A cornerstone of our commitment to pluriculturalism is teaching languages beyond French and English. Our approach is centered on engaged learning, high evaluation standards, and a focus on culture.
Our engaged learning commitment includes hiring faculty native to the language being taught. As in all things here at the Lycée, we set the highest standards because we know our students will achieve them. Our Secondary students follow the EU standards of language learning in their assessments. (Spanish tests are from the Instituto Cervantes Diploma of Spanish and German tests are from the Goethe-Institut, for instance.)
And we view the focus on culture as particularly important, and offer a variety of immersive, cross cultural exchanges programs with leading schools and universities across the globe. These programs are increasingly taking a service-learning approach that teaches the students to apply their linguistic and cultural understanding in the service of others.
Taking advantage of our location here in New York City, we also include many “close to home” immersive experiences throughout the school year with trips to Chinatown, cultural centers, and various ethnic enclaves.