The American Section Middle School prides itself on its position as the keystone in the overall “arc” of our students’ education, despite only figuring into 20 % of their typical day. Comprised of four grades — sixth grade (Sixième), seventh (Cinquième), eighth (Quatrième), and ninth (Troisième) — the Middle School recognizes the rapid changes in our students, both cognitive and emotional. As a direct result, we strive to provide our students with curricula that recognize their intellectual and emotional needs, all the while steadily building them up for critical “big picture” thinking so essential later on in high school. We believe that in giving our students a positive Middle School experience, they will thrive as Upper School students.
The American Section Middle School recognizes one key tenet of American pedagogy: that learning can, and should be, fun. Our teachers recognize that learning is deeper and better retained when presented in a novel, interesting manner. To this end, the Section has developed curricula that combine serious learning with creative projects — specifically designed to bring out the best in each of our students.
The Middle School also has a unique feature, in that it is built on two campuses. The Marcel Roby campus, in the center of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, is typically suited for students who speak fluent French or desire a collège-only experience. The other campus, at the Lycée International, accommodates bilingual students as well as beginning learners of French.
Finally, in order to provide students with as richly varied a school experience as possible, the Middle School also hosts a variety of extracurricular activities. Among the many offerings are theater, student council, yearbook, chess, and book club. For motivated older Middle School students, there are also the Human Rights Team and Model United Nations. Students may also participate in after-school activities offered by their school campus. Additionally, the Middle School holds American-style social events throughout the year.
— Adrienne Covington, Co-Director & Middle School Principal