French Specialist Programs
Lycée Franco-Australien de Melbourne
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 general 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
- 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 Immersion Program – A new option to foster bilingualism
Students with advanced skills in the French language, but who are not enrolled in the French Binational Program, may be eligible to enrol in the French Immersion Program. The French Immersion Program (FIP) supports accelerated French language acquisition through an immersion approach. Students will have access to advanced language classes as well as an additional subject taught in French through the Victorian Curriculum. Students in this program have access to a highly challenging French language program from Year 7, completing the Year 10 Victorian Curriculum standards for these two subjects in three years instead of four. They may then consider accelerating into Year 11 French.