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International Section of Buc (ISB) and Entrance Tests

jeudi 14 décembre 2017 par M. Coulombe, M. Vernay

Background
The Collège Martin Luther King, home to the International Section of Buc (’Section Internationale de Buc’ – bilingual English / French section) is located in pleasant surroundings and offers opportunities for excellent academic results. Its International Section was founded in 2006, in partnership with the adjoining Lycée Franco-Allemand (LFA). Classes (for which no tuition fees are required) run from 6e to 3e (corresponding to UK years 7 to 10 and USA grades 6 to 9) with the aim of pupils sitting the "Diplôme National du Brevet, Option Internationale". The application procedure includes oral and written entrance tests with a view to ensuring that candidates are capable of following the course.

Admission Tests
Admission testing for the 2018-2019 school year is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March 2018. The tests are designed to check that candidates will be capable of following a course of study in English Language and Literature as well as History, and consist of a one-hour written paper followed or preceded by a 15-minute oral. The written paper is based on an age-appropriate literature text with associated questions and writing tasks, and the oral consists of a general conversation.

Classes and Future Possibilites for Study
Classes in English consist of four hours per week of Literature and Language study and two hours per week of History/Geography taught in English. In addition to the bilingual option, pupils follow the standard French national curriculum, beginning German as their first foreign language (LV1) in 6e and Spanish as their second foreign language (LV2) in 5e.
For entry into the International Section of the Collège Martin Luther King, pupils are expected to speak and write French fluently as all subjects other than English and History/Geography are taught in French. As a general rule, only candidates who have had experience of living in an English-speaking country for a significant period of time or who speak English at home on a daily basis will be apt to take the tests. Non-native speakers or children who have had no experience of living in an English-speaking country will find the tests too challenging and, in some cases, damaging to confidence. Please, therefore, in the interests of your child’s well-being as well as the efficient use of time, ensure that your child fulfils the required criteria before submitting an application. Candidates should be aware that they cannot be considered for the school’s ’bilangue’ stream as a fall-back option in the event that they are not admitted to the international section.
Interested families should also be aware that the International Section also exists at primary level (for CE2, CM1 and CM2 children) at the Ecole Elémentaire Louis Blériot. Please follow the link below for information or contact Madame Sanchez directly.
http://www.ec-bleriot-buc.ac-versailles.fr/
After the four ’collège’ years, pupils will be given the opportunity of applying for a place at the international section ’seconde’ class at the Lycée Franco-Allemand, leading on to the ’première’ and ’terminale’ classes (’Option Internationale Baccalauréat Britannique’). Please see the Lycée Franco-Allemand website for more information on the admission procedure on the link below :
http://www.lyc-lfa-buc.ac-versailles.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24&Itemid=220&lang=fr

Cultural Events
In addition to the teaching of English and History to a level equal to that taught in the UK, the International Section benefits from various fun cultural events throughout the school year, many of which are organised in tandem with the parents’ association ’Parents de la Section Anglophone de Buc’ (see link to website : http://www.psab.fr). Hence, the agenda for the 2017-2018 school year offers the following events for the international community :
- Integrational school trip for 6e pupils to England.
- Celebration of Martin Luther King Day, combined with an ’open afternoon’ consisting of an invitation to parents and future applicants to sit in on a lesson and attend an information meeting with explanations as to the functioning of the SIB and samples of course work.
- Cheese and wine social evening (for parents only !).
- ’British Day’ celebrations with a goodwill free distribution of cakes by the anglophone pupils to all other pupils in the school.
- Celebration of St Patrick’s Day with trail activity.
- Spelling Bee competition.

Transport
The school benefits from an extensive network of school and public buses enabling children located as far afield as places such as Antony and Gif-sur-Yvette to get to school by 8.35 am every day and to leave the premises after lessons at 4.15 pm. To enable international pupils to make full use of these bus services, all lessons are scheduled to fit within the times of 8.40 am and 4.15 pm except for Wednesdays when lessons finish at 5.10 pm (school buses leaving around 5.30 pm on Wednesdays). Given the fact that international section pupils have more hours than other children within the school this means that their attendance is required on Wednesday afternoons. The result of this tailored schedule means that international pupils benefit from a balanced day (8.45 am to 4.15 pm except Wednesdays when lessons finish at 5.10 pm) and are able to make use of the various bus services rather than having to rely on parental transport outside the bus times.

Contacts
We hope that the above answers any questions you may have, however should you need any further information, please feel free to contact us :
myriam.coulombe@icloud.com (levels 5e, 4e and 3e)
marie.vernay@ac-versailles.fr (primary and 6e).


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