School Profile: Lycee Fran ais de SingapourCEEB #687198www.lfs.edu.sgThe Lycee Franvais de Singapour is a Kindergarten through Grade 12 co-educationalday school located in Ang Mo Kio, a residential neighbourhood in Singapore, acountry located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula in South East Asia. Yearly, there arebetween 1600 and 1800 students at the school. Around 85% of the student populationholds either a French passport or dual citizenship, with the remainder coming fromvarious other French and non-French speaking nations including Belgium, Canada,and Switzerland. Given the fact that many students have been expatriates for themajority of their education, living in English-speaking countries such as Singapore,they are extremely capable in English as well as their native language, which results ina largely bilingual student population. Each year, approximately 100% of thegraduating class continue on to university studies, primarily in France. Around a thirdof the graduating class chooses to file applications for universities inEnglish-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States andCanada.The school follows the French National System, a demanding curriculum requiringstudents to study a core set of subjects in addition to two languages and Philosophy.French is the language of instruction across all subjects, English is the mandatorysecond language, and students have the choice of German, Mandarin or Spanish asthird languages. Elective courses are offered in Italian, Latin, Science, Mathematics,English, and History in English. Studio Art and Music are also offered as ungradedelectives at the high school level.Students in Sixieme to Troisieme, grades 6-9 or ages 11-14, are consid red collegiens,which corresponds to middle school. Seconde, or grade 10, is considered the first yearof high school, called lycee. At the end of Seconde, students choose to undertakestudies in one of three streams: Science (S), Social Sciences/Economics (ES), orLiterature (L) for the final years of high school. While each stream isrigorous and trains students as analytical thinkers, the Scientific section is universallyconsidered the most demanding, as it prepares students as analytical thinkers acrossthe humanities and natural sciences. All students are required to sit a series of exitexaminations known as the Baccalaureat.A few subjects are administered in Premiere, or 11th grade, but the majority ofexaminations are administered in June of the Terminale, or 12th grade, year.
Students in the Literature section sit examinations in Mathematics and the laboratorysciences at the end of Premiere. They do not take laboratory sciences in their finalyear of secondary school. Students in the Social Sciences section sit examinations inFrench and Life Sciences, but do not take Physics-Chemistry past the Seconde level.Students in the Scientific section sit examinations in French at the end of Premiere. Inaddition to the examinations, an extensive Independent Research Project (TPE) ispart of the Baccalaureat program and is completed in the Civic Education course(ECJS). All students complete written and oral presentations of their projects at theend of Premiere.If all examinations as well as the Independent Research project are success.fullypassed (at least 10/20 on a 20 point scale, the 10 corresponding to a "C"), then thestudent is awarded the Baccalaureat Diploma. Our school is well-regarded amongexpatriate French schools as we yearly have a 100% passing rate, with more than60% of students receiving an accolade based on their achievement. Many studentsreceive a Mention Assez Bien, also known as an average of 12-13/20 across allsubjects, or a "B." Students in the most rigorous curriculum at the school oftenreceive averages of 14-16/20, a Mention Bien or an "A."As LFS students have strong abilities in the reading, writing and speaking of English,they are prepared for the IGCSE English as a Second Language or English Languageand Literature examinations which are administered at the end of Seconde. InPremiere, students are regrouped based on their IGCSE results. The students whohave either taken the IGCSE Language and Literature examinations or received As onthe IGCSE ESL examinations are placed into one of two Advanced English sections.Both of these groups proceed to study an Advanced Placement English Language andComposition curriculum, which emphasizes both analytical and argume-ntativewriting. Students sit the Advanced Plac ment examination in Mayf the Terminaleyear. In Intermediate English, students in Premiere and Terminale continue with alanguage-based curriculum which utilizes short essays, plays and stories in English aswell as research projects and essay-writing exercises. Many students in the Scientificand Social Science sections also choose to take the History in English elective, whichprovides an overview of historical topics in the Western world from the Cold War tothe present day.
US/CanadaGradeGRADE EQUIVALENCY GRIDFrenchBaccalaureateInternationalBaccalaureateBritishIGCSEPerformanceDescriptorA+ 16-20 7 A* ExcellentExcellentA 14-15 6 A Very GoodTres BienB+/B 12-13 5 B GoodBienB- 10-11 4 c AverageMoyenc 8-9 3 D MediocreMediocreD 4-7 2 E PoorFaibleF 0-3 1 F Very PoorTres Faible