Welcome to the admissions office
Mosaic is a private school, for students aged 3 to 12 years, representing over 40 different nationalities and major cultural traditions. École Mosaic is an bilingual multicultural school. Classes are taught in both French and English.
- To begin the admission process, you will need to complete the “Application for Admission Form”, available from our offices email@example.com or downloadable on this page and return it to the school.
- Open Doors events are organized by the Head of Admissions throughout the school year, along with the school’s Headmistress, the Head of Pedagogy and the Psychopedagogical Coordinator.
- You will not be charged any cost until a place will have been offered and that you will have accepted it.
Upon request, a school visit and an individual meeting with the Head of Admissions can be organized.
Students must have reached the required age level for their grade by July 31 at the latest.
Nursery (Pink class) welcomes those children who will be turning 3 between August 1st and December 31st.
In general, students must complete a full school year at École Mosaic before being promoted to the next grade. A January admission may require a student to repeat the school year.
Mrs. Heather Guenther
OPEN DOORS 2020-2021
Are you considering enrolling your child in Mosaic School? Due to the COVID-19 health situation, we are currently not able to hold our usual Open Doors event.
However, our Headmistress – Mrs Johannot, together with our Director of Pedagogy – Mrs Léa Delaunay and our Head of Admissions – Mrs Heather Guenther,
will be delighted to share with you virtually more details on our school, including its philosophy, pedagogy, bilingual approach and its environment.
For further information, please register online or call us on: +41(0)22 346 21 69
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, they are.
Yes, the class teachers cover all the subjects in both languages. They plan ahead together to make sure they cover all the academic objectives.
They are Swiss, French, English, Irish, American, Australian, Italian, Brazilian.
They come from 40 different countries from across the globe. Often they have two nationalities, and maybe two cultures, two religions.
We have developed and written our own curriculum, which covers the PER (Plan d’Etudes Romand) and the National Curriculum of England. The programme is accepted by both governments, and our students take the exams of both countries.
Yes, they do. Most of these subjects are taught by single subject teachers: theatre and music from age 3, sport from age 4, they also take Capoeira, Hip Hop, Swimming, Sailing and even Climbing with single subject teachers.
There are no grades in Nursery, the pupils receiving a photo assessment report with teachers’ comments on their social skills, bilingualism and motor skills. From Grade 1P, the overall achievements are marked on a scale from 1 to 6, including half-points. The pass mark is 4 out of 6.
We encourage the development of adaptability and autonomy as an essential quality, as an asset for your child’s whole life (school, professional career, personal life), but it takes time and effort to acquire this. Much encouragement is necessary, together with empathy for his/her struggles, an understanding that it is not easy to adapt to one or two new languages, a new environment, way of teaching, friends, etc… Teachers are there to assist, but also other parents, who will help integrate you into this new community by organising playdates for your child and by taking part in various school activities (presentations, outings).
There is no regular scheduled homework before Grade 3P. A basic guideline to the time expected to be spent on homework assignments and individual study is:
Primary Grades 3P to 5P: 30 minutes, 6P and 7P: 45 minutes, Grade 8P: 1 hour maximum every school day evening.
Find a peaceful time, after an afternoon snack or his/her afterschool activities. Do not try to do the homework for him/her! The importance of homework is to give teachers the possibility of seing if your child manages to re-apply alone what he/she learned at school. Consider enrolling your child in our after-school homework sessions with our supervising teachers, in particular if you feel that doing homework at home creates conflict.
Please contact the teachers; they will be happy to discuss your child’s progress. Remember that when a child is learning a new language, progress in his/her mother tongue may slow down for a while, before picking up again. This is a well-known learning curve.
Yes. Mosaic is an inclusive school. For children with special needs, there are many benefits to an inclusive learning environment. Regardless of their level of ability, children learn from one another. In an inclusive classroom, children with special needs have the opportunity of observing their peers, who serve as positive role models by demonstrating the skills that the teachers and therapists are trying to teach. Being an equal member of a classroom community provides many important social benefits as well, including increased self-esteem and the formation of friendships.
There are also many benefits for the other children, including learning tolerance, developing empathy and gaining an appreciation for diversity. The real world is a diverse mix of people with a wide range of abilities. At Mosaic, we feel that the sooner we start preparing pupils for this, the better.
We follow the recommendations of the Geneva Health Department (Service de la Santé de la Jeunesse). We ask parents not to send their child if he/she has a fever. Any medication that the child takes must be accompanied by a valid doctor’s prescription.
Every child must be protected from all kinds of violence. That is why the whole team receives regular training on detecting any suspicions and signs of bullying. Whilst respecting each person’s personality, Mosaic School aims to make children progressively aware of belonging to the world around them, by awakening in them a sense of respect for others, a tolerance of differences, a spirit of solidarity and cooperation. To this end, the school has put in place class councils, assemblies and philosophical workshops, so that children can express themselves in the event of problems and be aware of the world around them. Furthermore, Miss Harmony’s Table also provides a means of communicating with an adult. In the case of proven bullying, Miss Harmony will intervene with other professionals to put a stop to it. The matter will be dealt with in a collective and coordinated manner, to ensure that values prescribed by the law and in school rules are upheld and to continue to preserve the quality of the school climate.
