French-American Track Leading to the French Baccalaureate
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 offers excellent preparation for either the ES (Economics and Social Sciences) or S (Math and Sciences) track of the French baccalaureate.
While the coursework is taught primarily in French, students have the option to concurrently pursue the OIB in English, with English and social studies taught in English by American teachers at a level equivalent to AP or honors.
In grade 9, students in the French-American track 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.
In grade 10, students have the opportunity to explore a number of special electives (economics and social sciences, experimental laboratory science, literature and society, public speaking, etc.) designed to help them better understand academic interests and strengths. They are also required to take part in a week-long internship.
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). They can choose from among the following subjects:
- Biology/Earth Science
- Economics and Social Sciences
- History/Geography/Geo-Politics/Political Science
- Foreign Languages/Literature/Culture (Spanish)
Students can also choose elective courses from among the visual arts, music, and Latin.
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.
Bac 2021: Exams and grading (matières et coefficients).