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CurriculumsAmerican and French
Languages of instructionEnglish and French
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and French
Native English and French teachers
Extra languages (other than English and French)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €4,660
to: €6,170
Address: 2 bis rue du Fer à Cheval 78100 Saint-Germain-En-Laye France
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Approximately 50 percent of students are U.S. citizens, and many hold both French and American citizenship. Many of the remaining students are French citizens who have spent a considerable amount of time in the United States or have had American schooling. An increasing percentage of students holds neither French nor American nationality, but have been educated in English-language schools.

Native English and French speaking teachers

Yes. All American Section teachers hold either American or Canadian citizenship and have degrees from American or Canadian universities.

Language support for students not fluent in English and French

Not surprisingly, some American Section students arrive with little working knowledge of French. While these students pursue the normal American Section curriculum, the Français Spécial (FS) program gives them extra support in their first year by placing them with French curriculum teachers experienced in accommodating their particular linguistic needs. Thereafter, FS students attend normal French curriculum classes with the option to continue with French language tutoring as needed.

Additional language classes offered by the school

We teach the following foreign languages: Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Students begin taking their first foreign language in grade six (Sixième), and add a second foreign language in grade seven (Cinquième). For students arriving after this time, there is a possibility of adding a new foreign language in grade ten (Seconde).

Max. number of students per class

In the American Section, the maximum number of students is 24.

Average number of students per class

The average American Section class has 20 students.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

American Section classrooms are fully equipped with Smartboards and digital devices (iPads in primary Chromebooks in secondary), and teachers actively integrate technology in their lessons. There is a 1 to 1 iPad program in the middle school on the Lycée campus.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

The American Section is fully committed to offering classes whether the building is open or not. During the COVID-19 quarantine online video classes began the morning of the first day of confinement.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available

French baccalaureate with International Option (OIB)

Results in these examinations

The American Section has a 100% success rate since 1989, when the OIB was created. Our OIB honors rate is usually above 90%, with 40% of our students achieving a "très bien."

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

This depends on the grade of the student. Usually several hours per week.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Student access to education psychologist

The American Section offers a comprehensive Student Support program.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes. While some students are accepted on file, many are required to take admissions tests.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

While most applicants for grades 3 (CE2) and up are accepted on file, some children will need to be tested in English (or French for Français Spécial applicants). Tests usually take place in the spring.

Waiting list

Entrance is highly selective and openings are limited.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible after November 1st. The deadline for the first round of admission is in January; exact date depends on the grade level.

Students can join after academic year begins

If there is space, French-speaking students may be able to integrate the school. This is not possible for Français Spéciale students.

School start time

Primary: 8:45am
Middle school: 8:50am
Upper school: 8:00am

School finish time

Primary: 4:15pm, Wednesdays: 12:30pm
Middle school: 5:00pm, Wednesdays: 1:00pm
Upper school: 17:00pm

Supervised care before/after school

There is limited supervised care for primary school students between 4:15pm and 5:00pm.

School bus service available

There is a limited bus service to surrounding towns managed by the parent's association.

School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

There are non-pork options.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Art, community service, Model United Nations, Human Rights Team, writing fellows, student council, student publications, yearbook, drama and theater, musical groups, jazz band, soccer, chess, book clubs, Lego robotics, Irish dancing

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

There is an inter-section soccer tournament, with teams of all ages.
Secondary students may participate in after-school sports clubs organized by the French gym teachers.

Sports facilities at the school

The Lycée International has a state-of-art gymnasium and sports fields, which were built in 2019.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The American Section program starts in Pre-Kindergarten and goes through 12th grade. The American Section provides a comprehensive international education within the context of the Lycée International, which is recognized as one of France’s top public schools. Students experience a unique hybrid of American and French curricula with particularly strong emphasis on language, math, and science. They also maintain strong links with their American culture while developing a consciousness as global citizens. As there are fourteen international sections in the school, students receive an education that is not only bilingual and bicultural, it is also truly international.

Teaching approach of the school

American Section students get the full benefit of an excellent French public school education.

In addition they spend 6-8 hours a week receiving US grade-equivalent instruction. Our teachers use American teaching methods, and work closely with all American Section students, supporting them in their extracurricular as well as academic endeavors. Language and literature, history and social sciences are taught in English and adapted to requirements of the American educational system. The American Section of the Lycée International uses standardized testing to measure achievements relative to schools in the US and students integrate at their appropriate grade level at American and international schools elsewhere.

French language and literature, geography, math and sciences, are taught in French by certified teachers, and follow the French national curriculum. Considered one of the most complete and challenging worldwide, it prepares students for entry into the world’s best universities. The Lycée International is consistently rated one of France’s top schools with a success rate of 99-100% in the French Baccalaureate.

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