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The goal for achieving academic and personal success is continued at the Secondary School level consists of a three-year cycle including four different programs:

The Lebanese Baccalaureate, in either English or French. In both the French and English tracks, all subjects are taught in these two languages except social studies and Arabic literature. In the second year of the Lebanese Baccalaureate, students are promoted into either the Economics and Sociology track or the Scientific track. In the third year, three tracks are available: Economics and Sociology, Life Sciences or General Sciences.

 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a two-year course of study designed for motivated secondary school students. The program has earned a reputation for academic excellence and rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universities. Upon completion of the International Baccalaureate diploma program, students will be eligible to enter local universities at the sophomore level. IB students are accepted at high-ranking colleges and universities in Europe and North America, including Harvard, MIT, McGill, and other institutions of tertiary education.

 

The French Baccalaureate Program, follows the curriculum established by the French Ministry of Education. This program fosters self-discipline and organization while encouraging the development of critical thinking and analytical skills. 

In grades 9-12, students take courses from the common core. 

In grade 11, students add three advanced specialty courses, each of which meets for six hours per week. 

In grade 12, students narrow their specialty courses to two, each of which meets for eight hours per week. Students complete the equivalent of high-honours level coursework in specialty courses. 

The Baccalaureate final grade will be based on both continuous assessment (40% of the final grade) and examination results (60% of the final grade) with written and oral examinations in grades 11 and 12.

Since 2022, the students will take the exams at IC… at home.

As part of the French Baccalaureate Program, IC launched the Baccalauréat Français International (BFI) American section within our Première program. This initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to offer a high-quality, diversified education that meets the highest international standards.

The BFI is a unique opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in an enriched program, with the following courses:

  • High-level English (5 hours per week),
  • History taught in English (4 hours),
  • Connaissance du Monde (CdM) around three themes, with specific reference to the country of their section (USA):
    - Thinking society
      - Living in the world
      - Building the future

In addition to this new course, each student will carry out a personal project based on their interests, working with an American partner. The culmination will be an oral presentation during the Terminale year.

This linguistic and cultural immersion is designed to prepare our students not only to excel academically, but also to thrive in a globalized environment.

At the end of Première, students take internationally recognized Advanced Placement (AP) exams (History and English). These exams provide excellent preparation for higher education and are highly valued by universities around the world.

At the end of Terminale, BFI students take the same exams as those for the standard bac (Specialties, Philosophy, Grand Oral) and are required to present three orals:

  • English
  • History
  • And the Connaissance du Monde project

The College Preparatory Program (CPP) is modeled on the American High School program. After successful completion of the coursework, a CPP student is awarded the IC diploma, which allows eligibility to enter a university at the freshman level.

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