Lower Secondary

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From 6ème to 3ème, FIS' ambitious curriculum is organised around a common foundation of knowledge, skills and culture

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 8 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.

Languages for Lower Secondary students

In addition to Mandarin, secondary school students have the option of studying Spanish, German and Latin.

For more information, see the Language Learning page.

Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB)

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

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

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

Education reform for schools

As part of the reform for schools of 2013, the organisation of the 4 lower secondary years was rethought. 6ème is now part of Cycle 3 in the National Curriculum and the 3 remaining years make up Cycle 4:

  • Cycle 1 : PS, MS, GS
  • Cycle 2 : CP, CE1, CE2
  • Cycle 3 : CM1, CM2, 6ème 
  • Cycle 4 : 5ème, 4ème, 3ème

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 6ème is to solidify the fundamentals of Primary and introduce students to subject areas and specific teaching methodologies for Secondary. From 5ème to 3ème, students deepen and extend their understanding and skills. 

Classes & Subjects

  • Core Subject
  • American Section (OIB)
  • Interdisciplinary Programmes
French Stream students follow the National Curriculum. From 5ème 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 6ème, 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 Collège (Lower Secondary) reform, there is emphasis on cross-subject programmes. The theme changes every term.

Classical Studies (5ème - Term1)

Ecology and sustainable development (5ème - Term2)

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

Culture and Artistic Creation (4ème - Term 2)

Foreign Languages (3ème - Term 1)

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