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Private Catholic middle and secondary school with partial immersion options for European and Oriental languages
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Middle school

Teaching particularities

Year six

Class timetables

To keep class timetables balanced, courses are scheduled as follows:

  • Mornings are reserved for French, maths, foreign language I, history and geography.
  • Afternoons are reserved for art, technology, science experiments and physical education.

Since September 2012

Foreign language competence groups are set up in accordance with the new Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), as well as student support groups for maths and French.

Competence groups

  • Oral comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Public speaking
  • Conversation
  • Writing

Student support groups

Two or three teachers assist each others’ students for one hour, providing tailored support for one of the core skills in the French curriculum common to all streams.

Year 9

In January and May, year 9 students sit the mock brevet exam to prepare for the nation-wide test of French, maths, history, geography, and civics.

Special interest classes

New in September 2013

An English/Chinese (Mandarin) language class opened, to continue into year 7 the following year. Students wishing to continue their studies in year 8 will be able to choose between Chinese or English partial immersion.

Starting in year six

A British-English partial immersion class is open, with exchange students and several hours of instruction in English. Just like their French classmates, the exchange students will be in the care of both French and foreign teachers.


This class lets students interested in foreign languages, and who already have a good level of English, develop their skills. It paves the way for the German or English partial immersion class in year eight. The bilingual class continues in year seven.

Years six and seven

Year six “Eureka” class.
Year seven “Guillaume le Conquérant” class.

These classes welcome small groups of students to allow for individual attention. They are for children who need help to build self-esteem due to scholastic or personal problems. The emphasis is on fundamental disciplines like French, maths and the student’s foreign language. Small group tutoring may be provided. School projects and excursions are offered to spark the interest of these students, help them discover their surroundings, and stimulate their skills through educational fun free of stress or anxiety.


Gifted children are admitted to middle school in line with their IQ test. They follow the class A (advanced) courses from years six to nine (in most cases), which are classes for students who are strong in the fundamental disciplines. These classes offer enrichment such as taster sessions on astronomy, Egyptology or calligraphy.

Years seven, eight and nine

Students with greater potential are grouped into the J class, to foster their talents. Among other goals, the students in this class learn to think outside the box. It is possible to develop a non-standard teaching programme. The emphasis is on greater learning, but educational fun also features strongly. Class J students must stay engaged, demonstrate a thirst for learning and keep up with the pace throughout the school year.

Years eight and nine

Special classes or groups are reserved for students experiencing difficulty who need to consolidate their learning during the last two years of middle school. Class sizes are kept small and the teaching style is adapted to the needs of the students. Partial study programmes can be offered, in which students divide their time between St Jo and either a technological and vocational secondary school or a work placement.

St Jo offers partial immersion programmes in English, German, Italian and Chinese (Mandarin). Students benefit from additional hours of instruction in the target language. The language and the culture of the language in question are highlighted. A language assistant who is a native speaker actively and regularly participates.

At least one exchange trip to a foreign school is organised. The students follow classes in the language of the establishment. Many activities are organised in and outside our school, such as International Week, special days, plays and musicals, web exchanges, and multimedia projects.

All classes stay together when they enter secondary school.


Timetables can be accommodated to the training of young elite athletes. For example, we have a partnership in place with HAC Football, the Le Havre swim club, and the regional sailing club.

Examples of cross-disciplinary projects


This project concerns all four middle school year levels. It enriches the official curriculum with scientific discovery activities like math games, specialised computer programmes, web resources, science experiments, school excursions, competitions and rallies.


This class helps students broaden their general knowledge of culture by discovering the rich local and regional heritage (patrimoine). However, it also teaches them how to live peaceably and respect each other and the environment, and raises awareness of the need to preserve heritage. Through school trips and classroom activities year-long, the teaching team works hard for each student to find their place and feel involved by the project.


This class works on cross-disciplinary activities (French, biology, geology, and art).


This club teaches students about the art of cinema from a cultural perspective. They learn about film history and auteur theory. They also develop critical thinking skills and creativity.


One year of observation and transition to secondary-style teaching

Year six classes (ten in total).

Two years of broadening the knowledge base

Years seven and eight (twenty classes in total).

One year of orientation

Year nine classes (ten in total).


The middle school is under the educational responsibility of the Academics Director.
In each year, student progress is monitored by the lead teacher who works along with the school life supervisor, main teacher and family.

In years eight and nine, much attention is given to student orientation. Tutoring is offered in French, maths, languages and other subjects.
All middle school students are welcome to attend study hall until 5:30 pm.

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