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Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a preparatory French private school located in North Austin offering very small size classes and programs to reach the highest academic results. We are the only French school that offers 100% French immersion at a preschool level following the guidelines of the French Ministry of Education.
Bourses Scolaires 2016-2017
En vue des récentes restrictions et modifications des barèmes des bourses scolaires par L’Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Étranger (AEFE) pour les familles françaises souhaitant scolariser leurs enfants dans des établissements français, l’école Jean-Jacques Rousseau lance son programme de bourses scolaires au bénéfice des familles françaises résidant aux USA dès la rentrée scolaire 2015-2016. Selon le niveau de l’aide accordée, les familles à enfant unique peuvent bénéficier d’une réduction des frais de scolarité et les familles nombreuses d’une bourse scolaire.
“My children joined JJR in preschool and first grade without any French. Within 2 months, they were able to follow the class lessons, which are entirely in French, and formulate and speak simple sentences. JJR's teachers have a way about encouraging their students to learn. They are consistent about only speaking French and require the students to speak it back. This is unlike the other bilingual/immersion schools our children have attended in Austin where the teachers, while preferring students speak the foreign language, will engage with them when they speak English…” - Kim & Jared S.
“After reviewing all the possibilities, we decided JJR would be the best fit. Academics are strong in all core areas, and the classes are small enough to provide the individual attention necessary to address each child's specific strengths and needs. Art and music are emphasized as well, with weekly violin lessons part of the curriculum…” - Allison & Brian B.
Back-To-School (2015-2016) Important Dates & News
It is that time of year again, back to school ! Make notes of the important dates for the new school year.
August 24-28: Staff Development Week
Tuesday September 1, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.: General Meeting
Wednesday September 2: First Day of School
Saturday September 26, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Classroom Meetings
Prospective Parents Informational Sessions
Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau holds several informal informational sessions throughout the school year. In these sessions, parents are invited to attend short sessions of 45 minutes to an hour to give them the opportunity to meet with the owners of the program and with existing JJR parents. The sessions are mainly dedicated to Q&A after a short introduction of the program.
2015-2016 School Year Informational Sessions:
- Saturday August 22, 2015 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Saturday December 19, 2015 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Saturday January 30, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Middle School
- Saturday February 6, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m. - Preschool Elementary
You can fill out the RSVP form under admission to attend one of our information sessions.RSVP Form
Journée Portes Ouvertes – Open House – Preschool & Elementary
Saturday February 6, 2016
10 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m
Attending an Open House is a great way to learn about the French educational system, immersion and the specificity of our school. Come and tour the building, meet the director, the staff and current JJR parents, and visit the classrooms. The teachers and the director are available to tell you about our program and answer your questions. Refreshments are provided by the school. A bientôt!
If you are unable to attend an open house, please contact us at (512) 339-6000 or email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to schedule another time for your visit. We look forward to welcoming you and your children.
Application deadline for New Students: March 1st, 2016 for entry in fall 2016. We encourage you to send in your application as early as possible to aid the administrative process. After March 1st, new applications will be considered according to availability of space.
Délai de demandes de bourses scolaires pour les familles Françaises expatriées est reporté au 15 Février 2016. Prière de contacter l’administration pour une demande de dossier au (512) 339-6000 ou par email à firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School Informational Session
Saturday January 30, 2016
11 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m
We are currently enrolling for Grade 6 / Classe de Sixième!
Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau is the ONLY French school in Austin that has been offering a French Middle School Program since 2010.
Our experience has shown that students leaving the French educational system at the end of Grade 5 have tendency to start losing their French speaking and understanding ability after few months only despite weekly tutoring sessions. Students leaving at a later age and at a higher level (mainly Grade 7 and 8) do better in keeping their French and preparatory education with two to three times a week tutoring sessions.
Our Prep Middle School French curriculum is supplemented by the essential elements advanced in American private-school education. This dual approach produces academically adept, bilingual students, proficient in both English and French, who can easily matriculate into either the French or the American educational systems.
Take the time to learn more about the Middle School program and come join us for an informational session on Saturday January 30th.
More info - Middle School Flyer
2016 French Summer Camps - Enrollment Open now!
Enrolling for 2016 June Summer Camps!
The three weeks June session include academic classes in the mornings and art based activities in the afternoon.
June Summer Camp session starts on Monday June 6 and ends on Friday June 24.
July Summer Camps in Southern France. Spots limited!
Enroll before March 1st and save $50/week.
