"It is the child who contains the salvation of life, it is in him that the man of tomorrow is elaborated"
OUR PEDAGOGICAL CHOICE
Our pedagogical choice is the implementation of the Montessori pedagogy from 3 to 12 years old, openly and adapted to the habits and customs of our time, but in accordance with its principles and philosophy.
We aim for the wellbeing of pupils first and foremost and our goal is to prepare them for their learning as an individual, with respect for their needs and interests, for a harmonious and successful integration into an educational system different they may find when leaving our School.
We prepare our pupils for the Cantonal Exams from the age of 7 under the same conditions and at the same dates as all public schools in Geneva.
We chose to become an exam centre for the Cambridge Young Learners Exam and enroll them in Starters, Movers and Flyers at age 7. This feature allows those who will continue their education in an institution abroad, and/or as part of an English curriculum, to be well prepared.
Our School, located in a Romand Canton, gives priority to the triggering of writing and reading in the French language from 4 years. The learning of oral English is from 3 years.
The classroom environment is bilingual from 3 to 6 years old. English is spoken only for comprehension and expression. Pupils are exposed to both languages during school hours.
From the age of 6, in the upper Elementary Section, English is worked by full immersion for a minimum of one day. A day to a day-and-a-half for the 6 to 9 years old, a week out of two for the 9 to 12 years old. Learning to read, writing in English begins at 6 years old and the curriculum of the PER (Programme d’Etudes Romand) can then be followed in English.
The physical education through sport and motor skills is part of our educational project from the age of 3. Motricity and sports activities are offered, supervised by professionals following the principles of Montessori pedagogy.
Outdoor pedagogy is part of our project, through various activities, throughout the year, at the initiative of teachers but also in partnership with the "Ferme de Budé" (close to the School) and the "J’aime ma planète" Association. Regular workshops complementing the curriculum are offered in this context.
Our educational project is open to artistic expression and music by participating in concerts and artistic events chosen by teachers and their students to enrich their sensibility and discoveries. A programme of musical awakening is offered as part of the extracurricular activities. Preparatory classes are equipped with bells, Montessori music equipment, for learning sounds.