The Little French School operates Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:30pm. We offer Petite Section, Moyenne Section, and Grande Section for toilet-trained children between the ages of 2.5 and 6, and Extended Care that is open to our students as well as elementary students seeking a French-supported afterschool program. A variety of scheduling options are available for all ages (please see schedule/tuition breakdown on the enrollment page). We provide a 10-month pre-academic program (early September through mid-June, typically following the 4j calendar), as well as an extracurricular summer program in July and August.
Our immersion program seeks to sharpen each child’s intellectual abilities by using a second language as a medium of instruction, helping the children to develop their full potential. Each child’s individuality and creativity is honored and encouraged, which helps our young learners develop self-esteem.
We maintain an environment in which positive reinforcement is provided and children are able to make choices. Respect for one another is at the core of our philosophy, and conflicts are resolved with redirection, communication, and mutual respect.
LFS is dedicated to small class sizes and personalized attention, basing the level of instruction on each child’s interest and abilities. We are also passionate about forging connections between family, community, and environment, and supporting cultural awareness in our students. Children are encouraged to explore their own creativity and individuality through activities and projects in the areas of art, music, storytelling, discovery science, and physical and environmental education. The French language is learned gradually as children hear it spoken throughout the day.
Our Petite Section (ages ~2.5 – 3.5 on Sept 1) and Moyenne Section (ages ~3.5-4.5 on Sept 1) classrooms emphasize discovery learning, pre-academic foundations and the development of social skills. The children are exposed to early literacy and math activities gradually. Arts and crafts, dramatic play, sensory activities, and storytelling are key. Petite Section operates from 8:30-12:30 daily, with the option to stay for nap or rest time, or stay later for extended care. Moyenne Section operates from 8:30-2 (with the choice to nap or take a short rest), with the option to stay for extended care. A limited number of part-time placements may be available; please contact us for availability and pricing.
Our Grande Section (ages ~4.5 – 6) program emphasizes discovery learning, social skills, and elementary preparation in a language-rich environment. The class is designed to support older pre-k students as well as students seeking a smaller-group, flexible alternative to public kindergarten. We offer a full-time program from 8:30-2:30 daily as well as a limited number of part-time placements, designed to accommodate your needs.
Our After School extended care program promotes learning and socialization through indoor/outdoor play, projects, and child/teacher directed activities. The program is open to LFS students needing full time care, as well as elementary students looking for a French-supported after-school program. Our shuttle bus is available to help transport students from Charlemagne to LFS after school, and we are happy to provide homework support in French and English as needed. Pick-up times are flexible and can be set anytime between 2:30 and 5:30.
We also have an extra-curricular weekly summer program, taking place in July and August each year. This program is typically run off-site (most recently at Lane Child and Family Center) so we can offer more outdoor exploration and summer fun in the sun. Information and sign-ups are typically available online in March or April!
A Typical Day
8:00-8:30 – School opens, transition time
8:30-9:30 – Welcomes, transitions, and exploration time for the children. Many activities are available, choice is encouraged, and development of social skills is key during this loosely structured time.
9:30-10:00 – Circle time: games, songs, stories, dramatic play, exploration of themes (colors, animals, etc.) and language development occur in French.
10:00-10:30 – Organic snack provided
10:30-11:10 – Outside activities/recess
11:10-11:40 – Small group activities in each class, such as pre-literacy and pre-math, activities, games, or guided arts and crafts according to theme.
11:40-12:30 – Lunch, transition time. Students bring own lunch. Some preschoolers may be picked up at 12:30.
Petite/Moyenne Section PM
12:30-2:00 – Nap time/rest and quiet play time. Some students may be picked up at 2.
Grande Section PM
12:30-1:00 – Quiet Rest Time
1:15-1:30 – Story Time
1:30-2:15 – Arts and Crafts Project
2:15-2:30 – Clean-up, some students may leave at 2:30.
2:30-4:00 – Activity choice (games, art, stories, outdoor activities when weather permits)
4:00-4:30 – Organic afternoon snack provided
4:30-5:30 – Activity choice (outside play, numbers/letters, projects, stories), clean-up