Who is OFALycée for?
OFALycée is intended for all French and French-speaking families who wish to give their children schooled in the American system a French education following the French programs from 6th to 12th grade.
What is the concept of OFALycée?
Take advantage of the knowledge and skills acquired in the American system to meet the requirements of the French programs.
What are OFALycée's objectives?
OFALycée’s objectives are to:
Develop and promote an innovative bilingual educational concept that integrates and adapts to new modes of online learning and teaching.
Allow the greatest number of French and French speakers to access the French school system up to the Baccalaureate.
Significantly increase the number of candidates sitting at the baccalaureate exam in the United States, where these figures are very low: around 400 students passing the exam, 35 of whom are individual candidates (not in an accredited French institution).
What accreditation does OFALycée have?
Currently OFALycée has no French or American accreditation. However, in September 2020, steps will be taken to acquire both. On the other hand, the Head of School of OFALycée has experience with this type of process, for having been in charge of renewing the “homologation” of her former high school.
Why did you create an Advisory Council?
Any school, like any business, needs an outside eye to make the right decisions. Our advisory board brings together personalities who give different experiences and expertise; from the business world to higher education, our advisers provide the support and perspectives necessary for OFALycée’s growth.
What are the advantages of OFALycée?
- Continuation of free American school immersion
- Saving time to prepare the two diplomas: high school diploma and French baccalaureate
- Weekly follow-up of students
- A program in personal development of socio-emotional skills integrated
- Bilingualism and biculturalism at the highest level guaranteed
- Greater choice of post-Bac orientation with better access to universities in Europe
- 3 to 7 times cheaper than French high schools in the United States
- Better mastery of concepts and concepts which are reinforced in 2 languages and different pedagogical approaches
- Development of the critical thinking, adaptability, communication skills
- Develop a new network of families throughout the United States
Do you follow French programs?
Yes. French programs are respected. All the courses we offer are taught with the aim of validating the knowledge acquired by cycle and by class.
Who are the teachers?
The teachers all have expertise and experience in the American system and the French system. Certified, they taught in middle and high school. Baccalaureate examiners and correctors, they demonstrate a perfect mastery of the knowledge and skills required to support their students to the best of their potential.
What is the admissions process at OFALycée?
Families interested in OFALycée are invited to make an appointment to get to know us better.
- Registration starts on our site www.ofalycee.org and the link to TADS (Login/Register) https://mytads.com/a/ofalycee.
- The registration fees are $100 for a single course and $175 for the full program (booking fees, evaluations in Math and French, recommendations, included in the registration fee).
- All students must take Math and French tests from 6th through 11th grade. These tests are meant to build a personalized path for each student and prepare them for a solid back to school in September.
- Once the registration is validated, the tests are sent to families and a “family interview” is organized.
- Finally, a contract or “agreement” is sent to families. Admission is then validated, once the non-refundable payment of $ 500 (for a single course) or $900 (for the full program) has been made.
Is it possible for a French student who did his primary school in the US to enter 6th grade at OFALycée?
Yes, as long as he speaks French and has taken courses in French. The French assessment test determines the path to follow to succeed.
Does my child have to be perfectly bilingual to join OFALycée?
The definition of bilingualism is diverse. What we are asking for is the ability to express themselves orally and in writing to the level required for success in each class from 6th to Terminale. For this, we have set up tests during the admission procedure which confirm that the level is sufficient to succeed.
If my child does not have the level of French to enter the full program OFALycée, what do you offer?
- Private lessons
- Modules to follow online (starting January 2021)
- Follow-up of the adapted course which can be that of the lower class with modules or private lessons in parallel to catch up with the level
- A single course
The choice of the best route is taken with the family following the evaluation made during the registration request.
How can my child be prepared for 11th grade by studying only math and French from 6th to 10th grade?
Our experience shows that mastery of French is the condition for success. The knowledge and skills acquired in all subjects of the American system are transferable to the French system.
What do the tuition fees include?
