Vocabulary related to high school in French

Students spend most of their time in high school than at home. In this article we will learn words and expressions related to high school in french so that you can use them in your french conversation.


Meaning : a person who teaches, especially in a school.

English : teacher

Example : le professeur explique le cours. (The teacher explains the lesson.)


 Meaning : An examen is a formal test that you take to show your knowledge or ability

 in a particular subject, or to obtain a qualification.

 English : exam

  Example : L’examen était très difficile. (The exam was very difficult.)

 3 : Diplôme

Meaning : a certificate awarded by an educational establishment to show that someone has successfully completed a course of study.

English : diploma

Example : Jean étudie jour et nuit pour obtenir son diplôme. (Jean studies day and night to obtain his diploma.)

4- Classe

Meaning : a room in which a class of pupils or students is taught.

English : Classroom

Example : les élèves entrent dans la classe avant leur professeur. (The students  enter the Classroom before their teacher.)

5- Les matières :

Meaning : a branch of knowledge studied or taught in a school, college, or university.

English : subject

Example : les mathématiques ne sont pas ma matière préférée. (Maths is not my favourite subject.)

6- la récréation

Meaning : refreshment of strength and spirits between or after lessons

English : Break

Example :  Alice profite de la récréation avant le prochain cours. (Alice enjoys the break before the next class)

7- leçon

Meaning : a period of Learning or teaching.

English : Lesson

Example : La leçon de grammaire est facile aujourd’hui. (The grammar lesson is easy today)

8-  la bibliothèque

Meaning : a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for use or browning. 

English : Library

Example : François rencontre Laura dans la bibliothèque pour lire un livre. (François meets Laura in the library to read a book.)

9- Réussir un examen

Meaning :  to take the exam and receive a passing grade

English : To pass an exam

Example : Jean a une bonne note, il a réussi son examen. (Jean has good marks, he passed his exam.)

10- échouer à un examen 

Meaning : to be unsuccessful, don’t get at least a minimum number of points to pass

English : to fail an exam

Example : Il a échoué à un examen car il n’a pas bien révisé. (He failed his exam because he did not revise well.)

11- Tricher à un examen

Meaning : When someone cheats, they do not obey a set of rules wich they should be obeying

English : Cheat on an exam

Example : Il triche aux examens durant ses études. (He cheats on exams during his studies.)

12- Emploi du temps

Meaning : the list that shows the time in the Week at wich particular subjects are taught.

English : Schedule

Example : L’emploi du temps cette semaine est très chargé. (The schedule this week is very busy.)


Meaning : schoolwork that a pupil is required to do at home.

English : Homework

Example : Il aide souvent sa sœur à faire ses devoirs. (He always helps his sister with her homework)


Meaning : the devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books.

English : to study

Example : J’étudie les langues. (I study langueges)


Meaning : a school pupil

English : student

Example : Les élèves comprennent la leçon. (The students understand the lesson.) 

We hope you enjoyed learning about different words related to high school in French. The next time you talk about high school in French, be sure to use these words. For more such vocabulary, keep reading our blog. You can easily learn French online with us. Stay tuned for more interesting blogs.