Smith Street Maternelle
French Immersion Pre-school Program
Now accepting applications for 2017-2018


It's official! We are moving into a larger space in the summer of 2017 and opening a licensed French Immersion Preschool Program in Carroll Gardens. After years of dreaming about it, and with a successful beginning to our playgroup this year, we will continue the momentum and open spots to more children in the fall of 2017 in our beautiful, brand new space on Henry Street. We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

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)

Next year we will have three classes, separated by age.

Our Petite and Moyenne Section classes provide a gentle yet immersive introduction to French and to school life. 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. As the children move towards 3, 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. 


In Grande Section, the students make the amazing transformation between preschoolers and kindergarteners. 4-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 Petite Section (Twos/Threes)
Mornings               Monday – Friday     9:00 am – 11:30 am      $14,000/year
Full Day                  Monday – Friday     9:00 am – 2:30 pm        $20,000/year
Extended Day      Monday – Friday     8:30 am – 4:00 pm        $24,000/year

Classroom 2: La Moyenne Section (Threes/Fours) 
Mornings               Monday – Friday     9:00 am – 11:30 am      $14,000/year
Full Day                  Monday – Friday     9:00 am – 2:30 pm        $20,000/year
Extended Day      Monday – Friday     8:30 am – 4:00 pm        $24,000/year


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.

We are still accepting applications for 2 more spots in our program for 2017-2018! 

Step 1.  Fill out an application (see below).
Step 2.  Pay application fee via email invoice. 
Step 3.  Families will be invited to the workshop for a play visit.  
Step 4.  Families will be notified of their acceptance within 1 week.
Step 6.  A non-refundable deposit is due upon signature of enrollment agreement.
Step 7.  Fill out registration and liability release forms and complete enrollment. 

Application Form

Parent name
Parent name
Phone *
Student Name *
Student Name
Student Birthdate *
Student Birthdate
Student Gender *
Are you applying for Petite, Moyenne, or Grande Section? *
Because this is a cooperative learning environment, and we depend on parents’ active participation in the program, please list any interests, hobbies, or special skills which you would willingly contribute to the program (playing an instrument, teaching a skill, interesting collections, etc.)
After you apply, you will be sent an invoice for $50 to complete your application.