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!
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
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:
We Owe Them Our Success
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:
- Jr Preschool
- Jr Kinder
- 1st Grade
- 2nd Grade
- 3rd Grade
- 4/5th Grade
- 6/7/8th Grade
- Physical Excercise
Isabelle FaurieToute Petite Section /Junior Preschool (2 year old)
Adeline ColasToute Petite Section / Junior Preschool (2 year old)
Viviann ValenzuelaToute Petite Section /Junior Preschool (2 year old)
Floriane NicolPetite Section / Preschool (3 year old)
Carole DesboisPetite Section / Preschool (3 year old)
Alexandra JeanninPetite Section / Preschool (3 year old)
Soumaya BouthourJunior Kindergarden / Moyenne section
Saida GuentoulJunior Kindergarden / Moyenne section
Carine AlbertJunior Kindergarden / Moyenne section
Anne-Sophie NguyenKindergarten / Grande-section
Céline GoncharoffKindergarten / Grande-section
Estelle Patault1st Grade / CP
Dorothée Minne1st Grade / CP
Céline LingelserSecond grade / CE1
Frédéric Minne3rd Grade / CE2
Tiffany Valetta3rd Grade / CE2
Mylène Ghestin4th grade / CM1
Isabelle PhilippeFifth grade / CM2
Isabelle PhilippeMiddle School / Collège
Pascal BironMiddle School / Collège
Barbara ReganMiddle School / Collège
Hervé A.Education Physique et Sportive / P.E. / Judo Instructor
François TregouetDirecteur - Principal
Gerald GaucherDirecteur Financier - DFO
Nathalie LeonelliDirectrice des inscriptions - Director of Admissions
Jasmine CisnerosDirectrice administrative - Preschool Director
Elda MabusaAssistante Administrative - Office Manager
Violette DunnDirectrice pédagogique - Academic Director
Hervé AkaDirecteur du périscolaire - Enrichment Director
Pascal BironS.T.E.A.M. Director
François TregouetDirecteur / Principal
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
The Parents Handbook includes the rules and regulations of La Petite Ecole de San Diego
- 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
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.
JeanetteLa 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.
RichardLa 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.