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Elementary School

Elementary School Academics

Cycle 1: Gently unfolding trilingual education with a world view

Our Early Learning program capitalizes on the opportunity for the acquisition of new languages at the level of native fluency. Our child-centered program is differentiated and highly kinesthetic allowing children to develop their natural talents and curiosities in a language rich environment.

Through guided activities in all three languages, children develop fine and gross motor coordination in space, as well as sensory, emotional, cognitive, and relational skills. Vocabulary, syntax, and the rhythm of languages are built through daily verbal interactions in the classroom, in the context of physical activities and through stories, dance, and song. 

Cycle 2: Acquiring fundamental skills

First, second, and third grades are combined in Cycle 2. Here, with ever increasing autonomy, students develop their basic skills, including reading in the three languages and cursive writing. Students spend 60% of their time in French, the goal being to provide students with enough vocabulary, structure, and competency in understanding and expression in French in order to tackle any academic subject. A logical, systematic approach and a pride in presentation of work are also viewed as prerequisites for clear thinking and future academic success.

Cycle 3: In-depth study

In fourth and fifth grades, students explore language arts, math, science, history/social science, and the arts at a much deeper level. These are the years where “balanced trilingualism” is honed. Students in these grades continue to spend 60% of their time in French. Essential concepts are introduced and reinforced in the fourth grade and mastered in the fifth grade. Mastering academic content in three distinct languages broadens the students’ understanding of how other cultures view the world.

AIS Grade Levels

At AIS, grade levels follow the naming convention of the French National Education system and are divided into four academic cycles.

Cycle 1

PK3 - Petite Section (PS)
PK4 - Moyenne Section (MS)
Kinder - Grande Section (GS)

Cycle 2

1stCours Préparatoire (CP)
2ndCours Élémentaire 1 (CE1)
3rdCours Élémentaire 2 (CE2)

Cycle 3

4thCours Moyen 1 (CM1)
5thCours Moyen 2 (CM2)
6thSixième (6e)

Cycle 4

7th - Cinquième (5e)
8th - Quatrième (4e)
9th - Troisième (3e)