Teaching Model

The Best of Two Worlds

Our students develop:

  • Their creativity thanks to the American educational approach,
  • Their analytical skills and rigorous reasoning through the French curriculum

Our teachers are trained to teach either the American or the French curricula.
The teaching method follows the language of instruction.

Whereas both systems emphasize inquiry-based learning, courses taught in English will follow the inductive reasoning of the American thought process, while classes taught in French will generally follow the deductive method.

From Nursery through 12th grade: how bilingualism and global citizenship become part of the students’ identity

In Pre School: language acquisition with an emphasis on French

Depending on the child’s needs, which are often dependent on the language spoken at home, differentiating teaching will be put in place, with more French, more English, or a combination of both.

In Elementary School: expansion of the bilingual structure

1st grade is a pivot year with generally more French than English.

From 2nd to 5th grade, students have almost as many classes taught in English (such as English, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art) as in French (Français, Histoire-Géographie, Maths), as well as classes taught bilingually (Sciences, part of the Math program, Music).

We offer:

  • three levels of English, with most of our students taking English at a native speaker level
  • differentiated support in French

In Middle School: an entirely bilingual program, with as many hours of instruction in French as in English.

Courses taught in English include: English, Social Studies, Biology and Earth Science, Coding and Robotics, Music, Art, Physical Education, Math (as a complement to Math taught in French)

Courses taught in French include: French, History and Geography, Physics and Chemistry, Math (main program)

In High School:

In 9th and 10th grade, there are more classes taught in French than in English, but many electives taught in English.

In 11th grade, students have the option to choose between:

or a bilingual IB for students qualified to take English Language A and French Language A

With or without the American option of the OIB (Option Internationale du Baccalauréat), which is the French Bac with Social Studies and English taught by American teachers at the AP or Honors level.

Our teaching principles are driven by our mission to develop globally literate students who understand, contribute to and thrive in an interdependent world.

Our teaching model therefore goes beyond the mastery of two languages. It is based on the acquisition of two cultures, of two thought systems, and of two ways to express one’s ideas.

Once students understand and personally experience that there are different ways to apprehend one problem, that different points of view may be equally valid, they are truly global citizens.

Educating the whole individual

Complementing this rigorous program, are rich co-curricular activities developed either in French or in English depending on the activity, some of which are offered starting as early as Pre School:

Interscholastic Sports, Chorus, Musical Ensembles, Musical Comedies, Theater, Visual Arts, Trips (including international trips), language exchange programs, and over 20 Clubs (such as Model UN, Chess, Film, Diversity, Leadership, Finance, Robotics, Coding, etc.).

In addition, students engage socially through Community Service and Environmental awareness programs.