2013-2014 Academic Year
Saturday Discovery Dates:
February 23rd & April 13th
(9 - 11 a.m.)
Come and tour our school, meet our staff and learn about our programs.
You may also contact us to schedule a visit.
New! French for Grown-ups©
People of all ages can learn French through immersion.
Inquire at school or via email for classes offered.
Bonjour Bébé© First Step in French
Shared language learning for parents and babies 6-24 months
Due to its great success, we are offering two additional classes this spring:
Thursdays, beginning January 17th
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. (ages 6 - 18 months)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. (ages 12 - 24 months)
16 classes for $150!
For more information or to enroll, please contact La Petite Ecole at (573) 447-3950
or complete and return this enrollment form.
Space is limited!
La Petite Ecole Mission
The mission of La Petite Ecole is to offer the best in early childhood education in a foreign language environment.
La Petite Ecole Vision
La Petite Ecole will introduce children to a second language as an intrinsic part of their environment, allowing them to broaden their cognitive abilities at an early age. This will make the students become better "thinkers" and "problem-solvers", thus providing them with a grea and uncontested advantage over others their age. This positively impacts each child's individual success and their understanding of a broader community.
Located in southwest Columbia, in the state of Missouri, La Petite Ecole is a not-for-profit organization which provides early education to children ages 2-6 in a French immersion setting.
According to the latest research, we know that the language center in the brain undergoes the greatest development in the first years of life. If a child is casually exposed to a second language at a young age, he will learn to speak both languages easily, with the accent he hears around him, and will easily switch between the languages learned. By participating in this unique program, your preschooler will not only become fluent in French, he/she will speak it with a native accent, which is next to impossible to achieve when learning a foreign language at a later age.
Furthermore, it is known that learning a second language develops neurological pathways that are not stimulated in any other way. Therefore, learning a second language at a young age not only provides children the ability to communicate in that language, it also helps them become better “thinkers” and “problem-solvers”, thus giving them an uncontested advantage over their peers.
At La Petite Ecole, your child will not only develop the skills traditionally taught in preschool, he will have the added bonus of becoming bilingual and grow to appreciate other cultures. In a global community, sensitivity to people who are different than us is a very valuable skill for a successful life.