Spotlight on Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley Early Childhood Program - 510 Families

Spotlight on Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley Early Childhood Program

Do you think your child could benefit from being immersed in another language? If you believe in the strengths of a European-inspired education and value a diverse community of students and families, you may want to explore Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, offering preschool through 8th grade.

We're proud to have Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (EB) as a sponsor.

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (EB) is an international school spanning preschool through 8th grade that integrates the rigor and excellence of a French curriculum into a dynamic, whole-child-centered independent school education.

EB preschool teachers
The team of EB teachers is composed of native French speakers and native English speakers. Here teachers of the 2-year-old program.

Speaking French 80 percent of the day

The preschool and kindergarten (ages 2 to 6) revolve around children as intrinsically curious and active learners. The school is play-based, taking inspiration from Montessori tasks. The children are immersed in French language and culture approximately 80 percent of the school day.

French and English teachers collaborate and co-teach each week to build connections between the two languages so that students learn them naturally and in concert. See this approach in action in a preschool class:

In preschool and kindergarten, the education is individualized for each child. The school boasts an outstanding student-teacher ratio: its 2-year-old program has one adult for every six children, and its 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old program has one adult for every eight children.

Ecole Bilingue preschool recess
Photo: Ecole Bilingue preschool recess

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten in French

Ecole Bilingue accepts “fall-birthday applicants” who are turning 5 between September 1 and December 31. These students are mixed with kindergarteners, and depending on their emotional maturity and academic progress, they can either stay in kindergarten the following year or move on to 1st grade.

Students between the ages of 2 and 5 do not need to know how to speak French when applying to EB, as teachers are experts in fostering second-language acquisition during that critical time. See one of our French teachers gently introducing this new language to a group of students.

Schedule a visit to Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley

french class
Preschool and Kindergarten students spend one hour a day in English | Photo: Ecole Bilingue

Interested families are invited to attend one of the open-house events. You can register by clicking your preferred date below:
Friday, October 18
Saturday, November 23
Friday, January 17
Tuesday, February 25 from 9am to 11am

Another fun way to discover EB is to attend Storytime in French for Preschoolers. During this free event, preschool-age children are gently introduced to the French language by hearing and singing songs and listening to stories. Please register online.

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (EB) is located at:
1009 Heinz Ave. (across from Berkeley Bowl West)
Berkeley, CA 94710

Photo: Ecole Bilingue kindergarten
In Kindergarten, students are gently introduced to reading and writing in French and English. | Photo: Ecole Bilingue

[Photos provided by Ecole Bilingue]

Merci Beaucoup to Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (EB) for being our sponsor. Go visit their lovely campus for a storytime or school information session.

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