During the last three years of high school, our team of native English or German-speaking teachers develop our students’ analytical and critical thinking skills while preparing them for the OIB exam (Option Internationale du Baccalauréat) or a high-level language diploma which certifies bilingual proficiency and bicultural immersion. By the time they graduate, our students have developed a well thought-out higher education plan and have acquired the ability to adapt to the ever-changing global environment.
Our programmes foster intellectual development and cultural enrichment while furthering our students’ knowledge of literature, language and geography as well as the historical heritage of Anglo-Saxon and German-speaking countries. Our pedagogy stems from teaching methods taught in these same countries thanks to our multicultural team of teachers who hold degrees and teaching certification from their home system. The linguistic level of our classes is comparable to those found in the equivalent year programmes in the UK, US, Germany or Austria which enables our students to sit internationally recognized language proficiency exams.
Our programme is incorporated within our French public host school in Sèvres. Students attend the Lycée JP Vernant on a full-time basis and follow the national curriculum which is considered to be one of the most complete and challenging worldwide. In addition, our students have 6 to 8 hours of class with SIS teachers. Therefore, students must be able to handle an increased workload and demonstrate a personal motivation to invest in a rigorous academic programme.
Our students choose one of the following Baccaulaureate sections according to their aptitudes and academic record:
At the end of Year 11 (10th grade), the majority of our students choose to prepare for the OIB exam, a curriculum that is comparable to Advanced Placement courses in Literature and History-Geography. The two-year programme combines the rigor of the French Baccalaureate with two extra subjects, Literature and History-Geography in English or German. The OIB exam is jointly certified by Cambridge International Examinations and the French National Education Ministry and is the highest certification of fluency at the end of the Secondary level in France. Students take the normal French Baccalaureate exam in either the ES, L or S section as well as this highly competitive international British or German option.
Students who succeed in this dual curriculum develop a capacity for hard work, and acquire an intellectual and cultural flexibility that gives them the potential to become excellent undergraduates in Britain, France, Germany and elsewhere. International Option candidates are not just fluent in at least two languages – they are capable of balancing from one hour to the next two languages, different teaching methods and two cultures. Our students become flexible, tolerant and independent, qualities which prepare them for the challenge of university work.
As shown in the table below, the OIB exam adds considerable weight to each Baccalaureate section.
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Our students are prepared in the best possible conditions, encouraged by their teachers and the International Section Director who are committed to helping them succeed. Mock exams are regularly organised and students may participate in a wide range of skills workshops after class. In Year 13 (12th grade), our OIB students participate in an intensive four-day training session outside of Paris with their teachers after the Easter holidays. This trip allows them to work in small groups as well as individually in order to concentrate on the upcoming OIB exam. It is also an excellent way of consolidating the high school curriculum as attested by our excellent exam results with 90% of our students passing with honours.
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