French Saturday Workshops - Les Ateliers du Samedi
Come join us on November 7th for the first sessions of the French Saturday Workshops - Les Ateliers du Samedi
RSVP on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Austin-French-Social-Group/
Enroll by emailing us at email@example.com
Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau is offering French Saturday Workshops; these workshops, free of charge or at very low cost, are offered to children age 3 and up, and directed by Native French parents and educators. Using Freinet' method, these workshops follows an approach that begins with each child's own interests and curiosity making learning French fun and engaging.
Au programme: le coin des petits, le théâtre des p’tits loups, le club d’orthographe, les cercles de lecture, la chorale à Chœur Joie, La lanterne magique, le ciné-club pour enfants (French Movie Club), Le club des cinq (French Kids ’Club), Les cours de Français pour enfants et adolescents (French classes for Kids & Teens) …
L’école Jean-Jacques Rousseau propose un programme adapté l’apprentissage de la langue Française en seconde langue à travers les ateliers éducatifs Français du Samedi. Ces ateliers créatifs et pédagogiques proposent une programmation riche d’activités artistiques et culturelles. Encadrés par des intervenants expérimentés, les enfants découvrent un panel d’activités de langue française dans un cadre ludique, artistique et éducatif. Suivant la Pédagogie Freinet, ces ateliers offrent des apprentissages scolaires tout en les reliant aux besoins réels des enfants, une méthode naturelle d’apprentissage.
Back to School Information - Welcome to JJR!
Classes for the 2015–16 school year begin Wednesday September 2 and it’s going to be a great year for learning. Students will have opportunities to learn and achieve every day, and they’ll be challenged at the highest levels. Our teachers and staff work hard to ensure student success and expect students to work hard, too!
Download the 2015–2016 JJR school calendar and prepare for a year of success. We encourage everyone to explore our (current and upcoming) website updates which offer helpful information to get you and your family ready for a great year at Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
No Purchase of School Supplies From the parents! Please note that starting this school year, all school supplies, and French & English textbooks/Materiel is NOW provided by the school. NO SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS for the 2015- 2016 school year.
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please note that an additional after school hour attendance, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. is now required for some levels. Please check your child’s schedule at the General Meeting.
Staff Development Week: August 24 -28 - Teachers will prepare for the school year during back to school office hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Orientation & Documents Drop-off:
A General Meeting is scheduled for all parents on Tuesday September 1.
A Signed Receipt of the Parent Handbook must be turned in by September 1. Copies of the 2015 -2016 Parent handbook are available at the office starting August 31.
All students must provide the following documentation for the 2015-2016 school year:
1. A new copy of current record of immunizations form
2. School Release Forms (dated no longer that August 28, 2015)
3. Parent photo identification or driver's license
4. Most current report card/transcript (for new students ONLY).
School Release Forms can be found here (under Admission Tab): http://www.austinfrenchforkids.org/forms/Release_Forms.pdf
If you have questions about the registration documents, please call the school office at 512-339-6000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival at the Camp Center in Southern France – Three Weeks of Camp – Itinerary & Travel
What an adventure for our little campers! From Austin to the beautiful region of Southern France, what a ride! We flew from Austin to Detroit and then to Paris –Charles De Gaulle. The departure for camp to Southern France started at the Paris train station - Gare de Lyon- on July 9th at 9:27 a.m. All campers took the TGV (train) to Nîmes.
Both groups of campers, traveling via Lyon and Paris met at the Train Station of Nîme. A bus was waiting to take our little campers to the center, crossing the beautiful region of Southern France, through breathtaking views of the mountains and the gorgeous small villages; like Anduze (25 km from the center) and Saint-Jean-Du Gard (10 km from the center). The region is crossed by a beautiful river (Le Gardon).
The ride, culminating in altitude, took about two hours and a half. We arrived to the center at around 2:30 p.m., where the children were received by the director of the camp and all the instructors.
The campers were grouped in the food court and were offered cool mint drinks, while patiently waiting for all the children to arrive from the other cities, that between 2:30 pm and 3:30pm. The instructors and the director introduced themselves to the children, table by table. This waiting period allowed also the children to meet other campers and soon groups started to form among the children!
Next step was to head to the luggage area for the dorms and instructors’ assignments, per age group level. Girls and boys were assigned two sets of instructors, and then a group instructor for each dorm of 6 to 8 campers.
Parents are invited to log in into the camp account for news and photos for the next three weeks. Have fun everybody and we will see you on July 29 to head back to Paris for the second part of our trip.
Departure for France – Five-Week Stay in Southern France and Paris.
