News from the American Section


American Section students of all ages enjoyed some Halloween fun in the days before the Toussaint vacation. Students from PreK through Quatrième were treated to Halloween parties, while the Upper School students were thrilled to receive treat bags of Halloween candy. 

Analyzing Holden Caufield

In their study of The Catcher in the Rye, Troisième students  were asked to pretend that they were psychologists, and were tasked with unearthing the experiences that led to Holden Caulfield's mental crisis and to explain the traumatic factors in his youth that led to an eventual breakdown. 

Opération Fôret Propre

Thank you to the many American Section families who participated in the annual Opération Fôret Propre on October 9! Over 3,1 tons of trash was collected at the various collection sites in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Fourqueux, one ton more than in 2020. The Fourqueux organizers were extremely grateful that the American Section chose to participate in their corner of the forest!

Terminale Welcome Cocktail

Students from the class of 2022 joined their parents and teachers for a long-awaited celebratory "Terminale Welcome Cocktail" last weekend. This traditional kick-off to the Senior year was much appreciated by all. 

GoodPlanet Outing

Our Quatrièmes enjoyed a full-day outing to the Fondation GoodPlanet recently. The focus of the day was a better understanding of the environmental issues our world faces today, as well as finding solutions to living a more sustainable life. 

Hooray for the Picnic!

Life seemed to take on a return to near-normal as a multitude of American Section students and their families attended our traditional 'Back-to-School' Picnic at the Centre Aérée La Forestine in Aigremont. Thankfully, the weather was gorgeous and it was altogether a beautiful community gathering, the first since Covid-19 changed our way of life. 

Terminale Yearbook Photos

We took advantage of the beautiful fall weather to take cap and gown yearbook photos of the class of 2022. There was also ample time for some fun candid shots and lots of laughter to mark the start of what promises to be a memorable Senior year.

Life Maps in Troisème

As part of their study of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the Troisièmes made a life map of five important moments in their life thus far: international moves, disastrous haircuts, broken bones, the arrival or departure of loved ones, embarrassing accidents... and exercise that allowed for both introspection and creativity.

Living History in Middle School

As a living history exercise and a way to commemorate the 20th anniversary, many of our Middle Schoolers were encouraged to interview someone about their 9/11 experience. Though our students were not alive on that infamous day, their daily lives, along with teenagers all over the world, are affected by the events that happened that Tuesday morning. 

Homeroom Parents Meetings

Close to 50 parent volunteers, representing students from Mat.2 through Terminale and from all three of our campuses, gathered this past week for the Homeroom Parent training session in the Lycée château.

Kicking off Terminale Year

The Terminale Welcome assembly, held on the first day of school, was a fitting occasion to share words of wisdom with our students and to present a series of awards discerned by the Upper School faculty.

Back Together

After over 18 months of virtual get-togethers, it was pure pleasure to welcome many of our new families to the Section to an in-person gathering!

Pre Rentrée Fun in 6ème

An enormous thank you to the Homeroom Parents for organizing a fabulous back-to-school outing for our Sixièmes! American Section students from both the Collège International and the Collège Marcel Roby enjoyed a morning playing in the trees.

Welcome Back 2021

The Faculty and Staff of the American Section are ready for another academic year! We look forward to welcoming students to our classrooms next week. 


Congratulations to 58 members of the American Section Class of 2021! We are very proud of their hard work and dedication, which are illustrated by their impressive OIB results. 5% of the class received a mention assez bien, 38% a mention bien, 43% a mention très bien, and 10% mention très bien avec félicitations du jury!

Jeunes Historiens

Two of our Termainles were recently honored in a ceremony organized for the winners of the Concours National de la Résistance et de la Déportation. Alexander was awarded first place in the Yvelines and second in the Académie de Versailles this year. Julie won first prize in the 2019-2020 session of the contest for her project centering on the role of the press in the Resistance of 1940.

Lower School Authors

Our budding authors and illustrators in Lower School successfully completed the publishing of their White Books, which are no longer white. In fact, they are filled with personal narratives, magic bean adventures, animal stories, mysteries, poetry, and fantasies. From Kindergarten to Fifth grade, students drafted, edited, wrote, and illustrated a book according to their level’s theme.

Tournoi des Etoiles

With the lifting of Covid restriction in June, a different version of our well known "Tournoi des Etoiles" was invented in order to give all 500 plus players across 14 sections a chance to play and win the cup. 

Diversity of Voices

American Section students at Roby were recently invited to contribute to a "community art project" in the library. The goal was to create something that would symbolize the diversity and unity of our student body.

They're Off to See the Wizard!

