College Counseling + Guidance
French University Admissions
Any student holding a French Baccalaureate may apply to a French university and pay the same tuition as a French citizen.
Applications are available in February and students are notified of their acceptances in early June.
American College and University Admissions
Our full-time Director of College Counseling is always available to assist and advise students who plan to attend American colleges or universities. Our students take the PSAT in grades 10 and 11 to qualify for National Merit Scholarships (only U.S. citizens are eligible for scholarship money). Students take the SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests in grades 11 and 12. They are also eligible to take Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in subjects such as English literature, French and calculus among others. Some students also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Many of our junior- and senior-year classes are offered at an honors level (i.e., English, French, philosophy, physics, math and biology), which count toward extra points when calculating the GPA for admission to the University of California (UC) system, as well as other prestigious colleges. Additionally, some American universities grant extra college credit for Baccalaureate students.
The following general outline is designed to help clarify the process of entering universities in the United States:
Students in Grades 10 and 11
take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) in October. This test enters students into competition for National Merit Scholarships (students must be in eleventh grade and U.S. citizens to qualify). It gives them practice for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and helps them estimate how well prepared they are for this test, which is required for admission to most universities. Lastly, it gets them on university mailing lists, an important step in opening the lines of communication.
Juniors (Grade 11)
take the SAT Reasoning Test (math, critical reading and writing) and SAT Subject Tests, (a minimum of two is required: math, English, French, biology, physics, etc.) in the spring of their junior year. They may also take the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in French.
Students are advised to attend a college fair held annually in the spring at the University of San Francisco or the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where approximately 150 to 200 universities are represented, many of them among the top in the country (i.e. Notre Dame, Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, etc.). By attending this fair in the spring of junior year, students have the summer to research the colleges in which they are interested and plan visits of the campuses if they desire.
In their senior year (Grade 12)
students once again take the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject tests if they are not satisfied with the scores they received in the spring.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is another test that may be taken at this time. Some seniors may also take AP Exams in calculus, English literature and European or U.S. history in the spring. Passing grades (3/5 to 5/5) on the AP tests give them credits at the college level. The amount of credit given varies by college.
Applications for the University of California (UC) and California State systems must be completed during the month of November. Private universities, for the most part, have January or early February deadlines. Financial aid applications must be filed between January 1 and March 2.
LFSF offers SAT prep classes for Grades 9 through 12.
Families are welcome and encouraged to contact our College Counselor, Natalie Bitton, to schedule an appointment.