A child’s first years at ASP establish the strong foundation for learning that will carry them through their lives.
The essential skills required of successful problem-solvers, engineers, innovators, artists, and change-makers are nurtured in our youngest learners. They learn to be curious, imaginative, and determined to try things for themselves. Our Early Childhood program (Grades K3–Grade 1, ages 3–6) encourages our youngest students to discover the wonders of the world and enable them to contribute as positive, confident, and caring individuals.
A Typical Day
The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. when students arrive on campus, and finishes at 3:30 p.m.
Students can be dropped off by parents (driving or walking), or use the ASP bus service. Early Childhood students begin their day in the Outdoor Learning space, before beginning their morning activities.
During lunch, students in Grades K3 and K4 eat in their classrooms. Students in K5 and Grade 1 eat in the cafeteria, and have the choice between hot lunch prepared by our French chefs, or a packed lunch from home.
Students in K4 and above can participate in after-school activities from 3:30 p.m.; bus service is available at 5:15 p.m.
Our Early Childhood program is organized into different grades.
- K3 and K4 (ages 3–4): Whole-child curriculum, with an emphasis on inquiry, exploration, and discovery. Social-emotional learning, cognitive development, play-based and outdoor learning, science, and math are all a focus. English is the main language of instruction; students receive 25+ minutes of French, 6/8 days per 8-day cycle.
- K5 (ages 5–6): Students begin our standard curriculum, where they investigate, discover, and play. Reading, writing, math, science, social studies, solving problems, and connecting ideas are all focus areas. Learning is integrated via play-based and outdoor learning. Students receive 30 minutes of French every day.
- Grade 1 (ages 6–7): Students continue our standard-based curriculum, incorporating play-based and outdoor learning, with a focus on reading, writing, math, science, social studies, investigating, and discovering. Students receive 40+ minutes of French every day.
Learning beyond the classroom is an essential component of an Early Childhood education at ASP.
Our recently re-designed Outdoor Learning space provides our youngest learners ample room to build, explore, and create in different environments like our mud kitchen, our sand pit (with a pirate ship!), and a large green garden.
With a wide variety of materials and spaces on offer, our Early Childhood students have plenty of opportunities to explore. With the massive forest and Parc de Saint Cloud literally as our next door neighbor, our Early Childhood students go on monthly adventures where they use nature as their classroom. Nature is brought indoors too! Students bring their collections of sticks, rocks, and crawly creatures back to the classroom which they integrate into math, literacy, and science!