French District

Published on July 11th, 2014 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


A new French Preschool in Daly city

Francophone and Francophile parents in the Southwestern part of San Francisco, in Daly City, are lucky. The district will be hosting « La Maternelle. » It is a school that offers education in French for children from 3 to 5 years of age.


Photo by Virginie Arbusto

« La Maternelle » is the story of a mother who wanted to give her two year-old little girl an education in French. But, with the lack of options, she decided to open a kindergarten. A project for which Virginie Arbusto resumed her studies at City College in San Francisco to obtain her diploma in Child Development.

Implemented by Virginie and a teacher from Monaco, this school offers « a full immersion program that is the best way to learn a foreign language at a young age, » says Virginie Arbusto. The program offers academic teaching, without neglecting the teaching of language through artistic awareness. “Art, music, drawing, singing, gardening, free games, disguise, walks” will be part of the offered activities, she said.

« La Maternelle » seeks, at least, six children in order to open the class at the beginning of September and aims to grow in the future. “A young French woman, who is on training, needs to join me quickly,” said Virginie Arbusto. Registration is now open and Virginie is ready to welcome all children in her kindergarten.

For more information, visit the website of « La Maternelle » :


About the Author

was born in the royal city of Versailles, France and have lived in the United States since 1996. After earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California Berkeley and studying for a Master program in education at the University of Southern California, she went on to teach French to aspiring UNLV and CSN students in Nevada. When she is not teaching, she is writing, interviewing people in a wide range of circumstances, pitching story ideas to writers and editors, taking pictures, traveling, painting or trying delicious foods.

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