Our mission is to build each child’s early academic foundation by applying the learning principles of the French Ministry of Education. Part of a worldwide network of accredited French schools, L’Etoile provides a personalized environment that welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. The curriculum, taught by native French teachers, inspires children to strive for academic excellence and to develop a strong sense of global awareness, as well as respect for cultural traditions. We support each student in the acquisition of academic skills and the development of character necessary for citizenship in a complex world.
Our purposeful and structured curriculum inspires a sense of well-being and confidence in our young learners. Through their work in both individual endeavors and collaborative projects, our students emerge to be capable and independent thinkers. By consistently introducing French in a methodical, yet accessible way, we are setting the stage for the acquisition of native-like pronunciation and intonation, and advanced language proficiency. Our values are grounded in the expectation that our students will be thoughtful and confident participants in the world.
Pursuit of Excellence
At L’Etoile we support students as they become fully prepared to thrive in an ever-changing world. L’Etoile optimizes students’ potential by inspiring children to utilize their talents and abilities, while empowering them to grow as individuals. Encouraging students to explore new ideas and be open to challenging projects, even if outside their comfort zone, help them to discover who they are, and to develop their curiosity for “what’s next”. By including art, music, drama, technology, and innovative field trips in the curriculum, children emerge with a balanced perspective of many subjects, while continuing to hone their independent motivations.
Warm, inviting spaces bring forth better concentration, a sense of safety, and calm in the classroom. For our youngest learners, purposeful activities are placed at eye level to enable constructive play and to promote exploration. Outside play structures are age-appropriate, giving children the freedom of movement.
Elementary classrooms are thoughtfully organized to stimulate learning. Walls are visually rich, decorated with historical posters, poems, artwork, and maps. Tables are set up to display science projects and sculpture. Classrooms are equipped with computers for research or code development. Outside acres of space allow children to run, play sports, and imaginary games.
Support and Collaboration
Through thoughtful circle times and classroom projects, teachers encourage the verbal exchange of ideas, feelings, and concepts, creating an environment that allows students to confidently voice their opinions and ask questions.
Group work, within the classroom and across grades, teaches students to be courteous, patient, and self-aware, skills that will be useful in their daily and future lives. Parents may view collaborative work during celebrations including the science fair, sports day, choral performances, robotics exhibits, and math and reading challenges. The result is that students not only learn how to contribute but also how to actively listen to and support their fellow classmates.
As an international school we have families from all over the world. As such we teach children to be culturally responsive and mindful of differences in ideas. Customs and celebrations from around the globe are discussed to educate children about what happens outside of their immediate world. The aim is to create a classroom environment where all students can thrive together and understand that individual characteristics make people unique and not ‘different’ in a negative way.
Partnership with Parents
At L’Etoile we seek to build positive, open relationships with parents. We believe that parent involvement strengthens the connection between home and school, and brings clarity to what happens day to day in the classroom. Teachers communicate frequently with parents on academic goals, strategies for improvement, and homework expectations for students at the elementary level. While parents are not expected to help students with homework, providing encouragement and reinforcement gives them the support they need to complete challenging tasks.
We believe students need the room to explore, experiment and solve problems logically in order to be prepared for today’s world. Students engage in projects that require them to lay out goals and analyze how to achieve them step by step. Examples may include working in a group to figure out how to program a robot or what approach to take on disassembling/assembling a bike. Teachers and staff routinely revisit what academic projects to select, staying informed and up-to-date on new technologies in education.