Le Sallay Academy

"A blended learning school that is more than a school"

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New school, new teachers, lots of unfamiliar faces around… Changing schools is a big enough deal, but what if it is not just the school, but also your home, city and country?  Whether you had such an experience as a child yourself, or you’ve been through it with your own kids - the academic and social challenges it involves can be quite stressful for an adolescent.Le Sallay Academy 2 Le Sallay Academy 1The blended learning model employed at the Le Sallay Academy gives its students a unique opportunity not to change schools even if the family is on the move. At Le Sallay, synchronous distance learning and in-person sessions complement each other creating one interactive and engaging experience.At Le Sallay, the study process is organized in trimesters, and typically we start with the in-person component at our French campus. Students come together for three weeks of classroom learning and socializing, and it is just the right amount of time to get to know the classmates and teachers, start a friendship and become part of the community. The studies continue online, in the same groups, with the same teachers, which ensures the continuity of academic progress and peer-to-peer relationships.Do students love it? Yes, they do!
The benefits that the blended model offers are manifold. On the one hand, you can “blend” time zones and locations, virtual classes and offline activities, going places and doing virtual tours, and on the other, and maybe even more importantly for teenagers, the school becomes a safe haven, a place which stays the same, no matter what happens in the outside world.During last academic year the families of 30% of our students changed either cities or countries, but stayed with Le Sallay. Stability was one of the decision making factors here: as one of the students said, it is “super important that things that we had done ourselves are kept safe and await our return”.This is an example of one of the many things that are done quite consciously by the school staff to create a feeling of safety and stability among the students.On-site sessions are full of activities that encourage students’ creativity, team-work and cooperation, and at the same time help them get a sense of ownership of the place. These range from publishing a weekly newspaper to building a tree house, from writing School constitution to having a “self-management day”. The memories of these events help the transition from online to offline and back again, but the artifacts produced by students, the embodiments of these activities cement the base for their security and turn the next on-site session into a real homecoming.Le_Sallay_Academy_6
The change of location inevitably leads to changes in daily routines, and, having the child’s well-being at the centre of what we do, we try to provide a cushion that would make the adaptation easier. The online groups are put together according to the time zone the pupils are in, so if a child moves a couple of hours back or forward, we would gladly adjust their schedule. Need a longer break during the day? Better finish earlier and have more time to socialize locally? We will try and tailor the study plan accordingly.The on-site session that was scheduled to start on 27 February 2022, quite unexpectedly put our approach to a test. The Russia-Ukraine war conflict and the dramatic consequences have shaken everyone at the school, and a few of our Ukrainian students were forced to leave home saving their lives. When despite all obstacles they arrived at Le Sallay, we did all we could to make them feel at home. The setting of the previous on-site session was fully recreated, including the minute details; the psychologists had briefed the teaching staff and counsellors on the best communication strategies; and the potential consequences of the traumatic experience were taken into account when planning the extracurricular activities. And we knew that our efforts had paid off when the father of a refugee child said how happy they were to be at Le Sallay, because “that’s what keeps it going for them”.
Address of the in-person sessionsChâteau Le SallayLieu dit le Sallay, D149, 58470 Saincaize-MeauceFranceEmail: admissions@lesallay.academySocial MediaFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/lesallayacademyInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/lesallayacademy/YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTfTqR2w6OcZUw7oH7wLxYATwitter - https://twitter.com/lesallayacademy

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