Tuition fees include:
- Online courses as described by class
- Weekly office hours in groups of 6 students maximum
- A socio-emotional skills development program
- Availability of teachers
- Monthly and quarterly bulletins
- Access to an application that allows parents to follow the progress of their children in real time
- Access to all the sessions organized by OFALycée: round tables, discussions, presentation on various subjects such as orientation, cybersecurity, the school system American, soft skills in education, personal project development, how to develop self-esteem …
What are the payment methods?
Tuition fees are paid via TADS by credit card or by bank transfer. These fees can be paid in full, or in a series of 3 or 10 installments.
When should I complete an application?
Applications for the start of the 2020 academic year are still open (until September, availability permitted in each class). From June 1, the number of cohorts of 6 students is fixed. We always accept requests until September 1st depending on the spots available.
Registration requests for the start of the 2021 academic year will begin in October 2020.
Do you have a financial assistance system?
A request for financial assistance on the TADS site will be possible for the school year 2021-2022.
I have two children, am I entitled to a reduction in school fees?
From 2021, a tuition reduction will be applied with a second child enrolled and a financial aid process will be available on our admissions platform: TADS.
What does a week look like?
- Between class 6eme and 2nde, it takes 5 hours of work per week
- 1h of math (course and exercises)
- 2h of French (course and exercises)
- 2 office hours (2X30min in math and 2X 30min in French)
- In 11th and 12th grade, it takes up to 10 hours of work per week.
- Literature: 2h (+1h office hour)
- Specialty #1 (Math): 1h30 (+1h office hour)
- Specialty #2 (Physics-Chemistry): 1h (+1h office hour)
- Specialty #3 (English): 1 to 2 hours per month (approximately 15 hours per year)
- HG + Science + LVA (English) + LVB (Spanish) : 2h
Why office hours of 30 min?
The concentration time online and face-to-face differs. Experience shows us that, for every 30min and a small group of students, messages, explanations, comments are better assimilated. It is a period in which the students are 100% invested.
How long is the school year?
32 weeks of courses from mid-September to mid-June.
The exam called “ brevet des collèges”
OFALycée offers a preparation for the brevet des collèges with exams in French, Mathematics, History-Geography, Moral and Civic Education, SVT, SPC/Technology and English.
The brevet des collèges for individual candidates is graded on 400 points:
- 100 points in French
- 100 points in Mathematics
- 100 points in English
- 50 points History-Geo / Moral and civic education and 50 points Science / Technology
Are OFALycée students prepared for the French Baccalaureate?
They follow the mandatory courses over 2 years as they would in a French high school. The difference is due to the fact that only the following subjects are taught 100% by OFALycée, the others are based on American content already taught in English.
- French literature
- Economic and Social Sciences
Example of complementarity in the final year class
How are the French National Exams taken?
Parents of 9th, 11th, and 12th graders receive at the beginning of the year all the information necessary for registering their child for the national examinations of the brevet in 9th, 11th and 12th grades. Registration for these exams is the responsibility of the parents.
What is the difference with the CNED?
- OFALycée offers a personalized educational path.
- Students benefit from weekly monitoring in groups of 6 students maximum during synchronous consultation times.
- Students have access to the course week by week.
- Preparation for exams is rigorous and all homework is followed by individual oral explanations.
What is the socio-emotional development skills program?
The socio-emotional skills program is the integration of cognitive and affective domains in students in order to effectively acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and express empathy for others, develop and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
We know that socio-emotional learning (SEL) gives students skills that have a direct impact not only on their academic life, but also on their success and well-being.
Is this socio-emotional skills program available to all students?
Yes. This program is provided in French, which gives our students an additional opportunity to be exposed to the French language and culture.
This program is offered – included in the tuition fees – to all our students, from 6th to Terminale, with of course suitable modules and resources for every age. Sessions are run one-on-one with a coach and by groups to build a fully personalized approach.
Do you offer à la carte courses?
Any student who wishes to take a single course can do so from 6th to 12th grade. We make sure that the level of French is sufficient to take this course.
How are the services you offer different from those of another school?
We offer a full range of services in French and English to give all students the best chance of success: preparation for TOEFL, SAT, ACT, AP tests; career counseling for the United States, Canada and Europe; personal coaching… To our knowledge, there are no other schools capable of providing these services and in two languages.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes. They are offered in French and English at all levels and in all subjects.