As it turns out, the introduction to French immersion has been really important. My daughter had fun, met new friends, learned new things and developed - like any preschool - but the reality is that the door closes and it's all in French. Having this French language immersion introduction made the next step of French Kindergarten/school something that is possible. Other than this, A La Vanille was a lot of fun for all of us... it was a great experience!
~ A parent whose child now attends the French Lycee in SF
We do not speak French in our household. Our initial reason for sending our daughter to French Immersion preschool was to prepare her to attend Austin Int'l School. We sent her to ALV from ages 2-4 and have been thrilled with the outcome. Our daughter is constantly singing songs in French and telling us how to say words in French. Her time there has also taught her table manners, social skills, and helped her reach countless other important developmental milestones. It has also opened the door to other languages as she is now learning Spanish and interested in learning Korean from her grandparents. The program is always new and interesting, everything from gardening to painting with everything except a paintbrush, to making their own books and serving child-friendly gourmet food that is both healthier and more interesting than the average chicken nugget. Although our child is sensitive and high strung on occasion, Rossanna has always made her feel comfortable, secure and happy. I have no doubt that this foundation in both language and life skills will make the transition to her new school infinitely easier than it would have otherwise been.
~ From a parent whose child now attends Austin International School (Bilingual French)
Since beginning in February our son has begun speaking French and singing several French nursery rhymes, he has brought home wonderful art projects that he is obviously extremely proud of, and he has become much more outgoing and social than he used to be.
~ Parent whose child now attends the French-American school in SF
The personal attention and enthusiastic second-language teaching for our children, plus nutritious snacks and hot meals, are an exceptional value for the cost. Our children have been accepted into the French-American school with a head start thanks to having attended two years at ALV.
~ Children now attend the French-American school in SF