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The French Académie of Minneapolis

Bilingual Minds, Creative Hearts

Minneapolis French Immersion School for 25 Years

The French Académie is Minneapolis' only french immersion school accredited by the French Ministry of Education (AEFE) and licensed by the state of Minnesota. Our unique curriculum for toddlers, preschool, prek, and kindergarten combines the world-renowned French Maternelle with inspirations from Montessori and Reggio Emilia.

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"Children don't come to our school to learn French. They come to learn, and they learn in French."

The French Académie is a very unique program. We work from the French curriculum. We welcome children starting at 18 months and guide them all the way through Kindergarten. In France, it's very different from the US because public school starts at 2.5 years old, and this is what I decided to use as a base curriculum.


Our pedagogical approach is a blend of the Montessori philosophy and the Reggio Emilia approach, and I strongly believe it's important to explore different pedagogies in the classroom setting. The French Académie offers four unique classrooms, an indoor gym space, a library, and an outdoor playground. Children don't come to our school to learn French. They come to learn, and they learn in French.

Minnetonka Daycare & Preschool Programs

Our childcare programs are comprised of four mixed-age classrooms: two bilingual classes for our toddler daycare program and two french immersion classes for our preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten program.

(Discover the benefits of multi-age classrooms)

Tout Petit Programme Toddler Program

Toddler Daycare

Le Tout Petit Programme

Toddlers are constantly curious and continually growing. Our Tout Petit Programme supports toddlers as they learn how to interact with the world around them, mastering skills from independent self care and toilet learning, to managing emotions and individual expression. At the end of their time in the TPP, children will have the skills necessary to embark on their next learning adventure: preschool!

La Maternelle class art project

Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten

La Maternelle

In Maternelle, we offer a variety of activities aimed at helping each child develop their cognitive and social skills by stimulating their curiosity and imagination. Each child has different needs and grows at their own pace. The goal in our Maternelle program is for each child to grow up in confidence, prepared to become successful Kindergarten and/or Elementary students.

Join us for Full or Part-time Child Care.

Before and after school child care are also available.

The French Academie Kitchen
  • French immersion classrooms

  • Native french speaking bilingual teachers

  • Low child-to-teacher ratios

  • Reggio-inspired classroom explorations

  • Play & project-based learning

  • Weekly forest school

  • Students cook cultural dishes in our learning kitchen

  • Weekly music classes with a Music Together© In School Specialist

  • Montessori practical life & sensorial activities

  • Daily routines, manners, and etiquette

  • Social Emotional Learning

  • Personal hygiene and toilet learning

  • Indoor and outdoor learning environment

  • Spacious and safe learning environment

Premium Child Care

Our creative curriculum has been carefully crafted

to enrich all aspects of early childhood development.

Our New Minnetonka Daycare & Preschool: The Perfect Space.

In 2019, our little school moved to Minnetonka from Saint Louis Park. Our new location has been designed specifically for us; our Director and our teaching team were involved in all aspects of the architectural design process to ensure that our space is perfect for the little learners that we serve.

We believe in the beauty of natural light; children aren't meant to spend all day in a basement! Every space in our school is flooded with natural light, with a full wall of windows in each classroom. Our indoor large muscle activity room and front office even have large skylights! Our school also enjoys a safe coded entry system.


Newly designed, impeccably maintained, and full of light, we guarantee that you have never seen an early learning school like this before.

 The French Académie building exterior
The French Académie private entrance with security system
The French Académie hallway entrance
The French Académie Learning Kitchen
The French Académie Maternelle workspace
La Maternelle shelves
Toddler Classroom Eating and Art Space
The French Académie toddler play space
The French Académie Tout Petit Programme
The French Académie Toddler Class
The French Académie Toddler Classroom 2
Toddler Diapering Space
The French Académie indoor gym
The French Académie indoor gym climbing structure
The French Académie library
The French Académie library
The French Académie outdoor playground
The French Académie outdoor playground
Outdoor playground
Outdoor learning

The French Académie Reviews


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