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:
- Written and spoken French
- Mathematical, scientific and computer languages
- Representations of the world and human activity
- Foreign and regional languages
- Natural and technical systems
- The Arts and body language
- Shaping the individual and citizens
- 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