After primary school, students spend the first four years of their secondary education (from the ages of 11 to 15) in collège. This equates to the 6th to 3rd form, or years 7 to 10 in the UK, and 6th to 9th grade in the U.S.
Each week, there are 26 hours of lessons that cover the general curriculum i.e. Maths, French, History/Geography, the Sciences, Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education. English is taught at all levels of college as part of the basic curriculum, and students can choose to pursue either Spanish or German as a second foreign language after the first year. Starting in the 5th form, there’s also an opportunity to study Greek and Latin for students who intend to study literature beyond collège.
By the end of collège, students have completed the general curriculum and will sit an exam in three subjects (the brevet): French, Maths, and History/Geography. The brevet is awarded on the basis of the exam results achieved, plus classroom performance in all subjects during the last two years of collège.