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The Baccalaureate diplomas

The Baccalaureate diplomas

Taking account of the international mobility of its students is a priority of the International School. EIPACA Students can take



I/ The International Option Baccalaureate (Le Baccalauréat à option internationale):

The « baccalaureate » is a qualification issued by the National Education system. It fulfills the dual purpose of validating the completion of secondary education together with enabling access to higher education. It corresponds to University entrance level.

The general baccalaureate exists in 3 options which pupils begin in their “1ère“ class:

  • the economic and social baccalaureate (ES option),
  • the scientific baccalaureate (S option),
  • the literary baccalaureate (L option).

Certain parts of the baccalaureate exam are taken a year earlier in the “1ère” class:

  • In ES: French, TPE (personal project work), science
  • In S : French, TPE (personal project work)
  • In L : French, TPE (personal project work), science, Mathematics-ICT


The National Education Authorities (DGESCO) adapted the Baccalaureate examinations to match them to the specificities of the International School. This adaptation, which concerns the Mathematics exam, has allowed students to take the Mathematics exam in the language of the section and to complete the exam papers in the language of the section.

Internationally recognized by the greatest universities and institutions of higher education, the International Option Baccalaureate facilitates International mobility.


The results of the International School student in the Baccalaureate with international option:

In 2009-2010 the International School presented students for the first time for the baccalaureate exams. Four students were enrolled in the British International Option Baccalaureate, 3 in the ES series and one in the S series. Two students enrolled in the S serie took the exams of the Chinese International Option Baccalaureate and became the first students to obtain this certificate in France. The success rate was 100%.

The results of the 2011 and 2012 sessions of the Baccalaureate were again very satisfactory and encouraging since all the students obtained the Baccalaureate OIB with a mention.


Numbers of students who took the Baccalaureate exam

Success rate




Quite good


Very good





2 (33,3%)

1 (16,5%)

1 (16,5%)

2 (33,3%)






3 (37,5%)

3 (37,5%)

2 (25%)






3 (25%)

4 (33,3%)

5 (41,6%)


III / Session 2014: Preparation of German section Students to the ABIBAC:

The AbiBac was created by the Franco-German Intergovernmental Agreement of 31 May 1994.

The AbiBac offers a simultaneous obtaining of two diplomas: the French Baccalaureate and the German "Abitur".

Within the EIPACA, the courses of "language and literature", "History and Geography" and "Biology" are taught in language section. Biology was chosen as scientific subject in language of section and is the second non-language subject.

Students in the German section will take these exams during the session 2014


III/ The European Baccalaureate:

The secondary school course in the European schooling system is validated by the European Baccalaureate at the end of year 7. The certificate awarded is fully recognized in all the European Union countries, as well as in a number of others. Those awarded the certificate enjoy the same rights and advantages as other holders of school-leaving certificates in their respective countries, including the same right as nationals with equivalent qualifications to seek admission to any university or institution of higher education in the fifteen European Union countries.

The students of the International School Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur will be, in 2013, the first students in France to take the European Baccalaureate exams.

The Examining Board, which oversees the examinations in all the language sections, is led by a designated chairman and is composed of examiners from each of the European Union countries. They are appointed annually by the Board of Governors and must meet the requirements laid down in their home countries for appointment to examining boards of the same level.

The Baccalaureate examination assesses performance in the subjects taught in years 6 and 7, and to qualify for admission students must have completed at least the last two years of the secondary course at the European School.

The assessment of each candidate consists of two elements:

1. A preliminary mark based on course-work, oral participation in class and tests set throughout year 7, to which a total of 40 marks are possible.

2. At the end of year 7:

  1. 5 written examination, including basic language (mother tongue), first foreign language and mathematics, which are compulsory choices for all candidates, to which a total of 36 marks are possible.
  2. 4 oral examinations, including basic language (mother tongue) and first foreign language, which are compulsory choices, as is history or geography if a written examination has not been taken in the subject, to which a total of 24 marks are possible.

The pass mark is 60 marks out of 100.


Close scrutiny by the Examining Board, with examination scripts marked twice (three times, if necessary), ensures that high standards are maintained and that the BAC certificate is only given to those who have fulfilled the standards necessary to qualify for higher education.