L'Ecole Koenig

Joan Koenig founded L’Ecole Koenig - The American Conservatory in Paris in 1986 with a total of 10 students. By the beginning of the following school year, L’Ecole Koenig counted 100 enrollments.  Koenig was quickly joined by Betsy Schlesinger, who becomes the Director of the Conservatory in 2015. Since then, the school has never ceased developing and expanding its programs.

Further fruit of this research, the Preschool for Music & Art opened its doors in 2008. The results of the program are exemplary both musically and linguistically. The Preschool for Music & Art, which became the Kindergarten in 2013, is so successful that a second campus was opened in the fall of 2013 and a third was inaugurated in September 2016.

Today, L’Ecole Koenig American Conservatory & Kindergarten comprises 400 students and 300 families. 

After graduating from L’Ecole Koenig, most children continue their studies in International Schools in Paris and abroad (Asia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, USA…), continue playing instruments and participate in international music shows and competitions.

More information on our schools in Paris: http://www.ecolekoenig.com/

A question we got asked a lot after our daughter graduated from kindergarten at L’Ecole Koenig was how was she managing in a more academic school. Was she OK with the new, rigorous demands of CP (1st grade)?

These parents were concerned that Koenig didn’t teach enough of the academics. We understood this concern because it seemed that our children were, in fact, having way too much fun at L’Ecole Koenig singing, dancing, playing music, dressing up, painting and cooking, and laughing – lots and lots of laughing.

However, this is the genius of L’Ecole Koenig, teaching our children through play. L’Ecole Koenig understands that children most effectively remember what they learn when they’re having fun, and most importantly, they develop a love of learning that endures.

Our daughter is now in grade one at a school that is very academic and even though she is the second youngest in her class, she is reading and writing and performing math brilliantly. Her teachers comment on her eagerness to learn and ability to focus in the classroom.

Today, 10 months after she graduated from L’Ecole Koenig, she not only reads and writes beautifully but she does so with creativity and passion, using words that she learned at L’Ecole Koenig like “cacophony”, incorporating song to memorize assigned poems, dancing through her math homework, and performing theatre to explain to us her science lessons.

This is L’Ecole Koenig’s gift to our daughter! And we can’t ever thank them enough!
— Christine & Timothy