At The École, we believe that the goal of education is to develop well-informed, well-rounded, responsible and compassionate—in a word, “enlightened”—students who can create and connect to a world filled with possibilities. This belief is at the heart of our uniquely-designed bilingual program, in which students learn to not just speak, read, and write in two languages, but also to think, feel, and act in ways that are informed by two cultures. To always see, explore, and understand the world around them from two perspectives is the gift of the deeply bi-literate student, succinctly captured in our school’s motto, “Light through language”.
Artfully blending the curriculum requirements and pedagogical approaches of the French and American systems, our native-speaking faculty create rich academic environments for a diverse, international student body. From Maternelle through Middle School, students at The École are guided through the core language arts, social studies, math, and sciences content, as well as character and cultural enrichment, in both French and English, for all subjects. In our intimate classroom settings, or out in New York City’s many artistic and historical institutions, using traditional and technology-based techniques, our teachers aspire to provide individual and group bilingual learning opportunities that engage, challenge, inspire—and illuminate.
The École’s bilingual program embraces and amplifies the flexibility and fluidity of developing minds, enhancing our young student’s innate ability to adapt to changing environments. Immersed, from Maternelle to Middle School, not just in two languages, but in two educational systems, students at The École have the unique opportunity to learn two ways to approach every problem, no matter the subject, giving their growing learning muscles twice the exercise and twice the opportunity to understand. As they progress, they develop the confidence to select and apply those that work best for them, whether in the classroom or out in the world.
Surrounded with classmates of wide-ranging nationality, but connected through their two shared languages, students at The École develop an understanding of themselves and how they fit into the world that is shaped by friends and families with experiences and perspectives other than their own. Through these personal connections, they discover how differences make their world more interesting and rewarding and why empathy, respect, and integrity are so important. Together they learn to nurture in themselves and champion in our school community the character of truly caring global citizens.
From the first day of Maternelle to Middle School graduation, we aspire to build our students’ excitement about, capacity for, independence in, and success at learning. Over their years at The École, both French and American standardized tests provide opportunities to honor achievements relative to a larger body of students, focus activities around personal growth areas, and map long-term educational plans. The strong performance of our growing alumni community is a source of great pride and proof that The École’s unique bilingual program prepares students to both flourish in, and contribute to, the world beyond our walls.