A New Bilingual Middle School Option in the East Bay (Sponsored by Ecole Bilingue) - 510 Families

A New Bilingual Middle School Option in the East Bay (Sponsored by Ecole Bilingue)

Since its founding in 1977, French American school Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley has refined its bilingual curriculum in order to equip graduates with tenacity, cross-cultural fluency and a deep intellectual capacity. The largest bilingual school in the East Bay is now 450 students strong and its curriculum covers Preschool (starting age 2) to 8th grade.

Watch a short video about this private middle school in Berkeley for students who don’t already speak French

Starting in 2019, Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley will open its doors to incoming 6th graders with no prior French language experience for an opportunity to join its renowned Middle School.

“EB’s Middle School International Track is a unique combination of small class sizes, strong foreign language exposure, and internationally-focused curriculum. This is the perfect blend that will lead students to be successful future global citizens,” says Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley’s Head of School Mehdi Lazar.

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Photo: Ecole Bilingue

How does the bilingual middle school work?

Twenty-five percent of the time, students in this new track will be learning and studying French; “That’s more than twice the time spent studying a second language in a typical middle school,” says EB’s Middle School Head Richard Lyon. Students will join their peers during classes conducted in English such as art, science, physical education or social studies.

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Photo: Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley

This track is ideally suited for students who possess strong academic skills and a desire to become multilingual. It prepares them to pursue internationally focused education, such as the highly acclaimed International Baccalaureate program. “Once in high school, our students thrive in the IB program, but they are also very much sought after by top private schools who value their multilingual communications skills and their open-mindedness,” explains high school placement counselor Douglas Gostlin.


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Middle school students at Ecole Bilingue in Berkeley

See for yourself! Visit Ecole Bilingue in Berkeley

Learn more about EB’s new Middle School International Track by attending an Open House on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:30am (register here). Not ready to attend an event? Receive updates directly to your inbox by signing up for our mailing list (we promise to email you no more than once a month).

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley Middle School is located at 901 Grayson Street, 94710 Berkeley (map).

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