Lower School (1st-5th)
The Lower School (1st-5th Grade) expands on the foundation laid in Maternelle. Lower School follows the national French curriculum (Education Nationale), the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme in a French immersion setting.
The IB is used as a framework for teaching the five pillars of the French curriculum.
- Language to think and communicate
- Methods and tools for learning
- Personal development and citizenship
- Natural systems and technology
- Understanding the world
From early preschool for 2 ½ year-olds in Early Childhood/Maternelle through 5th grade, all teachers are native speakers. They collaborate with specialists across all subject areas to help students develop strong relationships with others, build communication skills in both French and English and prepare for more structured, systematic learning in Middle School.
In first-third grade, students build logically upon the curriculum learning to communicate in both French and English.
In fourth and fifth grade, students reinforce, consolidate, and expand their knowledge across the curriculum.
Through reading and interacting with a wide variety of children’s literature, students will build their skills in language arts.
Instruction in mathematics helps students develop an aptitude for problem-solving, research, and reasoning.
In science, students take a hands-on approach to research and investigate objects and systems, ask questions, and analyze data.
History and geography studies provide students with a thorough knowledge of our world.
All Lower School students take art, music, physical education, and visit the library weekly.
Field studies provide our students with the opportunity to observe and experience real-world science processes in a natural setting.