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Located in the heart of Manhattan, Lyceum Kennedy offers a bilingual program for students from Nursery through 12th grade.

Our school curriculum follows the guidelines of the French Ministry of Education and is accredited up to 9th grade, as well as registered by the New State Board of Regents. Lyceum Kennedy is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school for the Diploma Programme (DP).

Lyceum Kennedy provides a unique educational experience wherein students learn two languages and two cultures simultaneously. It integrates programs from the French and the American curricula to provide students with the finest bilingual education and brings together the best of the two cultures and educational systems – the structure and rigor of the French school as well as the flexibility and creativity of the American educational system. 

This comprehensive French American bilingual curriculum is taught by qualified and experienced teachers. Students are thoroughly prepared for French, international and New York State exams: Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB), International Baccalaureate (IB) and New York State High School Regents Diploma. We offer also Advanced Placement (AP) exams, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). We regularly evaluate our students in order to monitor their progress and encourage them. From 3rd to 5th grade, we have replaced the standardized New York State exams by the MAP Growth assessment system, which is particularly stimulating for the children.

All subjects are taught in French or in English.

In addition of French and English, students from 6th to 12th grade choose between Spanish and German as third language and are introduced to Latin starting in 7th grade. Any other languages may be taught as part as the After School Program.

Our rigorous curriculum cultivates 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 French and English curricula are fine-tuned on an ongoing basis so that they complement each other fully. This synergy promotes academic excellence.

Although the American curriculum is fully implemented, the structure of our nursery to 12th grade classes is based on the French educational system:

Cycle 1, cycle des apprentissages premiers (Preschool: Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten).
Cycle 2, cycle des apprentissages fondamentaux (Elementary School: 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade).
Cycle 3, cycle de consolidation (Elementary school: 4th, 5th and 6thgrade).
Cycle 4, cycle des approfondissements (Middle School: 7th to 9th grade).
Lycée (High school: 10th to 12th grade).

Lyceum Kennedy’s Middle School/Collège (6th through 9th grade) follows rigorously the same program as schools in France. In addition to French and English languages learning, the academic program includes a careful balance of Mathematics, Science, History and Geography, Civics, Computer Skills and coding, Technologie, Physical Education, Music and Art. Students are taught Language Arts, Mathematics and History in French and English to enhance the richness of our program and help our students’ transition to the American system.


The curriculum is designed to support students for their transition between Middle and High School by developing autonomy and responsibility.

Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS)

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 fully implements the standards over time to meet state assessments, which will also be aligned to the CCLS. 

Grade Equivalence between French and American Education Systems


French System — American System

  • Petite Section (PS) — Nursery
  • Moyenne Section (MS) — Pre-K
  • Grande Section (GS) — Kindergarten
  • Cours Préparatoire (CP) — 1st grade
  • Cours Élémentaire 1re année (CE1) — 2nd grade
  • Cours Élémentaire 2e année (CE2) — 3rd grade
  • Cours Moyen 1re  année (CM1) — 4th grade
  • Cours Moyen 2e année (CM2) — 5th grade
  • 6e  — 6th grade
  • 5e —  7th grade
  • 4e  8th grade
  • 3e — 9th grade
  • Seconde — 10th grade
  • Première — 11th grade
  • Terminale — 12th grade