A triple educational goal

Our educational philosophy pursues several objectives:

  1. Developing people’s full potential and promoting self-esteem
  1. To transmit and enhance, in addition to “traditional” cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, as well as the skills needed to adapt to the evolutions of the society of tomorrow: openness, adaptability, intellectual flexibility, English bilingualism…
  1. Transmit civic and moral values

“True education is about pushing people to think for themselves”

Noam CHOMSKY

Child-centred pedagogy

The teaching at L’Autre École draws on the many old and new studies on education and pays particular attention to positive and alternative child-centred pedagogies (Montessori, Freinet, Steiner). A multidisciplinary education council composed of teachers, pedagogues, neuroscience researchers, child psychiatrists, philosophers, parents and children aims to define the line of education and the content of the courses/teachings. This pedagogical line will evolve over time to take into account the advances of research, but also feedback from our students, parents and teachers.

“[The child] is the prisoner of a civilization that has been built up for adults for the good of adults.”

Maria MONTESSORI

L’Autre École, with its After School club, offers an educational complement to the classical school system, thus allowing parents to avoid having to make choices that are too cleaving. Subsequently, when primary school opens, L’Autre École will provide those who wish it with a fully comprehensive education.

The lessons taught in our classes should enable children to become aware of their potential, get to better know and understand one another, but also to develop their own tastes, curiosity and critical thinking, hence opening them to a wide array of possibilities. They also aim to enable the child to be a responsible citizen, imbued with humanistic value and able to face the challenges of our world.

If the educational program is destined to evolve over time, some guidelines will guide the reflections of the pedagogical council. Thus, we wish that the pedagogy provided within L’Autre École be:

  • Positive and benevolent, as it is designed to promote self-confidence
  • Active, in order to position the child as the driving force of his own learning (an environment that encourages the progressive autonomy of children, respect for their personal rhythms and aspirations, with a pedagogy centred around the pleasure of learning)
  • Built around multi-age classes (peer-to-peer education, enhancement of individual strengths, co-construction of knowledge)
  • Connected to all recent educational innovations in terms of research (neurosciences, educational sciences, inverted classes) and technology (innovative digital tools, TBI, serious game, etc.)
  • In connection with the wider educational community (parents, family, passionate, valued and trained teachers)
  • Resolutely focused on the other, the outer world, in particular by promoting bilingualism

Our values

Our ambition is to inculcate values through transmission and exemplarity

Openness & respect for differences

Diversity is a wealth. We will work to foster an openness to and an understanding of others, especially through empathy, because we are convinced that it is both an extraordinary source of knowledge and a path towards respect for others.

Collaboration & Interdependence

Working together has many pedagogical virtues, but it is also a way of building a living together, through the establishment of desired and peaceful interdependence. For its capacity to foster collective intelligence, the possibility to build beyond the sum of individualities.

“If you differ from me, my brother, rather than do me harm, you enrich me.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Happiness & Blossoming

The pursuit of happiness is common to all. Our role is therefore to contribute to making happiness possible and allowing each one to fully achieve it.

Freedom & Autonomy

Genuine education is one that emancipates and liberates, rather than one that merely trains. For this reason, we want to value the ability to think for oneself and follow one’s own path.

 

“It is very true that we must think of the happiness of others; but it is not enough to say that what we can do best for those who love us is still to be happy.”

Alain

Benevolence & Self-Confidence

To wish for the good of the other and to know that he wants our good is to be part of a trusting relationship. It is helping each other to progress. It is about putting everyone in a position where they can gain the right confidence to become who they really are. For children in particular, aiming a more horizontal transmission (between peers or equals) than vertical (from a knowledgeable master) constitutes the assurance of being treated as individuals in their own right.

Solidarity & Altruism

Helping each other is a natural reflex, present in all children. We must encourage this disinterested behaviour, which brings good around us, especially to the weakest and the most deprived.

“Because you are a great lord, you believe that you are a great genius! You took the trouble to be born, no more”

The Marriage of Figaro, Beaumarchais

Commitment

Breaking with individualism through commitment is also getting involved in building a better world. It is about fighting all forms of injustice in an attempt to reduce unjustifiable inequalities of birth, whether linked to gender, social condition or ethnic origin.

In keeping with this logic and in order to promote the equality of possibilities, L’Autre École will have differentiated fees that depend on the income of parents and will reserve a certain number of places for children who come from less privileged backgrounds.

Eco responsibility

To fully integrate the child into his environment, he must be reconnected to Nature. Developing environmental awareness, explaining environmental challenges and empowering them to face these challenges, so that they can gradually be able to respond to them.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Winston CHURCHILL