Bilingual teaching at Florimont
The bilingual system is implemented in the first two years of high school. Pupils study some subjects in English.
There are two groups: Honors or Expert User. Each group has its own program and teacher. The following subjects are taught in English :
- History / Geography (taught alternatively in English and French, changing each semester)
Not all pupils can benefit from bilingual teaching when they start Year 6, as they need to demonstrate a solid mastery of English in order to do so. For this reason, only those with a level A2 and that can be accepted at Florimont in the Advanced and Expert User language level in Year 7 (UK Year 5) will be admitted to the bilingual system in Year 6, if their parents so wish. Access to the bilingual class is however not closed to children with a level 3 in English, provided that they have obtained an average of 15 in English in Year 6 and a general pass mark.
There are therefore ways for some students to join a bilingual class through hard work and regular exposure to English through an optional “English Club” in Year 6. The same applies for Year 5 (UK Year 7), any student from level 3 can join the bilingual class in Year 4 (UK Year 8) if they pass the PET exam.