At all stages of the program, the school’s approach to teaching and learning focuses on the development of four essential 21st century skills: communication, cooperation, critical thinking and creativity.
The official French program offers internationally oriented schools the opportunity to create an “OIB International Section”. This is an enhanced version of the French program, defined by the French Ministry of Education for each of the seventeen international sections. Of these, ICE, DBFI chose to follow the American international section,
The American option of the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) offers an in-depth English language instruction and a bilingual history-geography program taught by French and American teachers (College Board). It is not a separate degree but a specialization within the French baccalauréat.
In order for ICE, DBFI to have a strong identity based on ambitious bilingual goals, we have sought the support of the Jeannine Manuel School to share best pedagogical practices, supported by the professional development of our teachers. https://www.ecolejeanninemanuel.org/fr/
Jeannine Manuel School, whose alumni attend the world’s most prestigious universities, has been a pioneer in bilingual education for 65 years, enabling its students to achieve near-native proficiency in both French and English, orally and in writing.
This mastery of both languages allows our students to choose, in Première, between the two tracks that our school plans to offer: the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB – American section) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).
Students pursuing the French track may prepare for the French Baccalaureate with or without its International Option (OIB), taken by approximately 1% of French Baccalaureate candidates worldwide. The OIB is not only bilingual, but also expects candidates to be bicultural. Two educational cultures come into contact, two ways of teaching and assessing students, two ways of approaching subjects, and no doubt, two perspectives on education and representations of the world.