Lower School Academics
Beginning in Grade 1, students have the option of choosing the French-American program or the International Program, launching in September 2020. In both tracks, the curriculum taught in French is mandated by the French Ministry of Education, with some contextual adaptations. The curriculum taught in English has been developed by the school in accordance with the best practices of American and international independent schools.
In the French-American track, students will have about two-thirds of their courses taught in French and one-third in English. In the International track, it will be the reverse proportions. In both tracks students will work on their language skills at their pace based on proficiency levels in French and English (Native, Advanced Language Learner, and Language Learner). Students in all grades will have common periods of activity and academic instruction, building community among the grade as a whole.
Both curricula are harmonized for an ideal bilingual learning experience. Our students quickly learn that the English and French curricula overlap, just as subjects are linked. They learn that knowledge is a whole and become more open-minded and adventurous in their approach to learning.