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.

La Petite École is a unique French/English bi-lingual educational institution located in the central San Diego area, offering pre-K to 8th grade education to about 185 children. It is accredited by the renowned French Ministry of Education. 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. 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 fund-raising efforts.

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, 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 Faurie

Isabelle Faurie

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

Floriane Nicol

Toute Petite Section A/Junior Preschool A (2 year old)
Pauline Beyou

Pauline Beyou

Toute Petite Section B/Junior Preschool B (2 year old)
Virginie Gibert

Virginie Gibert

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

Shanon Bullard

Shanon Bullard

Petite Section A/Preschool A (3 year old)
Saida Gentoul

Saida Gentoul

Petite Section A/Preschool A (3 year old)
Alexandra Kol

Alexandra Kol

Petite Section B/Preschool B (3 year old)
Sana Spitale

Sana Spitale

Petite Section B/Preschool B (3 year old)
Melina Champagne

Melina Champagne

Petite Section C/Preschool C (3 year old)
Carole Desbois

Carole Desbois

Petite Section C/Preschool C (3 year old)

Berengere Demailly

Berengere Demailly

Moyenne Section A/Junior Kindergarden A
Claire Hemery

Claire Hemery

Moyenne Section B/Junior Kindergarden B
Cindy Sierra

Cindy Sierra

Moyenne Section C/Junior Kindergarden C

Jessica Bedin

Jessica Bedin

Grande Section A/Kindergarden A
Lucie Renault

Lucie Renault

Grande Section B/Kindergarden B

Clotilde Debovis

Clotilde Debovis

Cours Preparatoire A/First grade A
Marie Foureau

Marie Foureau

Cours Preparatoire B/First grade B

Coline Buevoz

Coline Buevoz

Cours Elementaire 1 A/Second grade A
Pauline Dubeaux

Pauline Dubeaux

Cours Elementaire 1 B/Second grade B

Florian Olivo

Florian Olivo

Cours Elementaire 2/Third grade

Clement Sanchez

Clement Sanchez

Cours Moyen 1/Fourth grade
Olivier Pelanne

Olivier Pelanne

Cours Moyens 1 et 2/Fourth and Fith grades
Pascal Biron

Pascal Biron

Cours Moyen 2/Fifth grade

Violette Dunn

Violette Dunn

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

Summer Alexander

Summer Alexander

Anglais/English

Regine Berther

Regine Berther

Education Physique et Sportive/Physical Excercice

Carole Coudry

Carole Coudry

Assistante Administrative/Office Assistant
Jacqueline Funfshilling

Jacqueline Funfshilling

Directrice Pedagogique/Academic Director
Geral Gaucher

Geral Gaucher

Directeur de Developpement/Development Director
Nathalie Leonelli

Nathalie Leonelli

Assistante Administrative/Office Assistant

Thierry Pasquet

Thierry Pasquet

Directeur/Principal

Summer Alexander

Summer Alexander

Anglais/English
Jessica Bedin

Jessica Bedin

Grande Section A/Kindergarden A
Regine Berther

Regine Berther

Education Physique et Sportive/Physical Excercice
Pauline Beyou

Pauline Beyou

Cours Elementaire 1 B/Second grade B
Pascal Biron

Pascal Biron

Cours Moyen 2/Fifth grade
Coline Buevoz

Coline Buevoz

Cours Elementaire 1 A/Second grade A
Shanon Bullard

Shanon Bullard

Petite Section A/Preschool A (3 year old)
Melina Champagne

Melina Champagne

Petite Section C/Preschool C (3 year old)
Carole Coudry

Carole Coudry

Assistante Administrative/Office Assistant
Clotilde Debovis

Clotilde Debovis

Cours Preparatoire A/First grade A
Berengere Demailly

Berengere Demailly

Moyenne Section A/Junior Kindergarden A
Carole Desbois

Carole Desbois

Petite Section C/Preschool C (3 year old)
Pauline Dubeaux

Pauline Dubeaux

Toute Petite Section B/Junior Preschool B (2 year old)
Violette Dunn

Violette Dunn

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

Isabelle Faurie

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

Marie Fourau

Cours Preparatoire B/First grade B
Jacqueline Funfshilling

Jacqueline Funfshilling

Directrice Pedagogique/Academic Director
Gerald Gaucher

Gerald Gaucher

Directeur de Developpement/Development Director
Saida Gentoul

Saida Gentoul

Petite Section A/Preschool A (3 year old)
Virginie Gibert

Virginie Gibert

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

Claire Hemery

Moyenne Section C/Junior Kindergarden C
Alexandra Kol

Alexandra Kol

Petite Section B/Preschool B (3 year old)
Nathalie Leonelli

Nathalie Leonelli

Assistante Administrative/Office Assistant
Floriane Nicol

Floriane Nicol

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

Florian Olivo

Cours Elementaire 2/Third grade
Thierry Pasquet

Thierry Pasquet

Directeur/Principal
Olivier Pelanne

Olivier Pelanne

Cours Moyens 1 et 2/Fourth and Fith grades
Lucie Renault

Lucie Renault

Grande Section B/Kindergarden B
Clement Sanchez

Clement Sanchez

Cours Moyen 1/Fourth grade
Cindy Sierra

Cindy Sierra

Moyenne Section B/Junior Kindergarden B
Sana Spitale

Sana Spitale

Petite Section B/Preschool B (3 year old)

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 a 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 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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