After looking at many schools, both public and private, we decided on L'Etoile du Nord for our daughter. We are so glad we did! Her kindergarten experience has been wonderful! She has learned so much French and loves her teachers and her classmates. We were concerned that because she is very shy, an immersion school might not be the right fit, but she surprised us and has adjusted beautifully. She does interesting things at school and always has something to tell us about. She is in the Discovery Club for before/after school care and that has been a good experience also. She wants to be taken to Discovery Club early so she doesn't miss anything they are doing. Most of her kindergarten classmates take the bus to and from school, and we are going to start having her take the bus at least one way also, after hearing good reports from other parents. We are so pleased with this school and really feel we are giving our daughter a unique experience by sending her here.
In kindergarten my daughter received much more homework than she does in 1st grade now with Mr. Kakou, which is odd. Each teacher seems to have their own individual system. Mr. Kakou gives the perfect amount of homework. They are short and quick which is all a 1st grader needs. I think the school should have a bit more of a consistent homework guideline amongst teachers.
Very very happy with L'etoile Du Nord. My child is now in 1st grade and has Mr. Kakou - who is absolutely wonderful. She is happy and is continually challenged but equally supported, which I think is great. I think some teachers may be better than others but we are so happy with how this year has gone thus far and are looking forward to the next years.
This is a calm, welcoming and small school. While the level of work is a little below average in the lower school, this is because it is all about the French and changing the way the brain works. The children learn to speak French very quickly and very naturally, and then achieve at a high level in the upper school. It is run in a caring and respectful way and parents feel like a part of their child's learning journey. A rare find and definitely a school which competes with schools in wealthier districts in the Western 'burbs. This is a school where gifted and talented children can stay and blossom rather than move on to Capitol Hill.
Kindergarten: Teacher that my child had was HORRIBLE with younger kids, she would go on "sick breaks" because she couldn't tolerate the class.
1st Grade: If your child isn't learning and/or has a diff learning style, they aren't being helped enough to learn what is being taught.
*my child went to this school and i used to volunteer at the school.
From both the perspective of the students learning a second language, and learning educational content, I think the teachers have shown themselves highly effective, demonstrated through their high test scores as well as the very high placement of students and alumni in the annual Grand Concours French competition.