La Petite Ecole
The Dual-Language Immersion School


Welcome to

La Petite Ecole!


Columbia’s First Dual-Language

Immersion School

French & English in a Montessori Setting

ALL DAY CARE AVAILABLE ~ 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

We know that small groups are best for greater language learning so we limit the number of students in core classes and maintain an outstanding teacher/student ratio.

Enroll now for the Spring 2018 classes.  The Bonjour Bébé© classes are so popular that we added a day!  Now offered on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Language Club© (elementary age), Teach Me French© and French for Adults are all offered on a semester basis.

For more information about all our programs or to enroll, please contact Joëlle Quoirin, the School Principal, at or call (573) 999-9237.




1111 S. Fairview Rd.,
Columbia, MO 65203

(573) 999-9237

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Chipotle Fundraiser Night-December 12, 2017.  Part of proceeds from food purchases made at 306 S Ninth St. location in Columbia will benefit LPE.  Show flyer at checkout.

La Petite Ecole, mid-Missouri's first Dual-Language Immersion school, offers excellent language education in French and English. Our children enjoy multiple activities which help them learn and develop in all areas: academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. Watch us in action!

A video by Gabriella Jones.

Core Programs – Classes for children ages 1.5 – 6

Toddler Class

(2, 3, or 5 mornings a week)

A love of learning is acquired from a young age. Our toddlers can count and identify the letters of the alphabet, all while having a blast!

Preschool or Prekindergarten

(M-F mornings)

Our preschoolers can even memorize an entire poem in French! At LPE we learn self-confidence, social skills, as well as academics. Amazing 3 year old!

All Day Kindergarten

(NEW!!! Available 2017-2018)

Check out the math skills of our current PreK-Kindergarten students! Turn on English subtitles to follow along.

Additional Programs – All Ages

Bonjour Bébé© First Step in French

Shared language learning for parents and babies 12 – 36 months on Mondays, 11-11:45 a.m.  11 classes for $100 beginning on September 25th, 2017.

Language Club© French for Elementary Aged Students

Children ages 5-12 who wish to to be immersed in a fun and interactive oral language environment are welcome to join our club!  Language Club is available daily from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Parents have the option to enroll their children for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week.  No previous French experience needed!

French for Adults©

Whether you have studied French before or not, come and join our conversational courses beginning the week of September 11th 2017, 5:40-6:30 p.m.  You will love the dynamic instruction, the fun interactive lessons, and engaging group setting in which your ability to use “real” French will grow!  Only $160 for the entire session of 12 classes!