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History of Pré-maternelle Pomme d'Api

In 1983, a group of parents decided to establish a preschool where children could be introduced to the French language naturally through creative play. They formed the East Side French Preschool Society, and began by offering French Immersion programs as well as Francophone programs. In 1994, the East Side French Preschool legally changed its name to Pomme d'Api. Pomme d'Api means "small apple" and refers to our students who grow and mature every day. An apple can be seen in our logo as well as in various art works students produce throughout the year, some of which are displayed on school grounds.

Teaching Philosophy

Pomme d’Api is committed to offering our students a quality early childhood educational experience where French is an integral part of the program.

We provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can develop healthy self-esteem. All children are accepted and respected, and their family heritage is valued. We encourage parents and children to share special cultural occasions with the teachers and other students.

We believe that children learn spontaneously while engaged in free play and fun structured activities, and we provide opportunities for our students to develop emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively.


Pomme d’Api has the following goals:

  • to make our children’s first experience of “school” as enjoyable as possible
  • to provide a stimulating and friendly environment in which they can explore
  • to introduce them to the French language as naturally as possible
  • to use a wide variety of activities, equipment, and materials for teaching
  • to explore topical themes with songs, games, puppet play, arts and crafts, outings, and invited guests

As a parent-run school we draw from the talents of the parents to administer the school and organize events that directly benefit the children both in the classroom and during extra-curricular activities.

Our focus is to enable our students to get the best possible experience while they are enrolled, and to ensure that Pomme d’Api continues after we have moved on.