La maternelle

(Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten)

La maternelle provides a complete French Immersion experience. There are three age categories in the Maternelle: Les violons (Violins), Les guitares (Guitars), and Les violoncelles (Cellos)

Our Maternelle classrooms provide a fun and joyful environment for students to develop their creativity and imagination. Encouraging creativity lays the groundwork for children to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills. All activities in the classroom are presented in a playful manner, even though (as the grown ups) we know that there is a developmental goal behind it. Play is one of the fundamental opportunities for children to experience new circumstances; it assists in their development of spatial awareness, and it also refines their communication skills.

One of the most important aspects of learning a new language is understanding the natural rhythm of the language itself. The prosody of every language is different, and experiencing language through song allows for a more acute appreciation of its uniqueness. Our Maternelle classrooms provides an entirely language immersive  environment, and the songs presented in the curriculum are in French. The Maternelle students have weekly Music Together classes (in English). The French Académie also partners with a local piano teacher to provide lessons for students that are ready and interested in formal music instruction.

Click Here to learn more about the academic curriculum for our Maternelle students. In La maternelle, children grow, learn independence, and build personalities through relationships with other children and adults. Learning how to share the same educational setting means learning how to communicate. Throughout the day, children engage in activities that encourage self-knowledge as well as positive interactions with others. Students play both spontaneous and rule-oriented games. Completion of group projects and the sharing of responsibilities within the classroom are integral parts of the preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten environment.


Les violons (Violins)

Preschool; must be at least 3 years old in September

Inspired by the curriculum in our Cellos class (which is accredited by the French Ministry of Education), our preschool class provides a strong foundation to academic learning.

Les guitares (Guitars)

Pre-K; must be at least 4 years old in September

Our class for Les guitares is accredited by the French Ministry of Education (AEFE)


Les violoncelles (Cellos)

Kindergarten; must be at least 5 years old in September

Our class for Les violoncelles is accredited by the French Ministry of Education (AEFE)

"Our experience at The FAC is about dual language learning but so much more! We know that our son is receiving an education that provides him with the best combined strength of the French and American education systems. This is a unique opportunity for him to truly be a world citizen. And he has fun while doing it."

Erica Barnes, Cade's Mom

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12301 Whitewater Drive

Suite 190

Minnetonka, MN 55343

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