Fifth Grade / CM2 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.

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

  • Class Size : Two classes of 20 students each (Lycée) and one class of 12-18 (Ecole Schnapper)

  • Estimated spaces available for 2023-24 school year:      2 places for French immersion candidates, 0 places for bilinguals

Please note that we will not be able to accept applications for bilingual candidates at this grade level for 2023-2024 due to space availability

  • Age: Candidates must be born in 2013 to enroll in this class (10 years old).
  • Level of English: Applicants must possess native-level English (spoken, written, comprehension) to be considered for the program

Class specific information about the Fifth Grade (CM2) curriculum is available here


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 not required at this grade level and will be decided on a case-by-case basis once a candidate’s dossier has been fully evaluated.

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 recommend that you contact the Admissions Office to go through details of the program before applying.

Campus Placement Options

Location: Ecole Schnapper
Schedule: Full-time
Spaces available for 2023-24 academic year: Only if there are departures.
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. We will not have any places available for bilingual candidates in 5th Grade/CM2 on this site next year.

Location: Lycée Campus
Schedule: Externé
Estimated externé spaces for the 2023-24 academic year: Only if there are departures.
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. We will not have any places available for bilingual candidates in 5th Grade/CM2 on this site next year.

Location: Lycée campus
Schedule: Full-time
Estimated spaces for the 2023-24 academic year:  We hope to have one or two spaces in French Immersion
Priority goes to students who qualify for the French-immersion program.  Full-time bilingual places that become available will go first to currently enrolled externé students.


Required documents
  • cover letter
  • birth certificate
  • dossier d’inscription form
  • Photo
  • grade reports (past three years including the current year)
  • two writing samples
  • recommendation from a currrent teacher 

Complete instructions are available online once you log in.

  • December 1 -January 31: application file submitted
  • March-April: testing
  • May: acceptances sent