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Centre National d'Enseignement à Distance (CNED)

3e (9th grade) Diplôme National du Brevet

Graduates of Austin International School’s 8th grade (4e) have the possibility of continuing to work toward their first official French national 9th grade diploma (Le Diplôme National du Brevet des Collèges), issued to students at the end of 9th grade (3e). This internationally-recognized qualification will allow students to continue their studies toward the French Baccalauréat (high school diploma) if desired. Moreover, it is an excellent qualification to add to a student’s CV.

As an official partner of the Centre national d'enseignement à distance (CNED) or National Centre for Distance Education, Austin International School is responsible for course registrations, monitors student progress, and provides access to academic support with French faculty in Austin.


Students registered in CNED’s Supplementary Education for International Students model (Scolarité complémentaire à l’international) will work semi-autonomously and in parallel with their 9th grade studies in a local school. The CNED program does not replace, but supplements a student’s 9th grade education. This is a demanding course of studies that will require students to dedicate an extra 12-14 hours per week to academics in French. Students are encouraged to discuss the feasibility of this additional course load with the parents or guardians, while also considering any extracurricular commitments. The CNED program follows the French school year which runs from September to June.

In preparation for the national exams, which typically take place in June, students must complete coursework in at least three subject areas. They work in a structured and guided program in the following subject areas during the 36-week school year that runs from September to June:

  • French language: 10 units, 16 hours per unit, 4.5 hours per week, 10 assignments to submit
  • Mathematics: 10 units, 12 hours per unit, 3.5 hours per week, 10 assignments to submit
  • History and Geography: 11 units, 10 hours per unit, 4.5 hours per week, 10 assignments to submit

Though it is not required, it is also recommended that students register for the following course to help prepare them for final examinations in the sciences:

  • Earth and Life Sciences: 10 units, 5.5 hours per unit, 1.5 hours per week, 6 assignments to submit

The primary format for the course is online, though families have the option of ordering hardcopies of student material for an additional fee of $250. Most of the learning will take place through self-guided studies, but a team of professional educators trained by the French Ministry of Education will support students during their course of studies. For graduates of AIS, this will include weekly access to faculty members from our school.

This program includes a mix of self-directed study, indirect instruction (i.e., email access to a course tutor in France), and direct academic support (i.e., on-campus support at AIS with certified teachers). It is important that students engage in their academics and come to academic support classes having completed the majority of their work for the week.

Regular access to a reliable internet connection is required to participate in the CNED’s Supplementary Education for International Students program. After registration, you will be provided with access to CNED’s online platform where you will have access to course materials, submit work for correction, and communicate with online tutors.

Simply reach out to our school for the required registration form. After registering for the Supplementary Education for International Students program, choose whether or not you would like to register for the optional Earth and Life Sciences (SVT) course, and whether or not you would like hard copies of your work. Select a payment structure and method, then ensure a parent/guardian and the student read the acknowledgements and sign where indicated. Your registration will only be processed once we have received your first payment installment. 

  • May 2022: Updated registration documentation is sent from CNED to partner schools and then to families.
  • June 2022: Registration opens for students and is open through December 8, 2022.
  • September 1, 2022: Classes begin for all registered students.
  • June 30, 2023: Classes end for all registered students.

No. Students will need to register as an independent candidate at an approved Brevet testing center. This is done directly the Examination Services Department of the French Embassy in Washington, DC. Two testing centers in Texas include Awty International School (Houston) and Dallas International School, and fees are typically around $150.