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.
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.
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:
- Organic learning: teachers adapt to the rhythm and needs of each child
- Self-confidence: Learn to know yourself and to make choices in accordance with who you are and what your strengths are
- Non-violent communication: a fundamental tool for interacting with others
- Well-being: demonstrate empathy, tolerance and respect to yourself and to others
- Choose cooperation over competition
- 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.
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
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.
Press & Feedback
My 2.5 years old daughter attended The gift school and since September her speech has really improved she also gained great confidence being around people younger and older. the teaching staff is so kind and so loving towards the kids and small group makes the children Learn and participate more actively.
I really recommend the gift school for parents that require a personalized approach to education with kind and friendly staff, in a safe environment. Thanks to the brilliant team. 🤗❤Cigdem Yilmaz Latif march 20, 2020
Die Gift School ist der beste Kindergarten den wir uns für unseren Sohn vorstellen können.
Das pädagogische Konzept ist ganz auf die individuellen Bedürfnisse des Kindes ausgerichtet und das Team vermittelt aktiv Werte wie Respekt, Integrität und kulturelle Vielfalt.
Unser Sohn hat sich von Anfang an wohl und gut angenommen gefühlt.
Durch den zweisprachigen Unterricht hat er beeindruckende Fortschritte in Französisch und Englisch gemacht.
Wir empfehlen die Gift School uneingeschränkt!!!Antonia Slaby April 13, 2020
Mes enfants de 8 et 4 ans fréquentent la gift school tous les mercredis depuis septembre 2019 dans le cadre des mercredis en anglais. Ils sont ravis d y aller, ils y passent d excellentes journées, encadrés par des adultes très pro, très à l écoute et d une grande bienveillance. La gift school fait partie des rares lieux d accueil pour enfants où l on s adapte aux besoins de chaque enfant, ou le respect de chacun est la priorité (et où l on élève pas la voix!).
Ils ont fait de gros progrès en anglais. Après 5 mois, mon aîné estime qu en une journée de gift school, il apprend plus qu en une année entière à l école.
Une école vraiment exceptionnelle à de nombreux points de vue !Hélène Macrez Scherrer February 1st, 2020