French Baccalaureate

Dallas International School is the only private school in the Dallas area to offer the French Baccalaureate Program. French High School covers the last four years of secondary education (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades). Our programs are issued by the French Ministry of National Education. Most subjects are taught in French.

Upon the completion of 12th grade, students sit for the French Baccalauréat Exam. This extensive, national examination covers all areas of study. Created in 1808, the Baccalauréat has two special features. It marks the successful conclusion of secondary studies and opens access to higher education.

The Baccalauréat is developed by the French Ministry of National Education, which also appoints the examiners. Each examination contains a series of essays or problem solving questions requiring significant in-depth analysis of course content learned in the final two years. The Baccalauréat exams are given over a two-week period at the end of 12th grade, totaling 17 to 23 hours of testing depending on the specialty and the electives chosen. Worldwide, more than 500,000 students sit in the Baccalauréat each year.

Courses that prepare students in the 11th and 12th grades for the French Baccalauréat are taught at the college level. As a result both Canadian and U.S. Colleges and universities often grant college credit to the French secondary graduates on the basis of their performance on the Baccalauréat.

The French high schools at Dallas International School offer the two following tracks: Economics and Social Studies (ES) and Science and Math (S). These two tracks are based on a demanding, comprehensive, integrated, internationally based college preparatory program, unique in the U.S.

All students in enrolled in the French Baccalaureate section simultaneously earn a U.S. high school diploma by meeting any extra state or local requirements, such as U.S. History.

9th Grade

This year is the final year of our middle school system. Students study all subjects started in 6th grade: French, Mathematics, two foreign languages, History, Geography, Earth and Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry. There are no levels per subject: all students follow the same curriculum in 9th and 10th grades. By the end of 9th grade, students sit in a national exam to obtain the “Diplome National du Brevet” (DNB), which evaluates the knowledge and skills learned in middle school.

10th Grade

This year helps determine which section the student will choose for the 11th and 12th grades, the Baccalauréat diploma years. All students follow a core curriculum and a maximum of two electives. The core curriculum contains: French, Physics, History, English, one foreign language, Economics, Mathematics, (equivalent to Algebra II with analysis), Chemistry, Geography, Earth and Life Sciences.

11th & 12th Grades

Students are involved in in the preparation of the Baccalauréat. They choose a track among Economics and Social Studies (ES), and Sciences and Mathematics (S). In the Sciences and Math track, the level of math is equivalent to pre-calculus with analysis in 11th grade and calculus in BC in 12th grade.

Our curriculum demands that school start at 8:15am and finish at 4:30 or 5:30pm.


4 years

3 years

1 year

English + One Foreign Language

Earth & Life Sciences

Economics & Sociology







Civic Education

French Literature


Physical Education



Although the school day is very demanding, French high schools in the U.S. offer activities as students’ schedules and faculty resources permit, such as soccer, volleyball, yearbook, or science club.


The grading is based on an average of scores from each exam with the maximum being 20. To pass the Baccalaureate students must receive an average of 10/20 and students who score less than 8/20 fail. A second chance is given to students who score between 8 and 10 during an additional oral examination. The results of this exam and their school grades are considered by the examiners for the final Baccalaureate decision.

Honorable mentions are awarded to students who score above a 10:

    • 12/20 - honorable mention of "assez bien"
    • 14/20 - honorable mention of "bien"
    • 16/20 - honorable mention of "très bien"

The French Baccalaureate Diploma opens the doors to universities in countries of the European Economic Community, Canada, and, of course, France (where many universities are free). American universities (especially Ivy League schools) recognize the French Baccalaureate and often award student's college credit equivalent to a full year of university study.


Bertrand Ferret: Headmaster / Head Of Secondary