Our main objective is the early bilingualism of children, respecting the development and fulfillment of each.
In kindergarten, our goal is for the child to be able to:
- understand and speak English at his level in everyday life situations.
-acquire all competences before entering primary level, following the National Education program.
In primary level, our objective is the acquisition of English language (reading, listening and writing skills) aiming at level A2 of the European reference framework instead of the minimum A1 level at the end of the year. We follow the current curriculum established by the nation's education program.
Small class size: maximum 16 students
Small class sizes lead to more one-on-one attention from the teacher. ... With smaller class sizes, teachers can get to know each student as an individual, working with them to enhance their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Students get to know each other better.
In preschool, teaching is done in total English immersion by a native teacher, accompanied by an English or bilingual assistant. From 4 years old, most of the teaching is done in English, 80% of class time is by an English teacher while 20% of the time is by a French teacher.
In primary level, 50% of class time is spent in English and 50% in French. As soon as the children master their reading skills in French, they are slowly introduced to English reading to avoid any linguistic confusion that most bilingual schools don't take into account.
The teaching of school subjects is based on the Montessori and Steiner methods, so the emphasis is on concrete learning.
In daily situations, whether school or community life (during lunch break, outdoor activity, field trip...), children communicate in English and French.
The oral expression in English is based on the following tools: rhymes, songs, poetry, reading stories, international culture (Thanksgiving, Christmas, St Patrick's day, Native American day ...), audio and video media, role plays, etc. all taught by their native English teacher.
At the end of the school year, students will be evaluated in French according to the National Education program, and English according to a pre-established program such as CERCL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Students may also obtain certificates from Cambridge English as the school fully covers the syllabus of the Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE) tests.