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Frequently Asked Questions

Would my child be able to perform at or above grade level in English even if the amount of instruction in English is less than in French?

Our two-way immersion program is designed to allow students to perform at or above grade level in English and in French. Our students receive about 6-7 hours of language arts instruction in English, which exceeds the numbers of hours of language arts instruction in other public or private schools. Math and science in any other languages are almost the same except for few a exceptions such as in math: the division graph, the metric system…. and in science: the periodic table, temperature… Consequently, our students receive an additional hour of instruction in English, which we call humanities. This course teaches them these differences that exist between the American and French curricula, American history and government.

Would my child be able to transfer to an English School and perform at grade level?

Yes, our students take the SAT in English on the following subjects: Math, Language Arts, Social Science and Science. The SAT is administered yearly, starting from first grade; thus making sure that our students are performing at grade level in English. Our students have performed very well in all subjects. An average of 85-95 percent of our students has performed at or above grade level in all subjects for the past 3 years.

My child has limited language proficiency in English or in French.  How would the school address that?

To insure the academic success of all students in our school the following plan is initiated to offer the support that your child will need to successfully complete our program.

Students with limited language proficiency in English or French will receive the following assistance:

  • Resource class in the language if needed
  • English as a second language (ESOL) or French as a second language (FRESOL) in language arts classes
  • Teachers will be able to present instruction in other subject content in a way that all the students can understand
  • Additional French lessons will be available (optional)
  • Constant consultation with teachers regarding the students’ development will be maintained
  • Quarterly evaluation plans will be initiated for the students in order to monitor their progress.
  • Based on the students’ progress, teachers will use their discretion to determine when and how to give the exams to the students.
  • All students will receive a grade for each marking period, mid-term and/or final exam.

My child does not have any prior knowledge of the French language.  Would he or she be able to follow the program?

According to the Early Exploration of Second Languages Report, 1996, the following are some of the benefits of a school of this genre:

  • Children before the age of seven tend to acquire second languages with great ease and fluency
  • The critical period for acquiring language is from 3 to 7 years old
  • Any second language introduced at an early age will “immunize” a child against the rigidity of monolingualism
  • Children who study foreign languages will have a better understanding of other cultures.

However, we do not recommend that parents enroll a child who does not have prior knowledge of the French language after the third grade unless the child is really disciplined and motivated. In order for a child to succeed in our program without prior knowledge of the French language he or she will have to take individual French lessons and remedial courses. We had a couple of students who entered our program in 4th grade who have done very well. It might be helpful to talk to these parents before considering registering your child (a contact number will be provided to you if want to contact these parents).

If my child misses school for one week or three months do I have to pay?

Our tuition is based on a yearly academic schedule, from the middle of the month of August to the first week of June. Full payment for the month of August is required.

A monthly invoice will be given to parents. Yearly tuition is paid by installments: Monthly installments are due on the first Monday of the month. Tuition is not for a particular month or week: it is based on a yearly amount. Tuition is due even if your child is absent.

Parents are required to formally withdraw their children. The withdrawal procedure requires a personal interview with the Director. Tuition will be charged until the child is officially withdrawn from the program. Official documents will be held until all balances are paid and all books or materials are returned to the school.