The school welcomes students from Grade 10 to 12.
Notre-Dame International High School's (NDIHS) current curriculum includes US High School and IB subjects as well as French language courses. NDIHS offers students an American-styled high school education in English, leading to:
In addition to the American and IB curriculum, the school offers French language courses to non native French speakers. Courses administered by the French school (Notre-Dame “Les Oiseaux”) and in French include:
- French language courses,
- and Physical Education courses
All other courses are administered in English by the American program (Notre-Dame International High School).
2021/2022 course offerings will be available early September 2021.
Please Note: All courses are two semesters, except where noted. Course offerings are subject to change. Classes may be cancelled if they do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
1. Language Arts
1) American Literature (Grade 10 and 11)
2) IB English Language & Literature SL/HL (Grade 11 and 12)
Please refer to the English curriculum of the IB.
3) American Writing (Grade 10)
2. Social Studies
1) IB Geography SL (Grade 11 and 12)
Please refer to the Geography curriculum of the IB.
2) U.S. History (Grade 10 and 11)
The intended outcome of this year-long course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the political, economic, and social history of the United States. Key U.S. periods of history will be covered in-depth. During the first semester, the major emphasis will be on the early exploration and colonization of North America, the Revolutionary War, Nation-building, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. The emphasis during the second semester will be on America’s evolving political and social history at the turn of the century, through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, the Cold War era, and post-war modern America. Students will use primary source documents such as speeches and personal narratives to help explain history in a more personal and honest manner. Students will investigate history through a variety of methods, including lecture and discussions, textbook and supplemental readings, map activities, research projects, and essay writing. Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussions, while working to improve their speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills.
3) Economics (Grade 10 and 11)
Students will be introduced to the study of economics and to basic economic theory and concepts and key elements of micro-and macro-economics. Students will examine the role of government and financial institutions in the U.S. economy, such as the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Stock Market, as well as how the government raises and spends revenue. Students will also learn about international economics, including different systems and international trade. Quizzes, tests, projects, activities, and discussions will be used throughout the semester in the assessment of student learning.
4) IB History SL/HL (Grade 11 and 12)
Corresponds to a World History course with a focus on the Americas.
Please refer to the History curriculum of the IB.
All math courses require the use of a TI – 83+, TI-84 or TI-84+ calculator. Students should have their own GRAPHING calculator. (NOTE: Faculty can provide only limited assistance on non-TI calculators).
1) Pre IB Math/ Algebra 2 (Grade 10)
2) IB Math analysis & approaches SL/HL (Grade 11)
Please refer to the Math curriculum of the IB.
1) Chemistry (Grade 10 and 11)
During the first semester, students explore atomic theory, radioactivity and the behavior of elements and simple molecules in isolation. During the second semester, students explore chemical interactions including redox reactions and various forms of chemical bonding. There is an exposure to organic chemistry.
2) Physics (Grade 10 and 11) - not every year
Physics is the study of the relationships between matter and energy. In the fall semester, students develop scientific skills as they study kinematics, forces, the laws of motion, work, energy, momentum, collisions, rotational motion, and gravity. In the second semester, students investigate temperature, heat, waves, sound, light, electricity, circuits, and magnetism.
3) IB Biology SL/HL (Grade 11 and 12)
Please refer to the Biology curriculum of the IB.
5. Physical Education (Grade 10, 11 and 12)
Students work to improve the five components of physical fitness:
- muscular endurance,
- muscular strength,
- cardio respiratory endurance,
- and body composition via running, calisthenics, abdominal routines, and plyometrics.
This course may also include the following individual & team sports:
- ping pong,
- and soccer.
6. Foreign Language (French language courses)
All French classes are 5 hours a week. Per skill level classes.
1) IB French Ab initio (corresponds to French 1)
This course is intended for students with little or no knowledge of French. Through oral and written practice, students will learn to read, write, pronounce and comprehend basic French while also exploring certain aspects of French everyday life. French grammar and syntax will be looked at extensively.
Special emphasis is put on communication, encouraging students to speak French with the teacher and their classmates, using English as little as possible. Students will learn everyday phrases and work toward accuracy in pronunciation. Cultural emphasis will be placed on learning about the products and customs of France and getting to know their surroundings.
Articles, texts, movies, songs, comics and other media will be used in class. Students will be expected to create a PowerPoint presentation at the end of the year. Grades will be based on regular quizzes and a cumulative final exam.
2) IB French Ab initio and French SL (corresponds to French 1 et 2)
Through a continued study of the French language, students will continue to improve and enhance their oral and written French. Basic concepts studied in level 1 will be reviewed and looked at in depth. French vocabulary and grammar will be expanded and students will have the opportunity to improve their French through various speaking activities and writings. Articles, texts, movies, songs, comics and other media will be used in class. While French I places an emphasis on communication this course will place emphasis on both communication and more advanced writing skills. Students will continue to learn about various aspects of French culture and francophone countries. This course is intended for students who have had one year of French.
3) IB French SL (corresponds to French 2 and 3)
In this course, students will practice extensively their French listening, reading, speaking and writing skills at a much higher proficiency. Students will have regular opportunities to listen to French native speakers through authentic dialogue, French news, and songs. Students will also be exposed to selected reading materials including poems, short stories, articles, newspaper and various other literary selections from France and the Francophone world. These will be used as a basis for grammar review, discussion, mini-presentations, group activities, research and written reflection. Students will be expected to write and express their opinions on a variety of subjects. Students are especially encouraged to read and communicate outside of class. Students should expect to be challenged both in and outside the classroom. French will be used exclusively by the instructor and by the students in the classroom.
4) IB French HL (corresponds to French 3 and AP French)
The course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
During school breaks, Nacel France offers you to attend intensive French language courses in various regions of France: Rouen, Lyon, Montpellier. Summer French language courses in Paris are also organized before school starts.
7. Electives and the Arts
Electives are not offered every semester; they are subject to scheduling requirements.
Studio Art (semester)
This course focuses on the production/creation of art and begins with student project proposals. After proposals have been submitted, students are invited to share the different means by which the projects can be completed. The project goals are set accordingly. The course focuses on developing a variety of skills involved with the artistic, technical, and methodical. This course is taught primarily in French.
8. Academic Advisement
College Preparation (one semester, fall, 12th grade)
College Preparation is a one semester course designed to assist students with the college application process. Seniors who are planning to attend universities in the US are strongly encouraged to take this class during the fall semester. Students will learn to research colleges, write a college resume, request counselor forms, transcripts, teacher recommendations and much more. This course will include instructions on registering for the SAT and TOEFL and ways to prepare for these exams.
College Preparation (one semester, spring, 11th grade)
College Preparation is a one semester course designed to assist students with the college selection and application process. 11th graders who are planning to attend universities in the US are strongly encouraged to take this class during the spring semester and will continue in the class in the fall of 12th grade. Students will learn to research colleges, write a college resume, request counselor forms, transcripts, teacher recommendations and much more. This course will include instructions on registering for the SAT and TOEFL and ways to prepare for these exams.
Study opportunities in France Universities and Grandes Ecoles: programs taught in English.