Lyceum Kennedy prepares its students to be citizens of the world with a strong French-American curriculum. At our school in midtown Manhattan, we offer a bilingual program for students from nursery to twelfth grade. Our Westchester campus, in Ardsley, New York, teaches youngsters from nursery through fifth grade.
The school’s curriculum follows the guidelines of the French Ministry of Education and the New York State Education Department and Board of Regents. Our program brings together the best of the two cultures and educational systems—the structure and rigor of the French schools, and the flexibility and creativity of the American educational system.
At Lyceum Kennedy, classes are taught in French and in English.
French Language Arts
Experimental Science and Technology
Physical Education and Sport
History and Geography
Français langue étrangère: French as a Foreign Language (FLE)
English Language Arts
History of Arts
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Our rigorous curriculum nurtures children’s natural gift for languages and creative thought. Students flourish in the international school setting as they develop their intellectual and personal growth in a stimulating, diverse, and multicultural environment.
Both the French and the English curriculums are fine-tuned on an ongoing basis so that they complement each other fully. Our school synergy allows for academic excellence at all grade levels.
The structure of our nursery to twelfth grade classes is based on the French educational system.
Cycle 1, cycle d’apprentissages premiers (Preschool/L’école maternelle: Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten)
Cycle 2, cycle des apprentissages fondamentaux (Elementary: first, second, and third grades)
Cycle 3, cycle de consolidation (Elementary and first year of middle school: fourth, fifth, and sixth grades)
Cycle 4, cycle des approfondissements (Middle school : seventh to ninth grades)
Lycée (high school: tenth to twelfth grades)
Lyceum Kennedy’s middle school/le collège (grades six through nine) follows the same program as schools in France, but English Language, U.S. History, and U.S. Mathematics classes have been incorporated to enhance the richness of our program and help our students’ transition to the American system.
At Lyceum Kennedy’s high school/le lycée (grades ten to twelve), students follow the American curriculum rather than the French curriculum. Standard courses are taught in English to prepare students for the New York State High School Regents Diploma.
This curriculum includes French, English, Spanish, mathematics, philosophy, global studies, U.S. History, Living Environment, IT, and gym.
Starting in September 2014, Lyceum Kennedy will offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in eleventh and twelfth grades.
About the Common Core Learning Standards
Lyceum Kennedy’s English language program incorporates the standards and objectives addressed in the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).
These standards codify what students are expected to learn at every grade level in order to be prepared for success in college and careers. Adopted by 45 states, including New York, CCLS is designed to be relevant to the real world and help students succeed in a global economy.
Lyceum Kennedy has started the transition to CCLS and will fully implement the standards over time in order to meet state assessments, which will also be aligned to the CCLS.
Equivalencies between the French and the American School System
|French System||American System|
|Petite Section (PS)||Nursery|
|Moyenne Section (MS)||Pre-K|
|Grand Section (GS)||Kindergarten|
|Cours Préparatoire (CP)||1st Grade|
|Cours Elémentaire 1ère année (CE1)||2nd Grade|
|Cours Elémentaire 2ème année (CE2)||3rd Grade|
|Cours Moyen 1ère année (CM1)||4th Grade|
|Cours Moyen 2ème année (CM2)||5th Grade|