As visitors are not allowed onto the Lycée campus, the Middle School Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz was filmed and then live-streamed to a home audience on the evening of June 16. 

Troisième Graduation

The American Section's Middle School Faculty and Staff joined students and proud parents to celebrate their end of collège. The ceremony, which was held online, was every bit as moving as could be expected.

Fête des Terminales

The Lycée International "Promo 2021" enjoyed a Covid-style version of the Lycée International's traditional Fête des Terminales on Monday,  June 7 in the beautiful park around the Château d'Hennemont. 

Section Students Win Les Dicos d'Or

The Roby Quatrième team, which included four American Section students, won the Dicos d’Or competition in their category! The contest took place on Youtube last Thursday, May 20.

Senior "Prom"!

The 350 Terminale students from the Lycée's fourteen sections were treated to a colorful Covid-friendly "Prom" concocted by the American Section on May 20.

Public Speaking Workshop

This past week, the Lycée International Student Council offered a groundbreaking workshop on an important life skill--How to Speak in Public.

Welcome to the Sheep Section!

The newest members of our community are a pair of fluffy sheep who have come to eat the grass! They arrived from Brittany and are currently living in a pen at the top of campus. 

Human Rights Conference

This year, after months of learning and raising awareness about gender and racial discrimination within education, the Human Rights Team hosted their annual informative event on May 4. 

"A Night In" Virtual Gala Celebration

Our Night In virtual gala raised over 38,000€! Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who contributed to our extensive auction catalog. Every penny raised directly benefits our students.

Baby Products Drive

A big thank you to those who participated in the recent donation drive! We received several hundred euros worth of diapers, infant formula, and diaper wipes. The benefits went directly to mothers at a local refugee center.

Writer in Residence

What do you get when you combine a published poet with a bunch of eager Quatrièmes? You get magic, that's what! It was  another memorable moment in our Middle School classrooms when Quatrièmes got to meet Sarina Romero, a Master of Fine Arts graduate from New York University.

100 Days Celebration

The health restrictions brought on by the pandemic have compelled us to appreciate in-person exchanges more than ever. Nowhere was this more in evidence than this past Wednesday when our 58 Terminale students were fêted with the Section's traditional 100 Days Celebration.

6ème Advisory

Last week, our Sixièmes got to participate in some essential learning for the future when they met for a special lesson on the importance of "'team building," how to achieve it, and why its creation is important.

What's it Like in 6ème?

"How do you get a detention?" "Are there vegetarian meals in the cafeteria?" "Do the older students bother 6èmes?" "How do you know where your classes are?" These are just a few of the questions that 5th graders "asked the experts" at Wednesday evening's "What's It Like in Sixième?" event.

The 20201 Read-a-thon

Thank you to scores of American Section students and their families who took part in the 2021 edition of the Lycée-wide read-a-thon! American Section students raised well over 11,600€!

Project Week 2021 - Portraits!

Aligning, once again with the projet d’école at the Lycée, our theme for Project Week this year was Portraits. Each level chose an artist or artistic idea to study and eventually create a masterpiece of their own.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month

From historical figures such as George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Jessie Owens, to contemporaries including Amanda Gorman and LeBron James, our Lower School students have spent the past month researching, reading, and writing about generations of influential African-Americans.

Mix It Up at Lunch Day

In the spirit of Martin Luther King’s life work, the Human Rights Team decided to hold its first annual “Mix It Up” at lunch. The idea of “mixing it up” is that the students go sit with someone new and find something they have in common or simply get to know each other better.

Bingo for Books Night

COVID restrictions might keep us from gathering for special events in person but it can’t keep us from getting together online.Moving the event online this year allowed us to include Kindergarteners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders as well as 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.

5ème Immigration Project

America's debt to its immigrant ancestors received major recognition this past week with the Cinquièmes' presentations of the annual Immigration Project. Students were able to learn from and appreciate different aspects of this vital part of American history through hands-on peer learning and sharing.

Inauguration Celebrations

In honor of the inauguation of the 46th president of the United States of American, we hosted special "coffee breaks" for the French teachers on our three campuses.

Celebrating Black History Month

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, teachers are having important discussions with their students about the state of things 58 years after MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech. 

Grade 4 Students Report the News

In their study of different types of nonfiction texts, fourth graders studied news reports and the parts of a newspaper. Using notes from their classmates, they wrote brief news stories telling what their classmates did during the December vacation.

Ecole Schnapper Food Drive

The Schnapper community came together and collected an amazing 395 kilos of needed food and hygiene products to serve our local community - a community, like many others, going through some difficult times.

Holiday Cards for the Elderly

American Section students made 183 beautiful cards to brighten the holidays for the elderly residents of local nursing homes.

