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The general education High School consists of three classes: the 10th grade (SS2), for all students intending to pursue studies in one of the general stream courses. The 11th (SS3) and 12th grades (A level class) in the different streams lead to the baccalaureate exam.

The general education high school has three classes: the general second class, common to students intending to continue their studies in one of the general path series. The first and final classes in the different series lead to the baccalaureate exam.

The baccalaureate certifies knowledge and skills at the end of secondary education and constitutes the first level in higher education. As such, it entitles to the pursuit of higher education.
-For students who take the general baccalaureate from 2021, the streams have given
way to specialties, chosen at the end of the 11 th grade (SS1).
-The general stream leads to the pursuit of higher education mainly in university,
preparatory classes for grandes écoles or specialized schools.

THE BASICS of the new baccalaureate

The new baccalaureate restores to the baccalaureate its meaning and its usefulness with a repackaged examination and a simpler high school, more attuned to the aspirations of high school students, to enable them to project themselves towards success in higher education. There is no longer a general stream but courses chosen by each high school student according to their tastes and ambitions.

The 2021 baccalaureate is based partly on continuous assessment (joint assessments) and partly on final exams.
– The anticipated written and oral French paper will take place at the end of the 12th grade (SS3).
– In the final year, two written exams on specialization courses take place in the spring and two exams take place in June: the written oral philosophy paper prepared throughout the 12th grade and final year (final cycle).

4 principes

  1. The bac is obtained from an overall average of 10/20
  2. There is no fail mark or minimum score
  3. The system of compensation and credit is maintained
  4. The oral resit exam is maintained as a second chance

A new organization of teaching

The high school offers three types of teaching:

  • A broad base of common, humanist and scientific culture, open to the challenges of the future.
  • Specialized courses chosen by the student and accentuated between the 12th grade and the final year (three courses in the 12th grade then two in the final year among the three followed in the 12th grade). These courses enjoy significant timetables making it possible to offer ambitious programs and give students time for learning. Optional lessons will also allow students to complete their course.

New lessons allow students to share a scientific culture, learn to code and understand the major challenges of the contemporary world.

  • Guidance assistance time throughout high school to prepare for course choices and, ultimately, entry into higher education. Students are supported according to the timetables provided as part of the margins of autonomy of the schools (small groups, differentiated instruction, Mooc, etc.).

The technological path keeps its organization in streams. Adjustments will be made to provide a basis for a common culture base articulated with specialized teaching and guidance assistance.

The final exams: 60% of the final mark

Each high school student takes an early written and oral French exam at the end of the 12th grade year. In the final year, they present four final exams:

  • Two written exams on the specialization courses chosen by the candidate.
  • A written philosophy exam : for all, this choice corresponds to a French tradition and to the need to strengthen the critical mind in the training of the younger generations.
  • An oral exam of a duration of 20 minutes prepared throughout the final cycle which takes place in two parts: the presentation of a project((prepared from the 12th grade), backed by one or two specialized courses chosen by the student and an exchange based on this project to assess the student’s ability to analyze by mobilizing the knowledge acquired during their schooling, particularly scientific and historical.
    The panel is made up of two teachers.

The class council

It examines the pedagogical questions of interest to the life of the class and decides on the conditions under which the education of each pupil continues. It is chaired by the head of the school and consists of:
  • teachers
  • two representatives of parents of students
  • two student representatives
  • the Senior education advisor
  • the guidance counselor

In high school classes, the use of new information and communication techniques is facilitated by equipping each room with internet access, a video projector and sometimes an Interactive Digital Board. The numbers of students in high school classes make it possible to customize the teaching, to insist on the acquisition of specific methods for each subject and to carry out a better follow-up of the students.

Laurent VANDER ELST, History-Geography teacher