Second Grade / CE1 Application Details

Class Details
  • Bilingual: Native-level English and French. Students are enrolled in a French “Ecole Elémentaire” for the French portion of the program then excused twice a week to attend American Section classes.

  • Number of spaces available for 2023-24: 8-9

  • Age: Candidates must be born in 2016 to enroll in this class (7 years old).
  • Level of English: Two tracks are available. Applicants must possess native-level English or near-native-level English to be considered for either program.

Applications should be submitted online via the American Section website in December and January for the following school year.  After January, please check our website for any further availability at this grade level.


Testing is conducted in English and is administered individually. During the test, your child will be asked to:

  • Look at some pictures and identify them (vocabulary)
  • Listen to a short story and answer questions about it (listening and comprehension)
  • A short dictation and some comprehension questions about a story (writing)

The test lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Testing will take place in March or April and will be conducted in person whenever possible. Online testing is also available for families who live overseas.

French Immersion/Français Spécial  

This is a specialized track for candidates who do not yet speak French or who have very little knowledge of the language. The class is composed of 15-20 new students coming from all of the world. Students work with a specialized French teacher from September to June to develop their knowledge of French while maintaining their native level of English with the American Section. As the year progresses, other subjects (Math, Science, History) are also added to the program by the French teacher. The program is challenging and requires good study habits, adaptability, and a motivation to learn a new language even from the youngest candidates. By the end of the academic year, immersion students should have developed a high level of French proficiency which will then allow them to integrate into a regular French classroom the following year.

If you are considering this option, we recom-mend that you contact the Admissions Office to go through details of the program before applying.

Second Grade (CE1) vs. Second Grade Plus (CE1+)

Second grade (CE1-Mainstream)

For children who are native English speakers and have completed a full phonics program in first grade.

Class Schedule: Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons + Art and Library.

Class Size by location:

  • Lycée International campus : 20

  • Ecole Schnapper campus: 12


For detailed information about the Second Grade (CE1) or Second Grade Plus (CE1+) curriculum, please click here. 

Second grade Plus (CE1+)

For non-native speakers and native speakers who have a good level of English fluency but require targeted instruction to build vocabulary, reinforce grammar mechanics, and develop their oral English.

This class is part of a two-year program beginning in first grade (CP) and continuing through second grade (CE1). At the end of the two-year cycle, students should be ready to integrate into the mainstream program in third grade (CE2)

Class Schedule: Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons + Art and Library.

Class Size : Lycée International campus: 18

Campus Placement Options

Ecole Schnapper Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Spaces available for 2023-24 academic year: 1-2
The American Section welcomes approximately 70 students at this partner school located nearby in St. Germain. Students attend their American Section classes as well as their French classes on this site. This is the only placement option with extended hours offering daycare and study hall possibilities after school.

Lycée International Campus
Schedule: Externé
Estimated externé spaces for the 2023-24 academic year: We expect to have 6 spaces available in our CE1+ class and hope to have 2 externé spaces become available in our CE1 Mainstream class next year. 
This is a part-time option in which students come to the Lycée campus two half-days per week for their American Section classes. The rest of the time they attend their local French school. Please note that the majority of all primary students at the Lycée are externés (Currently 750 students from 11 international sections). Externé students may request a full-time place in successive years depending upon space availability.

Lycée International Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Estimated spaces for the 2023-24 academic year: two
There are a limited number of spaces available; priority will go to qualified non-Francophone candidates. 

Page Updated on September 23, 2022

  • December 1 -January 31: application file submitted
  • March-April: testing
  • May: acceptances sent
Required documents
  • cover letter
  • birth certificate
  • photo
  • dossier d’inscription form

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