Curriculum & School Hours
The core curriculum consists of Oral and Written Language, Math, Science, Motor Development, and Fine Arts. In addition, children experience an array of opportunities designed to complement the core curriculum. These include Self-Awareness, Independence, Socialization, and Responsibility. La Petite Ecole has an extensive assessment geared to our curricular goals to each level (Toddler, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade) for both French and English as appropriate.
La Petite Ecole is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. School is in session from Labor Day to Memorial Day. La Petite Ecole typically follows the Columbia Public Schools’ calendar. In addition to our academic year, La Petite Ecole offers a Summer Program designed to enhance our language skills acquired during the academic year. Students with or without previous language experience, ages 2 to 12, can join us for 1 to 12 weeks in the summer months to have fun in French! Summer Camps are from 9 a.m. until noon daily. Summer Care is offered from 7:30 until 9:00 a.m. and from noon until 5:30 p.m. with a variety of A la Carte options, in order to meet the diverse needs of families.
During the Academic Year, classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Morning classes (Toddlers, Preschool, and Prekindergarten) end at noon. English Only classes for Preschool and Prekindergarten are offered in the afternoon, until 3:30 p.m. Kindergarten and First Grade begin at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. All-day care is available to all of our students beginning at 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.