Welcome to the Twin Cities' only French Immersion early learning school.
Our unique curriculum combines the world-renowed French Maternelle with
inspirations from Montessori and Reggio Emilia.
The French Académie is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our entire community.
We have implemented new guidelines and policies, in compliance with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS) that will help prevent infection throughout our little school and keep our students safe.
It all started with a vision...
From humble beginnings...
Founder and Director Véronique Liebmann first opened the doors of her little school, The French Académie (originally La Maison Des Enfants) in 1998 in the basement of her home in Eden Prairie. From the beginning, she had a single goal in mind: to create an early childhood learning program that would cultivate bilingual minds and creative hearts.
Our programs are comprised of two mixed-age classrooms: one class for toddlers, and one class for Preschool. Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
(Click here to learn more about the benefits of multi-age classrooms)
Students in either program are welcome to join us for Matinées (mornings) or for Journées complètes (full days)
Le Tout Petit Programme
Ages 16-35 months
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!
Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten
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.
Reggio-inspired classroom explorations
Weekly music classes with a Music Together© In School Specialist
Montessori practical life and sensorial activities
Daily routines, manners, and etiquette
Social Emotional Learning
Personal hygiene and toilet learning
Indoor and outdoor learning environment
Our creative curriculum has been carefully crafted
to enrich all aspects of early childhood development.
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 meat 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!
Newly designed, impeccably maintained, and full of light. We guarantee that you have never seen an early learning school like this before.