Digital Parenting Workshop

Our Parents to Parents Committee recently organized an online workshop about Digital Parenting Workshop led by expert Elizabeth Milovidov. 

Food Drive Volunteers

The American Section community volunteered en masse to help at last weekend's food drive! Some 28 tons of food were collected last weekend at Carrefour Montesson and Casino Maisons Laffitte, a 77% increase from last year. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving week, Lower School classes focused on gratitude and what we are thankful for; letters and cards were written and feathers were crafted to decorate turkey tails.

Roby's Manga Club

For several weeks now, a group of Roby Quartrièmes have met in one of the Section's classrooms during lunch on Fridays to share their passion for anime and manga.

Presidential Mock Elections

Our students learned first-hand how to participate in the democratic process, as secondary students cast their ballots for the United States President at both Marcel Roby and Lycée International voting centers. .

Happy Halloween!

Our Halloween celebrations this year were a very different from our traditional celebrations,  but this is far from a normal year!

Pumpkin Science

Our Second Graders recently completed a science unit in which they used an orange Halloween pumpkin to learn the process of scientific enquiry.

Debating the Three Gorges Dam

Mr. Jones’ Seconde class took several perspectives – socio-cultural, ecological-environmental, economic and political - to debate for their geography unit the consequences of building the largest dam in the world.

Propaganda Posters

Quatrième students have been studying George Orwell's Animal Farm, and learning about persuasive communication.

Teacher Appreciation Day

Wow! The outpouring of love and appreciation was widespread and abundant on Monday and was a wonderful way to start the week.

Earthquake Construction

Our first Grade 3 in-class experiment was a big success, as students collaborated to design and test constructions to withstand earthquakes.

Sixième Advisory Program

The Sixième Advisory program officially began this week when our current Cinquième students wrote letters to our incoming Sixième students.

Student Council Convenes

Congratulations to all the students who stepped forward and agreed to take on the responsibilities of class representatives in our Student Council!

Terminale Welcome Event

The Terminale teaching team gathered on Zoom to greet this year's Terminales to wish them success in their last year of high school and award three academic prizes.

Beautiful New Classrooms

American Section Lower School classes began with much excitement this week as students met their teachers and discovered their newly updated classrooms.

A Day in the Trees!

Thanks to the initiative and organizational talents of our parents, our newest Middle School students enjoyed an afternoon in the trees the day before school began.

Welcome Back!

The American Section faculty and staff are thrilled to all be back in school! We all look forward to a fabulous, albeit unique, year! 

Poetry by Heart Winner!

Congratulation to Terminale student Alexandre Gliott, who recently won the Paris-area "Poetry by Heart" competition.

Goodbye Mr. Whitacre

How to organize a meaningful send-off event in times of coronavirus? A vision, some 'outside of the box' thinking, a hefty sprinkle of spontaneity, and the stage was set.

Section Community Unites for a Virtual Spirit Week

The American Section community took advantage of everyone being at stuck at home to hold a fun-filled, whole-Section Spirit Week! Students, faculty, staff, and parents dressed to the theme of the day, for both daily Zoom lessons and a bit of family fun.

Learning Online

With all French schools closed due to coronavirus, American Section students and faculty transitioned to online learning at 8:00 am on Monday, March 13. 

August: Osage County

Our Upper School thespians memorably staged August, Osage County, a dark story of family dysfunction. Simmering tensions exploded in fast-paced scenes that oscillated between comedy and tragedy.

What’s it Like in Sixième?

Thanks to a team of experts, all members of our fifth-grade Quatrième class got answers to their burning questions about life in Middle School last Monday evening. Their top concerns? Lockers, croix, the cafeteria, and the schedule. 

Bingo for Books

Third, fourth, and fifth graders enjoyed a real kids’ evening out with fun ice-breaker activities, delicious pizza, and of course, BINGO!

India Exchange Trip

This year's India Exchange Trip was a life-changing experience for 18 motivated Première students. 


Our delegates did an outstanding job representing Yemen at this year's THIMUN conference.

Northern Lights Dance

Troisièmes enjoyed an exceptional evening out as the Northern Lights came to Fourqueux.

Loving London

From Hamilton to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, to a guided street art walk and a visit of the Tate Modern, this year's London trip was an action-packed three days!

Spelling Bee

The buzz in Lower School was tangible as third through fifth grade students hoped to be crowned the winner of the Lower School’s first Spelling Bee!

Super Bowl Potluck Supper

This year's Potluck Supper, with a Super Bowl theme, was an enjoyable evening, filled with delicious food, fun activities, and very pleasant company.