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Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley

1009 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 549-3895


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

In our bilingual program we implement the French curriculum guidelines, which focus on language acquisition, the development of social skills and getting acquainted with the structure of a school system.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Mini classroom dictionaries made by teachers and students
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Unifix cubes, geo boards, math manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • Charts for week and month. Scrap book of class activities by month for the class and individual students.
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • A science corner with objects to touch and look at (scales, magnifying glasses, etc.)
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Percussions, lots of singing, listening centers for CDs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Immersion in French language.

From the Director:

Our focus is to structure children's learning through exploration first, discussions about what we have done as a group, then coming together to a conclusion whether it is a new concept, an art technique or acting out a story read in class.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley educates a diverse population of boys and girls, inspiring them to strive for academic excellence and to develop a high sense of personal and social responsibility. We offer a challenging and rigorous course of study in both French and English, set in a multicultural environment. We support each student in the acquisition of skills and the development of character necessary for citizenship in an increasingly complex world.

Our preschool program is part of a several year program that goes up to 8th grade. The preschool is located on the elementary campus. We do not recruit families who are just looking for a preschool. We recruit families who can make a commitment to a specific program (bilingual) for many years.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school serves preschool through 8th grade.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions