Baccalaureates and Diplomas

In eleventh grade, students choose between the French track leading to the international option of French baccalaureate – American section (OIB) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).

Yes, these acronyms are confusing!

Approximately 75% of students opt for the French OIB and 25% elect the IB. Whether they opt for the French OIB or for the IB track, all students are eligible for the Ecole Jeannine Manuel High School Diploma. (Note: the IB is not subsidized and IB tuition is higher than that of the French track.)

French baccalaureate (OIB)

Students choosing the French track prepare the international option of the French baccalaureate (OIB). The OIB is an academically enhanced version of the French baccalaureate taken by less than 1% of French baccalaureate candidates worldwide; it is available in cooperation with several countries – ours is the American section.

As is the case with the standard French baccalaureate, the OIB has three concentrations: Language & Literature (L), Economics and Social Sciences (ES), and Mathematics and Science (S). The curriculum is the same as that of the French baccalaureate; except in English Literature and History-Geography, which involve an enriched curriculum, more course time and demanding written and oral examinations – in English. Both subjects are taught and examined using syllabi and assessment practices validated jointly by the French Ministry of Education and the US-based College Board.

The American OIB is not only bilingual but also expects that candidates should be bi-cultural. Two educational cultures come into contact, two ways of teaching and assessing students, two ways of approaching subjects, and arguably, two fundamental approaches to education.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB)

The IB Diploma Program offers a liberal arts international curriculum respected by leading universities across the globe. See

The curriculum is made up of a program core and subjects distributed among six subject groups, which include an array of courses to choose from.


Group 1: Studies in language and literature 

English A Literature HL/SL

English A Literature & Language HL/SL

French A Literature HL/SL

French A Literature & Language HL/SL

Other languages (self-taught)


Group 2: Language Acquisition

English B HL/SL*

French B HL/S

Spanish B HL/SL

Chinese B SL/HL (Paris) 

*subject to availability 


Group 3: Individuals and societies

History (English) HL/SL

Economics (French) HL/SL

Geography English HL/SL

Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)** (Paris/Lille)


Group 4 : Sciences




Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)**  (Paris/Lille) 

**ESS fulfills the requirements of Groups 3 and 4. 


Group 5: Mathematics

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches SL

Mathematics Applications and Interpretation SL


Group 6: The Arts

Visual Arts HL/SL

Theater SL 

Students not wishing to follow these Theater or Visual Arts can choose another subject from Groups 1, 2, 3 or 4.  


Students choose one subject from each of the first five groups. Their sixth subject may be chosen from the arts group or as a second subject from any of the first five. At least three, and not more than four subjects selected are taken at higher level (HL) and the others at standard level (SL).

The Diploma Program core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills; it includes:

·       Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.

·       The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

·       Creativity, activity, service (CAS), in which students complete a project related to one of those three concepts.


High School Diploma

Consequent to our international and American accreditations by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the School offers students from both tracks an opportunity to earn its High School Diploma, which is recognized worldwide. The requirements of this diploma bring French-track and IB students together – most were schooled together until eleventh grade – through CAS activities and other projects, and unite them in embracing the School’s single identity.


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