Upper Secondary

From Seconde to Terminale, FIS prepares its students for the Baccalauréat, but also for studying at top world universities

New French Baccalaureate at FIS

The 2019-2020 school year marked the end of an era for all Upper Secondary students enrolled in the French curriculum: the termination of the old Baccalaureate exam, based on the format that prevailed since 1995.  Former sections “S” (Sciences), “L” (Literature) and “ES” (Economics and Social studies) are to be replaced with “Speciality courses”, that students are free to "mix and match", following a new customised approach.

FIS offers speciality courses that include subjects that were not part of the curriculum before, or at least not in 1ère. Students are now able to customise their curriculum among the 9 speciality courses that are offered at FIS: Arts; History-Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science; Human Sciences, Literature and Philosophy; Digital Technology and Computer Science; Foreign Languages, Literatures and Civilisations (English); Mathematics; Physics-Chemistry; Earth and Life Sciences; Economic and Social Sciences.

Introduction to the Workplace

A highlight for FIS students in Seconde is their work experience placement. This takes place at the end of the school year for one week in an organisation of the student’s choice so that the student can learn about a profession that interests them.

Additionally, starting from the end of lower secondary and Seconde, we provide individualized coaching to prepare our students for higher educational studies worldwide. FIS University Guidance department gives both students and parents advice on schooling possibilities and the application process to universities. The department also runs numerous events and initiatives for our Secondary students in order to help them get familiar with the many different career paths they can choose.

Languages for Upper Secondary students

From Seconde, FIS provides three options for students who wish to perfect their language skills.

  • American Section (OIB): provides additional teaching in English for the following subjects – Literature, Theatre, History and Geography.  This section leads to the International Bac.
  • Oriental Section: provides 2 hours of additional classes taught in Mandarin concentrating on language learning, History and Geography.
  • European Section: provides 2 hours of additional classes on western history taught in English.

For more information, see the Language Learning page.

Classes & Subjects

  • Common base of knowledge
  • Speciality courses
  • Optional courses
  • Language Sections
All our 1ère and Terminale students study the following subjects, which are part of the common base of knowledge :

French Literature and Philosophy (French Literature in Première and Philosophy in Terminale)

Civic and Moral Education

Mandatory foreign language (A) (English)

Mandatory foreign language (B) (Spanish, German, or Mandarin)

Sciences

History and Geography

PE and sports

Then, our 1ère students have to choose 3 speciality courses.
At the end of the second term of 1ère, students must choose 2 speciality courses that they will keep in Terminale. The remaining course will be evaluated at the end of the 3rd term of 1ère.

The selection of courses is restricted by timetable constraint and student's profile.

Arts

History-Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science

Human Sciences, Literature and Philosophy

Digital Technology and Computer Science

Foreign Languages, Literatures and Civilisations (English)

Mathematics

Physics & Chemistry

Earth and Life Sciences

Economic and Social Sciences

Terminale students can also select 1 or 2 additional optional courses among 2 sets:

Expert Mathematics, Complemetary Mathematics, Law and Contemporary Problems

Arts, Latin, Mandarin (as 3rd foreign language)

Students can choose whether or not to incorporate on of the following sections which are examined.

American Section (OIB)

European Section

Oriental Section