We are excited to announce that Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for consulting and strategy services. Our work will be focused during the summer months.
Before Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley was founded, there were no bilingual schools in the East Bay. Five families, along with EB’s first principal Jeannette Rouger, thought that young children should not have to commute long distances for a quality bilingual education, and decided to found their own school. EB opened its doors in Fall 1977, with six teachers, 55 students… and 10 nationalities! The “little house” held administrative offices, and classes were held in some of the current Lower School classrooms. The playground was a vacant lot half a block away.
From these beginnings, the school grew rapidly. After only three years, enrollment had already doubled, and EB graduated its first class. By 1987, there were over 300 students and more than 40 nationalities. The Middle School opened its doors in 1988, and moved to its current location at 901 Grayson Street in 1991.
Now, EB has around 500 students in grades YPK (2.5 year old) through 8, with more than 50 nationalities represented in our school community. Their graduates have gone on to top high schools and colleges, and at last count, the alumni who have stayed in touch with us had lived in 47 countries worldwide.
We are excited to welcome EB to our client community and serve another outstanding French school in North America.