Learning Languages at IFS

At IFS, we genuinely believe that a multilingual education serves and prepares our students in the best possible way for their futures. The cognitive benefits of a multilingual education are numerous and essential for student development. Superior abilities to concentrate, solve problems and focus, better mental flexibility and multitasking skills are just some of the tangible advantages IFS students have over their monolingual peers. In addition, at IFS, we use languages as a lens to help students understand other cultures, think with a global perspective, and navigate the broader world around them.

We have developed several language streams for students at different proficiency, competencies and interests. These streams are designed to be flexible. Students can change and move across streams depending on their educational development and focus.  

French, English, Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Latin

  • English as a Second Language: Main Stream, (Classique). Taking advantage of the benefits of a multilingual education throughout IFS. A programe of education also for non-French speaking students who wish to gradually integrate into a full French curriculum. From Toute Petite Section, (Nursery, age 2) to Terminale (grade 12, age 17).
  • Fluent in French and English: Anglais+. For students already well on the way to being bilingual. From Moyenne Section (KG1, age 4) to CM2 (grade 5, age 10).
  • Proficient and comfortable learning and expressing in both French and English: International Section. An international French education with a focus on language and the humanities. From Sixieme (grade 6, age 11) to Terminale, (grade 12, age 17). Prepares students for the French Baccalaureate International Option (IOB)
  • An aptitude for languages: European [English] Section. Offers motivated students the opportunity to develop their skills in modern languages and their knowledge of different cultures. From Seconde (grade 10, age 15) to Terminale (grade 12, age 17). Prepares students for the French Baccalaureate (Bac).

  • New to the French language: FLSco – Français Langue de Scolarisation (French Language Schooling). Designed to gradually integrate students into the French curriculum. From Grande Section (KG2, age 5) to CM2 (grade 5, age 10)
  • New to the English language: ESL, supporting English as a Second Language. From CP (grade 1, age 6) to CM2 (grade 5, age 10)
  • Immersive French language support programme: French Passerelle, (meaning bridge or gateway). Designed to gradually integrate no-French speakers into the French curriculum. For Sixieme and Cinquieme, (grade 6 and 7, age 11 to 12).

To learn more about FLSco and French Passerelle, email us at:
[email protected] (Kindergarten and Elementary)
[email protected] (Secondary)

Language Pathways

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  • DNB
  • DNBI
  • BAC
  • OIB

2nd – 3rd Language options (LV)

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Latin

European option:

  • In 2nde, 1ère and Terminale: either history/geography or physics/chemistry

DNB in 3ème (grade 9)

  • Diplôme National du Brevet (Secondary Junior School certificate)
  • DNBI in IS: International option in English (language and literature) and history-geography

IGCSE in 2nde (grade 10) in International Section

  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (equivalent O-level)
  • English Language, English Literature and History-Geography
  • A 2-year programme taught in 3ème and 2nde IS
  • Minimum level of education to gain access to higher education in the United Kingdom or to qualify for a job

IELTS in 1ère (grade 11)

  • International English Language Testing System (substitute for TOEFL)
  • International English language test jointly administered by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and the Australian IDP Education Organisation
  • Accepted by the majority of universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, by educational institutions offering international qualifications in English (Europe, Asia) and by various professional organisations.

French Baccalaureate (certificate of secondary education A-level) in Terminale (grade 12) Classic Stream and European Option

  • French diploma attesting completion of general secondary education and opening up access to higher education (first university grade)
  • Mention “section européenne britannique” (British European section) for students in the European Section

OIB in Terminale (grade 12) International Section

  • French Baccalaureate International Option (not to be confused with the IB – International Baccalaureate).
  • Written tests of LVA and history-geography are replaced by written and oral tests in literature and history-geography in English.
  • Bilingual and bicultural baccalauréat, where English is at the same level as French
  • The workload of OIB students tends to be much more demanding.

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)

The HSK is a Chinese standardized test of Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language proficiency for non-native speakers, such as foreign students and overseas Chinese. The HSK is recognised worldwide and is certified by the Education Ministry of the People’s Republic of China.

At IFS this certificate is offered to Grade 6 and Grade 10 students.


The Goethe-Zertifikat is an internationally recognized exam of German language ability. The exam comprises reading, listening, writing and speaking sections and demonstrate that you have a basic knowledge of German.

Upon completion, students will be issued with an official and internationally recognized certificate corresponding to the level reached under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language or DELE) 

The Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) are official Spanish language proficiency diplomas, organised by the Instituto Cervantes and granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

The DELE exams are designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the Manual to relate examinations to the CEFR , both works of the Council of Europe.

DELE diplomas are recognized internationally and enjoy great prestige, not only among public and private educational institutions and authorities but also in the business world and between chambers of commerce. They are an official guarantee in the evaluation and certification of language proficiency in Spanish.

English Test (APTIS)

The Aptis test is a flexible English language test that enables us to assess English language proficiency. Aptis is an accurate and efficient assessment tool that is used to test all four English language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Run by the British Council, Aptis for Teens is a general English language test aimed at 13-17-year-olds. It has been designed to meet the needs of younger language learners in developing their English language.

Diploma of French Language Studies (DELF)

Organized and delivered by the French Ministry of Education, the DELF diploma assessing students level in French language proficiency and are internationally recognized.

Two versions exist, the DELF Junior (13 to 17 years old) and Prim (8 to 12 years old). These tests are run in collaboration with the Alliance Française.


  • Mandarin is offered to all students starting from TPS. In 6ème (grade 6) of the Classic Stream, students must attend mandarin classes which is one of the languages of the host country.

Spanish, German

  • LVB and LVC: optional German, Spanish or Mandarin.
    • From 5ème (grade 7), mandatory 3h of LVB.
    • From 4ème (grade 8), optional 3h of LVC.

Please note that options will be opened only if we have a minimum of 8 students.

Language certifications

  • Students can obtain certifications that attest to their level of proficiency in the languages studied. These certifications are validated by internationally recognised organisations (Cervantes Institute for Spanish, Goethe Institute for German, YCT and HSK for Mandarin)

EMILE / CLIL for some hours taught in English in Primary school

  • Enseignement de Matières par l’Intégration d’une Langue Etrangère Content and Language Integrated Learning

Teaching of a subject of the programme in a foreign language (mathematics, history, music, Physical education, etc.).


As parents, we mean to commit to this path till the end, to ensure psychological continuity and stability for our precocious child.

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