Total Preschool French Immersion Program
The Preschool, Elementary and Middle school programs are a total immersion French program, which means that all subjects are taught in French, however, English language, U.S. history, Visual Arts and American and English literature are taught by native speakers of English. In the Integrated Dual “English” Program, Math and Science courses are usually taken in English. Non-French-speaking children are normally admitted from the age of 3 through first grade. Thereafter, French-speaking students or transfers from other French schools are accepted. Because younger children learn languages most easily, it is ideal to enroll early in the preK and kindergarten years, so that the child can become confident with the language before 1st grade.
It is not necessary for parents to speak French. Even though, our Native speaking Lead Teachers are comfortable speaking English and French. All official communications with parents can be prepared in both French and English and parent/teacher conferences are conducted in the language which is most comfortable for the parents.
Dual French & English Education
Our program is based on the French National Curriculum combined with key American building blocks. It offers students the best of both worlds.
From the advanced French curriculum—taught in French—students become highly proficient critical thinkers by acquiring the rigorous writing skills and broad academic knowledge to succeed in many advanced preparatory high school programs in the US, or in case of a transfer in French speaking countries.
From our strong American program—taught in English—students receive the academic preparation that is sought by the high school honor and pre-IB and IB programs, and later on, in American colleges and Universities.
From multicultural exposure, students gain valuable social and communication skills, and become exceptionally open-minded. Taking into account the richness, diversity, and challenges of this dual-language system, students educated at Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau are well-prepared to meet—and often exceed—the demands of the best High Schools in the US and France.