A ceremony will be held to welcome 7th Grade exchange students from the Collège César in Roquefort-les-Pins to Audubon Charter School and New Orleans. The students will be arriving May 8 and returning to France on May 22. Audubon students will visit France in October. Raymond Hinz, the Attaché of the Général Consulate of France in New Orleans will be in attendance to greet the students.
Monday, May 9, 8-9am
Audubon Charter School (Upper Campus)
1111 Milan St. in New Orleans
The goal of the exchange program is for the French students to observe American culture and educational customs and work on their English language skills, and for Audubon students to learn about French culture and language on their visit. The students will be staying with English speaking Audubon families for 2 weeks.
Audubon’s French program is the only school having such an exchange program. The idea was born in 2014, when Audubon was looking for a partner school in France. A former Director at Audubon, Madame Elfi, was also looking to partner with an American school and reached out to Audubon.
The French students attend an international school and are exposed to more English Language than any regular school in France. At Audubon, They will be spending about 75% of their time in the Montessori program and 25% in the French program.
The students will be actively participating in all classes and they will go on several field trips to various places in the city such as: the French Quarter, Sector 6, Laura Plantation, Vermillonville and a Swamp tour.
When the Audubon students visit Nice, France in October, they will be staying with French families, many in the family of the child they will be hosting next week.
Audubon’s exchange program is in partnership with Collège César and in partnership with the Academy of Nice. This is the second year this exchange has taken place.
Audubon currently serves 835 students in grades PK thru 8. Audubon Charter School is a top performing, “A” rated New Orleans public school, offering a unique Montessori and French program. Audubon is an Associate Member of the American Montessori Society and the only public school in Louisiana accredited by the national government of France to teach the French curriculum. Audubon is proud to have high academic standards, a comprehensive arts education program, and its celebration of the diversity of all children.
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