Frequently Asked Questions
How many children are in each class?
There are 13 in Toute Petite, 15 in Petite Section, and 16 in Moyenne Section.
How many teachers are in each classroom?
Toute Petite Section has 3 teachers, while Petite and Moyenne Section have 2 teachers at all times. Lead Teachers are native French speakers and have Master’s Degrees or are in the process of pursuing their advanced degrees. Assistant Teachers are native or fluent French speakers and have Bachelor’s Degrees. We have rotating French speaking Specialty Teachers in Art, Music, and Chess.
How many incoming students are fluent French speakers?
About 50% of the students in each class speak French at home. 25% have had some exposure to the language, and the remaining 25% are English speakers with no French exposure yet.
100%. Teachers do speak some English at the beginning of the year to help nonnative speakers adjust to full immersion, but after about 6 weeks, all language input is exclusively in French. Occasionally, however, if a child is in emotional distress or if there is a safety issue, the teacher will address them in their native language.
How much of the instruction is in French?
Early Drop Off is at 8:30 am, and regular drop off is at 9 am. Morning dismissal is at 11:30 am, Full Day dismissal is at 2:30 pm, and Extended Day dismissal is at 4 pm.
How long is the school day?
Outdoor play is an important part of our curriculum. All full and extended day students go to DiMattina Park (the corner of Hicks and Rapelye Streets) for at least 30 minutes a day. In cases of extremely cold weather, we still go out for a short period.
students play outside every day?
Students bring lunch from home and eat in the classrooms with their teachers. The school provides midmorning snacks for all students and an afternoon snack for extended day students. The snack consists of organic fruits (bananas, strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges, etc.)
Are lunch and snack
To be eligible for our full or extended day programs, students must be fully potty trained.
What is your potty training policy?
Which speciality classes are offered?
We integrate weekly classes in music, art, and chess in French into our curriculum. We also offer workshops for the students in “La Sophrologie” (mindfulness and meditation) as well as yoga, science, and “la motricité” (movement).
Are there opportunities for parents to become involved in Smith Street Maternelle?
Yes! You can get involved in the classroom in multiple ways. Our doors are always open for parents. Often, parents come in and share a tradition, skill, talent, a story, or a book with the group. There are also opportunities to help out with special projects, etc.
We follow the 10 month public school calendar with a few minor exceptions: We are closed for 2 weeks at Christmas and we finish a week earlier in June. We offer a 6 week summer camp program with the same hours available as during the school year.
What is the School Calendar?
At the moment, we do not have funding for Financial Aid. This is something we hope to put in place in the coming years. However, we can offer a monthly payment plan for the year’s tuition.
Is Financial Assistance available?
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
Acceptance Notification: Friday, February 27th, 2020
Enrollment Contract and Deposit due: Thursday, March 5th, 2020