Our pedagogy

The Six Pillars


Our educational philosophy is structured around six educational pillars:

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Mastering the basis of l' Education Nationale

2

Providing bilingual French-English education

3

Stimulate cognitive and executive abilities

4

Develop socio-emotional skills

5

Being a committed player in tomorrow's world

6

Enabling children to be who they really are

Child-centred pedagogy


The pedagogical approach provided at L'Autre École is based on numerous studies carried out in the field of education, including the most recent ones. It includes a special focus on positive and alternative child-centred pedagogies (Montessori, Freinet, Steiner, Decroly, Malaguzzi...). L'Autre École creates its pedagogical framework in contact with a multidisciplinary college of experts composed of teachers, pedagogues, neuroscientists, child psychiatrists, philosophers and parents. These sources of knowledge and inspiration nourish the educational approaches and the diversity of teaching in an evolutionary way. It takes into account advances in research, and feedback from students, parents and the community of teachers and care-givers.

"Let's not raise our children for today's world. That world won't exist when they grow up. Therefore, we must, as a priority, help a child to cultivate his creative and adaptive faculties "

Maria Montessori

The specifics of L'Autre École (what you won't find elsewhere)


To give each child the opportunity to reveal his or her potential for creativity, adaptability and self-confidence, to enter tomorrow's world with a wealth of personal resources conducive to serenity and happiness. Freedom, autonomy, solidarity, kindness: everything necessary for a student to blossom.

A 100% bilingual environment: French / English

It is from the earliest age that a child's brain is the most receptive, absorbing everything like a sponge. He is able to learn his mother tongue as well as other languages.

Highly qualified and committed teams

Our teachers are selected based on their experience as well as their personalities. This allows the child to become aware of his or her inner potential .

Multi-level classes with small class sizes (1 teacher for 12 students)

This helps to consolidate learning and improve the structuring of thought. For young and old alike, it is an educational context that allows for growth and mutual enrichment by learning to respect each other's possibilities and limits.

A unique pedagogy inspired by the best schools

The child is the actor of his learning, guided by the teacher, according to his own rhythm. We draw our inspiration from some Montessori schools, Scandinavian schools and from the most recent research results in the field of educational neuroscience.

Our values


Our ambition is to instill values through transmission and exemplarity.

Openness & respect for differences

Diversity is a richness. We strive to foster openness and understanding of the other, particularly through empathy, because we are convinced that by having the ability to adopt the perspective of the other (cognitive empathy) and by being sensitive to what the other feels (emotional empathy), each child can develop his or her otherness while respecting differences.

Collaboration & interdependence

Working together has many educational virtues. Experimenting with an organized and constructive interdependence, through committed projects carried out at L'Autre Ecole is also a way of fostering good living together and of demonstrating that the richness of collective intelligence goes far beyond the sum of individualities.

Happiness & fulfilment

The search for happiness is common to all. Our role is therefore to help each child grow in a correct educational environment to build himself harmoniously, interacting with others and discovering, progressively, what can help him to achieve his full potential.

Freedom & autonomy

True education emancipates, liberates rather than formats. For this reason, we wish to value the ability of thinking for oneself and to follow one's own path.

Caring & self-confidence

To want the good of the other and to know that the other wants our own good is to make a relationship of trust possible and to help each other progress. Pedagogically, it means encouraging a transmission that is more horizontal (between peers and equals) than vertical (from a knowing teacher) and offering the child the assurance of being considered as a person in his or her own right.

Solidarity & altruism

The child has the natural impulse to help the person he or she perceives to be in difficulty at an early age. By encouraging this selfless behaviour, which brings goodness around and encourages mutual help, an altruistic attitude is developed which is particularly useful towards the weakest and most deprived.

A typical day at L'Autre École (in elementary school)

8:30-8:50 a.m.

Welcome with music and free activities.

Parents can stay in class for 20 minutes. This is a time to share between parents, children and teachers.

8:50-9:05 a.m.

Motor and cognitive awakening.

Meditation and Yoga. Rituals and life skills.
Explanation of the day's activities.

9:05 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Fundamental learning (French, math, English).

Discovery of a new concept with the French (or English) teacher
Work in small groups or workshops on the discovery of a fundamental skill related to the current theme.


Working independently, in pairs on activities corresponding to the child's needs with the Anglophone (or Francophone) teacher: consolidation or "to go further".


Recreation in the school garden in the morning

11:45am-12:15pm

Physical and sports education.

Who hasn't dreamt of doing good dodgeball?

12:15-13:00 p.m.

Lunch.

Our vision of the meal encourages us to offer you more than just a canteen.

The meal is a convivial moment, shared by all: teachers, children big and small, come together to share this moment.

1:00pm-1:45pm

Quiet time and siesta.

A calm and relaxing moment in autonomy. Everyone is free to choose their activity and to devote themselves fully to it.

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1:45pm-2:10pm

"Silence we read"

A moment of silence where children are free to choose the book they wish to explore.

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l4h10-14h40

Choir, co-operative debate, philosophical debate or socio-emotional workshop

2:40pm-4:30pm

Pedagogy by project

16h35

End of the school day & Lunch

5:00pm-6:00pm

AfterSchool and Playtime on registration

To develop artistic sensitivity and civic engagement.

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The 7 differences with other private or public schools

Small staff

L'Autre École
1 teacher for 15 students
Private school
1 teacher for 20 students
State school
1 teacher for 23 students on average

Teacher training

L'Autre École
Continuously trained teachers who are considered to be high level professionals
Private school
Punctually trained teachers
State school
Reduced initial training and almost no continuing education

Pedagogical approach

L'Autre École
Innovative, adapted and personalized pedagogical approach
Private school
Personalized approach but remains classic
State school
Classical and uniform pedagogical approach for all children in the same class

Bilingual education

L'Autre École
Two languages of instruction (French and English)
Private school
Teaching in French
State school
Teaching in French

Openness and diversity

L'Autre École
Secular and open to all
Private school
Often denominational and without social mix
State school
Secular and open to all

Target audience and location

L'Autre École
A place of exchange, sharing and life open to parents
Private school
Closed place, only for children
State school
Closed place, only for children

After-school care

L'Autre École
AfterSchool open to all and based on project-based pedagogy
Private school
After-school care after the unequal class, closer to "daycare".
State school
After-school care after the unequal class, closer to "daycare".