and black helium balloons, including several bright gold star-shaped balloons. These matched the theme of this year’s graduation: Stars. The students enjoyed walking a red carpet flanked with posters with names, pictures, and a large yellow star for each student.
This past Saturday's Troisième graduation was brilliant. It included speeches from representatives of each of the Section's Troisième classes, as well as musical numbers performed by four of the graduating students. Students walked under a festive balloon arch, symbolically marking their passage from Middle to Upper School.
This year's Lower School Soccer Tournament, which was organized by the American Section volunteers, was a great success. Our five American Section teams all fought real hard with all players and coaches (Alvaro, Arnaud, Pierre, and Vepa for the Minimes, Dominique and François for the Benjamins, and Hady for the Poussins) giving their best.
Last Thursday and Friday evening, the Lower School Theater troupe presented their wonderful play, A Bunch of Munsch. The performance was a compilation of four plays (plus a Readers Theater) adapted from short stories written by children’s book author Robert Munsch.
The Seconde Boat Dance took place last Thursday on a picture-perfect evening. American Section students and their guests, dressed to the nines, enjoyed a glamorous party on a peniche in Bougival, dancing it up in the downstairs discothèque and enjoying drinks and snacks on the upstairs terrace.
“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.”