To see the world through two lenses. To make connections across two contexts. To imagine new possibilities shaped by two points of view. These are the gifts we strive to instill every day through our bilingual Middle School program, as we assist our students in taking on a greater personal role in their educational experience and pride in their capabilities.

Our Middle School curriculum is designed to encourage students to stretch their advancing skills and acknowledge their full capacity, asking them to acquire the recommended competencies of both the French Ministry of National Education and the U.S. Common Core. Every foundational subject—Humanities, Math, and Science—is taught in both French and English, by native-speaking specialists, exposing students to the pedagogical expectations of each academic system. To ensure they develop a multi-cultural worldview, their study of Mandarin is continued, or replaced by Spanish. Our unique World of Work career program then connects classroom content to real-life opportunities, inspiring students to think more deeply about their potential future areas of study.

Agile minds

Putting perspective to work

It’s during the Middle School years that our students begin to personally recognize and apply the benefits of their bilingual experience. Immersed over their years at The École in not just two languages, but two learning systems, they know there is always another way to look at and solve a problem, no matter the subject. Empowered with multiple approaches and tools, they develop the confidence to select those that work best for them in their day-to-day schoolwork, or that help them embrace and adapt to new cultural experiences, both in the classroom and out in the world.

Open hearts

Giving kindness a voice

Surrounded with classmates of wide-ranging nationality, but connected through their two shared languages—and an increased capability in a third—our Middle School students’ demonstrate and champion a respect for people and points of view from places other than their own. Supplemented by our formal Character Education program and school- and community-services clubs, they nurture in themselves, each other, and their communities the traits of a truly caring society.

Bright futures

Preparing for a bigger world

In the final years of The École, our staff works beyond the classroom with students—and their parents—as they increasingly focus on high school planning in New York or abroad, helping them connect with the schools of their choice and navigate through testing and application processes. Their continued strong performance beyond our school walls is a great source of pride, and the stories of our growing alumni community proof that our bilingual program prepares students to both personally flourish in and positively contribute to the world around them, wherever their path takes them next.

Curriculum

Humanities

French System

6th Grade Humanities in French is comprised of: French Language and “Histoire Géographie”. In French Language, there are five fundamental and interdependent components: (1) reading, (2) writing, (3) language study, (4) oral expression and (5) art history. Classroom activities vary: they can be done with the teacher, alone or in groups. Required reading is regularly offered to students, supplemented by individual free reading. The main objective of written expression is to prepare readable and coherent text, organized in paragraphs. Oral expression is practiced during classroom activities, and also through the preparation of lectures on a specific topic every quarter. In Histoire Géographie, the aim is the acquisition of a humanist perspective. The periods covered in History reach from the Ancient Worlds (“Haute Antiquité”) to the beginnings of the Middle Ages. Geography explores the notion of “living”.

American System

English Language Arts and Social Studies for Grade 6 are combined into one integrated Humanities course in which history and cultural studies inform, enrich, and contextualize the study of literary texts. Students discover legends, myths, and folklore, beginning with the Greeks and Romans, which the French program expands upon later in the year. Students also examine the traditions and myths of Native American and African cultures. They continue the exploration of the stories and history of colonial and revolutionary America and Native Americans started in earlier grades. Further investigations include poetry and theater, drawing on students’ knowledge of ancient cultures acquired in their French courses.
Math

French System

6th Grade Math in French is mainly centered on geometry (60%). We study the concepts of straight lines, half-lines and segments, distances and mediators, circle, particular angles and bisector, perimeters and areas, axial symmetry, rectangular parallelepiped and volumes. About 20% of the teaching is dedicated to the representation of data (tables and graphs) and the notion of proportionality (situations of proportionality, presentation in tabular form, percentages). Some topics covered in Grade 6 Math in English will be studied in French as well (20%) to ensure that students are able to transfer knowledge acquired in English and use it in solving problems in French (decimal numbers, fractions, Euclidean division and decimal).

American System

Grade 6 Math in English explores six critical areas: (1) Algebraic reasoning, (2) Integers and operations with rational numbers, (3) Operations with fractions and decimals, (4) Multi-step equations, (5) Statistical thinking, and (6) Proportional relationships and measurement. The course is a balanced integration of procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving. The integration emphasizes developing students' skills in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately, as well as constructing and connecting mathematical concepts and rigorous reasoning evidenced by an ability to analyze and identify the most effective strategy to solve problems. Geometric concepts are studied in 6th grade Math in French.
Science

French System

Grade 6 Science in “Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre” or “SVT”— consists of four parts: (1) Know your environment, (2) The origin of matter and living things, (3) Settlement of environments, and (4) The unity, kinship and diversity of living beings. It is a naturalistic approach that allows students to better observe, know and understand the world around them and their environment. It is also intended to introduce students to the scientific process, which will be the basis of all SVT teaching in middle and high school.

