High School – Le Lycée
Welcome to High School
In high school, our goal is to foster a flourishing community of global citizens that are inquisitive, active and compassionate learners, and who contribute to a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
By offering the highest standard of educational excellence through the French and International Baccalaureate programs, students graduate with a confidence and knowledge gained from a highly rigorous, global education that can lead to careers around the world – and to a more culturally enriched life.
At the completion of the ninth grade, students choose to either continue their tenth through twelfth grade studies in the French Track, ultimately leading to the French or French-American Baccalaureate or enter into the International Baccalaureate Track. New students with no French, or limited French, can join the IB track in ninth grade.
2ème – 10th grade
1ère – 11th grade
Terminale – 12th grade
Our multilingual curriculum combines the best of both the French education system and the American education system. Our innovative teaching methods are based on experience that is both rich and diverse, so that students can reach the best within themselves. Our curriculum consists of a minimum of three languages: English, French and Spanish. LIH also offers other languages including Arabic, German and Mandarin.
Our program meets the standards of the French Ministry of Education. Our students are prepared for both American and French standardized tests. This double preparation is a unique feature of LIH. We support our students in opening their international horizons.
HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Our High School curriculum is organized around the three following subjects:
- Economics and Social Studies
An in-depth knowledge of both European and American cultures enriches the curriculum. Our teachers utilize the latest research in neuroscience and linguistics to creating impactful activities. Additionally, the incorporation of digital media in the classroom promotes learning and deepens contextual understanding.
TEST AND DIPLOMAS
LIH students are eligible to receive either the renowned French Baccalaureate or the dual Franco-American Baccalaureate diploma. Additionally, students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) program will receive the distinguished IB diploma.
We prepare our students to succeed at U.S. standardized testing, including the SAT. Our upper school curriculum also prepares students for French assessments, which thus opens the doors to the best universities domestically and internationally.
The French Baccalaureate, a French-based program, uses a structured approach to education. It offers students a breadth of knowledge across multiple subjects and the opportunity to choose an emphasis in 11th and 12th grades. Students in the Baccalaureate program may also choose to take advanced-level English classes through a program add-on, the American Section (OIB), which allows students to benefit from more hours and a higher level of English coursework in History, Geography and Literature. Students who enroll in the American Section will be exposed to both the French and American methodologies of essay-writing within a more internationally-focused context.
- Language of Instruction: French (~55%), English (~45%)
- Learning Style: Rigorous, structured curriculum offering a wide range of subjects.
- Curriculum: Students must choose a concentration in a specific area of focus starting in 11th grade (Sciences, Literature, or Economics and Social Sciences), which determines their course schedule.
- Assessments: There are two major exams that students are required to take during their education: the Brevet (9th grade) and the Baccalaureate (11th and 12th). Preparation for the Baccalaureate exam begins at the start of 11th grade when students choose an emphasis.
- Other Requirements: Fulfilling community service time and creating an individual research project [travaux personnels encadrés (TPE)].
- School Accreditation: The Lycée is accredited by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and is part of the French Ministry of Education network worldwide, which includes more than 450 schools outside
This internationally-recognized English-based program provides a personalized approach to learning. The IB excels in challenging students to uncover their interests and discover themselves through self-directed projects overseen by teachers.
- Language of Instruction: English (~80%), French (~20%). Knowledge of French is not a requirement for admissions.
- Learning Style: In addition to class discussions, student-driven projects (supervised by teachers) are integral and offered throughout the program. Students in the program learn self-motivation, autonomy and organization, helping prepare them for college.
- Curriculum: Six core subjects are covered, and students can tailor their course schedules to match their interests.
- Assessments: The IB Diploma Programme exam at end of 12th grade counts for 70% to 80% of the students’ final score, and grades from “internal assessments” are also taken into account (the remaining 30% to 20%). Internal assessments are self-directed projects, such as lab reports, historical investigations or oral presentations.
- Other Requirements: CAS (Creativity/Activity/Service), TOK (Theory of Knowledge), and a 4,000-word, research-based Extended Essay (EE).
- School Accreditation: The Lycée has been an IB World School since 2013, authorized to administer the IB Diploma Programme for students in grades 11 and 12, and is a candidate school for the Middle Years Program (MYP), which is for students in grade 9 and 10.
STUDENT : TEACHER RATIO
We ensure personalized attention and follow-up care so that every student achieves their academic goals. As such, each class accommodates a maximum of 15 students.
All subjects are taught by experienced teachers who are native speakers in the language of their instruction. With real-world and professional experience in international and multilingual environments, our teachers are apt to provide personalized instruction to each student.