Smith Street Maternelle
French Immersion Pre-school Program

Applications are open for the 2019/2020 Academic Year
Register for an Information Session below

 With the successful beginning to our playgroup in 2016, we are continuing the momentum and are excited to welcome children to our beautiful, brand new space at 607 Henry Street. Applications are closed for 2018/2019, but registration is open for the 2019/2020 Academic Year. Click here to apply.

Our Information Sessions will be held on the following dates: October 25th, November 8th, November 20th and December 13th, from 7-8PM. If you’d like to register, please click here.

We are working on a totally redesigned website that will be full of new images. In the meantime, below are some pictures of our beautiful new space! 

Mission & Philosophy

At Smith Street Maternelle, we seek to provide a unique and excellent French immersion pre-school program grounded in the fundamentals of progressive education and experiential learning. As such, our environment and curriculum are dynamic, age-appropriate, and deeply connected to the children's lives and experiences. Our teachers are experts in nurturing a child's social, emotional, intellectual, and linguistic development. We hope to engender a lifelong love of learning, drive to explore, and ability to relate to and empathize with other people.

Essential components of our curriculum include art, block-building, sensory experiences, dramatic play, music, movement, and gross motor activities, and (mini) field trips.

(2 – 5 year olds)

Our Toute Petite, Petite and Moyenne Section classes provide a gentle yet immersive introduction to French and to school life.

Toute Petite Section: The most important work for our two-year-olds is the separation process and, of course, language development. Children form relationships with teachers while parents or caregivers stay close by until the separation occurs naturally. Soon, they are more independent, and become quite industrious in the classroom with paint, clay, sand, and blocks. Most often, they engage in parallel play, but they enjoy coming together as a whole group for snack, songs and stories, and slowly begin to see themselves as important members of the classroom community.

Petite Section: As the children move towards three, they become more interested in the social world of school. Their work with art projects or block-building grows more collaborative. During choice time, the 3s will stay longer at any given activity and begin to plan their block buildings or have an idea about what they would like paint. They think not only about process but also about an end design. In the doll corner, they begin to take on more specific roles and play out a collaborative scene, recreating the world around them. 


Moyenne Section: At the age of four, the students make the amazing transformation between preschoolers and kindergarteners. Four-year-olds feel a strong sense of ownership of their classroom and thrive on structure and predictability. Morning meeting takes on a new importance as they use the schedule to think about the activities of the day. Classroom jobs are equally important, and students feel a sense of autonomy and independence as they navigate the classroom and make deliberate choices about their work.  They may even arrive to school with a plan in mind for a block building and work on it throughout the week. Mastery of the materials and the French language gives the 4s a sense of accomplishment and confidence that they carry with them to Kindergarten and beyond.

Schedule + Tuition

Classroom 1: La Toute Petite Section (Young Twos - 2 by Sept 1)
2 Mornings            Mon, Tues.                    9:00 am - 11:30 am     $6350/year
3 Mornings            Weds, Thurs, Fri          9:00 am - 11:30 am     $9500/year
5 Mornings            Monday - Friday          9:00 am - 11:30 am     $15,000/year
Classroom 2: La Petite Section (Twos/Threes - 2.6 by Sept 1)
Mornings               Monday – Friday     9:00 am – 11:45 am        $15,000/year
Full Day                  Monday – Friday     9:00 am – 2:30 pm          $21,375/year
Extended Day      Monday – Friday     8:30 am – 4:00 pm           $25,700/year

Classroom 3: La Moyenne Section (Threes/Fours - 3.6 by Sept 1)
Full Day                  Monday – Friday     9:00 am – 2:30 pm         $21,375/year
Extended Day      Monday – Friday     8:30 am – 4:00 pm          $25,700/year

There is a possibility to add early drop-off (8:30AM) for an additional $1100/year.

Tuition is paid in 3 installments: Initial Deposit of $2000, with the remaining tuition split between a June 15 and November 15 payment. Monthly payment plans are available upon request. 


We base our admissions decisions on finding a balance in classes by age, gender, and native language.  Priority for admissions will be given to returning students and siblings of current students. Once priority spots have been filled, prospective parents and students will be invited in for a
play visit.

Our Information Sessions are a great way to learn more about our progressive, French-immersion program. Come join us on one of the following dates: October 25th, November 8th, November 20th and December 13th, from 7-8PM. Click here to sign up!

Applications for 2019/2020
Click here to apply

Step 1.  Fill out an application (click here). There is a $50 application fee payable upon submission of the application.
Please note that applications are open until January 15, 2019
Step 2.  Families will be notified of admissions decisions by February 1, 2019.
Step 3.  A non-refundable deposit is due upon signature of enrollment agreement by February 15, 2019.
Step 4.  Fill out registration forms to complete enrollment.