After Hurricane Katrina, in spite of the fact that we were wiped out financially and forced to move to another state, this school kept our tuition money. "Tough Luck" They replied.
We don't love everything about EB, but, having been at another private school, I understand that it is impossible to be completely happy with anything all the time. Every concern is valid to someone and should be handled with the utmost respect and considered valid when those complaints concern a child until a resolution has been reached. Even though I have been annoyed in the past with both teachers and administration, it has always been my experience that while I might be irritated with someone or the workings regarding the school, my child has always been in a wonderful, nurturing, and safe environment.
We have 3 children at Ecole Bilingue and could not be happier. We have attended Ecole Bilingue for 4 years. The attention that is given to each of our 3 children's different learning styles, personalities and social needs is invaluable. They truly look at the individual. It is safe and kind environment at the same time challenging. We are confident with the education they are receiving. We have been to other bilingual schools and nothing compares!
We are so impressed with this school and have had a great experience. The teachers are wonderful and dedicated to the children and the teaching techniques are creative and challenging. And to hear our kids speak beautiful French is the ultimate reward. Worth every penny.
Ecole Bilingue is a breathe of fresh air! A true hidden gem! I have looked at every private school in New Orleans! I believe with all my heart that Ecole Bilingue offers the best education in the city, state, and one of the best schools in the country! Academically you can not find a better school! The teachers and principal are outstanding! I receive weekly emails updating me on what my three children will be learning. I love the attention to detail. My children are thriving! They are also learning to read and speak French fluently. My children are also learning Spanish! Amazing school! If you believe in private education then this is the school for you and your children! EB is a wonderful family! I am sad to see another school year come to an end!! If you love your child then look at EB for your family! It is incredible! --Submitted by a parent Posted on May 31, 2011Report it
I am so Grateful for this school and the opportunities it presents. It is fabulous in ALL respects. The teachers, location, art, language, attitude and LOVE it gives my children. I"ve have 3 children and my children are doing well and So..... Happy. And of course that is what matters most!!!! Thank you EB.
My daughter has been at Ecole Bilingue for the past 4 years and I have been extremely satisfied with the results. She can read proficiently in both English and French after 1st grade (CP). The curriculum is somewhat unique, as EB has taken the best of the French system and adapted an English course of study to it. I particularly appreciate the integration of art, music, and physical activites into the coursework. What strikes me perhaps most is the family environment. The school has just under 200 children and I feel that I know many of the families, personally. The parents and staff are open-minded and tolerant, fitting well the culture of New Orleans and the way that I want my daughter to carry herself. Bilingual education isn't a fit for everyone, but Ecole Bilingue provides a nuturing, academically rigorous, and socially conscious environment for children to become citizens in our increasingly global society.
We are an expatriate family with 3 children who have lived in New Orleans since 2006. For those of you reading the reviews of this school with a view to making one of the most important decisions any parent can make, let us ensure you that the standard of education provided by Ecole Bilingue (EB) is second to none. We have 2 children currently enrolled at EB and while the option to learn a second language is a clear differentiator, all the other subjects taught as part of the school's curriculum are taught to a standard we have not encountered in any of the other schools our children have attended. We strongly believe that what you get from EB is teaching of the highest calibre in an environment that is not only diverse, inclusive and nurturing but also incredibly creative. Undoubtedly a key component of the school's success is the close involvement of it's parents in both the day to day running of the school and the decisions that are made regarding it's focus and future direction. The overwhelming majority of reviews you'll find below couldn't praise Ecole Bilingue enough, and there's a simple reason why.....it really is a GREAT school.
I have a son at Ecole Bilingue. I love that there are plenty of male teachers to provide good male role models, that all the children know each other, from 5th grade down to the pre-K classes, and that I have become friends with parents from several different classes, not just my child's class. I love that a 5th grader will stop and check on a pre-k student that fell in front of him on the playground. I love that the school helps children learn to be independent thinkers. I love the way fine arts are integrated into the curriculum. This school constantly encourages parental involvement. It also welcomes people from different backgrounds to share their differences. In a world full of judgement, I believe that this is a crucial part of character development. The creativity that the children show in their art work and in their assignments is always amazing. The children are learning French, not learning how to translate from English to French. This school offers so much more than an amazing education and bilingualism. It fosters the development of children into young adults that are beautiful both inside and out. Bonne Ecole~Belle Enfance!
Some of these negative reviews have nothing specific in them for anyone to respond to. Plus there is an "end of the school year survey" that is sent out to parents every year to address problems parents may have. I am a parent of two children who have been at this school for several years and I have never found a school that is more welcoming and appreciative of all that we do. The teachers encourage and challenge the students, and I am constantly amazed at the curriculum. Plus my children are speaking beautiful French! But, do not take my word for it, come and see for yourself!
