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STARTING SCHOOL
WELCOME TO ASP

YOUR FIRST YEAR AT ASP


Welcome to the Rebel family! We are delighted to welcome you and your family to ASP. We understand that starting a new school can feel overwhelming, and we are here to help make the transition as easy as possible. This page includes all of the key information for starting school, however, if you have any additional questions or concerns please reach out to us! We are happy to help.

Our year begins with Orientation Day, where you will be welcomed by the Parent Faculty Association and School Administrators. You will have the opportunity to visit campus, get your bus routes and ID cards, complete any outstanding admissions materials, and meet your division's academic director as well as teachers and other ASP families.

Orientation Day also includes an introduction to our Welcome Program. Every year we welcome more than one hundred new families to ASP. Our comprehensive Welcome Program is designed to help you find your way, make new friends, and feel right at home in our community. Our goal is to make your transition to Paris and your arrival at ASP as smooth and enjoyable as possible. You will receive a hardcopy of the Orientation Guide on Orientation Day. A digital version can be downloaded below.

Orientation Guide

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Lower School Orientation Schedule

Middle & Upper School Orientation Schedule

 

KEY DATES


PARENT-FACULTY ASSOCIATION


The PFA is committed to making families feel welcomed and supported. We know what it means to be newcomers in a new learning environment. Our purpose is to stimulate interest in ASP and to provide support for the advancement of the total school community, its parents, and students. Learn more about the PFA by clicking the link below. 

 

 

ALL SCHOOL INFORMATION


Find vital start of school information here



Payment of Tuition Fees and other fees for the 2019/2020 school year should be received by ASP as per contract terms for all returning families, and three (3) weeks after invoice issue date for new families. If tuition and fees are paid in total or in part by a third party, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that payment is made to ASP on time.

In the case of students enrolling after the beginning of the school year, payment of tuition fees is due within three weeks of billing. Unpaid tuition fees may result in students being put on a waiting list or suspended from the school, report cards and transcripts are withheld by the school and, in the case of failure to pay, the account is transferred to a recovery agency. Do not hesitate to contact the Business Office if you have problems paying tuition fees.


All students are required to provide the school nurse with a current list of vaccinations. Vaccinations must be up to date. Parents should make sure that the B.C.G. vaccination for tuberculosis or the Tuberculin (TB) skin test is valid. Please take care of these vaccinations before school begins.


PE uniforms are required for students from Grades 4 -10. The official uniform (a white t-shirt and navy blue shorts) can be purchased from our online vendor and delivered directly to any home address.

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 do not require PE kits starting from the 2019/2020 school year.

For any questions regarding PE kits, please contact Rebecca Rankin in the PE department.


The cafeteria team welcomes you to ASP. It is our belief that students enrolled in the cafeteria program should receive a healthy and satisfying meal each day.

Middle and Upper School Options

Middle and Upper School students may choose from a variety of freshly-made hot and cold dishes, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, on an à la carte basis. Offerings rotate daily. Parents may load their children's cafeteria cards through our online recharge system for which you will receive an access code and password.

Lower School Lunch Program (K5-Grade 5)

Lower School students eat in their own cafeteria where they can either enjoy the hot lunch program or they can bring a packed lunch from home. Microwaves are available to heat packed lunches. All children participating in the lunch program will be provided with a packed lunch when going on a field trip. Our goal is to provide nutritionally balanced meals that children love! And, we aim to integrate organic foods whenever possible. As always, if your child has allergies or requires a special diet, please inform us.


It is important that your children are covered for their activities related to the school. Your household insurance policy, in French, assurance multirisques, may cover incidents involving your child for which you could be held personally liable (responsabilité civile). Some policies exclude liability coverage for extra-curricular activities, use of the school facility outside normal school hours, or school-sponsored sporting events. Please do double-check to make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. If your policy is incomplete, your housing is provided by your employer, or if you do not have an assurance multirisques, we recommend you purchase a student liability policy. You will find a list of Insurance companies on the US Embassy website under the section "Living in France".


All accidents or illnesses occurring during school hours are reported to the school nurse. If the nurse recommends immediate medical treatment, she will contact the parent or the emergency contact. If there are medical expenses incurred as a result of treatment ordered by the nurse, you must submit the claim to French Social Security, and to your supplementary insurance (Mutuelle), or health insurance carrier for reimbursement. The school’s insurance policy will intervene only for the portion of the medical expense that remains unpaid after the parent has claimed reimbursement through his medical plan. Thus, if your insurance will not cover the expense, even partially, neither will the school’s. Please review your medical coverage to verify coverage for accidents or illnesses that may occur while your child is at school.


ASP offers an extensive private bus system to transport students in the western suburbs and in Paris. Our buses are a reliable and convenient option for getting to and from school. Communication of any problems/emergencies is done by SMS direct to your French cell phones.
Please ensure that we have your numbers and send us any changes that may occur during the school year, and please have your cell phone with you during bus hours.
All Middle and Upper School students should be prepared to show their school ID cards before boarding the bus. Lower School students should have their ID cards in their possession at all times.

Find all of the bus Rules and Regulations here



Kindergarten 3, Kindergarten 4, Kindergarten 5

  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • A change of clothes in case of accidents. Please send the following items in a bag, clearly marked with your child's name: 1 set of underwear, socks, skirt/trousers, shirt or dress.
  • All-weather clothing for daily/weekly Outdoor Learning, to include: rain boots, a rain coat with hood, and sufficient cold-weather clothing like a hat, gloves, and scarf in the winter. Rain pants are suggested but not required.
  • Shoes that students are easily able to take on and off independently. Wearing Velcro, easy snap, and slip-on shoes allow students to practice daily independence while building their fine motor skills and learning to tie their shoelaces at home.

  • Grades 1–5
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle with a cap
  • For Grade 4 and 5 only: PE Kit of navy blue shorts, a white t-shirt, and athletic shoes. Students in Grades K3–3 are no longer required to wear PE kits in order to maximize class time by eliminating time used to change their clothes.
  • Middle School
  • Find the Middle School Supply list here

  • Upper School
  • There is not a supply list as such for Upper School students, however students should arrive equipped with the basics, i.e., pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, binders and paper (either US or European). Teachers will inform students in the first days of school of other items they will need.

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    STARTING SCHOOL BY DIVISION


     

    GRADES K3-5
    LOWER SCHOOL
    GRADES 6-8
    MIDDLE SCHOOL
    GRADES 9-12
    UPPER SCHOOL