Character Education in Lower School
The Character Education program is a key element of our Lower School curriculum. The basic human values of respect, responsibility, self-discipline and perseverance, trustworthiness, fairness, and caring are discussed and developed whenever appropriate during the year. From everyday experiences that lead to discussions and writing topics, to the use of books which promote happiness, believing in oneself, and being a caring, determined and responsible child, the various aspects of our character education program are woven into our curriculum on a daily basis.
The Student Support Program for Middle and Upper School
As part of a deliberately American education within a French public school, the Secondary Student Support Program aims to cultivate and implement best practice in independent schools in North America and abroad. Continuing on from the Primary Character Education and Life Skills programs, the secondary program targets wellness issues that come with adolescence and young adulthood.
Rooted in community-wide enthusiasm for student wellness, the Student Support Program aims to embrace the whole student through encouraging them to be authentic compassionate advocates for themselves and their peers. It is the Section's ambition that each student develop resilience in the face of academic and personal challenges, and that each understands how to locate reliable resources when in need of assistance.
The program is founded on the two pillars of Personal Advisory and Wellness Education:
Delivered at key stages of Sixième (Grade 6) and Seconde (Grade 10 )by teacher-advisors, the program ensures that each student has access to a trusted adult and faculty advocate. One-to-one sessions are conducted outside class hours, and focus on overall wellness rather than just academic performance. Outside designated advisory years, students are encouraged to maintain contact with their assigned faculty advisors.
The Wellness Education program focuses on Quatrième (Grade 8), Seconde (Grade 10), and Terminale (Grade 12) for its main emphasis, but there are broad prevention topics delivered to other years, such as substance abuse education. A range of topics is covered: bullying prevention, managing stress, navigating interpersonal relationships, cyber-safety, developing self-esteem and positive body image. The overall goal of this education is to anticipate challenges teenagers are likely to face in our specific environment and beyond; a Terminale (12th grade) program discusses transitioning to university campus life and adult responsibilities.