Saint-Denis International School

A quest for excellence since 1858



International section

The French National Education authority and College Board in the USA administer the O.I.B. This option compliments the French education system, known for its academic rigidity, with the more student-centred and enquiry based Anglo-Saxon method of learning. It is intended for motivated students who are interested in English and want to learn in an adapted school environment in order to attain a level of excellence in English. The question of motivation is very important because the OIB involves lots of supplementary work.

Students choosing the O.I.B. American Section must be passionate about studying English literature and learning about History-Geography in English, taught exclusively by native teachers.

Students learn to critically analyse both American and English works of literature and see History-Geography topics from an American perspective sitting adapted English language exams in these subjects as part of the French Brevet and Baccalaureate. The two subjects account for 25% of the Baccalaureate (a coefficient of 30). They are assessed exclusively by the following exams taken in May during the ‘Terminale’ year:

  • 4hr written exam in English Literature (coefficient 10)
  • 30 minute oral exam in English Literature (coefficient 5)
  • 4hr written exam in History-Geography (coefficient 10)
  • 20 minute oral exam in History-Geography (coefficient 5)

The format of the written exams is a dissertation followed by a commentary.

The table below details the lessons offered in the American International Section at St Denis and the additional Cambridge Assessment International Education and TOEFL qualifications in which we enrol all OIB students, in order to develop their exam technique and improve their self-confidence as they prepare for application to universities and higher education institutes in France and around the world:

French Year Group UK equivalent US equivalent English Literature History-Geography in English
6° OIB / Year 7 6th Grade Foundations of English Language

Introduction to History-Geography
(1.5hrs of HG per week in English)

5° OIB Year 8 7th Grade Foundations of English Language and Literature

Introduction to History-Geography
(1.5hrs of HG per week in English)

4° OIB Year 9
8th Grade
Consolidation of English Language and Literature

Consolidation of History-Geography
(3hrs per week or 100% of HG lessons in English)

3° OIB Year 10 9th Grade

OIB Oral Brevet exam and

IGCSE English as a Second Language

Consolidation of History-Geography
(50% of classes in English to prepare for OIB oral Brevet exam & 50% of classes in French to prepare for French written brevet exam)
2° OIB Year 11 10th Grade

IGCSE Literature in English
(6,5hrs per week)

Preparation for more advanced History-Geography
(4hrs per week or 100% of HG in English)

1° OIB Year 12 11th Grade

Advanced English Literature with
IGCSE First Language English
(6,5hrs per week)

Advanced History-Geography
(4hrs per week or 100% of HG in English)

T° OIB Year 13 12th Grade

Advanced English Literature culminating OIB 4hr written and 30m oral exams (with (optional TOEFL exam)
(6,5hrs per week)

Advanced History-Geography culminating in OIB 4hr written and 15 minute oral exams
(4hrs per week or 100% of HG in English)


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Information about the OIB from the UK university applications service, UCAS: 

The Team

Martin CHATAGNON: Director of International Programmes

Kristia GRANDISON-MOREAU: International Coordinator

Toby Webb Head of OIB Section and Cambridge Exams Coordinateur

Kayla CARPENZANO: English Literature Teacher and Singing Instructor

Kerri de COMARMOND: History and Geography Teacher 

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