American System

Science in English for 6th Grade is very much a hands-on course with laboratory experiments, investigations, and activities comprising much of the class time. All experiments are conducted within collaborative groups, inquiry-based, and student-centered. Science learning employs interactive classroom discussions and active participation in learning new scientific concepts and is integrated with literacy, mathematics, technology, creative arts, and history wherever possible.
World Languages

Mandarin

Based on what they have learned in previous years, 6th Grade students further develop their oral language skills, as well as their written skills. Language functions and notions are systematically incorporated in all topics and settings, which prepare our students for continuing their study in Mandarin. Basic rules, which apply all the way through college level, on the writing of Chinese characters, grammar structures, and language patterns are emphasized. Students will be encouraged to recognize and memorize more frequently used characters. Students also begin to use the computer to type Chinese characters.

Spanish

Grade 6 students are introduced to various linguistic topics in Spanish that focus on speaking, reading and writing introductory Spanish. In class, students receive assignments and assessments that help reinforce the topics being discussed. Students use role-playing activities and oral presentations to demonstrate their own knowledge of the concepts learned in the course. Students will be able to apply Spanish learned in class to real-world situations, thus allowing students to become comfortable using the target language both in and outside of the classroom.
Humanities

French System

7th Grade Humanities in French is comprised of: French Language and “Histoire Geographie”. In French Language, students continue with the five fundamental and interdependent components introduced in 6th Grade: (1) reading, (2) writing, (3) language study, (4) oral expression and (5) art history. Classroom activities vary: they can be done with the teacher, alone or in groups. Required reading is regularly offered to students, supplemented by individual free reading. The main objective in written expression is to prepare readable and coherent text, organized in paragraphs. Oral expression is practiced during classroom activities, and also through the preparation of lectures on a specific topic every quarter. In Histoire Géographie, the aim is the continued acquisition of a humanist perspective. The period covered in History reaches from the Middle Ages to modern times. Geography focuses on the study of the notion of sustainable development. Each lesson is built around a triple objective: acquisition of knowledge, acquisition of know-how, and acquisition of how to behave.

American System

The Humanities in English for Grade 7 curriculum continues to integrate Language Arts, Social Studies and Geography. Classes focus on building strong reading, writing, research and communication skills. Students practice both creative and technical writing. The Social Studies component focuses on the history, geography, cultural, economic, and political life in the United States from the American Revolution through the Civil War and the effects of modern society. A project will span the course of the year and focus on the movement of people around the world for personal, political, economic or social reasons.
Math

French System

Math in French for Grade 7 is a logical continuation of the sixth grade: the concepts already discussed are prolonged and deepened. Geometry (geometric constructions, demonstrations, problem-solving) accounts for about 60% of the program, covering the notions of triangles, central symmetry, particular angles, particular parallelograms, areas, right prism and cylinder of revolution. Proportionality (fourth proportional, percentage, scales) and the representation of data (numbers, frequencies, classes, diagrams) represent about 20%. As in 6th Grade, the remaining time is spent ensuring that students are able to use the knowledge acquired in Math in English in solving problems written in French (fractions, equations, expressions, and relative numbers).

American System

Grade 7 Math in English extends understanding of algebraic concepts, integers, and operations with rational numbers, rate and proportional reasoning, and statistical analysis. Students investigate linear equations, graphs and functions, and the impact of slope in an equation. In grades 6 and 7, developing key practices in mathematics is emphasized and required, including perseverance, attention to precision, abstract and quantitative reasoning, constructing viable arguments, and using appropriate strategies. Math concepts studied in English, which focus on algebra, complement the geometrical concepts that are the focus in the French math course.
Science

French System

7th Grade Science in French is comprised of two areas of study: “Physique Chimie” and “Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre” or “SVT”. Physique Chimie is divided into three parts: (1) Chemistry, focused on the study of water, (2) Electricity, focused on the study of series and parallel electrical circuits, and (3) Optics, focused on the sources of light and the propagation of light, as well as the Sun, Earth, and Moon system. The course always incorporates experimental activities that allow students to become personally involved in the construction and learning of the course. In SVT, students begin to study biology in a more detailed and deepened way by looking at the functioning of the organs of the main body systems, including breathing, digestion, blood circulation, excretion. They also explore geology and Earth science by focusing on the role of water in the evolution of landscapes.

American System

Science in English for 7th Grade is a hands-on course with laboratory experiments, investigations, and activities comprising much of the class time. All experiments are conducted within collaborative groups, inquiry-based, and student-centered. Science learning employs interactive classroom discussions and active participation in learning new scientific concepts and is integrated with literacy, mathematics, technology, creative arts, and history wherever possible.
World Languages

Mandarin

The 7th Grade Mandarin course will continue building upon skills learned before as well as developing the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will become more comfortable with writing and reading using Chinese characters. More technologies will be incorporated into the class so as to help students further develop their Mandarin skills. More advanced grammar will be integrated and students will understand Mandarin parts of speech, and master expressions in the present, past, and future tenses, as well as usage of sentence particles, conjunctions.

