To see, explore, and understand themselves, their environment, and the people around them from two perspectives are the gifts we strive to instill every day in our bilingual Maternelle students. At The École, we provide unique expansive learning experiences for children as they journey, wide-eyed, through their first years of school.

Our Maternelle curriculum leans heavily on the scholastic depth of the French full-day program, blending in the play-based approaches of the best American early learning initiatives. Each classroom is composed of a small, intimate group of students led by a pair of rigorously trained, well-loved teachers, one a native English speaker, the other a native French speaker. Together, they provide a fully immersive and highly stimulating bilingual experience that engages the whole child. The latest communication technology tools then empower parents to share in their child’s excitement and reinforce what they have learned through at-home activities.

Agile minds

Able to move between moments

The early years of education are when children are most receptive to bilingual learning and when developing minds are most flexible and fluid. Our Maternelle program embraces and amplifies this innate capability, asking our young students to explore the early “pre-skills” of reading, writing, math, and science, as well as art, music, theater, sports, technology, and even free play while moving between French and English, enhancing their life-long ability to adapt to ever-changing environments.

Open hearts

Ready to share and care with everyone

Surrounded by classmates of wide-ranging nationalities, our Maternelle students’ emerging emotional, social, and physical understanding of themselves and how they fit into the world is shaped by people and perspectives from places other than their own. Connecting through two shared languages, they discover at a young age what it means to be part of a respectful, supportive community—one they see modeled every day by the administrators, teachers, parents, and older students around them, who work together to create an enjoyable learning environment for everyone.

Bright futures

Eager to embrace each new day

From the design of our curriculum to the culture of our community, our bilingual Maternelle program encapsulates an approach to early education that is full of exploration, accomplishment, and joy. Our youngest students are as excited and ready for the school day to come as they are for their next step—Elementary at The École.

Questions about our Maternelle curriculum?

Mireille Desalm, Director of Admissions

If you’re interested in learning more about our early learning curriculum for Maternelle students, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re very proud of our program and would love to answer any questions you may have or discuss in more detail how your child can benefit from a bilingual education at The École.

Mireille Desalm, Director of Admissions