Even our diplomas are diverse
Nos diplômes sont multiples
At the end of 9th grade (troisième), students are expected to take the Brevet, a compulsory French examination covering math, French language and literature, history/geography/civics and art history. Through their sophomore year students have the choice of following either a composite of French and American coursework based on the traditional French Lycée curriculum, to which the necessary elements of the American program are added; or an international curriculum unique to the International School of Los Angeles, aimed at preparing them for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. At the end of 9th grade, students choose one of two Baccalaureate programs for their final two years at our school. Both programs are rigorous pre-university courses that meet the needs of highly motivated high school students. Every secondary student, regardless of academic orientation, takes on average 32 periods of classes per week; each period is 50 minutes in length. At the end of 10th grade, students take the DELF examination (Diplôme d’études en langue française), which certifies their proficiency in the French language.
Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB)
As well as being prerequisite for continuing with secondary schooling in France, the Brevet provides good exam preparation experience. It can also be useful for facilitating entry into francophone universities and colleges as it proves the student has a good level of French and has met certain assessment criteria.
In April 2015, the International School of Los Angeles received was received official accreditation by the French Ministry of Education to offer the International American Section of the French curriculum in Middle School, making the School the first one to achieve accreditation in North America to deliver the Diplôme National du Brevet – International (DNB-I), and thereby allowing the School to lead the way in international education in French schools across the continent. The School’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be officially recognized as Section Internationale Américaine from 2015-16, with our first DNB-I graduates being the 9th grade in 2016-17.
Diplôme National du Brevet Results
French Baccalauréat (FB)
Our school offers two sections of the Baccalauréat général, S and ES, within which the following courses are offered: French, English, Mathematics, Biology/Geology, Physics/Chemistry, Philosophy, History/Geography, an additional modern Foreign Language and Physical Education.
This examination requires that students have a good command of spoken and written French and demonstrate mastery of analysis and synthesis skills.
The two sections of the French Baccalauréat are:
• Sciences (S): This section offers a strong emphasis on mathematics and sciences. It is tailored for students who want to major in ﬁelds of medicine, engineering, or sciences.
• Economic & Social Sciences (ES): This section is recommended for students who plan to major in economics or law. It provides a strong foundation in humanities, math and foreign languages.
French Baccalauréat Results
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate is a comprehensive two-year curriculum which promotes student autonomy, independent research, and a rich, post-modern educational environment. The Diploma model is designed as a microcosmic version of a university degree program.
The Diploma Program consists of six academic areas. Subjects are studied concurrently and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences.
In addition, the IB requires:
• The Extended Essay (EE): students conduct independent original research and write a 4,000-word essay
• Theory of Knowledge (TOK): students are encouraged to consider how they know what they know and to develop habits of reﬂection which they bring to each subject, resulting in a deeper intellectual experience
• Creativity, Action, Service (CAS): awakens students to a more compassionate and active citizenship through at least 150 hours of extra-curricular activities
At the International School of Los Angeles, the following IB courses are offered at the Standard (SL) or Higher (HL) Level:
• Group 1: English, French
• Group 2: English, French
• Group 3: European History
• Group 4: Biology, Physics
• Group 5: Mathematics
• Group 6: Visual Arts, Spanish, Chemistry, Music, and online courses [Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Film, Information Technology for a Global Society (ITGS)]
International Baccalaureate Results
A true international education must include community service, if we are to raise socially-conscious children who will understand social and political issues in the real world. The International School of Los Angeles has made it mandatory for ALL juniors and seniors (IB and FB) to complete 150 hours of CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), originally solely an IB requirement.