Lower Secondary

From Year 7 (6eme) to Year 10 (3eme) FIS provides a challenging curriculum as set out by the French Ministry of Education.

FIS offers several modern languages: English, Mandarin, German and Spanish.  The dead language, Latin, is an option from Year 8.

Education reform for schools

As part of the reform for schools (law of 8 July 2013), the organisation of the 4 lower secondary years was rethought. Year 7 (6eme) is now part of Cycle 3 in the National Curriculum and the 3 remaining years make up Cycle 4:

  • Cycle 1 : PS, MS, GS (RC – Year1)
  • Cycle 2 : CP, CE1, CE2 (Year 2 – Year 4)
  • Cycle 3 : CM1, CM2, 6ème  (Year 5 – Year 7)
  • Cycle 4 : 5ème, 4ème, 3ème (Year 8 – Year 10)

This grouping of Primary and Lower Secondary into 4 cycles aims to make the school system comparable with those of other countries in OECD, Unesco, etc.

The aim in Year 7 (6eme) is to solidify the fundamentals of Primary and introduce students to subject areas and specific teaching methodologies for Secondary. During Year 8 - Year 10 (5eme – 3eme) students deepen and extend their understanding and skills. 

A common foundation of knowledge, skills and culture

“A common foundation of knowledge and skills” outlines the elements that every student must know and be familiar with at the end of their compulsory schooling.

The eight areas make up the common foundation of knowledge, skills and culture that students need:

  1. Written and spoken French
  2. Mathematical, scientific and computer languages
  3. Representations of the world and human activity
  4. Foreign and regional languages
  5. Natural and technical systems
  6. The  Arts and body language
  7. Shaping the individual and citizens
  8. Methods and tools for learning

More details are available on the Ministry of Education Eduscol website.

Le Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB)

The DNB examination assesses knowledge attained by the end of Lower Secondary.

Further to the Lower Secondary reforms, the DNB comprises several written tests over two days and one oral test. Moreover, the grading is allocated between continuous assessment during the year of the 8 skills and a final test.

More details are available on the Ministry of Education Eduscol website

Classes & Subjects

  • Core Subject
  • American Section (OIB)
  • Interdisciplinary Programmes
French Stream students follow the National Curriculum. From Year 8 (5eme) Latin is offered as an option – see the Language Learning page for more details about the languages offered.




History, Geography, Citizenship

Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Computing)

Arts and Music

PE and Sports

From Year 7 (6eme) the OIB section has additional classes taught by native English speaking teachers.

Literature in English

Theatre in English

History and Geography in English

Further to the Lower Secondary reforms, there is emphasis on cross-subject programmes. The theme changes every term.

Classical Studies (5eme - Term1)

Ecology and sustainable development (5eme - Term2)

Personal, Social and Health Education (4eme - Term 1)

Culture and Artistic Creation (4eme - Term 2)

Foreign Languages (3eme - Term 1)

Science, Technology and Society (3eme - Term 2)

Sustainable Development Camps

In Year 9 (4eme) our students take part in a 2 day camp aimed at increasing their awareness of sustainable development and environmental causes. All subjects tackled during this camp are linked to concepts the students will study as part of the Biology, Geography and Physics programme.