Our full-day French Kindergarten Program allows your child to develop learning fundamentals and prepares them for elementary school.


Our Kindergarten Program prepares students for elementary school. Through song, games, painting, sculpture and classroom work, students develop learning fundamentals. Children will develop the essential habits such as the ability to listen, memorize and express themselves in a class setting.

Kindergarten allows your child to:

  • learn French
  • learn English
  • interact with others
  • acquire the basics of reading, writing, and numeracy

Each Kindergarten class is taught by a certified teacher and an assistant. Teachers are accredited by the French Ministry of Education and have specialized in early childhood development.

The Program is taught in French however, students also receive five hours of education in English per week.


The Kindergarten Program runs from September to June, Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with a half day on Wednesday from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. (complimentary childcare service is offered from 11:45 am to 3:45 pm on Wednesdays).

The Before and After School Program, the Hot Lunch Program and break week camps are available to students enrolled in the Kindergarten Program. More information about these programs is available in Programs & Services.


Your child’s progress will be followed thanks to a Progress Booklet in which teachers will track skills such as “I can say my name in front of a group” or “I recognize and say the first letter of my first name.”

The emphasis of the Progress Workbook is on validating successes and tracking progress.

The Progress Booklet:

  • Facilitates learning since children are aware of what is expected of them
  • Allows teachers to individualize learning activities to best suit the needs of a child
  • Positions parents to help their child learn at home thanks to a clear understanding of learning objectives.

For detailed Kindergarten Program learnings, view our Kindergarten Progress Booklet.

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Mornings usually include:

  • Free play
  • Learning activities
  • Physical exercise to develop motor skills
  • Supervised outdoor play
  • Story time
  • Snack time
  • Art or singing

Lunch occurs in-class.

In the afternoon, students can nap as needed. They then participate in a learning activity and supervised outdoor play followed by story time or singing to relax prior to pick up.

The Kindergarten Program is offered for children who will be 5 years of age by December 31 of the year of enrollment.

Lycée teachers come from all parts of the globe and reflect our school’s commitment to providing students and their families with a multicultural experience. However, all Kindergarten Program teachers are French speakers and have received their teaching credentials from the French Ministry of Education.

Students receive 5 hours of English education per week in the Kindergarten Program.

Yes. Students enrolled in the Kindergarten Program have their own playground and go outside in the morning, after lunch and in the afternoon. Four adults supervise children during these important times of play.

All students must bring their own lunch unless they are enrolled in the Hot Lunch Program. Students enrolled in the Hot Lunch Program are required to bring a morning and afternoon snack. In the Kindergarten Program, a teacher or an assistant supervise lunch.

Yes, students enrolled in the Kindergarten Program visit our Learning Commons once a week where, after story hour, they can pick out age-appropriate books and DVDs in French to take home. The Learning Commons contains over 12,000 items.

To support the needs of parents, we offer camps during every break week and a three week camp during the summer. Camp activities vary depending on the age of your child. Camp age groups include 3 and 4 year olds, 5 and 6 year olds, and 7 to 12 year olds.

Yes, children are required to follow the school dress code outlines below:

  • Plain navy pants, shorts, skort, tunic
  • Plain white, red or navy top
  • Navy socks or tights.

Items do not need to be purchased at any particular store.

Fridays are casual dress day for Kindergarten Program students.

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