The American Section community took advantage of everyone being at stuck at home to hold a fun-filled, whole-Section Spirit Week! Students, faculty, staff, and parents dressed to the theme of the day, for both daily Zoom lessons and a bit of family fun.
The American Section, 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.
According to national sources, in 2020 the Lycée International has again been named one of France's top schools.
With all French schools closed due to coronavirus, American Section students and faculty transitioned to online learning at 8:00 am on Monday, March 13.
Our Upper School thespians memorably staged August, Osage County, a dark story of family dysfunction. Simmering tensions exploded in fast-paced scenes that oscillated between comedy and tragedy.
Thanks to a team of experts, all members of our fifth-grade Quatrième class got answers to their burning questions about life in Middle School last Monday evening. Their top concerns? Lockers, croix, the cafeteria, and the schedule.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders enjoyed a real kids’ evening out with fun ice-breaker activities, delicious pizza, and of course, BINGO!
This year's India Exchange Trip was a life-changing experience for 18 motivated Première students.
Our delegates did an outstanding job representing Yemen at this year's THIMUN conference.
Troisièmes enjoyed an exceptional evening out as the Northern Lights came to Fourqueux.
From Hamilton to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, to a guided street art walk and a visit of the Tate Modern, this year's London trip was an action-packed three days!
The buzz in Lower School was tangible as third through fifth grade students hoped to be crowned the winner of the Lower School’s first Spelling Bee!
This year's Potluck Supper, with a Super Bowl theme, was an enjoyable evening, filled with delicious food, fun activities, and very pleasant company.
“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.”