Student Life
Clubs and Activities

Secondary Student Life

From artistic and athletic pursuits to learning openness, leadership and responsibility for others, our co-curricular and after-school programs and clubs offer Lycée Français de New York students many opportunities to further develop their interests and talents, and build a stronger community together.

Creativity through Culture

The Lycée Français de New York is the image of the city of culture and innovation where it resides. In the Secondary, students can take advantage of a wide variety of clubs in music, dance, theater, visual arts and culinary arts. Tapping the talents of our teaching staff and bringing into the school an array of professionals in music, art and theater, Lycée students nurture their passion and learn to play an instrument, to sing, to act, or to combine all of these for the school musical.

During the Lycée's Première Scène French Theater Festival, 400 students of all ages from public and private schools around the world, including many from the AEFE network,, take part in an annual weekend-long competition of one-act short plays in French before a jury of theater professionals. For the Rough Cut Film Festival, they write, narrate, direct, animate, and produce their own short films in English or in French. And throughout the school year, in-classroom partnerships with the Lycée's Cultural Center and diverse artists from around the globe provide students with the opportunity to explore the world beyond their textbooks.

Digital Media, Making and Robotics

Our students deepen their knowledge and develop their innovative spirit and digital know-how through our 3D printing clubs in our Makerspace, award-winning middle- and high-school Robotics Clubs, as well as classes in digital art, coding, virtual-reality creation and more. The Lycée Minecraft Capture-the-Flag team has also seen international success in competitions against students from schools around the world.

Student-Led Clubs and Student Government

Free clubs led by students and guided by a faculty advisor include Le Lynx, the Lycée's bilingual student newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, finance club, Cookie Club, a free student-to-student tutoring club, Environmental Task Force, as well as city-wide and national programs such as Harvard Model Congress, Debate and Model UN.

From sixth grade onwards, students participate in school-wide decision making through student government, which takes the form of three bodies - the Conseil Pédagogique d’Établissement (CPET), a school advisory committee of students, parents, teachers and staff; the Conseil des Élèves (CDE), the student council; and the Délégués, who represent each advisory class.

With elections for student council occurring annually in September, the election process fosters a commitment to civic engagement that is much in demand in larger society, and provides all students the opportunity to learn about representation and leadership. 

Embracing Diversity

Outside of the classroom, Secondary students also lead active clubs that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Student activities are organized in an umbrella organization, the Coalition, which meets regularly to steer the work of individual clubs and affinity groups, including the American Sign Language Club, Middle Eastern Society, Black Students Union, Students for Human Rights, Young Progressive Leaders, Jewish Community and Culture, and the Queers and Allies Club.