The school day

The school day

At École Jeannine Manuel, we have always paid close attention to the impact of the length of the school day on student engagement. After extensive research and a period of careful consideration, the school now implements a revised school day that better suits the needs of its students.

Primary school

Students come to class 4.5 days a week. School begins at 8:30 am and finishes at 3:15 pm every day except Wednesday when classes end at 12:30 pm. From Monday to Friday, students have a lunch period that begins at 11h45 and ends at 1:15pm. This lighter class schedule (by French standards) allows children to participate in different afterschool clubs or in other activities outside of school.

Primary school

Photo d'élèves de primaire faisant des travaux manuels à l'École Jeannine Manuel de Lille

Students come to class 4.5 days a week. School begins at 8:30 am and finishes at 3:15 pm every day except Wednesday when classes end at 12:30 pm. From Monday to Friday, students have a lunch period that begins at 11h45 and ends at 1:15pm. This lighter class schedule (by French standards) allows children to participate in different afterschool clubs or in other activities outside of school.

Secondary school

At the secondary school level, students’ schedules vary and lessons last either 45 minutes or 90 minutes—as opposed to the traditional 55 minutes of French schools. Students’ school weeks are thus shortened by about four hours a week, which gives them time to take part in different interdisciplinary projects, electives, and workshops.

Secondary school

At the secondary school level, students’ schedules vary and lessons last either 45 minutes or 90 minutes—as opposed to the traditional 55 minutes of French schools. Students’ school weeks are thus shortened by about four hours a week, which gives them time to take part in different interdisciplinary projects, electives, and workshops.

School day initiatives

School day initiatives

Photo d'élèves en plein débat dans un cours de l'École Jeannine Manuel à Paris
Photo d'élèves en plein débat dans un cours de l'École Jeannine Manuel à Paris

Cross-cultural perspectives

In 8th and 9th grade, students study History both in French and in English. The Cross-Cultural Perspectives workshops bring together teachers and students from both subjects to consider and probe contrasting perspectives on significant themes.

Photo d'une période d'office hour

Office Hours

Teacher Office Hours are specific times available for secondary school students to come (by themselves or in a group) ask questions, review a test, explore an advanced topic, and more generally interact with teachers using their own initiative.

Photo d'élèves en temps DEAR dans le CDI de l'école de Lille

Drop Everything & Read (DEAR)

During DEAR sessions, students and teachers read the book of their choice from a list of over 200 works. The list is compiled by both teachers and students. The goal of DEAR is to foster a love of reading and to encourage students to develop a habit of reading regularly.

Cross-cultural perspectives

In 8th and 9th grade, students study History both in French and in English. The Cross-Cultural Perspectives workshops bring together teachers and students from both subjects to consider and probe contrasting perspectives on significant themes.

Office Hours

Teacher Office Hours are specific times available for secondary school students to come (by themselves or in a group) ask questions, review a test, explore an advanced topic, and more generally interact with teachers using their own initiative.

Drop Everything & Read (DEAR)

During DEAR sessions, students and teachers read the book of their choice from a list of over 200 works. The list is compiled by both teachers and students. The goal of DEAR is to foster a love of reading and to encourage students to develop a habit of reading regularly.

Photo d'élèves en cours à l'École Jeannine Manuel de Paris

Prioritizing student wellbeing

The safety and wellbeing of our students is one of our priorities. Alongside concrete security measures, our school equally puts in place policies and programmes that ensure student physical and mental wellbeing.

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