About Us

History

La Petite Ecole began in 2003, as a small daycare center offering educational instruction out of a home in San Diego. As the school’s popularity began to increase, a larger space was needed. In 2006, La Petite Ecole opened at its current location, with five teachers, one administrator, and a handful of students. Over the past twelve years, the school has succeeded because of the professionalism of highly talented teaching staff and the high standard of education imparted to students. The school strongly advocates bilingual education, while embracing a synthesis of two centuries of traditional education and modern teaching methods. The school is registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and accredited by the renowned French Ministry of Education.

La Petite École/Le Lycée Francais de San Diego is a unique French/English bilingual educational institution located in the central San Diego area, offering pre-K to 8th grade education to about 215 children from 29 nationalities. The goal of the French educational system is to develop analytical, reasoning and critical thinking techniques through the incremental acquisition of rigorous writing skills and broad academic knowledge at each level. The school’s children come from San Diego based households of all income levels, diverse linguistic backgrounds, and whose parents value the benefits of bilingual education and admire the ethos of the French culture and educational system. Due to its non-profit mode of operation, the school is financially supported entirely by student fees and does not generally embark in additional fundraising efforts.

Small Class Sizes

students per teacher

0 Preschool
0 Kindergarten
0 Elementary

Full Immersion

At La Petite Ecole, we believe strongly in a fully immersive program for French learners. As a result, our students acquire and retain French at staggering rates.

The Benefits of a Bilingual Education

The benefits of bilingual education on a child’s mind have long been established. Some of these benefits include:

  • Canadian researchers have found on average that bilingual students have an IQ 14 points higher than monolingual students.
  • Bilingualism improves memory, decision making and cognitive skills.
  • Second language comprehension enhances music and mathematical skills.
  • Children between the ages of 0-7 have the best natural retention of second languages.

More than just a Second Language

Along with the practical advantages of raising a bilingual child, there are also several other benefits that come with learning a new language.

  • Discovering a new culture
  • Developing different ways of thinking
  • Encouraging tolerance and worldliness
  • Receiving a better chance of succeeding in school
  • Expanding a student’s world through communication

The school’s promotion of French language instruction is based on the long-standing success and marriage of language immersion and on a structured curriculum. At La Petite École/Lycée Francais de San Diego, students learn more than French and English languages, they learn how to

  • Be respectful to each other
  • Be respectful to adults
  • Be polite
  • Have good manners

The program derives its structure from studies that establish the need of boundaries and routine for promoting a nurturing learning environment for children. The result is happy children who are eager to learn and who enjoy being at school. By embracing another culture, the students of La Petite École are developing:

  • Tolerance
  • Patience
  • Understanding

We Owe Them Our Success

La Petite Ecole is grateful for the professionalism and the dedication of teachers like Florence L., Isabelle F., Alice C, Ophélie D., Anthony B., and Hannah N., who laid the foundation for La Petite Ecole and paved the way for other teachers. It is due to their great work that Le Petite Ecole earned its accreditation and excellent reputation.

Meet Our Teachers

The success and happiness of our students all depend on our wonderful, dedicated teachers. These talented and caring professionals are the backbone of La Petite Ecole, and instill respect, understanding and a sense of family in our halls and classrooms. Meet our spectacular team:

Isabelle F.

Isabelle F.

Toute Petite Section A/Junior Preschool A (2 year old)
Floriane N.

Floriane N.

Toute Petite Section A/Junior Preschool A (2 year old)
Susana A.

Susana A.

Toute Petite Section B/Junior Preschool B (2 year old)
Shauny L.

Shauny L.

TPSBToute Petite Section B/Junior Preschool B (2 year old)

Soumaya A.

Soumaya A.

Petite Section A/Preschool A (3 year old)
Saida G.

Saida G.

Petite Section A/Preschool A (3 year old)
Alexandra K.

Alexandra K.

Petite Section B/Preschool B (3 year old)
Pauline P.

Pauline P.

Petite Section B/Preschool B (3 year old)
Carole D.

Carole D.

Petite Section C/Preschool C (3 year old)

Claire H.

Claire H.

Moyenne Section B/Junior Kindergarden B
Nadra H.

Nadra H.

Léa L.

Léa L.

Estelle P.

Estelle P.

Grande Section A/Kindergarden A
Lucie R.

Lucie R.

Grande Section B/Kindergarden B

Clotilde D.

Clotilde D.

Cours Preparatoire A/First grade A
Marie F.

Marie F.

Cours Preparatoire B/First grade B

Charline B.

Charline B.

Cours Elementaire 1 A/Second grade A
Pauline D.

Pauline D.

Cours Elementaire 1 B/Second grade B / Academic Coordinator

Florian Olivo

Florian Olivo

Cours Elementaire 2/Third grade / Academic Coordinator

Clement Sanchez

Clement Sanchez

CM1 - Fourth grade
Violette Dunn

Violette Dunn

CM2 - Fifth grade

Violette D.

Violette D.

College sixieme, cinquieme, quatrieme/Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades
Pascal B.

Pascal B.

College sixieme, cinquieme, quatrieme/Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades

Anne Laure P.

Anne Laure P.

Anglais/English
Leornard H.

Leornard H.

Anglais/English

Hervé A.

Hervé A.

Education Physique et Sportive/P.E. / Judo Instructor

Elda M.

Elda M.

Assistante Administrative/Office Assistant
Jasmine C.

Jasmine C.

Directrice Pedagogique/Academic Director
Gerald G.

Gerald G.

Directeur de Developpement/Development Director
Nathalie L.

Nathalie L.

Assistante Administrative/Office Assistant

Thierry Pasquet

Thierry Pasquet

Directeur/Principal

Anne Laure P.

Anne Laure P.

Anglais/English
Estelle P.

Estelle P.

Grande Section A/Kindergarden A
Hervé A.

Hervé A.

Education Physique et Sportive/Physical Excercice
Susana A.

Susana A.

Toute Petite Section B/Junior Preschool B (2 year old)
Pascal B.

Pascal B.

College sixieme, cinquieme, quatrieme/Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades
Charline B.

Charline B.

Cours Elementaire 1 A/Second grade A
Pauline P.

Pauline P.

Petite Section A/Preschool A (3 year old)
Elda M.

Elda M.

Assistante Administrative/Office Assistant
Clotilde D.

Clotilde D.

Cours Preparatoire A/First grade A
Nadra

Nadra

Moyenne Section A/Junior Kindergarden A
Carole D.

Carole D.

Petite Section C/Preschool C (3 year old)
Pauline D.

Pauline D.

Cours Elementaire 1 / Second Grade/ Academic Coordinator
Violette D.

Violette D.

College sixieme, cinquieme, quatrieme/Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades
Isabelle F.

Isabelle F.

Toute Petite Section A/Junior Preschool A (2 year old)
Marie F.

Marie F.

Cours Preparatoire B/First grade B
Jasmine C.

Jasmine C.

Preschool Director
Gerald G.

Gerald G.

Directeur de Developpement/Development Director
Saida G.

Saida G.

Petite Section A/Preschool A (3 year old)
Shauny L.

Shauny L.

Toute Petite Section B/Junior Preschool B (2 year old)
Claire H.

Claire H.

Moyenne Section C/Junior Kindergarden C
Alexandra K.

Alexandra K.

Petite Section B/Preschool B (3 year old)
Nathalie L.

Nathalie L.

Assistante Administrative/Office Assistant
Floriane N.

Floriane N.

Toute Petite Section A/Junior Preschool A (2 year old)
Florian O.

Florian O.

Cours Elementaire 2/Third grade and Academic Coordinator
Thierry P.

Thierry P.

Directeur/Principal
Violette D.

Violette D.

CM2/ Fifth grade
Lucie R.

Lucie R.

Grande Section B/Kindergarden B
Clement S.

Clement S.

Cours Moyen 1/Fourth grade
Soumaya A.

Soumaya A.

Petite Section B/Preschool B (3 year old)

The French System

La Petite Ecole offers the entire French educational experience. We base our curriculum on the French Ministry of Education system, while instilling French culture and values to mold our students into valuable members of the global community. La Petite Ecole and its teachers are overseen by the French Ministry of Education with inspectors visiting our school to evaluate our curriculum, qualifications of the teachers and the everyday operations of the school.

The goal of the French educational system is to develop analytical, reasoning and critical thinking techniques through incremental acquisition of rigorous writing skills and broad academic knowledge at each level. Our early-immersion language program reinforces these skills. The French Ministry of Education divides preschool and elementary school into three cycles of education (ranging from ages 2 to 11). A cycle may represents 2 or 3 years for the students to master all concepts and knowledge defined by the Ministry of Education. Visit our Academics page to learn more about our curriculum and Cycles.

Languages Used in Class

2-4 years old

100%
French

1st-5th graders

80%
French
20%
English

Parents’ Handbook

The Parents Handbook includes the rules and regulations of La Petite Ecole de San Diego

  • CURRICULUM
  • ADMISSIONS
  • SCHOOL SESSIONS, PROCEDURES AND SCHEDULES
  • SCHOOL POLICIES / GENERAL RULES
  • COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILIES
  • FINANCIAL INFORMATION
  • HEALTH POLICIES
  • EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
  • MAP OF SCHOOL

This document is available upon request.

Our Teachers Home Countries

0 France
0 U.S.

Testimonials

We have two children at La Petite Ecole and absolutely love it. The teachers are passionate about their work, very patient with the children, and are great observers in the classroom. But most importantly, they truly love the kids, and provide them with a warm, family atmosphere. Our children are blossoming here, and we’re so excited!

Scott
La Petite Parent

The academic programs are wonderful and very well rounded. This year, my son’s art, music and French classes were especially interesting. Not only that, but his English has improved tremendously, too.

Jeanette
La Petite Parent

We are so happy with La Petite Ecole! Our daughter has learned so much, like counting and the alphabet, but also values like respect and politeness. She is more independent now, and can’t wait to learn and have new experiences, and we have La Petite Ecole to thank for that.

Richard
La Petite Parent

Ever since enrolling my children in La Petite Ecole, they are constantly smiling, singing and drawing. They are so happy and eager, they can’t wait to get to school every day. We highly recommend this school to anyone.

Luc
La Petite Parent

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