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Rigorous. Supportive. Engaging.

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans provides students a robust academic environment to explore new ideas, push their limits, and reach their full potential. Our approach to language immersion ensure that Lycée students are challenged and supported inside and outside of the classroom as they become fully multilingual.

Why Immersion?

College & Career

Graduates of French immersion programs have satisfied the requirements of not one, but two education systems - the U.S. and France. As such, their academic achievements are highly regarded within higher education and across many career sectors.

Cognitive Development

Students learning in environments focused on language immersion have the added benefit of regularly adapting to learning in multiple languages. This allows their brain to develop sophisticated problem solving, memory recall, and other skills in critical learning years.

Global Exposure

We focus on providing students with dynamic learning opportunities to drive engagement in innovative ways. This involves immersing students in the cultures of the 53+ countries around the world where French is spoken, setting their sights on a global future.

French Education System

École Maternelle (PK & K)

France’s renowned École Maternelle has been imitated in many countries. The French preschool is an integrated and essential first phase of the educational system. Maternelle teachers carry the same education background as primary teachers while also having trained in child psychology and physical development, as well as education. This is where young students (three to six years old) learn habits that will be fundamental to their future education.

École Élémentaire (Grades 1-5)

The education provided in École Élémentaire (elementary school) ensures students build basic fundamental knowledge tools like oral and written expression, literacy, numeracy and problem solving, while fostering development in other ways.

Élémentaire provides the elements of a historic, geographic, scientific, and technical culture while offering education in visual arts and music. It ensures the teaching of a foreign modern language and can include an introduction into cultural diversity. We focus on students developing and understanding the respect due to individuals for their origins and differences, and the need to respect children’s rights and gender equality.

Collège (Grades 6–9)

6th grade is the last year of Cycle 3 and serves as the bridge between elementary and middle school. Beginning with 6th grade, each subject is taught by a specialist whose educational background differs from that of their colleagues who teach primary grades, and there is the equivalent of a homeroom teacher/advisor for each class.

Lycée (Grades 10-12)

French High School covers the last three years of secondary education (Grades 10-12). The curricula are designed and issued by the French Ministry of National Education and most subjects are taught in French. At the end of the 11th grade (première) and 12th grade (terminale), students sit for a series of extensive national exams, covering all areas of study - this is known as the French Baccalauréat.