The American Section Lycée Program
The Centre International de Valbonne has a long and distinguished history preparing pupils for international examinations. The American section is the largest of the four international sections currently represented in the school, all preparing pupils for the International Option of the French Baccalaureate, or OIB.
In 1985, three students from the fledgling American section sat the OIB; this year over 180 are being prepared for the exam, alongside 100 classmates from the German, Italian and Spanish sections. In future years, as the students in the recently opened classes in two other local collèges join the lycée, these numbers are set to increase further.
Students in the American section in lycée are taught language/literature and history/geography principally by ASEICA teachers, all native English speakers who have been trained in their home countries.
Each week our students study English language and literature for 5 hours. The course they follow aims to encourage and develop enjoyment and appreciation of literature in English, as well as analyse and discuss personal response to texts. In the final exam, their response to literature will be assessed, and they will be required to demonstrate:
Students are also taught history and geography in English for three hours per work, supplementing the two hours teaching also given in French. This syllabus is set by the French Education Ministry. All other subjects are taught in French by Education Nationale teachers.
The great strengths of the program are its truly bilingual nature, and the fact that students benefit not just from a challenging academic environment but one that is culturally enriching, where the methods used, as well as the content taught, reflect the origins of the teaching staff.
The powerpoint presentations given for the information evenings
Overview of the program