Enrolment for entrance tests at the LFA takes place in January
Application forms are available in December each year.
Closing deadline is in January.
Testing will take place at the LFA in February.
An information meeting will be held in January, at the LFA, to learn about the SIB and testing process at lycée level.
The Section Internationale de Buc was extended to the high school level in 2005, providing classes from 2nde through to Terminale (UK years 11 – upper 6th / USA grades 10 – 12). The section is located in the Lycée Franco-Allemand in Buc, which has a reputation of academic excellence in view of the high success rate at the Baccalauréat. This lycée has a French, German and English program which creates a rich diversity for the students.
Students in the Anglophone section take the British International Option of the Baccalaureate (OIB) - (in French) in Terminale which is also widely recognized in countries outside France, such as the UK, Canada and the USA. This gives students the possibility to continue their post-secondary education in France or in an Anglophone country.
Instruction in English includes 5 hours of Literature and 5 hours of History and Geography per week.
Students can currently choose between the ES (special option Maths) and S (special option physics and chemistry) streams.
German as a second language is mandatory. It is preferable that students have studied German as their first or second foreign language, although students entering the section in Seconde may attend beginner classes.
Approximately 75% of the students come from the International Section at the Collège Martin Luther King in Buc. Students from other lycées or coming from abroad can take the entry exam for 2nde or 1ère. The section is relatively small, offering an optimal environment in which students may hope to excel. The average SIB class size is 26.
100 percent of our students pursue higher education and the percentage of students graduating with honours exceeds 90% each year.
The program provides 5 hours of English literature and language study as well as 5 hours of History and Geography in English. It is preferable that students have studied German as their first or second foreign language, although students entering the section in Seconde may attend beginner classes, as the study of German is obligatory.
In Seconde, students can choose Spanish as an option, and in Première, they are oriented towards the S series (Scientific), with a special option in physics, or the ES series (Economics and Social Studies) with a special option in maths, depending on their interests and areas of excellence. The remaining curriculum is based on the standard French program and students are expected to be proficient in French.
The written and oral examinations in the Anglophone subjects for the Baccalauréat (English Literature, Geography and History) are supervised and organized by the French Ministry of Education in conjunction with the University of Cambridge international examining board.
A Unique Experience
Our students also have the opportunity to excel outside of the classroom in our Model United Nations Club (PAMUN), the parent-sponsored English theatre group Saltimbuc , The Big Band, the Christmas Market, the Yearbook Comittee and other activities offered through school. Each year, the seconde class takes a school trip with students of the German section to foster greater integration and understanding, and in premier year all of the sections participate in a school trip to Berlin. The highlight of the year is the Graduation ceremony organized by the PSAB.
Another valuable resource for students in Lycée is the strong Alumni network, enabling them to contact former students studying or working across the globe.
Where our Grads Go
Scotland, England, Netherlands, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the United States, Canada ….
We organize a post-bac orientation meeting for seconde and premier students and parents to educate them about college options and guide them through the UCAS, Common Application and APB application process.
We offer college guidance services to help students research universities, explore careers, write personal statements and application essays.
What our Grads Say
“The transition to classe préparatoire wasn’t too difficult in terms of academic expectations and work because the LFA did a great job of preparing me. The work load didn't surprise me, and doing the OIB has been a huge advantage: English class doesn’t require as much work (as most students are learning it as a foreign language), and most of what we did last year in history and geography is extremely useful this year since the curriculums are very similar.”
Capucine, classe préparatoire EC-S, Lycée Sainte-Geneviève
“I strongly believe that the SIB prepared me very well for my studies: I find myself constantly reapplying knowledge gained at the LFA, be it in probability, proof by induction, or German. I expect that the programme will become harder as I begin to lose the head start given to me by the LFA.”
Julian, Computer Science, University of Bristol
“The LFA really helps you to get into the good schools, but once you are in, you are in competition with students who have had a very similar level of education. The major advantage of the LFA is the practice in essay writing we have. Not very many students have had as much practice.”
Elise, Economics, Politics and International Studies, Warwick University
"I can say that my experience in the section has helped me, both in terms of close friends with whom I have stayed in contact, and in terms of experience in managing many different tasks at once. Earlier on in the year, I patently had less trouble organising my workload than others in my class, thanks to my OIB years." Masha, Prépa BCPST, Henri IV, Paris
7 rue Collin-Mamet, 78530 Buc
+33 (0) 1 39 07 14 20
Head of International Section:
Mrs. Rostaing - +33 6 74 32 02 27