Facts & Figures
- Founded in 1935
- Single-campus building located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan
- Accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Association of French Schools in America, the New York State Board of Regents, and the French Ministry of National Education
- Committed to bicultural, bilingual instruction
- 1,372 students in Grades Pre-K through 12
- 51% girls, 49% boys
- 30% French citizens
- 30% French dual citizens (American or other countries)
- 20% US citizens
- 5% from countries other than the US or France
- 50 nationalities
- 166 students receive need-based LFNY financial aid (2014-15)
About the Academic Program
- Teachers dedicated to individualized learning
- Students earn the French Baccalauréat in Grade 12
- Students qualify for New York State High School Diploma in Grade 11
- OIB option of French Baccalauréat and French-American Baccalauréat available
- 148 teaching faculty
- 130 with advanced degrees
- Trimester system
- Students graded on the French scale (0-20)
- Most courses taught in French
Levels at the Lycée
- Pre-Kindergarten – Moyenne Section
- Kindergarten – Grande Section
- First Grade – CP
- Second Grade – CE1
- Third Grade – CE2
- Fourth Grade – CM1
- Fifth Grade – CM2
- Sixth Grade – 6ème
- Seventh Grade – 5ème
- Eighth Grade – 4ème
- Ninth Grade – 3ème
- Tenth Grade – 2nde
- Eleventh Grade – 1ère
- Twelfth Grade – Terminale
About The Baccalauréat
The Lycée Français follows the academic curriculum established by the French National Ministry of Education, while incorporating aspects of the American educational system. This curriculum focuses on a core of learning centered on methods and processes in French and Mathematics, with a complement of teachings in literature (both French and English), geography, history, experimental sciences and technology, music and art.
The Lycée also offers the OIB (French Baccalauréat International Option described below) and selected Advanced Placement courses. From first grade onward, students receive their instruction in French, with the exception of English and Art, and some Geography and History courses.
In the French educational system, students at the end of 10th Grade (Seconde) are required to select a concentration, called a “Série.” The curricular sequence (Série) selected will dictate the program of studies and result in an area of specialization upon graduation from the Lycée.
The Lycée Français offers the following Séries:
- Série L (Language and Literature)
- Série ES (Economics and Social Science)
- Série S (Mathematics and Sciences)
In addition to specialized courses within the Séries, all students will study English, French, and an optional third language of their choosing (German, Italian, Mandarin, or Spanish). Students may also choose coursework in Latin or Greek in addition to the three languages studied as part of the regular curriculum.
Lycée students qualify for the New York State High School Diploma after 11th Grade (Première). New York State regards 12th Grade (Terminale) as post-graduate study, whereas the French ministry regards it as pre-Baccalauréat.
About The OIB Option
The OIB (Option International du Baccalauréat) is a program that offers advanced-level studies in English and an integrated History-Geography program taught by French and American faculty. The OIB is not a separate diploma, but rather an additional specialization (Série) within the framework of the French Baccalauréat. Students prepare for the OIB during 11th and 12th Grades. Students in 10th Grade may also elect the pre-OIB.
OIB students complete their given concentration (L, ES, or S) and also study five hours per week of English language, literature and composition; and four hours per week of history and geography. At the end of 12th Grade, OIB students take the exam in their chosen field as well as a four-hour written exam and a 30 minute oral exam in both English and History. The examiners for the OIB are appointed by the College Board. Note that the OIB is part of the French Baccalauréat, not the International Baccalaureate (IB).
About the BFA Option
The College Board and France’s Ministry of Education have created a new BFA diploma that combines three Advanced Placement (AP) exams with seven tradition French Baccalauréat exams for a Baccalauréat Franco-Américain (BFA). The BFA is a two-year option and is available only to students at French schools in the United States, including the Lycée Français de New York.
BFA candidates, like traditional Baccalauréat candidates, select their concentration (Série L, ES, or S). In lieu of three courses from the French curriculum, BFA candidates take three AP courses in subject areas that correspond to the Série. For example, a student in Série L would take AP English Language (in 11th Grade), AP English Literature, and AP European History. The AP exams are graded according to the AP grading scale, then transcribed for the final scoring of the Baccalauréat exam.
About Grades and Rankings
Grading within the French system is unique in its philosophy and structure. While most American grades are calculated on a percentage basis, the French hold to a numerical scale that is based on the philosophical ideal of 20 as perfection. For a student in the French system, a score of 20/20 is almost impossible, an 18/20 is rare, and a 12/20 is good (a B+). Essays are the preferred means of evaluating students in all subjects. All aspects of the students’ responses are considered in assigning grades: reasoning, form and presentation of proofs, and written expression.
Transcripts sent to colleges in the United States reflect the American letter grade equivalents of the original numerical grades. The Lycée Français de New York follows the grade equivalents put forth by the Franco-American Fulbright Commission for the Exchange of Scholars. The Lycée neither computes nor publishes class rankings.