Smith Street Maternelle
French Immersion Pre-school Program

Applications & Open House registration for the 2020/2021 school year will open on September 1, 2019

We have a few last minute spots available in our Toute Petite Section Afternoon and Moyenne Section for the 2019-2020 school year!

Our preschool is located in Carroll Gardens, at 607 Henry Street.

Mission & Philosophy

At Smith Street Maternelle, we seek to provide a unique 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

2 Afternoons            Mon, Tues.                    1:30 pm - 4:00 pm     $6350/year
3 Afternoons            Weds, Thurs, Fri          1:30 pm - 4:00 pm     $9500/year
5 Afternoons            Monday - Friday          1:30 pm - 4:00 pm     $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.

Apply here

We have a few spots available in our Toute Petite Section Afternoon and Moyenne section for the 2019-2020 school year.

Step 1.  Fill out an application. There is a $50 application fee payable upon submission of the application. Applications are still open for 2019-2020 school year for Toute Petite section (young 2’s afternoons only) and Moyenne Section (must be 3.6 by sept.).
Step 2.  Families will be notified of admissions decisions by email.
Step 3.  A non-refundable deposit is due upon signature of enrollment agreement.
Step 4.  Fill out registration forms to complete enrollment.