The Lyceum Kennedy elementary program is rich and challenging and is designed to build up the skills introduced during Preschool. Our Elementary School level covers the two additional learning cycles of the French Primary School System.
Grades 1, 2 and 3: The Basic Learning Cycle (Cycle 2)
Kindergarten is a transition from preschool to elementary school. Then it continues with first grade (CP), second grade (CE1) , and third grade (CE2) in the cycle 2. Students in these grades follow a full-day program. This cycle focuses on teaching basic reading, writing and mathematics skills.
- Reading & Language Arts: In first grade, students begin reading and writing in French and English. (By third grade, they will be proficient readers in both French and English.) Literacy and creative writing are developed with an integrated approach to grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and conjugation.
- Mathematics: By the end of Cycle 2, students are able to write, name and compare numbers up to 1,000; they can also add, subtract, use mental calculation, and solve simple problems. They draw, recognize, name, and describe common planes and solid shapes. Students learn how to use the metric and American units of measurement and are introduced to multiplication and division.
- Discovery of the world: Students identify the characteristics of living things and learn about hygiene, safety, and the environment. Students are introduced to geography and history. They study matter and reinforce their technology and communication skills.
- Physical Education: Students develop motor skills and coordination, develop good sportsmanship, and build teamwork.
- Arts & Music: Students are exposed to many types of artistic creations. They express themselves through art, including music and visual arts.
A formal assessment in literacy and mathematics, designed by the French Ministry of Education, is given to all students in French schools around the world by the end of second grade. Beginning in third grade, students also take the NY State English Language Arts (ELA) and Math exams.
Grades 4, 5 and 6: The Consolidation Cycle (Cycle 3)
In Cycle 3, a continuation from the first years of elementary school, students perfect their skills in reading and writing, both in French and in English, and become fully bilingual. Students develop independent study habits, so that they are fully prepared to continue their studies in any French or American middle school successfully. Cycle 3 includes fourth Grade (CM1), fifth Grade (CM2), and sixth grade (6ème).
- Language Arts: In both French and English, students express themselves verbally and in written work using appropriate vocabulary. They can also read grade-level appropriate books and written material.
- Mathematics: By the end of Cycle 3, students are able to write, name, compare and use whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. They master the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). They recognize, name, describe, and draw common planes and solid shapes. They read and interpret simple techniques of graphing, use mental calculation, and solve more complex mathematical problems.
- Science and Technology: Students conduct simple experiments. They study the Earth and sky, matter, energy, and diversity of living things, and the relationships between living things and their environment. Students use computers and Information Technology on a regular basis as part of their studies toward the IT and Internet Proficiency Certificate (B2i).
- History and Geography: Students open their minds to the diversity and evolution of civilizations, societies, territories, religions, and the arts. They are introduced to the main periods of European and American history. In geography, they acquire an understanding of the world and its geographical features, and they use maps, graphs, and other tools.
- Physical Education: Students work toward fitness goals, adapt movement to different types of environment, create and perform expressive, artistic, and aesthetic activities, and engage in team sports and games.
- Arts and Music: Students are exposed to a variety of artistic creations, and learn to recognize and describe visual and musical works studied. They learn songs and practice diverse forms of visual expression; they are expected to express their feelings and preferences about a work of art.
A formal assessment in literacy and mathematics, designed by the French Ministry of Education, is taken in fifth grade. Beginning in third grade, students also take the NY State English Language Arts (ELA) and Math exams.
- Transition Program (Ardsley Campus) Lyceum Kennedy welcomes students who are not fluent French speakers. Indeed, one third of our students are English speakers, one third of our students are native French speakers, and one third speaks another language at home that is neither English nor French.
For our students who do not speak French at home, we have two options.
- Nursery to Kindergarten Total Immersion Program
Students who do not speak French are immersed in the regular classes, which follow both the French and the American curricula. In addition, they attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) classes.
- First through Fourth Grade Transition Classes (Ardsley Campus)
The program has been designed for students who do not speak French and cannot attend the regular French academic program. During French instruction time, students in the Transition Class attend special FLE classes, where they learn to speak, read, and write French. This program covers the same subject areas as a regular French academic grade, but with a specific approach to the learning style of non-fluent speakers.