Three years after it opened in 2017, the International School of Nantes (ISN) continues to expand each year. More than 200 children will attend at the start of the 2020 school year.
"We are going to welcome around 220 children in September 2020, compared to 16 in 2017," says Nathalie Paulin, director of the International School of Nantes (ISN).
"We adapt to children who arrive with very different levels depending on the country. Some of them can speak French but not write it. We draw from several teaching methods, and we're not affiliated with any one in particular," says the director.
The school gives a prominent place to the development of creativity, critical thinking, respect and the well-being of the children, with philosophy workshops, daily yoga, robotics workshops, piano and guitar lessons and a 2 hectare forest. Its mission is to "develop in children the knowledge, know-how and interpersonal skills that are essential for tomorrow's citizens of the world".
The school welcomes 110 students in Saint-Herblain, from nursery school to middle school, and 60 students in downtown
Nantes in the Guist'hau district, in a converted townhouse with a garden, since September 2019. Bilingual instruction is given in French and English, following both the French and English academic programs. Class sizes are kept small (15 children maximum) in order to promote individual attention and diversified teaching methods.
Following the health crisis, which has disrupted school schedules everywhere, enrolment requests for next year have risen sharply. "We clearly have an increase in requests from French expatriates from all over who want to return to France, but also from Parisians who are considering moving to Nantes during the summer," says Nathalie Paulin.
Distance learning continued during the lockdown. From this experience, "Apple School" was born, a tablet-based digital teaching system that consists of interactive and personalised distance learning, and which will be in place from the start of the new school year "in case the pandemic returns".
The school is in session 4 days per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and provides activities for children at a "Happy Club” on Wednesdays as well as every other week during the school holidays. And in order to facilitate things for parents, ISN offers a school bus service, whose route will be determined based on the needs of the families.
Schedule an appointment with Director Nathalie Paulin at 02 40 40 05 87. The staff can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more: https://www.isnantes.fr/