The Other School's ambition is to allow each child to become himself or herself. We have imagined an Other School because we believe that academic excellence alone is insufficient to prepare children for the world of tomorrow.
In a changing world, we believe that knowing how to adapt and how to get involved in causes that are important to us contributes to happiness. Also, combining pleasure and knowledge, giving a taste for sharing and the pleasure of living together are essential conditions for creating the committed actors of tomorrow.
Finally, we believe that intelligence is multiple, cognitive, social and emotional, and that developing this potential is a determining factor in the overall construction of the individual. L'Autre École offers a caring environment that respects differences in order to bring out the best in everyone.
L'Autre École was born of human encounters around Lionel, its founder. It is above all a vision and a common desire carried by a group of committed professionals: to offer an alternative education to contribute to living well together tomorrow in a better world.
It is this conviction that gave birth to the first School in Boulogne-Billancourt, animated with dedication by its director Laurence: to change the world, we must change the way individuals interact, thus changing the way we prepare our children to become adults. All the employees of L'Autre École are convinced of this.
L'Autre École was born out of a look at the world in search of meaning that is our world today, a world that is not going well and that could get better if we started to rethink education.
This world is moving fast. In fact, it has never changed as fast as it has in the last 70 years. And yet educational models are not changing, or not changing enough. Schools cannot solve everything, but they must be nourished by societal changes in order to meet the needs of the times.
Our world is built, in part, around myths and stories that our level of knowledge now allows us to look at with lucidity, and even to deconstruct.
Accepting that at least some of the inconsistencies and misunderstandings that shake contemporary humanity as a result of such conditioning means putting education at the heart of our society, making school the solution to transmit the feeling of belonging to the same human community of destiny.
Another school seems therefore necessary, and therefore possible. A school whose ambition would be to give everyone the keys to become an individual sensitive to living well together and responsible for his or her impact on the environment, fitting into the human community as well as possible.
L'Autre École sets its pedagogical framework in contact with a multidisciplinary college of experts composed of teachers, pedagogues, neuroscience researchers, child psychiatrists, philosophers and parents. These sources of knowledge and inspiration nourish the educational line and the diversity of teaching in an evolutionary way, to take into account advances in research, but also feedback from students, parents and the community of teachers and carers.
The teaching implemented at L'Autre École is thus based in particular on the breadth of old and new knowledge, with particular attention paid to positive and alternative pedagogies centered on the child(Montessori, Freinet, Steiner).
Another school is thus possible, which would have the ambition to give everyone the keys to become an individual who is both happy and responsible for his or her environment, fitting into the human community as well as possible. A school that would invite us to meet others, where everything would become possible, so that our children could embody "the change we want to see in this world".