The French Curriculum

 (French curriculum translated)

La Petite Ecole offers native-speaking teachers who fulfill the French-based curriculum promoting at the same time the French culture and the development of life values within our international community.

The goal of the French curriculum is to develop analysis, reasoning and critical thinking through incremental acquisition of rigorous writing skills and broad academic knowledge at each level.

Our dual language program based on early immersion reinforces these skills.

La Petite Ecole and its teachers are overseen by the French Ministry of Education with inspectors visiting our school to control the curriculum, the qualifications of the teachers and the every day operation of the school.

The French Ministry of Education divides preschool and elementary school into three cycles of education (ranging from ages 2 to 11).

Tableau Cycles
Organizing schooling into cycles provides the necessary flexibility to accommodate children’s diversity, abilities and rate of development. All students do not progress at the same rate in all subject areas. Creating cycles allow children to be stimulated and challenged. Teachers can evaluate better their knowledge and their work habits. As is common in France, some classes at La Petite Ecole might be organized by cycle rather than grade, resulting in split or combined classes. Our class structure is adapted to our enrollment patterns and to what works best for the students involved.

Each cycle of learning has an evaluation report; students work on the same concepts within the entire cycle and have that entire cycle of time to master the concepts before moving on.

This evaluation report is shared with the parents twice a year in Preschool and 3 times per year for all other grades. At the same time, student progress is discussed during parents–teachers conferences.

Field trips are a part of our program and are always a reason to reaffirm or to concretize a theory or abstract concept studied in class. They are planned with a learning process established before, during and after each field trip.

In Preschool, children are fully immerged in the French language with a teacher/students ratio of 1/6. In Kindergarten, the teacher/students ratio is 1/12 and students have 45 minutes of English every day, taught by a certified English teacher. At the Elementary level, the teacher/students ratio is 1/15 and students have one hour of English per day. Spanish is also introduced in 3rd Grade.

   1 cyclePRESCHOOL

(Toute Petite & Petite Section de Maternelle):                                                                            This is a full French immersion program for 2 and 3 yr. olds.

The program focuses on:                                                                                                       Socialization: school life                                                                                                              Behavior towards learning                                                                                                              French oral language                                                                                                                          Early literacy                                                                                                                            Handwriting and fine motor skills                                                                                    Mathematics                                                                                                                                         Time and space concepts                                                                                                                  Large motor skills

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN (Moyenne Section de Maternelle)                                         The 4 yr. old students follow a French immersion program.

The program focuses on:                                                                                                                 Behavior towards learning                                                                                                                  Fine motor skills                                                                                                                              Physical abilities                                                                                                                                   World discovery                                                                                                                                   Early literacy                                                                                                                                           French oral language                                                                                                              Mathematics                                                                                                                                        Time and Space concepts

2 cycleKINDERGARTEN   (Grande Section de Maternelle)                                                                   The 5 yr. old students follow a French immersion program with the addition of 45 minutes of English language arts each day.

The program focuses on:                                                                                                              Behavior towards learning                                                                                                    Handwriting & drawing                                                                                                                Physical activities & music                                                                                                             Nature & science                                                                                                                                 Early literacy                                                                                                                                        French language arts                                                                                                               Mathematics                                                                                                                                          Time & Space concepts                                                                                                                  English language arts

FIRST and SECOND GRADES  (CP et CE1)                                                                           The 6 and 7 yr. old students follow a French immersion program with 60 minutes of English language arts each day.

French:                                                                                                                                                   Oral language exercises                                                                                                           Reading                                                                                                                                                    Writing Poetic use of the language                                                                                                        Necessary knowledge to mastering speaking, reading and writing

Mathematics:                                                                                                                             Numbers & arithmetic                                                                                                               Geometry                                                                                                                                    Measurements

Discovering the World:                                                                                                                        Space & diversity of  landscapes                                                                                                   Times in our lives                                                                                                                                The world of matter & objects                                                                                                 Computers & the internet                                                                                                                 The basic concept of life

Civics:                                                                                                                                                   Living together                                                                                                                            Becoming a responsible citizen

The Arts:                                                                                                                                              Musical education                                                                                                                          Artistic activities: different techniques, material or support.                                                  Visiting Museum, gallery and exposition

Physical Education:                                                                                                                   Adapting effort                                                                                                                          Mastering sport skills                                                                                                                Following rules                                                                                                                             Working as a team

English Language Arts:                                                                                                            Necessary knowledge to mastering speaking, writing & reading                                            Social studies


Students follow a French immersion program with 60 minutes of English language arts each day and 120 minutes of Spanish per week.

French:                                                                                                                                            Practicing oral skills                                                                                                    Reading                                                                                                                                         Writing Poetic use of the language                                                                                          Necessary knowledge to mastering speaking, writing & reading

Mathematics:                                                                                                                             Numbers & arithmetic                                                                                     Geometry                                                                                                                             Measurements

Science & Technology:                                                                                                                       Unity and diversity of the living World                                                                                            The human body and health education                                                                                            The earth and the sky                                                                                                                   Matter and energy                                                                                                           Technological objects and creation                                                                                        Computer sciences

History & Geography:                                                                                                               History: significant periods throughout an evolving European and world context     Geography: world, America/Europe, France and local

Civics:                                                                                                                                                 From school to society: becoming a responsible citizen                                                           Rights and duties in society

The Arts:                                                                                                                                             Music: vocal, physical & instrumental activities                                                                        Artistic activities: applied arts, cultural contribution, and assessment of results                Theater, drama & dance                                                                                                              Pictures

Physical Education:                                                                                                                    Athletics activities                                                                                                                     Mastering sport skills (games, gymnastic, swimming)                                                           Group activities, playing different roles  Self-control, managing effort, taking risks, helping resolve problems

English language art:                                                                                                                          Necessary knowledge to mastering speaking, writing & reading                                           Socials studies

Spanish language art:                                                                                                               Necessary knowledge to mastering speaking, writing & reading