Seventh Grade / 5ème Application Details

Class Details
  • Bilingual: Native-level English and French. Students attend a French “Collège” and join the American Section for six hours of native level English language instruction per week (four hours of Literature and two hours of History).

  • Class Size : two classes of 20 students each (Collège Marcel Roby) and one class of 18-20 (Lycée International)

  • Estimated number of places available 2024-25: 1-2 places available for French immersion candidates only.  

Only applications for French immersion candidates will be considered for 2024-2025. Regretfully, we will not have any spaces available for bilingual candidates.
  • Age: Candidates must be born in 2012 to enroll in this class (12 years old).
  • Level of English: Applicants must possess native-level English (spoken, written, comprehension) to be considered for the program.
  • Level of French : Bilingual applicants must provide proof of age-appropriate French. This can be done by providing grade reports from a French school or CNED reports (cours à distance). If these are unavailable, please contact the Admissions Office before applying. Non-Francophones must qualify for the French-immersion program to enter the program.
  • Foreign Language (Langue Vivante) requirements: An additional foreign language is required at this grade level. Students should have at least one year of study in Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, or Italian. Please check with the Admissions Office for any other options.


Class specific information about the Seventh Grade (Cinquième) curriculum is available here


Applications should be submitted online via the American Section website from December 1 - January 15 for the following school year.


A written test is required for all candidates. An individual interview may be scheduled at a later date for selected candidates as part of a second round of assessments.

  • Local candidates: Testing will take place on-site at the Lycée International in February/March 2024. Exact dates to be determined. 
  • Overseas candidates: Group testing will take place online in February/March. Information will be sent to you once your child’s file has been processed.
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.

Please note that the French-immersion class at this level is run as a combined class of sixth- and seventh-grade students. This can impact the American Section timetable and may require a child to be placed in a higher or a lower grade level for one year.

Campus Placement Options

Collège Marcel Roby
Schedule: Full-time
Spaces available for 2024-25 academic year: 0
The majority of our Middle School students attend classes on this campus conveniently located in the center of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The American Section runs two classes per level here with 20 students each. Spanish and Russian section students also attend classes on this site as well as students from the catchment area. 

Lycée International Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Estimated spaces for the 2024-25 academic year:  1-2 spaces in French Immersion/ Français Spéciale 
The American Section runs one class per level on this site. Priority for placement on this campus will go to candidates who qualify for the French-immersion program (FS). There will not be any openings available for bilingual candidates on this campus. 


Required documents
  • cover letter
  • birth certificate
  • dossier d’inscription form
  • Photo
  • grade reports (three years including the current year)
  • two writing samples
  • two recommendations: from the current English teacher and from the Head of School.  
  • CNED reports (if applicable)
  • Curriculum information

Complete instructions are available online once you log in.

  • December 1 - January 15: application file submitted
  • February - April: testing
  • May - June: acceptances sent

Page updated: September 12, 2023