Our full-day Preschool Program allows your child to learn French, to socialize with others and to acquire the basics of learning, reading, writing, numeracy and more.


Our Preschool Program welcomes students ages 3 and 4 and allows your child to:

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

Through song, games, painting, sculpture and classroom work, students develop learning fundamentals.
Preschool class sizes are limited to 16 students. Each 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 entirely delivered in French since this is the best time to develop language acquisition skills.


The Preschool 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 Preschool Program. More information about these programs is available in Programs and 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 Program learnings, view our Preschool (3YO) Progress Booklet  and our Preschool (4YO) 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 3 year old program is offered for children who will be 3 years of age by December 31 of the year of enrollment. The 4 year old program is offered to children who will be 4 years of age by December 31 of the year of enrollment.

We require that all students enrolled in the Maternelle Program specially 3YO students be fully potty trained by their first day of school. Unfortunately, the school is not equipped to accommodate students who are not potty trained.

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 Preschool Program teachers are French speakers and have received their teaching credentials from the French Ministry of Education.

Our Preschool Program is entirely delivered in French since this is the best time to develop language acquisition skills. Students begin receiving education in English in Kindergarten.

Yes. Students enrolled in the Preschool 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 Preschool Program, a teacher or an assistant supervise lunch.

Yes, students enrolled in the Preschool 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 Preschool Program students.

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