La Petite Ecole
The Dual-Language Immersion School




Parents and former students can't say enough about La Petite Ecole!


sawsan haddadin, parent of yousef (6), Natalie (4) and peter (2) april 2019

La petite Ecole is like home for my three kids ! They are growing by leaps and bounds each day ! The ratio of teachers to students is amazing !! it’s almost like having a private tutor for your kids , each kid gets a lot of attention and the teachers are very caring and knowledgeable! My kids learned how to speak FRENCH very fast which was made easy and fun by the teachers!

amanda johanning, parent of gracie (5) may 2019

Amazing school! Wonderful, caring teachers and staff! The curriculum is excellent (my kiddo is reading and isn’t even in Kindergarten yet!) but there is still so much focus on fun and social development! And the immersion model is the best. I can’t say enough good things about La Petite Ecole!



claudia magloire, parent of noah (2) april 2018

My experiences with La Petite Ecole started when I was a College Assistant, then as a parent, and finally as the teacher of the MWF toddler class. When my daughter was born, one of my hopes was that we would live in Columbia long enough for her to attend school at LPE. As the only French speaker in my household, teaching my daughter French is important to me but often a struggle. LPE has provided the perfect supplement to my daughter's French education. At two years old, she knows her colors, shapes and body parts in French. She can form 4-6 word sentences in French and English. The benefits that my daughter has received extend to her social and fine motor development. Programs comparable to this are few and far between. The love that Joelle Quoirin has for the children is evident in all of her programs. She truly cares about the development of the whole child and I am infinitely thankful for everything that I have been able to learn from her.

Jessica champagne, parent of adelaide (4) and jacob (2) April 2018

When we first enrolled our daughter at LPE, she was in a grey area of maybe needing speech therapy. As parents, we saw rapid improvements in her speech soon after starting school. After a semester in the program, we had her re-evaluated by a SLP, who no longer believed our daughter was in need of therapy (and remarked on her incredible progress). We shared with her what we had witness happen in our daughter’s preschool, and she agreed that the dual language environment had somehow been a catalyst in her speech progression. We are so thankful for teachers who not only seek to offer excellence in academics, but who are also caring and loved by our children.


Betty & Mike Connelly, Grandparents of Erin (5), April 2017

Our granddaughter has been attending La Petite Ecole for 4 years. Since I have shared in her transportation to and from school, I have seen first hand the quality of the program. She has thrived in the calm, nurturing environment. The teachers are absolutely the best. They truly care about the children and all aspects of their growth. Academically, the program is rigorous but individualized so that children can succeed at whatever developmental level they may be. The small class sizes make it possible for each student to receive one on one instruction when needed. Socially and emotionally Erin has made great strides. She is an only child so this aspect of development was very important to her. She has learned to play with others, cooperate in groups, and adjust to a variety of situations. She is learning to be a friend. I haven’t even mentioned the French. From day one when she was 2, the teachers spoke French. It was amazing to watch the little ones follow directions after only a few weeks. Now, she responds verbally when spoken to in French. Learning a foreign language early has been credited with many positive outcomes, and we are so pleased with her opportunity to attend La Petite Ecole. Finally, our family feels so fortunate that we will remain a part of the La Petite Ecole family as she joins the 1st Kindergarten class for the 2017-18 school year.  


Maria Shamoun, parent of Emma (5), May 2017

My child celebrated her 4th and 5th birthdays at LPE.  In the years she spent at LPE, my child’s experience has been so rich. I feel awesome when I think that I made one of the best decisions in my life; having been a student at LPE will be the positive drive for my little one’s present and future life.  At LPE, my child found a chance to flourish and succeed in science and math, received countless number of hugs and kisses, and as a BONUS she became fluent in French. All of this and more was made possible by highly motivated team members who love what they do and are experts in doing it!


Ashley Cherri, Parent of Dolce (6), Merrick (4), and Soren (2), December 2013

La Petite Ecole is an exceptional school with so many highly desirable qualities.  My husband and I could not be happier with our choice to send our three children… to this warm, creative, and different school.  The immersion aspect initially drew us in, as we had read so much information about the benefits about bilingualism.  Since becoming a La Petite Ecole family, we have seen a significant increase in, not only the French, but also the English language skills of our children.  Wonderfully, we have discovered that this school offers so much more than just the knowledge of multiple languages.  We have seen extreme growth in their math, science, reading, writing, and social skills as well.  The teachers are fantastic dedicated individuals that really adapt to the personality of each child to help them grow in their own way.  The small student to teacher ratio allows the teachers to offer plenty of one-on-one education and confidence-boosting support.  I see my children learning through many different teaching methods, keeping them intrigued and stimulated.  The teachers are always open and communicative.  I always know exactly what my children learned, excelled at, or struggled with each day.  La Petite Ecole strongly encourages family participation, support, and engagement.  Due to this, students and their families grow close throughout the years and become lifelong friends.  I enjoy watching my children’s healthy relationships with teachers and fellow students grow, encouraged by the school’s emphasis on values, respect, and personal responsibility.  I love hearing my children ask me each evening if they “get” to go to school tomorrow.  They never ask if they “have” to go.  The difference between these two small words is so significant in a child’s life and speaks volumes to me.  It warms my heart to know the love and pride they have for their school.  I appreciate that they are learning at a young age what a joy and privilege a good education is.  Each day, when I pick them up and see the huge smiles on their faces and hear them chatting a mile-a-minute about their day, I know we made the right decision in our children’s early education.



 Lesley Daniel, Parent of Leora (2), November 2013

The Bonjour Bébé program is a fun way to introduce your toddler to the French language through songs, stories, and play.  I believe that the program assisted my daughter in easily transitioning to the Toddler Class.  It was a great way to meet other families interested in introducing their children to the French language.

Beth and Brian Lambiotte, parents of Josie (6), January 2014

La Petite Ecole is a wonderful school!  Our daughter attended LPE for three years and we could not have been more pleased.  The teachers are experienced and dedicated to the students.  The academic program is excellent.  There is so much emphasis on writing, reading, math, and all of the necessary subjects, as well as the French.  It was incredible to see how easily the children absorbed the language.  The alumni program has been so helpful for our daughter to retain the language skills she has learned at LPE.  La Petite Ecole was the best start for our daughter’s education and we are so happy that she was able to attend this school!


Whitney Gibbens, parent of Chandler, Graduate of 2007

If your child is going to learn math, science and reading anyway, what a gift to give her another language at the same time! That was what my husband and I thought when we were choosing a school for our 5-year-old. And immersion seemed so natural. Just a couple of years before as a toddler, our daughter had unlocked the mysteries of a language that was spoken all around her. She still must have those tools. I took years of French, learning the traditional American way of memorizing vocabulary lists and conjugating verbs, which trained a proficient reader and listener. But if I tried to speak French, I found myself stumbling over mental conjugation and t speak it? So why not try immersion? The result was amazing! By the time our youngest child was ready for school, we had moved to Columbia, where no elementary language programs were offered. But then La Petite Ecole opened. Despite LPE at that time offering only half-day preschool programs and our child was entering kindergarten, we knew that learning a language even in a preschool s preschool s small class sizes, curriculum and language immersion fed his curiosity and challenged him, giving him an excellent foundation for the future. immersion camp each summer. I think language study has gives him a much bigger view of the world and makes him much more ready to go out and greet it.