High School

At every level, the students are supervised by the Pedagogical manager who works in conjunction with the educational team (school life, head teacher, nurses, etc.) in order to lead our students to the Baccalauréat and to prepare them as well as possible for the post-Baccalauréat programme that suits them.


Director of Studies for the Lycée: Mr Gilles GAYERIE
Head of teaching in the Grade 10: Mr Julien LEBOURG
Heads of teaching in Grades 11 & 12: Mrs Anne-Sophie COUSTHAM and Mr Gilles GAYERIE.

Pedagogical project

The Lycée Saint-Joseph is a general education High school. As per the recent reform of the Lycée, which lead to a new Baccalauréat as of 2021, there no longer are set groups of courses in general education but rather a selection of courses to be chosen from by each student, who can mix and match according to their tastes and ambitions.

The role of the Pedagogical managers is to accompany each student during their schooling at the Lycée Saint Joseph. They coordinate the work of the educational team (Head teacher, teachers, school life, nurses, etc.) so that the pupil can develop his or her potential in our school and gradually draw up a project for the future.

At every level, the students are monitored by the Pedagogical manager and the Head teacher. During the year, each student meets their Head teacher for two or three individual interviews following class councils.

Students are prepared for examinations on an ongoing basis with supervised homework and mock exams for both written and oral exams from Grade 11 onwards. In addition, all students can attend tutorials four evenings a week until 6.30 pm.

Speciality courses offered in Grades 11 & 12

  • Art
  • Foreign and Regional Languages, Literature and cultures: English, Spanish, Italian or German
  • English, Contemporary world
  • Humanities, Literature and Philosophy
  • History & Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science
  • Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics & Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences and Life Sciences (SVT)

Optional courses

  • Art
  • Languages and cultures of Antiquity: Greek, Latin
  • Modern Language C (as a 3rd language) : Arabic, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
  • Music
  • Law and Contemporary World Issues
  • Expert Mathematics
  • Complementary Mathematics

In Grade 10

In order to help students refine their orientation project and regularly asses what is stake, the following measures have been put in place:

  • An additional option to choose from: Art, Modern Language C (Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese and Korean), Ancient languages and cultures (Latin or Greek).
  • Personalised support in order to build the student’s orientation project.
  • Compulsory supervised study if there is gap in the timetable.

Classes with a specific profile

In Grade 10, five classes have a specific profile:

  • The classes of Grade 10-7A, Grade 10-7B and Grade 10-7C are composed of pupils with high scientific potential.
  • Grade 10-9A and Grade 10-9B are classes which welcome students from the English European language section as well as from the British International section: the latter prepares students for the OIB (International Option of the Baccalauréat).
  • The European sections also exist in German and Italian. An Oriental section is offered in Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Since the start of the 2013 academic year, there has been a Spanish+ section in which Spanish language teaching is more advanced, in order to take the DELE or SIELE certifications in Grade 12.

Grades 11 & 12

During Grade 11, each student must choose three speciality courses, each one taught for 4 hours per week. Two of these courses are kept in Grade 12, for 6 hours per week each.

From the start of Grade 11, all the marks obtained by the students count towards the Baccalauréat. These will be taken into account in the final average of this examination.

In the second term, students will take the first series of joint assessments in History&Geography, LVA and LVB (first and second language).

In the third term, the second series of joint assessments in History & Geography, LVA, LVB, Science and Grade 11 Speciality Courses take place.

On reaching the final year of secondary school, students retain two of the three speciality courses they chose in Grade 11, for 6 hours per week each

Following on from the exams taken in Première (Grade 11), the students in Terminale (Grade 12) will take the third series of common evaluations for History & Geography, LVA & LVB (first & second languages) and Science.

2021 Reform of the Baccalauréat

As of the 2021 session, the general Baccalauréat is assessed in two ways:

  • Ongoing assessment (40% of the final mark): by taking into account the evaluation of the pupil’s results in class during the final cycle (10%), and by the average of the marks obtained in the joint assessments (30%) ;
  • Final exams (60% of the final mark) of the first group and, if necessary, of the second group (“remedial oral tests” or “control tests”).



Specific Language courses

Saint Joseph Institution is an internationally oriented establishment. We teach nine modern languages so that each student can develop their skills.

Choice of Modern Languages

Modern Languages A and/or B: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
Modern Languages C: Arabic, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
FLE (French as a Foreign Language) courses are offered to non-native students.

Language sections

The British International Section
The European and Eastern sections: English, German, Italian or Chinese

A specific course offered in Spanish to obtain the DELE or SIELE diploma (+2h)

Language proficiency tests allow students to validate their level at European standards (EU recognition).

En savoir plus


During the year, in particular following class councils, each student meets his or her Head teacher and Pedagogical manager in individual interviews. For each student, a follow-up is organised so that they can find the best suited orientation and make the best suited choices for their future. The teaching teams are also available to help students in their choices on Parcoursup.

In addition, once a year, events are organised for the pupils so that they can meet students and/or professionals from different sectors, in particular:

  • APEL Forum (Parents’ Association): meeting with former pupils of the Institution who are now students in various schools and courses of study.
  • Trades workshops: meeting with professionals from different sectors of activity
  • Conferences with speakers from Grandes Écoles

Development and intellectual curiosity

  • “Asso des Terminales” (Grade 12 association) : yearbook, talent night and Valentine’s Day roses.
  • POWOW: this student movement organises the yearly NYILS (International Youth Summit in Normandy), and engages in other activities such as the writing of St Jo News, helping with charity organisations, etc.
  • LH High School Forum.
  • Pleading competition of the Caen Memorial.
  • European Youth Parliament.
  • Normandy World Forum for Peace, organised by the Normandy Region and Normandy for Peace.
  • Activities around Sustainable Development organised throughout the year by and for students.