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  • “No human being experiences the same education as another”, Maria Montessori.
  • The Montessori program is offered to students from the ages of 3 to 6. It encourages the development of the child, while respecting the rhythm and personality of each individual and developing autonomy and self-discipline. Specifically designed material, adapted to each child’s needs, is used to develop psychomotor skills.
  • The Kindergarten introduces fundamental concepts, leading to the progressive development of social skills and kinesthetic activities.
  • Kindergarten from age 3 (choice between morning or full day for the children of the “petite section”)
  • Early introduction to English (4 periods per week)
  • Extended Day activities, compulsory during lunch break and optional after school
  • Child care provided before school from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm
  • Meals – Kindergarten and Montessori (French)

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  • To Accompany Children in the Exploration of Speaking and Listening, to Develop Skills in Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, Undertaken in a Spirit of Discovery.
  • Specificities
  • Daily English lessons
  • Introduction of German from Year 4
  • Personalised guidance and bi-monthly assessments
  • Extended Day activities, compulsory during lunch break and optional after school
  • Child care provided before school
  • Use of computers and multimedia tools
  • Meals – Primary school (French)

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Middle School

  • To facilitate the important transition from childhood to adolescence by optimising the potential of each student through constant personalised follow-up by the teaching staff.
  • Specificities
  • Common-core syllabus of 13 subjects
  • English taught in ability groups and Geography taught in English
  • Introduction to Latin in Year 7 and to Greek in Year 8
  • Continued study of German
  • Monthly student reports
  • Optional extended day activities after school
  • Meals – Middle school (French)

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Senior School

  • To develop each student’s capacity of reflection and the acquisition of knowledge necessary to attain one of the two diplomas: either the Swiss Maturity or the International Baccalaureate.
  • Specificities
  • Multilingualism whichever choice of diploma
  • 6 reports per year and termly exams
  • Preparation courses for the International Baccalaureate and the Swiss Maturity
  • Meals – Senior school (French)
  • Schedule – Senior school (French)
The International Baccalaureate – IB

An alternative to the Swiss Maturity, the IB allows students to:

– Develop an international and open mind

– Study a challenging programme via a flexibile and modern approach

– Work autonomously and on individual project

– Acquire academic knowledge but also develop as individuals

– Study over a two-year academic cycle that ENSR has offered since 1971

– Obtain a highly respected diploma that is recognized by universities world-wide

The IB for whom?

The IB is first of all the desire to offer to students of different linguistic, cultural and pedagogical origins intellectual, social and critical skills that will be necessary to them in the adult world that awaits them.

A hostistic education is more and more important when facing an often disconcertingly large amount of choices.

Its originality

– Some educational systems prefer to emphasize the learning of a few subject. Others prefer a wider and therefore less specialized, knowledge.

– The IB is a compromise that has well succeeded between these two extremes.

ENSR’s motto

“To learn how to learn is as important as to learn content.”

Programme elements?

– The necessity of a wide general culture giving the student a solid mastery of the intellectual tools that he will need.

– The necessity to offer a range of options that will allow the student to choose those which correspond best to his interests and skills.

The structure of the programme

– The diploma is schematically represented by a hexagon, with specific academic fields. The disciplines are taught conjointly and each student studies the three big pedagogical areas: languages, individuals and societies, as well as experimental sciences.

– The diploma candidates must choose a discipline in each field. Three of these disciplines must be presented as higher level (HL) options and three as standard level (SL) options. Throughout the two-year educational cycle, this task division allows the student to study certain subjects in depth and others more widely, which is where its originality comes from.

– To conclude, each student has the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a subject that is of a particular interest in a chosen discipline.

We offer

1. Languages A (French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian) – HL + SL, or another language to be defined on request:

  • Mother tongue, also including the study of world literature.

2. Languages B – HL + SL or ab initio SL:

  • Learning of a foreign language (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian) or another language to be defined.

3. Individuals and societies:

  • a) History (HL + SL)
  • b) Geography (HL + SL)
  • c) Economics (HL + SL): 2 courses (in French or in English)

4. Experimental Sciences:

  • a) Biology (HL + SL) in French or in English
  • b) Chemistry (HL + SL) in French or in English
  • c) Physics (SL) in English

5. Mathematics:

  • a) Mathematical Studies (SL) in French
  • b) Mathematics (SL) in English

6. Visual Arts – HL + SL or another subject from group 1 to 4:

  • For example:
  • – 2nd foreign language
  • – 2nd human science
  • – 2nd experimental science
  • Although some classes are taught in French or English, the exam can be taken in either language.

G.Patrick Gruhn

Tim Daum