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

Summer Camps - Ages 2 to 12!

Enroll Now for 1 week or the Entire Summer.  Camps are offered from May 29th through August 17th.  Camp is from 9 a.m. until Noon.  Before and After Camp Care options available so that continuous care is available from 7:30 until 5:30 p.m.  Many "à la carte" avaible to suit the needs of all families.

NEW:  Year-Round Care and First Grade

For our Adults:  French Boot Camp

Enlist now for 8 Classes of Survival French for $120

Tue/Thur in June  5:40-6:30 p.m.  Each week, we will work on a topic that will help you feel in command of this beautiful language.  Yes you can!  Give it a go and soon, you will be able to muddle through a little French.  Great for traveling or just for fun! 


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.


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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The 10th annual Soirée Gourmande, the La Petite Ecole's main fundraiser, will take place on Saturday, April 28th 2018.  We appreciate our community's support as this is the primary source of the La Petite Ecole Financial Aid Fund.

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.

Academic Year – Classes for children ages 1 1/2 – 7

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!

Kindergarten and First Grade

(NEW!!! First Grade this fall!)

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 9 – 36 months on Mondays, 11-11:45 a.m.  or Tuesdays 10:30-11:15 a.m. 10 classes for $100 beginning on February 5th, 2018.

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 January 29th 2018, 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 11 classes!