Schooling

Students at work

Three types of school in one:

Carnot high school is divided into three types of schools. The staff for each of them is different.

All in all, 166 teachers teach more than 2000 students. Carnot is therefore a big school!

1.    “Collège” (Junior High School)

The “collège” corresponds to the first four years directly after primary schools. Students are generally from 11 to 14 years old.

At the end of the fourth year, students sit an exam called the Brevet des collèges, which is not required to enter the senior high school.

2.    “Lycée” (Senior High School)

The “lycée” are the three years following the “collège”. Students are from 15 to 18 years old.

The completion of secondary studies leads to the exam called the Baccalauréat.

3.    “Classes préparatoires”

Carnot also runs “classes préparatoires”. Secondary school leavers with honours can be admitted into these higher education classes. After 2 or 3 years of preparation, students take competitive national examinations in order to join one of the “grandes écoles”.

Curriculum in High School:

Carnot high school is an academic high school which doesn’t offer any vocational or technological courses contrary to other types of “lycées”. Carnot follows the French national curriculum.

Students are offered core and optional subjects.

Junior High School:

  1. Core subjects: French, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Biology, History and Geography, Civics, PE, two second languages ( English, German, Spanish)
  2. Elective subjects: Latin, Greek, Chinese…

Senior High School:

At the end of the 10th grade, students are required to select a concentration, called a “Série”.

Carnot offers the following “Séries”:

  • Série L (Language and Literature)
  • Série ES (Economics and Social Science)
  • Série S (Mathematics and Sciences)

Série L

Série ES

Série S

Core subjects

Literature

Sciences

Literature in foreign languages

Two foreign languages

Economic and Social Science

Mathematics

Sciences

Physics and Chemistry

Mathematics

Biology

Sciences

Optional subjects

a third foreign language

Arts

Latin

Greek

Mathematics

Sport

Arts

Latin

Greek

Mathematics

Sport

Arts

Latin

Greek

Mathematics

Sport

A typical 10th grade timetable:

 

Mon.

Tu.

Wed.

Thurs.

Fri.

Satur.

8.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.20

French

French

/

Physics Chemistry

(2 groups alternating every 2 weeks)

Maths

French

9.25

 

 

 

 

 

10.20

Maths

Maths

alternating with

Physics Chemistry

every 2 weeks

Civics

Spanish

Chemistry

(lab)

Latin

10.25

 

 

11.30

History Geography

P.E.

Maths

Biology

(lab)

11.35

 

 

 

 

12.30

Spanish

English

History Geography

English

12.30 13.30

Lunch

13.35

 

14.30

History

Geography

English

Chemistry Physics

Spanish

14.35

 

 

 

15.25

French

Economic and Social Sciences

English

15.40

 

 

 

16.35

French

History

Geography

16.40

 

17.35

17.40

 

18.35

Latin