Now that you’ve probably received your arrêté de nomination, you probably know a little about what type of school you’ll be at and maybe what type of classes you’ll assisting with. Lots of letters, huh? What do they mean?? Jetez un œil at this list that I compiled- and check the back of your handbook.
BTS- Brevet de Technicien Supérieur- It’s kind of like an Associate’s degree and the students vary from 18- 25 years old generally, but you’ll find these classes in high schools in France. They focus on orienting students to a very specific career. For example, I have worked with fashion, banking, and assistant to the manager students. In Nîmes, one of the assistants had a BTS class that was being trained for careers in the wine industry. I really enjoy working with these students and have done so in Nantes when I studied abroad and in Nîmes.
L- Série littéraire
LPO- Lycée polyvalent- A high school offering general and professional/ technical classes. You’ll often find BTS classes at these schools.
S- Série scientifique. This is often considered the most prestigious of the tracks in high school and all the brightest students are encouraged to pursue it because it opens up the most options after graduation.
SELO-Sections européennes ou de langues orientales
SMS- Sciences médico-sociales
STVA- Sciences et technologies de l’agronomie et du vivant
STD2A- Sciences et technologies du design et des arts appliqués
STI2D- Sciences et technologies de l’industrie et du développement durable
STL- Sciences et technologies de laboratoire
STMG- Sciences et technologies du management de la gestion
STS- Section du technicien supérieur
ST2S- Sciences et technologies de la santé et du social
TIC- Technologies de l’information et de la communication
TMD- Techniques de la musique et de la danse
Any crazy abbreviations you’ve seen that you don’t know what they mean?