Only two days until our departure for France! We are exciting for the children about this three-week stay in southern France for this amazing opportunity of a complete French immersion of summer camp, in the mountainous area of Southern France, followed with two weeks stay in Paris before heading back home to Austin on August 14.
The beautiful center, welcoming up to 120 students, is located in the mountains at about 1640 feet, in a property of 67 acres of orchards, chestnut forests and rivers. The center has multiple showers and bathrooms, bedrooms of 2 to 6 beds, a swimming pool of over 1,000 square feet, a game room with 100 ping-pong and baby-foot tables, volley-ball and soccer courts, a bivouac shelter, a food court seating 120 people, and a complete high-tech projection room. This summer camp offers a wide range of activities from speleology to nature trail walking, camping, horse riding, canoeing, rafting, rock climbing, including center-based sportive activities.
Summer Camp 2015 – Week 3 & 4 – Sculptures & Crafts
JJR students and campers worked on several sculpture projects using a wide range of material and tools. Cycle 1 students created a reproduction of the famous sculpture “Nana” of Niki de Saint Phalle using cardboard, newspaper and plaster. They also worked on beautiful animal crafts making frogs, owls, and cats. Cycle 2 students worked with different material such as wood, aluminium, wires, beads, cardboard, colored cardstock to create sculptures “a la manière d’Alberto Giacometti, Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, and Keith Haring. They also created sculptures based on the work of famous painters such as Miró and Chaissac. Cycle 3 students studied Alexander Calder artwork and created an incredible mobile using bottles, sand, cardboard, wires, and art tape. They learnt about the famous ‘napkin folding’ to create wonderful table center-pieces. They are finishing up on Monday their sculpture “à la manière de Paul Klee”. Beautiful Sculptures, great job everyone!
Summer Camp 2015 – Week 2 – Drawing & Pastel
This week, the students have discovered the world of drawing and pastels. Cycle 1 students blended colors, shapes and animals producing the cutest drawings. Cycle 2 students learnt about drawing techniques such as space division, plan organization, perspective, and shadows. They explored also the world of African masks and pastel spreading. Cycle 3 students studied movement control, and imaginary expression and perspective through the work of René Magritte, Salvadore Dali and Paul Klee. Great artistic work!
Summer Camp 2015 – Week 1 – Painting
Great first week of art camp at JJR! Campers and full-time students mingled during the week while working on beautiful paintings. Preschoolers used several painting techniques such as straw, sponge and cotton swab painting. Cycle 2 students explored the work of abstract painters with their very own reproductions of paintings such as Vitraux Modernes by Klee, les Nanas by Niki de Saint Phalle, Self-Portrait Style of Dubuffet, Personnage et chien devant le soleil by Miró, Farbstudie Quadrate by Kandinsky. Cycle 3 students studied in depth the famous French painter Dubuffet, and the techniques of self- portrait, shadows, reflection, camouflage, symmetry, and lining. Beautiful! We are looking forward to our drawing and pastel week next week.
May Camp 2015 – Gastronomy Camp
Thanks to a JJR family, our First May Gastronomy Camp was held during our May break. The children enjoyed their introduction to a variety of simple recipes with Madame Louali, our culinary expert! This French culinary camp included simple recipes such as “pain-perdu”, “coulis de concombres”, “Biscuits (couronne)”, “ Mousse de Framboise” et “Lasagne Bolognaise”. A wonderful end of camp get-together was hosted in the backyard. What a lovely setting outside and delicious homemade pizzas. Thank you to all the parents for joining us on the last day of camp!
End Of Year School Performance – May 2015
What an impressive end of year performance from all the students! Thank you to all the parents volunteers, all JJR teachers and staff. On the program this year: French Prehistoric play, French Songs from famous French activists and singers, Arabic play, Violin/Cello/Guitar Recital, and Award Ceremony.
French National Medalists – May 2015
Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau students score BIG AGAIN this year; Platinum and Gold Medals for all participants at the National French Contest 2015. Our National Medalists dined out at a French restaurant, with a fun ride in a limousine.
La Dictée de la Francophonie (French Dictation)
Under the Patronage of Français Du Monde et Austin Accueil, and in collaboration with the Austin Public Library, Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau organises the First Edition of La Dictée de la Francophonie-The French Annual Dictation Competition for the public, in honor of the month of Francophony On Sunday March 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Christmas Performance – December 2014
A wonderful Christmas repertoire chosen by Madame again this year. Thank you to all the parents for their participation.
End of Year Performance – May 2014
Here is a glimpse to our 2014 end of year performance.