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Overview of the Lycée

Created in 1808, the Baccalaureate is a diploma from the French educational system, which has a double distinction of certifying the conclusion of secondary education and of making possible access to further education. It is treated as the first university degree.

After the conclusion of Junior School (6th – 9th year), the students continue their studies in the Senior School for three years (10th – 12th years).

The form for 10th Year is decisive ahead of the final phase, which is characterised by a progressive specialisation of studies, over the 11th year and 12th years.

At the end of the 12th year, students take the Baccalaureate exam (BAC), a diploma which both certifies the conclusion of secondary schooling and also gives access to further education.  This exam includes, as well, some early exams administered at the end of the 11th year.

The areas which we suggest permit those who hold the BAC entry to further education in Universities, to preparation classes for access to the “Grands Écoles” or, eventually, they can opt for more specialised training (IUT, BTS).


The objectives of the reform of the Baccalaureate
  • To simplify the examination process which had become to complex. From 2021 onwards, students will take only one exam on the 11th grade (French) and four exams on the 12th grade, because the evaluation for some subjects will be ongoing;
  • To allows students to make choices in order to be successful at Higher Education level;
  • To allows the appreciation of the students’ work, since it takes into consideration the schooling on the 11th and 12th grades;
  • To allows a more effective monitoring of the students during the definition of their orientation project.

Programs of the Lycée