French Binational Program

Lycée Franco-Australien de Melbournel

Auburn High School is the only Victorian government high school to be offering a program accredited by the French Ministry of Education. Our program has been recognised as a French school by the French Ministry of National Education since 2016, meaning that students study the same curriculum and sit the same end of cycle examination (Diplôme National du Brevet) as in France.
Auburn High School is a member of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) and works collaboratively with some of the 496 partner schools across the world to ensure its teachers receive the professional development they need to cater for students from a broad range of backgrounds.
In the French Binational Program, students undertake their core subjects in the French language and according to the French National Curriculum. They join their peers from the mainstream and SEAL programs for the other half of their subjects, taught in the English language and according to the Victorian Curriculum standards to ensure high levels of skill and confidence in both languages. This approach also fosters social connectedness across year levels and contributes to the welcoming and inclusive environment that is such a special feature of Auburn High School.
The following subjects are taught in French and assessed against the French curriculum:
  • French Literature
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Mathematics
The following subjects are taught in English and assessed against the Victorian curriculum:
  • English
  • Technology and / or Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
From Year 8, students learn Spanish as a second foreign language one a week after school, as required by the French curriculum.
After sitting the Brevet mid-way through Year 9, the program focuses on preparing students to start the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) program. The International Baccalaureate will also be offered at Auburn High School from 2023, providing students with even further choice for their final years of secondary schooling.
In Year 10, French Binational students are eligible to enrol in the Accelerate VCE Program (AVP), and commence Unit 1 and 2 subjects including French. In Year 12, students who have completed a VCE 3 and 4 subject the previous year can take a university enhancement subject, the equivalent of a first year university subject. Aside from the benefit of bilingualism, this provides the opportunity of broadening their subject selection at VCE level.

Recognition and partnership

Since receiving accreditation in 2016, over 80% of Auburn High School students have passed their Diplôme National du Brevet with Distinction or High Distinction. They have also achieved outstanding results in the DELF B2 examination with a mean score over 70% over the last 3 years. DELF B2 is a language certification aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages, required by tertiary education providers (French Universities).

French Accelerated Program – A new option

From 2020, Auburn High School will offer a new pathway for students with a strong French language background but who either do not possess the required language proficiency level or prefer not to enrol in the Binational French program. This French Accelerated Program (FAP) will support accelerated French language acquisition with students in the mainstream or SEAL programs being able to join a French language class working at least 12 months ahead of the expected Victorian Curriculum level using the Accelerative Integrated Methodology (AIM). This means students would be accessing a highly challenging French language program from Year 7, completing the Year 10 Victorian Curriculum standards in three years instead of 4.

Selection process

To gain entry into French Binational Program or the French Accelerated Program, students will have to sit an examination and participate in an interview to demonstrate high motivation and strong abilities in French.

Prospective students need to share their details by filling the French Stream Enrolment Enquiry Form. Students wishing to commence the Binational French Program must sit the entrance examination in May of their Grade 6 year.

Examination for 2021 entry will be 16th May 2020. It will be conducted in French and will assess both listening and writing skills.