High School

Lycée Franco-Allemand – seconde to Terminale

Enrolment for entrance tests at the LFA usually takes place in December and until late January. Applications from families returning from overseas are still accepted after that date.
Application forms are available in December each year.

An Open Day is organized in late January and testing takes place at the LFA in early February. Remote testing is possible for candidates living outside of France.


The Section Internationale Anglophone de Buc was extended to the high school level in 2005, providing classes from Seconde through 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. LFA has French, German and English sections, which creates a rich diversity for students.

Students in the Anglophone section take the British International Option of the Baccalauréat Français International (BFI, formerly known as OIB) – which is widely recognized in countries outside France, such as Netherlands, Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA. This gives students the possibility to continue their post-secondary education in France or in an Anglophone country. Further information about the BFI can be found on the Ministry of Education site.

Instruction in English includes 5 hours of Literature and 5 hours of History and Geography per week. Students can choose from the following enseignements de spécialité:

  • Humanités, littérature et philosophie
  • Histoire, géographie, géopolitique et sciences politiques
  • Mathématiques
  • SVT (sciences de la vie et de la terre)
  • Sciences économiques et sociales
  • Physique chimie

German as a second language is mandatory. Beginner classes are available for students entering the section in seconde who have not already studied German.

Many students come from SIA at Collège Martin Luther King, Buc. Students from other lycées or coming from abroad can sit the entry exam for seconde or première. The section is relatively small, offering an optimal environment in which students may hope to excel. The average SIA class size is 26.


100 percent of our students pursue higher education and the percentage of students graduating with honours exceeds 90% each year. ​

Year graduationNo. of CandidatesMention TBMention BienMention ABPassable
202225 students56%36%8%
202130 students13.3%46.7%40%
202020 students70%20%10%
201920 students50%30%20%
201828 students42.8%46.4%3.6%7.2%
201726 students42.3%38.4%3.9%15.4%
201626 students38%27%35%
201529 students 24.1%55.2%17.2%3.5%
201424 students 45.9%29.1%20.8%4.2%
201319 students 42.1%31.6%26.3%
201224 students 20.8%45.8%29.2%4.2%
201113 students 7.7%38.5%46.1%7.7%
201017 students 17.6%47%29.4%6%
200915 students 6.7%40%40%13.3%
200814 students 29%28%43%
Results at OIB Bac

The Curriculum

Students have 5 hours of English literature and language, as well as 5 hours of History and Geography in English. German is obligatory, and beginner classes are available if necessary. Spanish is available as an option.
The remaining curriculum follows the standard French baccalauréat général and students must be proficient in French.
Written and oral examinations in the anglophone subjects for the Baccalauréat (English Literature, Geography and History) are supervised and organized by the Ministère de l’Éducation nationale in conjunction with the University of Cambridge international examining board.

A Unique Experience

Students have the opportunity to excel beyond the classroom in Model United Nations Club (PAMUN), Saltimbuc parent-sponsored English theatre group, LFA Orchestra, Choir, Big Band, Write-a-thon competition, the Christmas Market, the Yearbook Comittee and other clubs & activities. Each year, seconde students do an exchange or work experience in Germany, and all première students enjoy a school trip to Berlin. The highlight of the year is the Graduation ceremony organized by PSAB.

Our alumni network is a valuable resource, enabling students to contact graduates who are now 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 première students and families to learn about college options and guide them through the UCAS, Common Application, Studielink and Parcoursup application processes.

SIA teachers offer guidance to help students research options, explore careers, write personal statements and application essays to third-level institutions.

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 SIA 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

Lycée Franco-Allemand

7 rue Collin-Mamet, 78530 Buc
+33 (0)1 39 07 14 20

Head of International Section: Mrs. Rostaing