The Upper School is comprised of tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades (Seconde, Première, and Terminale), with all students attending classes on the newly renovated Lycée International campus. The Section normally has about 60 students per grade level. In addition to following the French national curriculum, eight hours per week are spent in Section, where students study literature and history in English. This part of the program is designed to prepare students for top Anglophone universities and the year-end Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB).
There are a number of extracurricular opportunities at the Lycée International. Section-sponsored clubs include Model United Nations, Human Rights Team, community service, Vox a cappella group, Student Council, Ink magazine, yearbook, and drama. In addition, students can take advantage of Lycée-wide offerings such as French drama, math club, jazz band, and orchestra, to name a few.
The Section encourages students to participate in those diverse offerings while also promoting the idea of global citizenship. Each fall, the American Section hosts a group of visiting Indian students before some of us head east during the February break to take part in a cultural and educational exchange with our sister school in Ahmedabad, India. There, we teach in the classrooms and undertake community service projects with local NGOs. In addition, annual scholarships are awarded to students through our Summer Global Citizen Award. Past recipients, through their own initiatives, have taught English in rural Morocco, built latrines in Cambodia, opened an eye clinic in India, and studied environmental change in Tasmania.
After graduating from the Lycée International and going through the American Section, our students attend a wide range of great universities across the globe. Whether matriculating in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, or France, they all attest that they were well prepared thanks to the rigor of the Lycée International. It can be challenging here, but dealing with those academic challenges in a bilingual and multicultural environment, surrounded by motivated peers, and taught by dedicated and supportive teachers, contributes to the unique American Section Lycée experience. We’re proud of our offering and of our teaching staff, and feel fortunate at having the opportunity to teach such talented students throughout these formative years.
— Mike Whitacre, Co-Director and Upper School Principal