The iféa method
We ensure the well-being of children whilst maintaining high standards. To this end, our method is based on specialised teaching, up-to-date learning tools, and individual all-round care.
Specialised teaching in small classes
Specialized learning is a way of reconsidering traditional school settings (number of students, rhythms of learning, teaching tools and material). Our goal is to enable students to meet or surpass objectives set out in the French curriculum through adapted methods. Émilie du Châtelet classes are therefore taught in reduced sizes, with a maximum of 18 to 20 students. Specialized teaching means individualized learning paths and customized group skills. Each student receives individual care of a tutor. Children are given adapted homework and individual practice exercises. Evaluations identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses that offer clear, reassuring indicators of their goals. Our students are also encouraged to cooperate within group settings. Situations of mutual help, emulation, and peer tutoring all facilitate learning. Weekly briefs are posted online so families can monitor their child’s progress.
All-round care and school-based homework
Students are given tailored homework in each topic depending on their needs. Homework is done at school under the supervision of responsible adults who help as needed. Students are no longer given after-school work to do at home (aside from one-off research or reading assignments). We believe that a young student who has spent a day at school does not need to do further work at home. The time that is saved can instead be devoted to leisure, extracurricular activities, or family time. However from year 9, in preparation for tests such as the French national diploma, secondary school students are given regular homework.
Digital technology that serves learning
We bolster teachers’ learning tools with age-appropriate digital tools children are familiar with, such as on-demand laptops. The use of computers for learning is proportionate to a child’s age and must be supported within reason to best supplement their knowledge. Screen time is controlled in order to respect children’s cognitive development, well-being, and health. In primary school, and progressively throughout their schooling, students learn to use and master digital learning tools and to develop a critical approach to find reliable sources. Beyond being simple digital tools, specific software modules are used to develop and reinforce specific skills through memorization and use practice exercise and training modules. These modules are part of iféa’s digital platform used by children, families, and teachers. This software will help tailor homework and offer individual tracking of a student’s progress.
Supporting gifted children
Our teaching methods are based on specialized teaching, openness and caring. Our specially trained instructors and adapted tools all contribute to the flourishing of high potential students. Our approach involves helping each young person grow according to their own pace, to quell anxiety, and to let imagination, curiosity, and creativity run free. Students who have a global vision of the world are stimulated through interdisciplinary projects or when age groups are broken down. Our team checks in with them regularly to measure progress and sticky areas (whether related to their relationships or their learning).
We also offer a specific learning track for high potential students who have fallen behind in the classical curriculum. This learning track is shaped on a case-by-case basis with the child or teenager, alongside their parents, our teaching staff, and external partners.