Click through to take a virtual tour. Academie Lafayette is a K-8 French Immersion charter school located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. Their Cherry Street campus is for students in grades K-3 who are bussed from all over the city.
Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus wants all students and families to feel welcomed into their international community. Principal Heather Royce (on the right), Mme Diane Balagna (on the left), and the rest of the team insist on it.
Because Académie Lafayette is full French immersion, students are only admitted in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Older students who have attended another French immersion program may inquire about enrollment in upper grades. Students are immersed in the French language from the very first day of school.
Académie Lafayette-Cherry Campus is a local school with global influence. They believe that for a child to be truly educated they must succeed academically as well as have good character.
Teachers at Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus are from all over the world. This map has little tags with each teacher’s name and a red string connecting their name to their home country.
New families submit a family photo and are featured in the front hallway. Families can also serve as host families for international interns who work at Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus.
Artwork covers every hallway at Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus. Here kids have created masks like the ones their art teacher saw on her recent trip to Asia as a Kauffman Foundation fellow.
Here students were working on different textures in their artwork.
Art even covers the cafeteria which was painted by a former parent. Some students bring their lunch from home and others buy one here in the cafeteria. The staff makes sure that kids who need a lunch have one.
In music class, M. Nadal plays the guitar and has students sing along in French. He uses tennis balls to help kindergarteners understand rhythm and teaches older students to write their own music.
In PE class, students practice gymnastics, tumbling and salsa dance in addition to learning social and team building skills through their play. This class too is conducted entirely in French for all learners.
Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus has a large blacktop where students run and play organized games when gym class moves outside or their during recess time.
There is also a large fenced in play area as well. Students get recess twice daily for 20 minutes and teachers can give them more time if needed.
At Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus kids have character assemblies where students who have exhibited the school’s character traits are honored and also those who have made progress with their behavior overall. This is in line with their Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) discipline system that uses positive interventions to change student behaviors.
Here are some of the teacher-created character traits that students learn each month at Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus.
Students and teachers work together at Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus. In the upper grades, a traditional education approach is taken with kids having a workbook for each core subject area.
Teachers also sit with students in small groups to provide targeted support to students who need it. Can you spot the teacher here?
At Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus, sometimes classroom support comes in the form of the Assistant Principal. Here M. Jean-Claude Diatta helps second graders with math problems.
In upper grades, lecture and note-taking are features of instruction. Teachers depend on students to be responsible for their learning with supports provided as needed.
Students are also responsible for their belongings. In the upper grades, students each get a hook and a cubby to store their books, notebooks and papers.
In lower grades, teachers use fun to motivate students to learn. Here are students taking a quick dance break before getting back to work.
Here first grade students work together on mastering French vocabulary words.
These kindergarteners are getting ready to review days of the week and numbers in French. Whole group practice and fun focused community building are features of lower elementary instruction.
Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus has a full time social worker and a full time Registered Nurse on staff to support students physically and emotionally throughout the day. Pictures of students enjoying school adorn the walls.
Students learn from the very beginning of their time at Academie Lafayette-Cherry Campus to take their learning very seriously. Not only are they mastering a second language, they also are learning core content as well.
Here a third grade teacher has taught a money lesson in French with notes in English as well.
These students help take items from the auditorium stage to their classroom. This school community treats every student like a capable and valued member.
Students need little direction to go about their day. They hold one another accountable to the values the school teaches them and ask questions when needed.