Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Two Students earn Diplôme National du Brevet: First ever in Maine

Elise LeBihan, Elodie LeNezet (French Teacher) 
and Anna Bilodeau won First Place at the 2012 National French Contest

Elodie LeNezet (French), Elise LeBihan,  
Philomene Rossini (History, Civics, Geography), Anna Bilodeau and Friederike Munz (Mathematics)
Two students of L’Ecole Française du Maine, Elise LeBihan of South Freeport and Anna Bilodeau of Winthrop, successfully completed the Diplôme National du Brevet exams at the International School of Boston in June, over a period of 3 days: June 7,8,9, 2012. The exams, taken entirely in French at the end of grade 9, are identical to those taken by students in France, and cover the subjects: French Grammar and Writing, Mathematics, Sciences, History, Geography, Civics, Music Theory, and English. These two students have attended L’Ecole Française du Maine since kindergarten, and were in the first class of students to enter into and graduate from the School. They both received honorable mentions for their exceptional performance on the Diplôme National du Brevet exams, an impressive achievement, particularly for students educated outside of France. To achieve this diploma, these two students simultaneously completed a full American high school year while also completing courses in French through L’Ecole Française du Maine. In essence, they completed two full-year academic curriculums, one in French and the other in English. In addition to this enormous course load, these students are actively involved in music, theatre, sports and other activities. Elise plays violin in several ensembles including Capital Strings Advanced Ensemble, the Karger Scholar Program at the Portland Conservatory of Music and the All-State Orchestra. Anna is involved in chorus and theatre both in school and in the community. Elise enjoys skiing and Anna plays softball.