Academics

Preschool | Pre K - K

Our Preschool Program combines bilingual teaching, child development and project based learning in an age-appropriate, pluricultural, creative, and family-inclusive atmosphere.

Bilingual, and Pluricultural, from the Beginning

We know that early immersion is the most effective way to help students attain comfort and mastery in language and culture. Every classroom in our safe and secure building, which includes a rooftop playground, is staffed by two childhood-development experts: one native-English speaking and one native-French speaking. Children spend 50% of their time in preschool in each language and move seamlessly between these two core languages throughout the school day.

Arts, music, movement, library-time, and physical education all take on a bilingual dimension, with activities in both French and in English integrated into every school day.

Parents and guardians will not just hear from their sons and daughters about how much fun they had and what they learned, but are invited to be active participants — through parent time every morning to a range of special events, picnics, theme parties, and book-reading activities.

Vannina Boussouf, Assistant Head of School, Director of Primary

A fundamental aspect of the preschool program is Social Emotional Learning, helping students to understand themselves, their emotions and those of the people around them. Being able to acknowledge and accept their feelings helps children to learn better, to be creative and be happy.

Celebrating and embracing diversity

We also celebrate and embrace diversity in our pluricultural school community. As just one example of our approach, every year during our Day of Understanding at the winter holiday season, we engage the children in a dialogue centered on the theme of “Light”. Our students are able to share their family’s religious and cultural traditions through the prism of enlightenment, warmth, and joy.

Pre-K Immersion Program

We have a program designed for children with very little or no knowledge of the French language. The goal is to prepare non-French speaking students to integrate in the elementary school, where the regular program moves to 80% of instruction conducted in French and 20% conducted in English to reinforce native language skills.

Immersion teachers are aware that in their first year, the children will not understand everything they hear. They use body language, visual cues, manipulatives, exaggerated facial expressions, and expressive intonation to communicate meaning.

As the year progresses, children naturally use more of the French language. To draw them into using the language, teachers often use songs, useful phrases, and rhymes. They also carefully structure the day with familiar routines.

The class is led by a certified French teacher and supported by a bilingual assistant, and the children have one hour of English language arts class each day with an English-speaking teacher