Evaluation & Exams
Lycée students are regularly tested and evaluated, enabling us to measure our students' level and progress and help us identify areas in which additional support or remediation may be necessary. Parents of pre-kindergarten and jr-kindergarten children receive semiannual progress reports; parents of all other receive reports three times a year.
As an official French school, the Lycée:
- Evaluates its students using the French National Test at grades 2 and 5.
- Prepares its students to take two French exams: the Brevet des Collèges exam taken at the end of grade 9; and the two-part French Baccalaureate exam taken at the end of grades 11 and 12.
Lycée students also take American standardized tests:
- TerraNovaTM tests in grades 3 through 8. These tests measure achievement in specific subject areas and enable teachers to identify individual strengths and weaknesses.
- PSAT tests in 9th and 10th grades, prepared for and administered in-house. These tests enable students to practice for the SAT.
- SAT, ACT, AP, and TOEFL tests in 11th and 12th grades, prepared for on campus and taken at designated test centers. These examinations are required for entry to most U.S. colleges and universities.
The Brevet des Collèges
To receive the Brevet diploma, students take an exam organized by the French examination center in Washington, D.C. Scores on this test, combined with ongoing performance in the 9th grade, determine whether a student receives the diploma. The exam is taken at the Lycée.
The French Baccalaureate
To receive the Baccalaureate, students take a two-part test. (Classroom performance is not considered in this case.)
- The first portion of the test covers the French language arts, and the sciences for students in literary and economics tracks. It is taken at the end of 11th grade at the Lycée.
- The remaining subjects are covered by a second exam at the end of 12th grade. This is taken at another French Baccalaureate school in the United States.
Students with passing scores are awarded the French Baccalaureate, whose requirements are more stringent than a North American high school diploma.
Baccalaureate International Option
Bilingual speakers may choose to pursue the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB) in their studies at the Lycée.
The OIB is a French/American bilingual/bicultural program where students take intensive English literature and history/geography courses and test for the Baccalaureate in English for these subjects. The questions are selected and graded by the American College Board.
Grading System Equivalencies, Grades 6–12
Values for Calculating Grade Point Average