Our mission can be summarized in three words:
EXCELLENCE – RIGOR – KINDNESS
Under the French system, preschool consists of three levels: la Petite Section (PK3), la Moyenne Section (PK4) et la Grande Section (K). We use a socio-constructivist approach which respects the learning pace of each student. LIH fosters a climate of trust and respect where parents are our valued partners from day one. We believe every student will succeed. We build on each student’s unique strengths and skills and let them develop their own identity through stimulating reflection, memorization, and problem-solving activities.
Our program follows the requirements of the French Ministry of Education, whose demanding curriculum has a proven track record of success. The French National Education curriculum is learner-centered and focused on students’ needs. LIH welcomes children starting at 3 years old and offers an education that is context-based and tailored to the profile of every child, so they can develop their knowledge and skills to their highest potential. Our teachers use the latest findings in the fields of cognitive science and neurology to adapt their teaching and closely follow each child. Our learning environment is one that is calm and positive and our children learn in small class sizes.
Digital language (coding) is taught in addition to alphabetical languages (French and English). Using a playful approach to learn algorithms, students create, reason and cooperate to accomplish projects and activities. Students use programming basics and see their work evolve to their great satisfaction. When coupling language acquisition with mathematical principles in the execution of projects, students solidify and consolidate learning.
Our curriculum starts from the moment your child enters LIH every day, with our morning ritual. This is a very important moment for our little ones as it marks their new school life rhythm. Every morning, our preschool parents can come to class with their child and participate in a 30-minute, semi-directed activity. This enables a smooth transition for the child, from their parent to their teacher.
Our curriculum is context-based and revolves around five main areas:
- Language acquisition
- Physical activity
- Structured thinking
- Discovery of the world
55% of the curriculum is taught in French, 45% in English.
STUDENT : TEACHER RATIO
We welcome a maximum of 12 children per PreK3 class, and a maximum of 15 children per PreK4 and Kindergarten class, with a ratio of 1 adult for 7 children.
All our teachers have real-world experience and give personalized attention to each student. All of them have experience working in international institutions within bilingual or multilingual programs.