High School

International Program

At the High School level, the curriculum of the International Program is taught entirely in English and offered to students as an alternative to the French-American program. The program offers American and International students the opportunity to challenge themselves academically while experiencing a truly international community.
Teachers and students at FASNY hail from many different countries and cultures, and the school considers this diversity as one of its main strengths. FASNY’s bilingual/multicultural students offer diverse perspectives that colleges and universities value. This gives our students an edge over those of other elite public and private schools.

Students who choose the International Program for High School will complete all of their studies in English, aside from French Language classes, and any other additional foreign languages they choose (German or Spanish). The curriculum in 9th and 10th grade is a natural progression for students who will take on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in 11th and 12th grade. 

FASNY’s curriculum prepares students for college entrance at institutions of higher learning all over the world:
in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and elsewhere in Europe and around the globe.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at FASNY

The IBDP begins in grade 11. Many schools in the US offer both the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program and the IB courses as honors programs; however, they differ in their goals. Whereas the College Board’s primary goal is to offer challenging single-subject courses, the IB program seeks to provide a more holistic, balanced preparation for college-level work, encourages in-depth independent research, and, in keeping with FASNY’s mission, teaches students to have a growth mindset and embrace a diverse world. The aim of the IB program is to develop “internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.”
FASNY's IB Diploma program, taught in English, benefits from our tradition of academic excellence. All of our IB classes are offered at the higher (HL) and standard (SL) levels based on a student’s individual level. IB classes offered at FASNY include those in STEM, Theory of Knowledge, the Arts, English Literature, Foreign Languages, & more. Learn more about the IB Diploma Program at FASNY.
Students who qualify to take both French and English as a language "A" in literature have the option to earn a bilingual IB diploma. This is a unique opportunity for FASNY's bilingual students to pursue a diploma in English while continuing the study of French literature until graduation.
International Baccalaureate Organization Mission
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Who should consider the International Program?

The International Program is an option for a variety of students to choose. Whether, French, American, or one of the other 54+ nationalities represented at FASNY, the IBDP is a strong option for:
  • Students who wish to study mostly in English while benefiting from a multicultural environment
  • Students who want more agency in their studies and who will question and understand their learning process
  • Students who are eager to get involved in the community and engage outside of the classroom in a variety of experiences
  • Students who excel in traditional academic subjects that want to further their studies and push themselves further intellectually, emotionally, and ethically