With their diploma in the bag, middle schoolers can head to high school where they will spend the next three years through grade ten, eleven and twelve. They can then choose to continue their schooling in a lycée d’enseignement général et technologique (general and technical high school) or in a lycée professionnel (professional high school).
Lycée d’enseignement général et technologique
In a lycée d’enseignement général et technologique, the grade 10 curriculum is common to all students. In grade 12, they can choose to go into the general or technical streams where they will remain until the end of grade 12. Both streams lead to the baccalauréat exam.
The baccalauréat (high school diploma) is the key to higher education. It attests the knowledge and skills students have acquired by the end of secondary studies and it enables them to pursue higher education.
The general track is comprised of three streams, all of them leading to a baccalauréat in economics and social sciences, in literature or in science. It generally leads to postsecondary studies in preparatory classes, universities or specialized schools.
This track enables students to receive advanced training in a specific field such as Management Sciences and Technologies (STG), Music and Dance Techniques (TMD) or in Sciences and Technologies in Health and Social (ST2S). The technical track is made up of eight streams, each focused on a different specialization. It generally leads to a licence professionnelle (professional university degree at the undergraduate level), an engineering degree or to further studies at an institute of technology.
Professional High School
These institutions teach students the skills, knowledge and know-how specific to a professional field. A professional high school education prepares youth for a career or for further studies. They can then go on to complete a baccalauréat professionnel (professional high school diploma) in 3 years or a certificat d’aptitude professionnelle – CAP (certificate of professional competence) in 2 years.