Q: WHAT IS THE FRENCH BACCALAUREAT?
A. The French “Baccalauréat” or “BAC” is a diploma that marks the completion of a French high school program and follows the curriculum guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education. The Bac exams are taken over a two-year period (11th and 12th grade) and includes written as well as oral parts. It is a challenging and highly respected diploma widely recognized by universities around the world. Students entering North American universities often do so with a certain number of credits (generally up to the equivalent of one year). In addition to the “baccalauréat” (a national exam graded by external examiners), the curriculum at the Lycée International de Houston is accredited (“Homologation”) by the French Ministry of Education (AEFE). Students can also be awarded an American high school diploma.