Instruction in Two Languages

The goal of the French curriculum is to develop analytic skills, reasoning, and critical thinking through incremental acquisition of rigorous writing skills and broad academic knowledge at each level. Our dual-language program based on early immersion reinforces these skills.

The following subjects are taught in French:

  • French language arts and literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Music
  • Visual art
  • Physical education
  • World history and geography (starting in 3rd grade)
  • Philosophy (in 12th grade)

The following subjects are taught in English:

  • English language arts and literature
  • Social studies
  • American history (starting in 3rd grade)
  • Mathematics (in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades)
  • Dance and drama
  • Computer science

Specifically, pre-kindergarten and jr-kindergarten students have one session in English each week. In kindergarten, English phonics and pre-reading skills are added. Beginning in 1st grade, students learn reading and writing skills in English. From 1st through 12th grade, they receive six to seven hours of instruction in English per week.

For non-English speaking students, we have designed a carefully monitored program in English as a Second Language, which prepares them to join the regular English classes.

Students are regularly tested and evaluated in both languages. See Evaluation & Exams.

 

Classes Taught in French

Regular class
  • Curriculum and schedule as established by the French Ministry of Education, modified in May 2008
French as a Foreign Language (FLE)
  • Small groups or one-on-one
  • Students from the regular class needing help
  • For various, reviewable lengths of time depending on child’s needs
  • Elementary School only
  • 2 hours per week
  • Active teaching (learning by doing)
  • Priority on oral fluency (without forgetting the written language)
  • Critical vocabulary and language structures are taught
French Welcoming Class (Classe d’Accueil)
  • Small groups
  • For native speakers of English or languages other than French
  • For various, reviewable lengths of time depending on child’s needs
  • Elementary School only
  • Taught daily
  • Students spend the whole day in French Welcoming Class
  • They move progressively to regular class (in physical education, arts, science…)
  • Assistance as needed from Welcoming Class teacher after student enters the regular class
  • Dynamic teaching (gestures, movements, games, themes, songs, role-playing…)
Remedial French
  • Provided by subject matter teachers
  • For various, reviewable lengths of time depending on child’s needs
  • Available in grades 6 and 7
  • Subjects: language study (spelling, grammar, verb tenses, vocabulary, written expression) and/or math

 

Classes Taught in English

Regular class
  • Curriculum and schedule as established by the French Ministry of Education, modified in May 2008
NEW FORMAT

Regular class
Lycée curriculum
  • 45 minutes per week in Pre-K and Jr-K
  • 4 hours per week in K
  • 6 hours per week in grades 1 and 2
  • 8 hours per week in grades 3 to 5 (English language arts, U.S. math and social studies); harmonization between French and English curricula
  • 4 hours per week in grades 6 to 12
Intermediate English
  • Small groups
  • For various, reviewable lengths of time depending on child’s needs
  • Available in grades 6 to 8
  • 4-5 hours per week
  • Active teaching (learning by doing)
  • Critical vocabulary and language structures are being taught
English Welcoming Class
  • Small groups
  • For French-speakers with a beginner level in English
  • For various, reviewable lengths of time depending on child’s needs
  • 2 hours per day
  • Daily curriculum: basics of the English language
  • Assistance as needed from Welcoming Class teacher after student enters the regular class
  • Dynamic teaching (gestures, movements, games, themes, songs, role-playing…)
Remedial English
  • Reading remediation provided by a certified reading specialist
  • For variable, reviewable lengths of time depending on child’s needs
  • Available in grades 1 and 2
  • 1 hour per day
  • Multisensory instruction
  • Sequential, systematic approach
NEW PROGRAM Guided Reading
  • Several teachers in same classroom
  • Available in kindergarten to grade 5
  • Students assessed and split into groups according to their reading abilities
  • Level-appropriate books assigned
  • Students reassessed regularly and moved to the appropriate level group
 
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