Halifax International French School

Diplomas and certifications


Awarded by a jury, the brevet is a diploma certifying the knowledge and skills acquired at the end of secondary school. It brings together all the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to succeed in school, as an individual and as a future citizen.

The French baccalauréat is an internationally recognized diploma for the rigor and quality of its teaching. It marks the end of secondary school and gives access to higher education.

Students follow common courses, their chosen specialties and, if they wish, optional courses.

At the end of seconde, students choose a combination of 3 specialties to follow in première (4h/week for each specialty).

At the end of Première, they choose from among the 3 specialties they have taken, the 2 courses they wish to continue in Terminale (6h/week), and up to 2 options (3h each).

In 3 years, you can prepare for a double diploma: the French Baccalauréat and its American equivalent, the High School Diploma. The courses are online and in English with American teachers on extra-curricular time. The student is also accompanied by an English-speaking French coordinator.

This diploma certifies a good level of English and facilitates entry into higher education in France, North America and abroad.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma program takes 2 years to complete in grades 11 and 12. It consists of a core curriculum and 6 subject groups from which students can choose.

Common core :

  • The theory of knowledge, which gets students thinking about the nature of knowledge and examining how we know what we claim to know.
  • Memory, which enables students to carry out personal, independent research culminating in a 4000-word written work.
  • The Creativity, Action, Service program, in which students complete a project based on these 3 concepts.

Material groups :

  • Studies in language and literature.
  • Language acquisition.
  • Individuals and companies.
  • Sciences.
  • Mathematics.
  • Arts

Internationally recognized, it gives access to universities worldwide.


The DELF (diplôme d’études en langue française) and DALF (diplôme approfondi de langue française) diplomas are official French foreign language certifications issued by the French Ministry of Education. They attest to mastery of the 4 language skills (written and oral comprehension, written and oral production) in the French language. These certifications are suitable for all ages and are based on the 6 levels of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). They are valid without time limit, recognized in France and all over the world.

The school accompanies all requests for language certifications necessary for the student’s education. On a case-by-case basis, the school can help you take the Lingua Skills, TOEIC, CIMA, HSK and CLES (multilingual) exams.