Foundation Years

IB Middle Years Program 


Foundation 1 - 5 (Grades 6 - 10)

With its innovative subjects, TILT, Coach, Incubator, MADD, TRAIL, FAME and STEAM, the Foundation Program has built a distinctive learning environment which offers our students unique opportunities for personal discovery and growth. Our Three Pillars of Learning - motivation, engagement and academic discipline - inform the basis of our assessment practice.

As a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Program, the Foundation program is enriched by the MYP’s inquiry-directed curriculum, its ‘Approaches to learning’ and criteria-based assessment. During these years, we accompany and guide our students on their journey to becoming IB Learners. Together, we explore the tenets of the IB Learner Profile in order to gain greater understanding of these dynamic qualities.

The Foundation program encourages our students to ask challenging questions, to develop a strong sense of identity and culture and to foster good communication skills with people from all over the world. Our team of teachers guide and facilitate our students’ learning and help prepare them for the rigorous demands of the IB Diploma program

As a Round Square school, our students have the possibility to further their learning experience, notably through service projects, conferences, exchanges and adventure trips.


Course Offerings

The Foundation student is evaluated according to the MYP framework alongside our Three Pillars of motivation, engagement and academic discipline. Please see below for a complete listing of the subjects offered during the Foundation Years for 2018-19:



Round Square in Action

Daily co-curricular program helping the students to discover their interests outside of the classroom.

Transformative Reading & Intercultural Learning

What better way to start the day than with a book? Morning guided reading sessions allow students to prepare their minds for the learning to come.


Individual or small-group meeting time with a teacher-coach in order to follow the progress of each student and promote problem-oriented, reflective learning.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

Aimed at developing students' interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. In addition to subject-specific learning, STEAM aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills.

Music Art Drama Dance

This area of learning, centered on arts, makes a key contribution to students' personal, social and emotional development and to their growth as confident individuals.

Furthering Academic Discipline, Motivation & Achievement

Morning sessions for FND5 students to work on the pillars for academic and personal success: Academic discipline, Motivation and Engagement


Promotes a student-centered learning and teaching approach. It provides a setting where students can explore, innovate and develop their areas of interest, ranging from service projects to global events and business ideas.

Transformative Intercultural Learning & Teaching

Interdisciplinary student-centered learning and teaching approach that links students' in-class learning experiences with the world around them through innumerable areas of inquiry.





Classes:  8:25 – 15:20    Students have their lessons scheduled in such a way as to permit formal classes to end at 15:20 every day. Formal lessons are followed by an hour and a half of Round Square in Activities. Participation in such activities fosters recreation, team spirit, and a sense of school community.

Weekly Assemblies & Academic Coach Meetings  Each week begins with a section-wide assembly and an Academic Coach meeting, during which each class meets with its Coach for form-specific discussions, occasional lessons or presentations on topics of special interest, careers guidance and health and well being.

Collaborative Learning  The remaining three first lessons of the week are dedicated to an innovative learning skills program.  This introduction to critical thinking allows students to explore their intellectual boundaries, challenge the sources of their knowledge, set individual goals and learn to work effectively in teams.









46 avenue Eglé
Maisons-Laffitte 78600
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