The Gift School supports Zero Waste

Every Monday afternoon, between 5:15 and 7 pm, pick up your zero waste groceries directly at the Gift School, from Boc’Drive, first zero-waste locally-sourced mobile grocery “drive” in Aix-en-Provence.

To order your zero waste groceries: www.boc-drive.fr

Summer Camp – Elements of Nature

Registrations are currently open for Summer vacation: July 8-30

Come join us at the Gift School for a week of fun and activities in French and English. Limited spaces.

To sign up, please send an email to

Meet the Team

Meet the Gift School team, a team of caring and experienced teachers and assistants, dedicated to holistic education and providing a loving school environment in which all children can thrive.

Webinar: “La Psychopédagogie Positive”

Saturday April 10th, 10 AM, on Zoom

With Laetitia Lauvray, psychopédagogue and teacher at the Gift School

Webinar: Bilingual Education

Thursday April 15th, at 8PM, on Zoom

Dr Franck Scola, author of “Understanding and Nurturing a Bilingual Childhood” and partner of the Gift School gave a 3rd webinar on Bilingual Education.

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A Bilingual, Innovative and Eco-Friendly School in Ventabren

The Gift School is a private, independent and non-religious preschool and primary school.

The Gift School welcomes children from the age of 2 years old. Multiple teaching methods, including but not limited to Montessori, are the inspiration behind the Gift School’s mission in education.

The Gift School is a school which respects the developmental needs of each child individually, thereby encouraging independent thinking and building self-confidence so that each child can reach his or her full potential. Children also learn the benefits of working together through teamwork and cooperation which are emphasized in the school’s programs.

Non-violence and respect are key values in the Gift School’s approach to education. The Gift School endeavors to instill in each child the necessary tools to experience life to the fullest. We believe that these tools go far beyond the realm of academic programs and must include learning mindfulness, self-esteem and tolerance.

To join the Gift School’s community of families and staff is to join a team of people dedicated to the principals of mindfulness, listening and sharing.

The Gift School’s methods rely on six fundamental principles:

  1. Organic learning: teachers adapt to the rhythm and needs of each child
  2. Self-confidence: Learn to know yourself and to make choices in accordance with who you are and what your strengths are
  3. Non-violent communication: a fundamental tool for interacting with others
  4. Well-being: demonstrate empathy, tolerance and respect to yourself and to others
  5. Choose cooperation over competition
  6. Choose dialogue and understanding, over punishment

The Gift School faculty is dedicated to supporting children and leading them down a path of self-fulfillment and self-confidence, while at the same time valuing their uniqueness.

Our Values

Innovative Teaching

The Gift School is proud to participate in the movement to create a global education revolution. Drawing inspiration from mutilplie alternative teaching methods, the Gift School aims to inspire in children a love of learning as they grow and engage in paths of greater knowledge.

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Bilingual Learning Environment

Resolutely open to the world, and also as a reflection of the reality of our world today, the Gift School offers a French-English bilingual learning environment to not only support proficiency in second languages but also to promote respect for diversity.

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Environmental Awareness

The Gift School teaches children to become the eco-citizens of tomorrow, to be capable of making sustainable choices when it comes to their environment, society and economy.
Mother Nature is a privileged partner of the Gift School.

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Our Classes

The Gift School has 3 classes this year and will be opening a 4th class next year (2021-22).
Maximum number of students per class 15.

2-3 year olds:
Learning to be myself

The Gift School preschool children are immersed in a positive and caring environment. The learning environment is Montessori-based and the head teacher is Morgane. At this age, Gift School children are learning to develop awareness of others and the sense of being a part of a group, in which each child can make a contribution. Julia is the class’s English assistant and she only speaks English with the children who enjoy learning and hearing nursery rhymes, songs and stories in English all day long.

4-5 year olds:
Learning to do it by myself

This class focuses on sensorial development. Children are free to choose from a selection of activities which are adapted to their needs as they learn to express themselves both orally and in writing and as they discover the world and the use of numbers.
Lea is the head teacher of this class and her English assistant is Carolyn. Together, they provide the caring, stimulating and positive environment that children this age thrive on.

6-7 year olds:
Learning about the world

In this class, Montessori material is progressively replaced by project-based learning. Head teacher Laetitia prepares learning activities which correspond with the level and interest of each child, so as to accompany each one to reach their highest potential… without losing sight of the pleasure of learning which we know are crucial to developing skills and self-confidence. Afternoon classes are dedicated to science, art, sports and are given in English by native English-speaking teachers.

8-10 year olds:
Learning my place in the world

In this class, children create content and manage information through operations, exercises, manipulations, experiments and field trips. They are introduced to the topics and subjects which will satisfy the bubbling curiosity specific to this age and open up new windows for their future and life choices. Children are still given the possibility to move freely during their learning activities in an effort to respect their individual needs, though more « academic » moments are also integrated into the school day. This allows for greater adaptability into any middle school environment at the end of the year.

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