International Studies Program
Think outside the box
The International Studies Program was inaugurated in 2009 by Christopher Hunter, Head of School, with the accreditation by the International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB World School. Blending innovative teaching styles and international partnerships, the International Studies Program has seen steady, measured growth along with very honorable exam results and university placements. Spanning seven years in total, the International Studies Program includes Foundation Years 1 – 5 and the IB Diploma Program Years 1 – 2.
The International Studies Program offers English-speaking students a unique opportunity to excel in a dynamic learning environment, bringing students from all over the world to become part of a close community of reflective, open-minded learners. While the program is conducted academically in English, students also have the opportunity to connect with French-speakers who are part of the larger Ermitage community, developing their roots within French culture.
Students within our program benefit from student-centered learning, engaging in classroom discussions in a round-table format with the guidance of our team of experienced teachers, many of whom come from leading universities around the world, who have years of experience designing and teaching an international curriculum. Great emphasis is placed on the development of critical inquiry and in-depth research. A blend of written and practical work, as well as field trips and cultural activities is designed to give students a wider, more international perspective.
I invite you explore our website to find out more about the International Studies Program at Ermitage and look forward to meeting you if you choose to visit our school.
Can my child apply if they do not speak English fluently? During the Foundation Years, it is possible that a student who does not learn comfortably in English can enroll, depending on their level; our English Immersion program will provide additional support with language comprehension and writing skills. In order to enter the IB Diploma Program, students must have a strong command of the English language and work at a native-speaking level, including previous experience learning in English.
Can my child apply if they do not speak French? French is taught from a beginner to advanced level throughout all years of the International Studies Program.
How quickly will my child learn French? We aim for all our students to be competent communicators in both the English and French languages and provide several levels of instructions.