THE ECOLE

Sponsored Content l August 11, 2022

The École Now Serves Students from Pre-Nursery through High School!

Since the opening of its Pre-Nursery program in September 2021, The École welcomes two-year-olds to its unique French-American bilingual program.

The Pre-Nursery class constitutes the first year of The École’s pre-school Maternelle program. The École’s learning experience, which combines the scholastic depth of the French system and the play-based approaches of US early childhood education, is carefully adapted to the Pre-Nursery students to ensure a nurturing classroom environment that eases the transition to school life for the children and their parents, all the while encouraging the two-year-olds to develop their inquisitiveness and independence! In keeping with The École’s desire to remain human-sized, there is a cap of 12 students in the Pre-Nursery class. Two experienced and certified teachers—one native English speaker and one native French speaker— along with a dedicated daycare assistant create an atmosphere of discovery and delight for their Pre-Nursery students and prepare them for future academic success in The École’s unique bilingual program.

And just one year later, The École has joined forces with Léman Manhattan Preparatory School to create a new high school track!

Starting this September 2022, Middle School graduates from The École, from Léman, and from other schools throughout New York City will attend this new French bilingual high school program at Léman. The program is an extension of The École’s French-American dual curriculum and transitions to a bilingual IB diploma program. The IB diploma is globally recognized as one of the strongest college preparatory programs and is an impressive qualification for college applicants.

Léman High School with The École–a French-American, bilingual IB curriculum–is part of a global effort to address the growing demand for language proficiency across university candidates and the labor force.

This partnership, which is one of a kind in New York City, is possible thanks to the commitment of the two schools to consistently create and design new, high-quality programs for their students. The two schools share the same values, and every year, a significant number of The École’s Middle School graduates pursue their learning journey at Léman.

“Partnering with Léman is an exciting opportunity for The École. We can now offer a high-quality French-American high school program in line with our current bilingual curriculum. Léman has expert knowledge of the IB curriculum and a wealth of experience in college counseling and placements, which makes them the ideal partner for The École,” –  Jean-Yves Vesseau, Head of School at The École.

“The opportunity to collaborate with The École and create a truly French-American program that will transition to a bilingual IB diploma is something unique across the NYC private school landscape. With The École’s expertise in bilingual education and Léman’s long-standing IB experience, we are confident that this new French-language track will differentiate Léman students and equip them for future success,” –  Maria Castelluccio, Head of School at Léman.

Come and find out more about The École’s dual language program and meet members of its community during an Open House

Parents interested in learning more about The École for the 2022-2023 academic year, are invited to contact The École admissions@theEcole.org or register for one of its in-person open houses.

About The École: The École is an independent, French-American bilingual school serving an international community of Maternelle-to-Middle School students in New York City’s Flatiron District. The École artfully blends the best of the French and American educational systems, equipping students with deep academic bi-literacy, whole-child skills and knowledge, and an optimistic, multi-cultural perspective.