- Thank you very much for your nice help.
- My daughter is 13 years old and she is in the 4th grade of the Lycée Français of Pondicherry (southern India) a French School, under French Administration with the same teaching, material and staff as in France, with about 1,200 students, mostly Indians and Indian-born French citizens. Both my daughters (13 + 7), my wife and myself are Swiss citizens. Pondicherry was a French colony up to 1956, and after it has been surrendered to India, it has still kept a French town hall, school, etc. It is a nice place to live, with big and nice beaches, in a tropical area at the Bay of Bengal..
As I do not know to which grade the French 4th grade corresponds in the States, I give you below some details regarding the French School , which may help you :
Age from 03 to 04 - Maternelle, petite section (Nursery school- little course)
Age from 04 to 05 - Maternelle, moyenne section (Nursery school- middle course)
Age from 05 to 06 - Maternelle, petite section (nursery school- high course)
Age from 06 to 07 – CP
- Cours préparatoire (Preliminary class)
Age from 07 to 08 - CE1 – Cours élémentaire 1 ( Basic 1)
Age from 08 to 09 – CE2 – Cours élémentaire 2 ( Basic 2)
Age from 09 to 10 - CM1 – Cours Moyen 1 (Middle 1)
Age from 10 to 11 - CM2 – Cours Moyen 2 (Middle 2)
(From Age 11 to Age 17, the grades are counted down)
Age from 11 to 12 – 6ème ( 6th grade)
Age from 12 to 13 – 5ème ( 5th grade)
Age from 13 to 14 – 4ème ( 4th grade)
Age from 14 to 15 – 3ème ( 3rd grade)
Age from 15 to 16 – 2ème ( 2nd grade)
Age from 16 to 17 – 1ère ( 1st grade)
Age from 17 to 18 - terminale (final year)
Age from 18 to 19 - baccalauréat (high school diploma)
Age from 19 to ?? - start university
When my daughters will be 19 years old, they will have the possibility to continue their studies at the University of Lausanne, my native place located at the Geneva Lake, in the French speaking part of Switzerland, or to do it in English in India or elsewhere.
For family reasons I live myself in India in February, April, June, August, October, December and for professional reasons in Switzerland the six other months of the year. As we have a house in India and an apartment in Switzerland, I feel in both places at home. I appreciate to change every month of climate and culture, and to have one place for my family life and another place for my working life.
And to have to work only 6 months on 12 a year is just great. I enjoy both my family life in India and my colleagues from work in Switzerland and this way of living alternately is never boring. Every year I fly 2 times with LH GVA
and 4 times with SQ ZRH
and let me tell you that it is fantastic to stopover in Singapore and discover other cultures, like Chinese and Malay cultures.
When I will be retired I like to come for some holiday in the States with ma family.
All the best. Kilavoud.