The OIB and Graduation
The International Option of the French Baccalaureate (or OIB) was created nearly two decades ago by the French government to offer a genuinely bilingual education to French and foreign students studying in French schools around the world or residing in France. It is a particularly demanding version of the French Baccalaureate requiring six to eight supplementary hours per week in one of 15 native languages.
Currently, the American option of the OIB, is available at 20 schools in France and 17 abroad, ranging from the US to South Africa and Hong Kong. Some 1,200 students take the OIB every year. After following a fully bilingual curriculum during their last two years of school, students take oral and written exams in English and French, each language having to be at a standard enabling them to work at ease in any subject at university level. The American Section class of 2019 had 98% overall mention rate, with 53% earning a mention très bien.
The American portion of the OIB is guided by AAMIS (Association of American International Schools) and the College Board, who work closely with the French General Inspectorate of the National Ministry of Education.