High School

French-American Program

FASNY follows the academic curriculum established by the French Ministry of Education, which develops the examinations for each subject and also appoints the examiners. Each examination consists of a series of essays requiring significant in-depth analysis. Students also are required to sit for two to four oral examinations. The bac is administered over a two-week period in early June.
With success rates consistently at 100%, and students passing with honors at an average of 90%, FASNY provides excellent preparation for each of the six specialty courses offered. 

While the coursework is taught primarily in French, students have the option to concurrently pursue the BFI in English, with Advanced English Literature, History-Geography, and Global Studies Research Seminar taught in English by American teachers at a level equivalent to AP or honors.

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  • Grade 9

    In grade 9, students in the French-American program prepare for and take the Brevet, a compulsory French examination covering math, French language and literature, history/geography, and civics. There is also a cross-curricular oral examination component in art history.
  • Grade 10

    In grade 10, students embark on a year-long entrepreneurship project which culminates in a week-long internship at a local or global company in the industry of their choice. Find out more information about the internship program here.
  • Grade 11

    In grade 11, students take on three "specialty courses," two of which they will continue to pursue in grade 12, alongside their core courses (French Literature, English, History/Geography, Foreign Language, Science, and Physical Education).
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  • Grade 12

    In grade 12, they can also elect to take math at the expert level (only for those taking mathematics as a specialty course), complementary math, or law and the challenges of our contemporary world.

With or Without the BFI Honors Option

At FASNY, students who are proficient in English may elect the American Option of the BFI ( Baccalauréat Françiase Internationale). This program provides a rigorous curriculum in English Literature, an integrated History/Geography course of study, as well as a Global Studies Research Seminar taught by English-speaking faculty. These courses are taught at an honors level. The BFI is not a separate diploma, but rather a specialization within the framework of the French Baccalaureate.

Students prepare for the BFI during the 11th and 12th grades. At the end of 12th grade, students take the baccalaureate exam in their chosen concentration, as well as rigorous exams (written and oral) in both English Literature, History/Geography, and an oral examination in the Global Studies Seminar. The examiners for the BFI are approved by the College Board.

Please note: The BFI is part of the French Baccalaureate and should not be confused with the International Baccalaureate (IB).