Middle School at Lyceum Kennedy (Manhattan Campus) consists of four levels of study, from the sixth grade through ninth grade. Our curriculum follows the guidelines of the French Ministry of Education, but we also teach English Language Arts, English Mathematics, and U.S. History.
Basic knowledge of the English language is strongly recommended; however, it is not a prerequisite for admission, as beginning English speakers attend English as a Second Language (ESL) class.
In addition to language arts, the academic program includes a careful balance of mathematics, science, history and geography, civics, computer science, physical education, and music and arts, all appropriate to each grade level and in accordance with the French educational system.
Beginning in sixth grade, students study Spanish as a second foreign language (besides English, which is considered the first foreign language) and are introduced to Latin classes starting in seventh grade.
The curriculum is designed to support our students for their transition from middle to high school. There is a noticeable increase in homework at the middle school level, building responsibility and independence. At this level, there are also new opportunities for co-curricular and extracurricular activities, as well as community service.
In ninth grade, students take the Diplôme National du Brevet exam comprised of continuous assessments throughout ninth grade; French, Mathematics, and History/Geography exams; validation of an A2 level in English (as part of the European references for foreign languages); and the Internet and Computer Studies exam. The History of Art is also a required mandatory exam.
The curriculum is designed to support our students for their transition between Middle and High Schools; by developing autonomy and responsibility skills. At this level, there are also new opportunities for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities through community service.