Thank you to our sponsor, Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, a French American Preschool-8th grade school in Berkeley.
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley was established in 1977 as a non-profit by those who felt that the East Bay community needed a school which would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment.
It is the biggest and oldest bilingual school in the East Bay and is recognized as one of the pioneers of the dual-immersion movement in the Bay area. “EB”, as it is known, is one of the most academically challenging preschool-8th grade private schools in the Bay Area and has a very strong high school and college placement track record.
The school's immersion model means students are exposed to a foreign language, French, for the majority of the day. Students learn different subject matters in both French and English and are able to draw parallels and points of similarities learning in two languages.
Ecole Bilingue welcomes children with no necessary prior exposure to French in its preschool program. Students as young as 2 ½ are placed in mixed-age classes with 3-year-olds with a ratio of one teacher for 8 children. The EB preschool follows the French “Maternelle” curriculum, renowned for its structure and its 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!
Ecole Bilingue believes in a holistic approach: the “key 12 years,” ages 2 through 14, providing the essential foundation each child needs for academic, linguistic, creative, moral, and physical development.
It embraces the concept of “growth”. It is woven in all aspects of life at EB because at the core it is the idea that belief in one’s own ability and the ability of others helps us become better and more capable human beings. This idea, based on Carole Dweck’s research, has illustrated that a willingness to take risks and work hard (a growth mindset) can create growth and change in an individual, which can subsequently extend to the classroom and broader school community.
EB’s multilingual program of learning is carefully designed to elicit growth and the unique, personal strengths of each child, supporting progress naturally and confidently from day-to-day and year-to-year, and equipping students with the skills necessary to secure success here, but also in high school, college, and beyond.
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.”
See for yourself (video)
See for yourself (visit Ecole Bilingue)
The school is located at 1009 Heinz Avenue in Berkeley, right across from the Berkeley Bowl West supermarket, near the I-80 Ashby exit.
All interested families should discover EB by attending an open house or a French Storytime session. Both are FREE!
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.
- Open House #1: Wednesday, October 18 from 9-11am Register here.
- Open House #2: Saturday, November 18 from 10 to noon Register here.
French Storytime for Preschoolers
Come with your preschool-aged child to introduce her gently to the French language by hearing and singing some French songs and listening to some french stories! Every first Saturday of the month, families have a chance to discover the EB Preschool playground! Open to ages 3 to 6. Next one is Saturday, October 7 at 10 am Register here.
The Director of Admissions also holds specific Preschool (click here to sign-up) and Kindergarten (click here to sign-up) tours for small groups on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 am. Please contact Manon Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have.
Notable awards for Ecole Bilingue
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley was voted “The Best” in three categories in this year’s Parents’ Press Awards:
- Best Bilingual Preschool
- Best Bilingual Elementary School
- Best Bilingual Middle School
EB also received a Silver award for Best International School in Bay Area Parents magazine.
[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.