the middle school

6th grade (11 years old) – 5th grade (12 years old) –4th grade (13 years old) –3rd grade (14 years old)


The middle school welcomes all students at the end of elementary school without a passing exam. It allows all students to be educated in a single setting.

  • The schooling at the college consists of four years: the 6th, 5th,4th and3rd.
  • Compulsory schooling is organized in three-year cycles, which give the necessary time to learn better. In middle school, 6th grade is the last year of cycle 3, the other levels constitute cycle 4.

6th grade: last year of cycle 3, consolidation cycle

The 6th grade class should allow students to adapt to the organization and life of the middle school, as well as to ensure the continuity of the learning undertaken in the first two years of the cycle in the CM1 and CM2 classes.

5th, 4th and 3rd grades: Cycle 4, the in-depth cycle

The objective is to allow students to develop skills in the various disciplines and in the cross-curricular pathways. The health education pathway, the artistic and cultural education pathway and the citizenship pathway offer students, adolescents who are experiencing a new relationship with themselves and with others, a framework for building, in a climate of confidence, the skills that are indispensable in the face of the abundance of new knowledge and new technologies, particularly digital. They should be able to approach interdisciplinary situations with personal and creative thinking while respecting the standards that are part of a common culture. At the end of the9th grade, students take the diplôme national du brevet.


The English international section - The Spanish international section

The international sections have three objectives:

  • facilitate the reception and integration of foreign students into the French school system and their eventual return to their home system
  • allow French students to practice a foreign language in depth
  • to promote the transmission of the cultural heritage of the countries concerned.

6 hours of modern language instruction

A non-language subject is taught partially in French and partially in English/Spanish:

  • history-geography-civic education: half of the teaching is done in English/Spanish
  • foreign languages: 4 hours of foreign languages, in addition to the 4 hours of English/Spanish.

Diplôme national du brevet, international option

Students in the3rd grade of international sections in middle school can take the “middle school series, international option” of the diplôme national du brevet.
The brevet includes two specific tests: history-geography and foreign language.

The LV (Modern Languages)

At LIFPA, the first foreign language for all students is English. The LVB (Modern Language n°2) proposed is Spanish


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Compulsory courses 6th 5th/4th 3rd
Mathematics 4,5h 3,5h 3,5h
History-Geography 3h 3h 3,5h
Option – History – Geography International Section (English or Spanish) 1.5 hours in French

1.5 hours in English or Spanish

1.5 hours in French

1.5 hours in English or Spanish

2 hours in French

2 hours in English or Spanish

Modern language A (English) 4h 3h 3h
Option – North American Languages and Literature
(International English Section)
4h 4h 4h
Option – Spanish Language and Literature
(International Spanish Section)
4h 4h 4h
Physical and Sports Education 4h 3h 3h
Technology 1,5h 1,5h 1,5h
Music Education 1h 1h 1h
Arts 1h 1h 1h
Science education 1,5h
Life and Earth Science 1,5h 1,5h 1,5h
Modern language B (Spanish) Option – 2 hours 2,5h 2,5h
Physics-Chemistry 1,5h 1,5h
Word of the day 1h 1h 1h

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