"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 educational choice is to put Montessori pedagogy into practice from 3 to 12 years old, in an open way and adapted to the habits and customs of our time, but in line with its principles and philosophy.
Our goal is above all the well-being of our pupils and to prepare them for their learning as an individual, with respect for their needs and interests, for a harmonious and successful integration into a different educational system when leaving our School.
We prepare our students for the cantonal tests from 7 years old under the same conditions and on the same dates as all public schools in Geneva.
We have chosen to become an examination center for the Cambridge Young Learners Exam and register our students for the Starters, Movers and Flyers tests from the age of 7. This particularity allows pupils who will continue their education in an establishment abroad, and/or as part of an English curriculum, to be well prepared.
Our School, located in a Romand canton, gives priority to the initiation of writing and reading in the French language from the age of four. The pupils learn English orally from the age of three. The classroom environment is bilingual from 3 to 6 years old. English is spoken only for comprehension and expression. The pupils are exposed to both languages during school hours.
In the Upper Elementary – 6 to 12 years of age - English is taught in small groups everyday. Reading and writing in English begins at age 6 and the PER (Romand Studies Programme) curriculum can then be followed in English.
Sports activities and motor skills are part of our educational project from age three, provided and supervised by professionals following the principles of Montessori pedagogy.
Outdoor education 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 supplementing the curriculum are offered in this context.
Our educational project is open to artistic expression and music through participation in concerts and artistic events, in order to enrich their sensitivity and their discoveries. A musical awakening programme is offered as part of the after-school care programme on Wednesdays. Preparatory classes are equipped with bells, Montessori music equipment, for learning sounds.