At Ermitage, we believe that each child has within him or her the potential to succeed. Teachers help students uncover and develop their unique capabilities, bearing in mind each child’s interests, creativity and curiosity.
Our goals are both simple and ambitious: to grow students in an international context who have solid academic foundations in both English and French, and who are mature, self-aware, open to others and responsible.
Ermitage is contractually part of the French national education system and follows the official French programs as well as the Cambridge curriculum for English as a first language.
National evaluations allow us to closely monitor the quality of the education we provide.
For the year 2010/2011, 86% of students in 5th grade earned over 50% correct answers in French (compared to 75% in the Yvelines district and 74% nationally) and 78% earned over 50% correct answers in mathematics (compared to 70% in the Yvelines district and 70% nationally).
In 2nd grade, 86% of students earned over 50% percent correct answers (compared to 80% in the Yvelines district and 79% nationally) and 89% of students earned over 50% correct answers in mathematics (compared to 80% in the Yvelines district and 79% nationally).
The quality of our English language education is also reflected by the acceptance of Ermitage students who transfer into renowned English schools.
Our French language education follows the official state programs rigorously with the added benefit of providing students an extra 6-10 hours of English each week.
Learning in English
Depending on the child’s language background, s/he will be placed into one of the following three groups:
B1: This group is mainly for students from Francophone families (non-Anglophone) and English is taught as a second language. In 1st and 2nd grade, children focus primarily on developing their oral skills, and wait until their reading comprehension is firmly established before moving on to writing. Beginning in 3rd grade, children develop their writing skills as they continue to perfect their oral skills.
Children in this group spend two half days of three hours each learning in English. In addition, those who display strong English language skills can take science and geography in English, which provides them an additional four hours of English weekly. Students who display a more beginner level take their science and geography classes in French.
B2: This group is for bilingual students who study English as their first language. These children may be bilingual for a number of reasons: they grew up in a bilingual family, they lived in an Anglophone country or attended an Anglophone school, they have been at Ermitage for several years and show strong aptitude in both languages, they are Anglophone but live in France and have a strong level in French, etc.
Children in this group spend two half days of three hours each learning in English, and take science and geography in English as well.
B3: This group is primarily geared toward Anglophone students, or French students who have done most of their education in Anglophone schools.
Children in this group spend two half days of three hours each learning in English (like the children in group B2) and an additional two hours of French (primarily written French) to improve their French language skills. They join the B1 group for science and geography in French.