The American Section is widely known for fostering a vibrant community spirit. Like the best American schools in the US and abroad, the American Section thrives on a strong sense of community. Various social events in and out of the classroom fulfill the dual goals of imparting American culture and strengthening bonds between all members of the Section – students, parents, faculty, and staff.
Lower School students have in-class parties to mark the end-of-year holidays and Valentine’s Day. With costumes, games, and treats galore, Halloween is much anticipated event for Section students. Thanksgiving, our national holiday, is also celebrated each November. Lower School children also have the opportunity to participate in a spelling bee and our popular Bingo Night, while Middle and Upper school students enjoy dances and socials – including junior and senior proms. While parent volunteers run many of these events, students also play an active role in the Section’s social calendar. The Student Council, for example, runs the annual fall picnic, which unites many student groups for a convivial fall afternoon of barbecue, games, music, and fundraising.
Annual potluck and neighborhood dinners bring together parents with faculty and staff. Our chic biennial cocktail party welcomes the adult community from our three campuses as well as local dignitaries and French colleagues. Finally, the Fundraising Gala offers the community an evening of socializing, entertainment, gourmet food, and an auction to raise funds to support academics and co-curriculars.
These social events would not be possible without the engagement of our many dedicated parent and student volunteers.