Collège Martin Luther King 6ème to 3ème
Middle school program in Collège Martin Luther King, originally opened with 7 students in 1998 and has grown to include more than 100 participants from around the world today.
The section offers English-French bilingual education from 6ème to 3ème (UK years 7-10 / USA grades 6-9). Most students enter in 6ème, but it is possible to sit an entrance exam for every level, although spaces are usually limited.
After middle school, students wishing to pursue a bilingual program may sit the entrance exam for International Section at high school in the Lycée Franco-Allemand, just next door. Transition from collège to lycée is not automatic but the students are well prepared for the transition. Other pupils have chosen to apply for places at lycées in Versailles, Orsay, and their local catchment high school.
If SIB students join LFA anglophone section, they will be prepared for the Baccalaureate, Option Internationale Britannique (OIB) in their final year. To learn about the difference between OIB and the International Baccalaureate, you may consult http://yourstoryinparis.com/what-difference-ib-oib/.
Generally, Anglophone pupils are split between two classes, mixing with their French peers for the large part of their curriculum, which essentially follows the standard French national curriculum. Students will be expected to speak and write French fluently, as most subjects are taught in French (French, Geography, Art, Maths, Music, History, Science and Physical Education).
In addition to this, SIB students take 4 hours of English literature and language study, as well as 2 hours of History/Geography in English (in addition to their hours in French). These courses are taught entirely in English using texts comparable to those used for same level classes in the UK or other anglophone countries. SIB classes have a maximum of 30 pupils. Further detail on the curriculum for international sections, as outlined by the French government, can be found at http://www.education.gouv.fr/pid25535/bulletin_officiel.html?cid_bo=73092
SIB students study German for 2.5 hours per week, as their first foreign language from sixième upwards. From cinquième, they learn Spanish as a second foreign language, also with 2.5 hours per week. Spanish can be maintained at High School level.
Students in troisième do a week’s work experience in a workplace of their choice. SIB pupils are free to organise this week in an English-speaking country if possible.
SIB students in troisième take the Diplôme National du Brevet, International Option. This is essentially the standard French Brevet exam, with additional oral exams in English Literature and in History/Geography to obtain the International Option. More info on the DNB, International Option, can be found at http://eduscol.education.fr/cid61082/dnb-options-internationale-et-franco-allemande.html
The quality of the program is reflected in the 100% success rate of students having taken the Brevet to date.
FSE (Foyer Socio Educatif) offers a variety of activities such as Coding Parties, choir, or other initiatives. With FSE, students in troisième work together each year to create a Yearbook to commemorate their passing from Middle School to High School.
Students in quatrième can participate in the Brigitte Sauzay Program, which allows the student to spend a 2 or 3 month exchange in Germany, attending school and living as part of the family with their exchange partner.
Students have the possibility of joining Saltimbuc English theatre troupe, another initiative of PSAB parents.
The school library offers an ever growing English section.
School Timetable & Transport
Lessons largely take place from 8.45am to 4.10 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Wednesday 8.45am – 5.10pm. These schedules make it possible to take the buses of the many lines also serving the Lycée Franco-Allemand next door.
Students in SIB have class on Wednesday afternoon. In the event of classes beginning earlier or finishing later than the usual bus times, parents are expected to find other transport arrangements for their child.
Collège Martin Luther King
9 rue Collin-Mamet, 78530 Buc
+33 (0) 1 39 56 47 48