La Petite Ecole was founded in 2005, as Columbia’s first language immersion school. In the fall of 2016, we became the first Dual-Language School (French and English), and innovated once again! Our 80/20 model provides children with the best in language immersion education in addition to an excellent academic curriculum. We continue to offer our students a high quality total language immersion environment for part of their school day, while receiving additional instructional time in English only, if enrolled in our Dual-Language Program. Many of our students have gone on to be accepted in gifted education programs at the elementary school level and have been very successful in their subsequent schooling.
Conveniently located in southwest Columbia, Missouri, La Petite Ecole is a not-for-profit organization which provides early education to children ages 1 1/2 to 6. In addition, we offer French courses for adults and weekly classes for babies ages 9 to 36 months accompanied by an adult.
The teachers at La Petite Ecole embrace the value of language immersion and the benefit of early childhood education. Our staff is very diverse and dedicated to providing an academic curriculum in a nurturing environment. Our exceptional adult to child ratio enables us to provide highly individualized instruction in both language (French and English) and academic skills. Our language immersion teaching techniques are very effective in producing learners who not only comprehend the target language but speak it too! This makes our school a very highly effective language immersion school.