Lycée International of St Germain-en-Laye (American Section)
Rue du Fer à Cheval BP 5230, 78175, St Germain-en-Laye, France
Tel: (+33) 1 34 51 74 85
Fax: (+33) 1 30 87 00 49
690 students, aged 4 - 18
French and American curriculum, American Option of French Baccalaureat (OIB)
The American section at Lycée International of St Germain-en-Laye
is a private association within the Lycée International, a
public school that is structured to receive both French and foreign
students. The American Section is managed by an Executive Board elected
by the parents, and by an American Director under the overall authority
of the French Proviseur (Headmaster) of the Lycée.
The Lycée International has a French national curriculum
centering on mathematics and the sciences, humanities and modern
languages. The American Section offers complementary courses in
language arts, literature, and social studies from Pre-Kindergarten
to Terminale (12th year), taught by North American teachers in American
Section classrooms for six to eight hours per week. All graduating students earn the OIB - the Option Internationale
du Baccalauréat Français. OIB exercises are the final
exams for the Lycée, often permitting advanced placement
at American universities.
A co-operative program has been established in another primary
school (the Ecole Schnapper) for Grades 1-5 and for the middle school,
grades 6-9 at the College Marcel Roby, both in St Germain-en-Laye.
American Section classes are taught there by American teachers and
the curriculum is parallel to that of the Lycée. Some elementary
school children are also enrolled in their local schools and attend
only the language classes at the Lycée two half-days per
week in an 'externé' program.
Students at Lycée International of St Germain-en-Laye whose
written and spoken French is not fluent follow a program of intensive
French for approximately 15 hours per week during the first year.
They also study together as a group in mathematics and science and
eventually integrate into their normal grade level in the Lycée
for French, math, science, etc., while continuing their American
grade-level curriculum throughout in English and social studies.
The Lycée International of St Germain-en-Laye school day
is from 09:00 -17:00 Monday through Friday, with Wednesday afternoon
free in the Primary and Middle School. A hot meal is served daily,
and a wide variety of sports and cultural activities is offered,
most notably primary activities and library skills and, in the secondary
school, Model United Nations, drama, yearbook, current affairs magazine,
student council, and various musical activities.
The main criteria for admission are academic ability, as judged
by samples of English work, standardized test results, and previous
school transcripts. Fluent English, but not fluent French, is required.