Spanish

In Grade 7, students will be introduced to various linguistic topics in Spanish that will focus on speaking, reading and writing introductory Spanish. In class, students will receive assignments and assessments that help reinforce the topics being discussed. Students will use role-playing activities and oral presentations to demonstrate their own knowledge of the concepts learned in the course. Students will be able to apply Spanish learned in class to real-world situations thus allowing students to become comfortable using the target language both in and outside of the classroom.
Humanities

French System

8th Grade Humanities in French is comprised of: French Language and “Histoire Géographie”. In French Language, students continue with the five fundamental and interdependent components introduced in 7th Grade: (1) reading, (2) writing, (3) language study, (4) oral expression and (5) art history. Classroom activities vary: they can be done with the teacher, alone or in groups. Required reading is regularly offered to students, supplemented by individual free reading. The main objective of written expression is to prepare readable and coherent text, organized in paragraphs. Oral expression is practiced during classroom activities, and also through the preparation of lectures on a specific topic every quarter. In Histoire Géographie, the aim is the continued acquisition of a humanist perspective. The period covered in History reaches from the Enlightenment to the Industrial Age. Geography focuses on the study of globalization. Each lesson is built around a triple objective: (1) acquisition of knowledge, (2) acquisition of know-how, and (3) acquisition of how to behave.

American System

Humanities in English for Grade 8 continues to integrate Language Arts, Social Studies and Geography. Classes focus on building strong reading, writing, research and communication skills, with a strong emphasis on high school readiness. Students continue to write to express themselves creatively and for academic purposes. Using literature and writing, students explore various topics and themes from US History. The Social Studies component focuses on the history, geography, cultural, economic, and political life in the United States from the Reconstruction Era to Modern American History. Technology is regularly integrated into the course for word processing, research, presentations, note taking and final projects. Students will thematically explore topics such as: What are the causes and consequences of prejudice and injustice? How does technology change the way we live and work? What are the consequences when cultures interact? How do governments change?
Math

French System

8th Grade Math in French is a logical continuation of 7th Grade: the concepts already discussed are extended and deepened. Geometry is more focused on demonstrating and solving problems and represents about 60% of the program. The theories of Thales and Pythagoras, the notion of cosine and tangent, the pyramids and cones of revolution will be studied. Proportionality (cross product, enlargements, and reductions) and data processing (averages, percentages) represent about 20%. As in 7th grade, the remaining time is spent ensuring that students are able to use the knowledge acquired in Math in English in solving problems written in French (fractions and exponents, equations and inequalities, relative numbers).

American System

Math in English for Grade 8 further extends understanding of algebraic concepts. Instruction focuses on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning related to expressions and equations. Solving linear equations including special linear equations such as proportionality to determine the slope of a line; (2) introduction to the use of functions to describe quantitative relationships; and (3) understanding and application of the Pythagorean Theorem.
Science

French System

Science in French for 8th Grade is comprised of two areas of study: “Physique Chimie” and “Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre” or “SVT”. Physique Chimie is divided into three parts: (1) Electricity, focused on the Laws of direct current (Current, Voltage, Resistance, Ohm's Law), (2) Chemistry, focused on the study of atmosphere of Earth (properties, molecular description, combustions, chemical transformations), and (3) Optics, focused on the light and color of an object, lenses, the eye. The course always incorporates experimental activities that allow students to become personally involved. SVT is made up of three parts. (1) Geology, focused on understanding the functioning of the Earth, in particular the consequences of the internal activity of the Earth on its landscapes, (2) Biology, focused on explaining sexual reproduction, in humans and other animals that evolve in different environments, and (3) Communication within organisms, in particular, nervous and hormonal systems.

American System

8th Grade Science in English focuses on both biology and physics. The biological course introduces students to the structure and function of DNA & genetics; cellular study, bacteria and immunology; etc.. In the physical course they are introduced to the atomic structure and Bohr’s model of the atom; the Periodic Table of Elements and periodic trends, etc.
World Languages

French System

8th Grade Mandarin will continue building upon skills learned before as well as developing the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will become more comfortable with writing and reading using Chinese characters.

American System

In Grade 8, students will continue to be introduced to various linguistic topics in Spanish that will focus on speaking, reading and writing introductory Spanish. In class, students will receive assignments and assessments that help reinforce the topics being discussed. Students will use role-playing activities and oral presentations to demonstrate their own knowledge of the concepts learned in the course. Students will be able to apply Spanish learned in class to real-world situations thus allowing students to become comfortable using the target language both in and outside of the classroom.

Questions about our Middle School curriculum?

Rachel Loble, Middle School Director & English Humanities 6th Grade Teacher

If you’re interested in learning more about our rigorous curriculum for Middle School 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.

Rachel Loble, Middle School Director & English Humanities 6th Grade Teacher