International and French School Programs

Academic Choices: THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OR THE French SCHOOL program?

There is a place at Le Lycée for every serious student who wants to apply. All it takes is a willingness to learn, a good attitude, and equally good behavior. There are two paths that a student at Le Lycée can pursue:

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The INTERNATIONAL School Program:

This section is designed for the American and International student who wishes to attend college and would like to learn in English. The faculty designs this college prep program adhering to the guidelines of the California Standards to guarantee that all requirements for college are not only met but exceeded. Instruction is in English in all classes of this section with the exception of the French class. (Everyone at Le Lycée learns French regardless of section or prior knowledge.) What makes this school unique from the other private school college prep programs is its emphasis on a more analytical European style of education including organizational skills, critical thinking skills, and a comprehensive point of view that includes exploration of the social and cultural relevancy of the material. Students are tested with American standardized tests yearly as a quality assurance measure to validate this program’s efficacy.

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The French School Program:

This section is designed for the student who is fluent in French by the sixth grade and wishes to pursue the French Baccalaureate as well as to prepare to attend college. This rigorous system was established in the 18th century and is regulated by the French Ministry of Education. Updated programs and teaching directives are published several times a year in the Bulletin officiel de l'éducation nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (B.O.) and is used as a teaching reference by all teachers in the French School Program at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles. All classes are taught in French with the exception of the English course. The French system is built on a somewhat precise sequence of learning tasks and it becomes more difficult to enter the French School Program as the grades advance until it is virtually impossible to enter this program in middle school. This does not prevent students of any background who begin early enough from entering the French School Program. Some of the students who have scored best in the French Baccalaureate are those who have come from English speaking households but have been Le Lycee students since elementary school. Like the International School students, Le Lycée tests the French School students with American standardized tests yearly as an assurance that the program is relevant to students who are planning to enter American colleges and universities.