Yes, with password protection. Students are not allowed to bring a mobile phone to school. They can access the Internet on school computers under a teacher’s supervision, but only in order to learn and to carry out research during classtime.
Morning welcome time is essential. Children have until 9 am to settle into their classroom. They need time to transition from home to school. At 9 am, teachers start the morning circle time, followed by classroom activities. Mid-morning, they stop for a snack, where we emphasize the use of that day’s language and general table manners, followed by morning recess. After washing hands, putting coats on, removing coats, going to the bathroom, there is time for another activity before lunch time. For children staying for the whole day, there is a nap until approximately 3 pm. Artistic activities, snack and recess time will follow until the end of the day at 4 pm.
Not in the Nursery class, but we do request the use of pull-ups. Teachers will work with parents to ensure that the child is potty trained by the end of the school year.
Yes. The choice is between half-day (8am to 12 noon), noon half-day with lunch or , full day (until 4pm, or 5:45 pm).
The teachers are used to having a child or children in their class who do not speak the language in which they are teaching. They use a lot of pictures, objects and gestures to communicate with the children and will also encourage them to repeat the words and sentences to develop their speaking skills and vocabulary. The teachers also give a lot of praise when the children are starting to understand and speak, which gives the child the confidence and motivation to continue learning.
The school operates a Language Tutoring Programme starting in Grade 3P for those students who are not at the necessary academic level of French or English. The students are taken out of class and put into small groups of similar ability to develop their comprehension, vocabulary, speaking, reading and writing skills.
During the first 3 years (Nursery, Grade 1P, Grade 2P), the children alternate languages on a weekly basis. There is an initial phase of adaptation to the new language. This adaptation phase will vary from child to child; it can last from 2 weeks to 4 months. During this time, we will help him/her to understand, for example, by having another child translate. We encourage the teachers not to translate. If your child does not speak any French or English, we may organise “buddies” from other classes who speak his/her language to come and spend some time with your child, so as to help alleviate the feeling of loneliness. After this stage, understanding will come fast and we will encourage the children to gradually start communicating in the new language. Speaking is not easy, as it requires self-confidence and risk-taking. We help this by separating the class regularly into small groups, in order to promote speaking. Reading and writing are more technical, but children quickly understand how to use these skills in their native language and apply them to the new language. (For older children, see the question below on the Language Tutoring Programme).
In general, we expect it to take three years for a child to acquire, develop and master the new language. The school has set up a structure supervised by the Head of Pedagogy to accommodate children with little or no knowledge of French and/or English.
Based on the model of the public schools in Geneva, from Grade 3P onwards the children are taken art of their class. A French or English tutor then works with the children in sessions for a period ranging from 1.5 to 4.5 hours per week.
For professional or private reasons, you may need longer hours than school hours. That is why Mosaic opened Mosaic Clubs, with a drop-off at 7:30 am, a variety of activities from 4 pm to 5:45 pm, as well as Wednesday childcare, and of course our 12 weeks of holiday camps.
Some move on to bilingual schools (Ecole Moser, International School of Geneva, Institut International de Lancy, Collège du Léman), others to French-speaking schools (public school Cycle, Ecole Topffer, Institut Florimont), English-speaking schools (Geneva Secondary School) and international schools abroad. We encourage parents to inform us of their choice in grade 7P, so that we can help prepare for a smooth transition into the new system.
Also, every other year, we organise a Mosaic Talks on the subject of secondary schools and invite parents to meet with our guest speakers: Heads and Pedagogy Heads of various private secondary schools in Geneva.
We have a 150 m2 room dedicated to physical activities (Gym, Theatre, Dance, Capoeira, Hip-Hop). We also organise outside school activities, such as swimming lessons (from Grade 2P to 5P), sailing lessons (for Grades 6P and 7P) and indoor climbing (Grade 8P).
There is a Mosaic gym outfit, which we require the children to wear for their Sports classes.
No. Languages are complex, not complicated. Children can make the difference between all their various languages. We recommend parents to continue speaking and using their mother tongue(s), and to introduce reading and writing in those languages too.
At Mosaic, we greatly value the partnership with parents. This is why we have 2 class parents per grade, who are the communication link between teachers/school & parents. There is also a Parents Association that helps us organise events, such as making costumes for the end of year show. We organise regular presentations at school, to which parents and families are invited, as well as exhibitions and plays. Parents are welcome to help during our various events (Sports Day, Escalade race, outings). We also encourage parents to come into class and share stories, traditions and special skills.
Yes, the APEM (Association des Parents de l’Ecole Mosaic) its mission is to create bonds between parents with activities for children and parents (new parents welcome, Halloween party, cake & book sales), collect parents’ opinions on matters related to Mosaic and cooperate with Mosaic in the organizing of certain events.