Our High School Experience at Lycée Notre Dame
Lycée students prepare for the Cambridge IGCSE language, history, and literature exams, which they sit in 2nde (language exam) and 1ère (literature and history). The Cambridge English IGCSE exam gives our students the certification of fluency necessary to enter most English-speaking university programs (students applying to the US still must take the ACT or the SAT). You can check out the Cambridge IGCSE syllabi by clicking here. Regardless of the exam preparation, coursework focuses on improving students’ ability to write in English as well as analyze documents and literature. Students have 7 hours of English in 2nde, going down to 6 hours in 1ère to focus on Baccalauréat preparation. Students in Terminale have 4 fours of English, with a focus on preparing for a smooth transition into university life. Students learn how to prepare their CV and the knack of writing a persuasive letter of motivation in English.
Taking the IGCSEs in 2nde & 1ère allows students to focus on the French Baccalauréat in Terminale. IND excells at exam preparation. Last year, half of our students achieved an A/A* on the IGCSE English language exams; in history and literature over half attained an A*. Our Terminale students did even better, with 100% of students in the Anglophone Section achieving a mention on the baccalauréat and 98% of L students attaining a mention trés bien.
En français :
Les classes de 2nde et 1ère préparont des examens IGCSE en langue, littérature et histoire qu’ils passeront en 2nde et 1ère respectivement. Quelque soit le type d’examen, les objectifs principaux resteront les mêmes : améliorer les compétences en production écrite et analyse littéraire. Les cours d’histoire sont dispensés à tous les niveaux à l’exception de la Terminale où la priorité est donnée au Baccalauréat.