School pedagogy

Innovative pedagogical project

Since its founding in 1975, the school has been managed collectively by the faculty and staff: in-service training, recruitment and budget.

  • To provide a small close-knit community: children, parents, staff.
  • To use activity-based programs and manipulative materials allowing children to build a strong foundation in all disciplines.
  • To promote project-based learning.
  • To develop social awareness and responsibility.
  • To encourage creativity and initiative.
  • To establish positive relationships between children and adults.
  • To teach English as a foreign language from nursery through 5th grade.
  • To cultivate an interest in the outside world.
  • To create a partnership with the parents’ association. (APE)
  • To collaborate with other schools affiliated to  the A.N.E.N. (Association pour le développement de l’Éducation nouvelle)

The school rents 450 m2 in the Montparnasse area of central Paris. The buildings are composed of different sized classrooms and an activity room large enough for school assemblies. The classrooms open onto a small central playground.

140 students in seven classes: Nursery and pre-K (PS/MS), Kindergarten (GS), 1st-5th grades (CP, CE1, CE2, CM1 and CM2).

12 adults: eight homeroom teachers, two native speaking English teachers, one Early Years Specialist and one special educational needs teacher. All our staff members hold the necessary diplomas.

Learning environment:

  • The classrooms, workshop, kitchen, activity room and courtyard are open to all within the school guidelines.
  • Children are able to move freely within the school buildings, older and younger children mix freely. The children get to know the adults in the school where the notion of mutual respect is fostered.
  • The school day is organized around alternate periods of individual and collective learning. Classes often collaborate allowing cooperative learning structures.

Social environment:

  • Within the school: The school opens its doors at 8:30am.  Parents and carers are welome in the morning until 8:55am and again at pick-up at 4:00pm.
  • In the classroom: In order to promote collective responsibility within the class, different tools are used: weekly class council meetings, jobs and responsibilites, show and tell, class delegates.
  • During lunch: Children eat in their classrooms. They can choose where they sit and they clean up afterwards encouraging responsibility and teamwork.
  • Interclass activities : Recess, choir, PE, cooperative learning projects…Children of all ages meet up creating occasions for collaboration and communication.

Teaching approaches specific to the school

An interest in the outside world:

We venture out of school…

We welcome to our school…

Parent-Teacher Partnership

The parent-teacher partnership consists of:

Long-Term Projects

Always in the process of reflection and discovery, the school strives to improve through developing projects that  involve the faculty and outside professionals.

Past student centered projects:

Past teacher centered projects: