International Boarding School France FAQs
What is it like to be a Notre-Dame International High School student?
The student body of the American school remains small and very diverse: after a few days you will know everyone and feel like a real global community, spending your school days with your classmates from over 20 countries. You will have an opportunity to meet with the French community on our campus: some classrooms, sports, catering and boarding facilities are shared. Almost 3000 French students from preschool up to post secondary-school study a French curriculum on this campus. Choosing homestay accommodation you will also feel part of a French family, discovering local habits and improving your French skills.
What can I do with my US High School diploma?
Our graduates mainly apply to study in American Colleges and Universities, but some of them also choose to return home and matriculate in their home Universities. Some others fall in love with France and Paris and attend French or English speaking Undergraduates programs locally!
I know that the school has applies to be an IB World School from September 2018. What does it mean?
Notre-Dame International High School has indeed applied to be able to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program from September 2018. It means that we will still teach a regular American High School curriculum in Grade 9 and 10, as well as in Grade 12, for a last year (2018/2019), but that 11th graders would start their IB from September 2018. The IB lasts for 2 years so that our first IB students should graduate in June 2020.
What will be the course offerings in each school year for 2018/2019, will I still be able to attend American classes?
Yes, in Grade 9, 10 and 12. IB classes should be taught in 11th grade. That been said, you may still earn US credits for IB classes. Please consult our Course Offerings.
May I enter 12th grade and graduate?
If you attend your 12th grade during the school year 2018/2019 at Notre-Dame International High School, you may indeed graduate in June 2019 with an American High School Diploma, provided that you have enough credits to do so. We will therefore check you current credit status to determine:
1) if you are on track for graduation;
2) if our course offerings will meet your needs in terms of credits.
You would attend the following classes:
- Speech/Expository Reading and Writing
- French (according to level)
- Economics and Government (semester classes)
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Calculus
- Electives: Speech, Health, Yearbook, Current Affairs, World Religions, Philosophy, Environmental Science
- Art/Music/Physical Education
May I come for just a semester?
We will indeed be able to welcome some exchange students for the fall and spring semesters in Grade 9 and 10.
We may also consider some semester students arriving in the fall in Grade 12, provided these students go home in January to complete their graduation requirements during the spring semester.
Where will I have breakfast, lunch and dinner ?
School lunches are provided on campus at a renovated self-service cafeteria. Those living on campus will also have their breakfast and dinner served in this cafeteria, except during weekends, when they take their lunches and dinners outside of campus. Students living in French families will enjoy their meals with their host families, except their lunches taken at school.
When and where could I go shopping?
Students have some free time on weekdays after school and may go shopping in the local shops. During weekends, they have extended free time and usually travel to Paris to explore the city's cultural and shopping attractions.
Is there a Uniform?
Could I travel independently during weekends? and on evenings?
Yes, under certain conditions that will be presented to you during orientation. You are entitled to 5 independent weekend travels during your school year, besides school holidays. That been said, parents visits are allowed any weekend, without a limit.