Our French immersion program welcomes learners as young as 18 months old.
Our Preschool program is incredibly rich and diverse: inspired from pedagogic methods in France, children are immersed in the French Language, they develop their personal and social skills and through play time, improve on their problem-solving or fine motor skills. Art projects encourage their creativity and promote their imagination.
Research shows that early language immersion enables young minds to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that help them become open-minded and empathetic global citizens.
All Preschool classes are taught by French teachers who hold a master’s degree in education, an approach that provides a truly immersive experience at an age when the human brain is most open to linguistic development. Teachers establish a relationship with their students promoting trust and care. They give each student the opportunity to express their potential and talent.
A Typical Day in Preschool
8:15–8:30 Free play/workshops
8:35–8:50 Circle time
8:50–9:40 Individual or group workshops
9:40–10:15 Gross Motor Skills
11:00–11:50 Circle time / Workshops
12:30–1:15 Quiet time
1:15–2:00 Quiet time / Workshops
2:00–2:45 English / Spanish / Workshops
2-45–3:15 Closing circle
After the immersion program in preschool, our Kindergarten naturally evolves into a rich and challenging bilingual program, preparing students for success in first grade, where they will learn how to read and write in French and English.
Our students who come to Kindergarten with a foundation already set in phonological awareness are challenged with a program that will best fit their needs. Kindergarten features a full-day curriculum developed in French and English. Instruction is delivered in French (19 hours per week) and in English (6 hours).
While students benefit from a strong academic program, they also develop important social and emotional skills, along with creative thinking and imagination through organized play, music, arts, sports, field trips and participation in many school events.Children develop pre-reading skills, expand their oral language skills and develop early literacy. Math skills, such as problem solving through the use of logic games and working on quantities and numbers are an important part of the program. Our interactive activities help prepare students for the elementary school years.
Led by French and American faculty, small classes and student-centered learning plans empowers teachers to inspire and challenge each student to the best of his or her abilities.
Following the French Ministry of Education’s official program, our pre-elementary and Kindergarten Program (cycle 1 of learning) are organized through five great domains:
Oral, written expression and literature are the main subjects worked in this domain. Students work on acquiring oral language skills, discovering the written language through phonics and letter recognition, as well as developing the fine motor skills necessary to start learning cursive writing in Kindergarten. Storytime in French, English, and Spanish allow preschoolers and Kindergarten students to study multiple works on a specific theme every unit. Through the Narramus Method, they also learn to memorize and recreate these stories through role plays with the goal to practice their French language skills.
Students learn how to collaborate and follow instructions together through team games. They practice their gross motor skills with jumping, ball games, running, obstacle courses, dance, and movement. In Preschool through Kindergarten, they will either use our outdoors space, or our brand new motricity room located in the Kindergarten building.
Students sing, learn about rhythm, melody and get acquainted with various instruments. They also practice their listening skills through music appreciation. Students practice their fine motor skills by working on a wide variety of art projects involving painting, collage, drawing, fiber, sculpting, etc. Students also develop an early appreciation for art by studying artists and their various stylistic expressions, and participating in field trips such plays or concerts.
Students are introduced to early mathematical concepts. They learn to count, understand and name shapes, reproduce patterns and algorithms, and problem solve through logical games.
Students are exposed to their first scientific concepts and experiments, and learn about plants, animals, and the human body. They get introduced to spatial awareness, concepts of time, and weather.
We strongly believe in the value of the French educational system and the unique way it teaches young minds to be independent and critical thinkers. In our opinion, the dual curriculum is the key to developing global awareness and to help in paving the way to future accomplishments. Frida LeBreton, mother of Ella, Max, and Léo