Thank you to our sponsor, Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, a French American Preschool-8th grade school in Berkeley. If you have dreamed of raising a bilingual child, read on.
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley is a preschool to 8th grade international school that integrates the rigor and excellence of a French curriculum into a dynamic, whole-child independent school education.
EB’s mission is to nurture creative, multilingual learners, equipped to confidently embrace the delights and challenges of an interconnected world by providing its students with language immersion, rigorous academics, individualized attention, and a welcoming international community.
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What dual-language immersion means at EB
The school’s immersion model means students are exposed to a foreign language, French, for the majority of the day. Students learn in French 80% of the time from preschool to 2nd grade, then gradually shift to 50% French-50% English later on. Students learn different subject matters in both French and English and are able to draw parallels and points of similarities learning in two languages.
Whether in preschool, lower school or middle school, Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley follows the internationally renowned French curriculum. Students learning through the French curriculum are taught to truly respect academic prowess and independent, analytical thinking, with an emphasis on cultural knowledge. In Preschool, students start as early as two years old and follow a well structured, developmentally appropriate pedagogy.
Over the course of their elementary and middle school education, students learn more academically rigorous subject matters in two languages. Testing shows that they systematically outperform their peers in monolingual schools in reading and literacy. In other words, learning several languages doesn’t slow down reading and writing, but enhances it!
Small class size is key to delivering quality instruction, that is why there is an average of 17 students per class at EB. This allows the team of experienced faculty and specialized teachers to offer differentiated instruction and promote growth of each child as an individual.
Ecole Bilingue families hail from 50 different countries. They bring their culture and language with them. French-speaking families make up a third of the parent body, another third is English-speaking and another third speaks another language besides French and English. The multiculturalism that prevails within the parent body positively impacts the students’ experience and makes EB a truly international school!
A recognized curriculum in the US and abroad
EB is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the French Ministry of Education. It also belongs to the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (AEFE), and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) networks of schools.
Opportunities to visit Ecole Bilingue
The school is located at 1009 Heinz Avenue in Berkeley, across from the Berkeley Bowl West supermarket, off I-80 Ashby exit.
All interested families should get to know EB by attending a free open house or a French Storytime for Preschoolers session. Open Houses are a chance to discover EB’s curriculum and facilities in depth. Families will meet the head of school, talk to teachers and students and visit the school. During French Storytime for Preschoolers, your preschool-aged child is gently introduced to the French language by hearing and singing some French songs and listening to French stories. Learn more and register.
How to apply
The Preschool at EB accepts children ages 2 to 5 with no prior French experience. Learn more >
New in 2019! EB is opening an international track in 6th grade geared towards students with no prior French experience. Learn more >
This is what Head of School Mehdi Lazar has to say about Ecole Bilingue:
“What makes EB unique is its robust international, dual-immersion curriculum reinforced by foreign language instruction along the way. Outdoor education and out-of-the-classroom experiences are also very important (including international field-trips and community service), as well as social-emotional learning and the acquisition of soft-skills that are so essential in the world we live in today.”
[Photos and information provided by Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley and used with permission]
Thank you once again to our sponsor, Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, a French American Preschool-8th grade school in Berkeley. If you’re curious about an EB education, stop by.