Academics

High School | Grade 9-12

Lycée students have so much to say, as their teachers tell us. Their intellectual curiosity is nurtured with care by our faculty in an academic program guided by preparation for the French Baccalaureate and renowned for its rigor, depth and breadth of subject areas.
The Lycée's upper school program prepares students to thrive in colleges and universities around the world. Students qualify for the New York State High School Diploma at the end of 11th Grade. New York State regards their final senior year, classe de terminale, as post-graduate study. A community of peers from all over the world adds perspective and insight for lively debate and discussion both in and out of the classroom.
 
Co-curricular programs in arts, civics, government, technology and athletics complement academic life. Opportunities for student leadership, social entrepreneurship and service learning let students apply what they learn to supporting their peers and to looking for solutions to pressing global issues.

Jérémie Bourdon, Director of Secondary and Head of High School

Throughout their high school years, our students acquire extensive academic knowledge and develop a deep, empathic understanding of the world. Together, they build skills that allow each of them to thrive with confidence, to engage meaningfully and to make a positive difference throughout their lives, wherever they are.

A Baccalaureate-Driven, Bilingual Program

Students follow the French curriculum taught by French/Francophone teachers integrated with classes in English similar to what students find in the best NYC independent schools and taught by US-educated teachers. Secondary students choose to spend anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of their class time in English, depending on their interests, Baccalaureate exam choice, and plans for higher education. 

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  • Grade Nine

    Ninth grade students begin a rigorous course of study to prepare for the Brevet exam, a French national exam taken at the end of Y9 that measures competency across a wide range of subjects, with written and oral components.

    Students continue with advanced math, computer science, science, history-geography, French literature and English literature, as well as fine art, music and PE. Coursework deepens their skills in writing, comprehension, critical thinking and argument. All students take a semester-long class in social entrepreneurship, which invites them to work in small teams to create a social enterprise that addresses one of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Grade Ten

    Tenth grade is a gateway to our Baccalaureate program and early preparation for college. Students continue to follow a focused course of study in math, science, history, their world language of choice, English literature, French literature, and PE. They also begin to focus their interests with a choice of electives in computer science, fine art, music or theater, and an additional course in history and economics. 

    Students begin work with our College Counseling Office along with early career exploration through evening career programs and an internship at the end of the school year. 
  • Grade Eleven

    Eleventh graders begin their Baccalaureate program, which includes a common core of subjects: science, French literature, English literature, civics, world language, and PE. Students elect an additional 3 classes, spécialités ("majors") in computer science, economics, history, politics, the humanities and the sciences. All Lycée students take at least one of two math courses.
  • Grade Twelve

    Seniors complete the second year of their Baccalaureate program, with a common core of subjects: philosophy (in place of French literature), history-geography, civics, English, PE, science and their world language. They continue with a choice of spécialités ("majors"). Electives are also offered in music, fine art, cinema, Latin or Greek. Students planning to pursue math and engineering may add two additional advanced college-level math courses. 

The French Baccalaureate - A World Renowned Program

Lycée students have a choice of one of three Baccalaureate programs. All three are considered by the French Ministry of National Education to be equally rigorous.

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  • Option Internationale du Baccalaureate (OIB)

    The American Option of the Option Internationale du Baccalaureate (OIB) is a program of the French baccalaureate offering advanced-level studies in English and an integrated History-Geography program taught by French and American faculty. The OIB is not a separate diploma but a specialization within the bac. This course of study is for any student wishing to deepen their knowledge of American history, civics and culture in English, and a fine option for pursuing study at colleges and universities in North America and in Europe.
  • French-American Baccalaureate (BFA)

    Created by the French Ministry of Education in partnership with U.S. College Board, the BFA adds some American Advanced Placement exams in place of select parts of the French baccalaureate. This course of study is for students who plan to attend college or university in the United States, Canada or the UK. Depending on their area of concentration, students will take courses and exams in AP Human Geography, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Micro- and Macro-economics, AP European History, or AP Biology.
  • Classic French Baccalaureate

    The traditional bac, or Bac Standard is the classic fully French-language program followed by students across France. The majority of courses for this track are in French. Students who have recently relocated to the US from France or a Francophone country who plan to return there for higher education are advised to pursue this course of study.