Ecole Bilingue is an amazing school. Because of its small size children are able to get more one on one time with instructors. Not only does the size help with their instruction, it also helps foster strong bonds between the students. The teachers at Ecole Bilingue challenge their students and push them to excel. As a parent, I especially appreciate the administration. They are warm and welcoming in the office. I know that if I have a question, someone in the office has an answer. I have and will continue to recommend Ecole Bilingue to my family and friends.
Don't listen to any of the sour grapes of previous postings. This school is exceptional. Otherwise they wouldn't be growing each year.
EB is a wonderful school! The teachers are top notch, and the community feel that encompasses the school's teachers, administration, parents, students, and supporters is excellent, to say the least. Although I do not plan on keeping my children at the school long-term (solely due to finances), I love the school, my children love the school, and we will always support the school in any way we can.
We enrolled our 4 year old son at Ecole Bilingue in the fall and I can honestly say that it was the best parenting decision we have ever made. My husband was a little reluctant at first (primarily because he was hoping to send our son to a public school to save money) but now he is completely on board and realizes that you definitely get your money's worth and more at EB. The staff seems to have the right balance of nurturing and firmess and really has perfected the art of making learning fun. My son has been exposed to famous artists, African drumming, and so much more. The teachers are extremely creative. Not only is my son learning french, but his math skills have already taken off and his reading level (in English) is extraordinary. I feel that EB has encouraged his desire to learn and has taken the time to really get to know my child and what makes him unique. This is a special school and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I expect to be with the school for years to come.
Ecole Bilingue is a fantastic school that encompasses a diversity of both students and teachers that I have not seen in many New Orleans schools. I find teachers to be warm, loving and firm and I appreciate that. The school has very high academic standards and my 4 year old son is being exposed to art and subjects that I wasn't exposed to until the middle school level. He knows who Jackson Pollock is - I mean, come on - that's wonderful. I love that the teachers use creative techniques and a hands on approach to learning; students are not just sitting at their desks all day. The parents are very active at the school and there is an extremely cohesive social community at the school that embraces French, American and international families.
Ecole Bilingue is in a wonderful Location!!! The school is growing and thriving. What a wonderful place to be. The teachers are fantastic, our parents are involved ( which says so mcuh about a school) and the Principal knows every child by name!!! My children are thriving at EB. They speak, read and write two in two Languages. They understand that there are many different ways to teach math, measurement, time, history and geography.The rock and roll on American and French standardize tests. We are so excited that EB has announced that a Middle School will be added for 2011 and German, Spanish and engineering will be introduced. This is an incredibly rigorous school, combined with the perfect amount of nurturing.
This school is in a terrible location. I feel certain teachers are very harsh and unkind, The school staff make you feel like you are not important or a smart as them. The best teachers in there are the Aides who are treated and talked to very unprofesionally in front of students. Alcohol is stored within the reach of all kids. Supervision is needed to handle a bully problem that the teachers observe with a glazed over look. This school needs to hire all new staff starting at the top. At the smaller school for toddlers, children are sometimes handled roughly, yelled at loudly in french for minor infractions (2 year olds) And, certain children are obvious favourites over others. Both school could work on their people skills, intead of only being polite when they want money.
This school is a great start for bilingual experience for a child. The staff work very hard to provide a meaningful experience for the children and it shows. Administration, leadership, and over-involved parents are weaknesses to the school. For the early ages (2-4 years) this seems tolerable, but looking into the elementary school (above 5 years) it is unclear who/what drives curriculum (aside from the French curriculum) and development of the school. Financial information is kept guarded, while it is claimed that the school is nonprofit 501C and must share information ... they don't do it freely! This sends huges questions and concerns as tuition has increased by the thousands each each for the past three years (yes, we know that the economy is suffering!) Conceptually, this is a great school, but administratively it needs a lot of help!
1st great school with very creative teachers. Built on a concept the school is in the process of consolidating it students. The school turned away 62 applicants this year and the parents are trying to help with anything we can. The school relies heavily on parental participation. Teachers put in extra hours and are always available to help. The kids love the school and the teaching methods are unique to expand the child skills and education. They do maintain disciplined but fun activities to maintain the child s interest. I am always impressed with my children s progress. School starts at 2.5 and it is school not daycare. Can not be happier with the school. Tuition increase was a little hard to swallow, but I have to say it is still worth it.
Ecole Bilingue is a fabulous school with amazing teachers who are completely devoted to our children and giving them the best education anywhere. We have a wonderful, dedicated and active parent community helping to make our school a warm, lovely place to be.
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