Lower School: Academic Enrichment
Our faculty members will organize reinforcement classes to help students with difficulty. Students will be assessed according to their specific need(s) and the Teacher Counsel will determine what kind of help each student will get through the course of the year. These teachers will provide classroom strategies and follow-up to students, teachers and parents.
Special programs: ESL & FSL
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Classes are available for those students who have not had previous English language instruction. These children are taken out of class several times a week for these lessons. The students benefit from a small-group learning situation concentrating on oral and written language, grammar, and language for daily use. The progress of each child will be assessed and will condition his/her integration in the regular English class.
FSL (French as a Second Language)
Classes are available for students who have not had previous French language instruction. These children are taken out of class several times a week for these lessons. The students benefit from a small-group learning situation concentrating on oral and written language, grammar, and language for daily use. The progress of each child will be assessed and will condition his/her integration in the regular French class.
The art class is taught in French once a week from grades 1 to 5. The aim of artistic education is to encourage students to develop their sensitivity and creative capacities, discover works of art and grasp artistic processes. Children are encouraged to experience a variety of media (instruments, materials, supports), combine elements, attempt to establish associations, improvise, experiment, gather information and create. Students will also explore New York City rich artistic community and will visiting museums and art galleries. They will attend music performances and theatre plays.
Classes with Artistic Project: Classes à Projet Artistique et Culturel (PAC)
Each year, one or several classes will participate in a partnership with local artistic companies. The teachers will develop an educational project focusing on visual arts, theatre, dance or music and will collaborate closely with local artists who want to share their art with children.
Information Technology – IT
Learning computer technology supports the main curriculum. With French and American software, children will learn how to use the multiple functions of this tool and will reinforce themes explored in the classroom. They will become more independent throughout the years. They will also explore the fascinating world of the internet and their research projects will allow them to become better communicators and more efficient in their learning in both languages.
French teachers will teach PE classes at all levels. Every child can develop appropriate skills, feel good about his or her body, and relate to others in positive ways. Our comprehensive and articulated physical education program will help children achieve three goals:
- Movement skills and movement knowledge
- Self-image and personal development
- Social development
Drama & Music
Each class in grades 1 through 5 has a music class once a week with their French or English teacher. Drama classes will be offered during their regular schedule or during the program of extracurricular classes.
Outdoor Education Program
Each year, students in grades 1 to 5 will be involved in an overnight outdoor education program which complements and enriches their studies in the classroom. These experiences outside the classroom help to develop a sense of community, responsibility, and independence in our students. They allow students to explore first-hand their relationship with nature and the environment and give them an opportunity to speak French in a natural way.