The Cape Town French School follows the French National Education curriculum, under the supervision of the French Ministry of Education.
Our teachers participate in yearly training seminars organised by the AEFE – Agency for French Education Abroad – and annual visits from inspectors ensure that our school meets the highest standard of excellence.
The French curriculum is organised in cycles of 2 to 4 years, for which key areas of competencies are defined and worked through progressively. Each new cycle consolidates on previously obtained competencies and introduces new ones.
Two internationally recognized National Diplomas sanction the acquisition of these competencies : the “Diplôme National du Brevet” (DNB)) at the end of Middle School (“Troisième” = Grade 9), and the “Baccalauréat” at the end of High School (“Terminale” = Grade 12).
At the Cape Town French School, our learners also follow the Cambridge English Programme from Pre-Primary School onwards. They learn to read and write in English as they learn to read and write in French, and progress in both languages in parallel. Some of their lessons (Physical Education, Music…) are taught directly in English.
While a strong emphasis remains on mastering the French language and following the French curriculum, the Cambridge English Programme brings additional cultural and intellectual dimensions to our learners.
For those who are not familiar with the French education system and classes’ names, please see the comparative chart below:
|Starting Age||French Education||South African Education||UK Education||US Education||International Baccalaureate
(ex. : Hout Bay International)
|Ecole Primaire||Primary Years Programme|
|École Maternelle||Pre-primary – Foundation phase||Early Childhood Development||Primary School (Early Years Programme)|
|2 years old||TPS – Toute Petite Section||Play school/nursery||ECD 1 (=Pre-K)||N.A.|
|3 years old||PS – Petite Section||Grade 000 (pre-school)||Nursery / Foundation||ECD 2 (=Pre-K)||EY 1|
|4 years old||MS – Moyenne Section||Grade 00 (pre-school)||Reception||ECD 3 (=Pre-K)||EY 2|
|Elementary School||Junior Primary (Primary Years Programme)|
|5 years old||GS – Grande Section||Grade 0/R (Reception)||Year 1||Grade K2 (= Kindergarten)||PYP1|
|École élémentaire||Foundation – Intermediate phase|
|6 years old||CP – Cours Préparatoire||Grade 1||Year 2||Grade 1||PYP 2|
|7 years old||CE1 – Cours élémentaire 1||Grade 2||Year 3||Grade 2||PYP 3|
|8 years old||CE2 – Cours élémentaire 2||Grade 3||Year 4||Grade 3||PYP 4|
|9 years old||CM1 – Cours Moyen 1||Grade 4||Year 5||Grade 4||PYP 5|
|10 years old||CM2 – Cours Moyen 2||Grade 5||Year 6||Grade 5||PYP 6|
|Collège||Intermediate – Senior phase||Middle School||High School (Middle Years Curriculum)|
|11 years old||Sixième (6ème)||Grade 6||Year 7||Grade 6||MYC 1|
|12 years old||Cinquième (5ème)||Grade 7||Year 8||Grade 7||MYC 2|
|13 years old||Quatrième (4ème)||Grade 8||Year 9||Grade 8||MYC 3|
|High School||High School|
|14 years old||Troisième (3ème)
Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB)
|Grade 9||Year 10||Grade 9||IGCSE 1|
|15 years old||Seconde (2nde)||Grade 10||Year 11
|Grade 10||IGSCE 2
|16 years old||Première (1ère)||Grade 11||Year 12||Grade 11||IBDP 1|
|17 years old||Terminale
National Senior Certificate
|Grade 12||IBDP 2