Introduction to the 6th grade

Developing critical thinking, reflection, a sense of observation, an appetite for experiences, creation and imagination. Go deeper into each subject. Acquire rigor.

The 6th grade at the École Française de Bâle

Our 6th grade has been open since the start of the school year 2020/2021. It is recognized by the French National Education and the AEFE: it offers the official curriculum and guarantees to the students the possibility to continue its studies in any public middle school in France and in the world wihtin the AEFE network.

Since 2021/2022, our 6th grade is also recognized by the Basel Stadt’s department of education, which means that since the start of the school year 2022/2023, our students can directly access the Swiss public secondary schools without an entrance exam.


Le 6th grade is the last year of the 3rd cycle, the cycle of consolidations, started in the 4th grade (CM1) at the Elementary school. 

From now on, any topic is taught by specific teacher. Topics are learnt more in depth, with more rigour.

The topics taught in the 6th grade are :

  • French
  • Maths
  • History
  • Geography
  • Sciences
  • Physical Education
  • German
  • English
  • Arts
  • Music

At the EFDB, thanks to its international section in German, German is taught not only in linguistic classes, but also in non linguistic classes, such as geography, sciences, history for a total of 7 hours per week. 

English is also taught in a non linguistic class for a total of 4 hours per week.

Zoom on the international sections


In the Basel school system, the 6th grade belongs to the elementary school : our 6th grade students can directly start in the 1st year of a Basel middle school. The grades obtained by the students define the orientation in A, E or P level in the Swiss school system.

Zoom on the school system in Basel


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A human-sized school

A team of five teachers certified by the French National Education and one pedagogical assistant

Proximity and communication between students, parents and teachers

Located in the heart of the Gellert area, offering an outdoor play area, a library and a canteen

Focus on languages

From the 1st grade, 6 hours of German and 2 hours of English per week in all classes of the Elementary school. Students are grouped by level of competence Possibility to obtain a certification in German (Goethe Institute), English (Cambridge) and French (FLE) for French-speaking students. Reinforcement of french and support in learning for non-French-speaking and French-speaking students through personalized workshops School workshops in English and German are open to all students, bilingual and not bilingual

Educational workshops

Cultural field trips (museum, exhibition, theatre, concert, according to educational projects) Sports activities (initiation to various activities, endurance training, inter school tournaments…), nature discovery (orientation day…) Music: a music teacher intervenes in the classes every week Weekly computer courses

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