The French-English (Bilingual) Elementary school is located in Cambridge for children from K to 5th Grade:
Offering K through 5th grades (GS-CM2), our elementary school provides academic strength, French language immersion, and continued individual exploration.
In Elementary school, the objective is to prepare our students intellectually and socially to the life and educational journey ahead of them. Our main focal points are reading, writing, and French, and the understanding of numbers and calculus. We encourage and create opportunities for developing analytical and creative thinking, a fundamental element of the French curriculum, as well as self-confidence and independence.
Curriculum based on the French National Curriculum
French / English Languages
The elementary school is a full time program. As presented in our preschool, our curriculum follows the complete program from the French Ministry of Education and the Massachusetts State Education Department. Students at this level are taught through the immersion approach. Students spend 60% of their time in French and 40% of their time in English in CM2 (5th Grade). Through our harmonized curriculum, students acquire excellent reading and writing skills, encounter the basic concepts of math and science and to become better thinkers. By using this immersion approach, our student experience success in all subject areas and encouraged to become life-long learners.
Spoken in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, Spanish has the second largest number of native speakers in the world. It is also the second most studied language in the world, and the third most used language on the Internet. Make Spanish your third language with our first-rate instructors. Following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference, students at this level will learn to identify common words concerning themselves and their families, read vocabulary, ask and answer questions in areas of immediate need, and use phrases and sentences to describe familiar people and places.
Our Elementary students will study spanish 1 hour per week.
Knowledge of numbers and arithmetic are significant milestones in the primary grades. Mental arithmetic, problem solving, use of units of measurement, and the first notions of geometry are introduced.
Sports and Physical Education
Physical activities play an important role in school life. They aim to develop gross and fine motor skills for students and provide a first introduction to physical education, team sports, and physical arts like dance and gymnastics.
Discovering the World
Students are introduced to space and time markers, including tools like the calendar, clock and maps. Students learn to identify the characteristics of living things, are taught health and safety rules, how to respect the environment. Detailed studies of simple technical objects and transformation cycles of matter will be explored during these years. These first introductions to scientific practice provide a window into the world and develop observational and critical thinking skills.
Visual Arts and Art History
We dedicate regular time to practice using different art techniques and mediums, including movement and instruments. Students are invited to express their perceptions and emotions, as well as develop their own projects. In music education, students will learn a vast repertoire of rhymes and songs while developing their listening skills through exploring famous works. They will practice identifying melodic themes, rhythms, tempo, intensity, and pitches. Art history is also introduced in these grades.
Civics and Ethics
Students learn the principles of ethics, learn the rules of polite and social behavior, and receive health education and safety guidelines. They also learn to recognize symbols of the French Republic.