Amazing, amazing school! So glad that my daughter got in last year and excited about starting 1st grade. She sings French songs, carries conversations with her teachers and classmates in French and challenged academically. Stayed in the city because of Academie Lafayette and couldn't be more happy.
This is a fantastic school. We would pay tuition to send our kids here. Not only are the test scores amazing, but the kids learn to embrace and celebrate diversity (not just race, but cultures and backgrounds and even French accents, etc). My favorite anecdote is that in this post 9/11 era, my son't first exposure to a woman wearing a hijab was his Kindergarten teacher - not some scary image from the news media. His teacher, a wonderful educator from Algeria, taught him to speak beautiful French and even a word or two in Arabic. That doesn't happen at just any school...this place is special.
5 yr old Kdg girl afraid of her teacher-not the kind of experience I'd hoped for my child's 1st. Teacher's frustration b/c my child learned at a slower pace. She practiced at home, turned in papers proudly & the teacher threw them in the trash in front of her. I explained to her that the teacher couldn't keep every piece of paper. I just wish she hadn't done it in front of her. Was told in front of class that if she didn't know her numbers she was going to do Kdg again, was being kicked by boys and afraid to tell, afraid to ask to go to the bathroom and had a few potty accidents that she sat in all day. Her backpack had clean clothes in it. She wouldn't have known where to change or how to ask. She's only 5. Teacher screamed at the class. Enough kids hear this at home. Mine doesn't. Isn't Kdg where they love their teacher? I sent an excited little girl to Kdg where she was made to feel inferior. I had my choice of any school, but moved to a loft in the city for AL. This is a little girl w/a big heart & a creative mind. Met with staff and they weren't willing to assign new teacher or hold slot for next year. I couldn't put her where she was afraid. My child was left behind.
The best school around! I cannot say enough of good things about AL. Wonderful, caring teachers, & GREAT parents. Do not hesitate to try for AL! It's a lottery system, so be aware of the deadlines & good luck! I remind myself of just how fortunate are to be a part of the AL family every day. My child is thriving here!
Great teachers, great kids--and they all speak French! Yet the kids consistently perform at or near the top of the state on standardized tests given in English. If you live in Kansas City, are looking for an outstanding education with the bonus of French immersion, and want to support public education, this is the place to send your kids.
The dedicated staff and involved parent body make this school exceptional. The french immersion is simply a huge bonus to the quality education offered here!
I am a parent of a graduate of Acad mie Lafayette. It's a phenomenal French immersion school in the Kansas City, MO metro area.
My daughter began forming full sentences in French within the first semester of Kindergarten. I believe this due to the small class sizes and full teacher dedication to each individual child. I am very pleased with the school curriculum and parent/teacher communication.
we love Academie Lafayette. It is a nurturing, dynamic community of students, parents and a team of fabulous and diverse educators that promote and achieve academic excellence and community spirit. Kansas City could not ask for a better school.
the nurturing environment and focus on academics at the same time make this school truly special, and we feel so lucky to be involved in this community of scholars and parents
We have children at AL and the school is outstanding. The academics are top 5 in the entire state.
I have two children who have attended Academie Lafayette. We have been there since day one when they opened and one daughter has graduated, the other will in 2009. It is a tremendous school. The quality and dedication of the teachers is off the charts. Both of my girls are fluent, and my older daughter who is now a Juinor in High School is taking her 3RD YEAR of college level french. That's right- she will have one full semester of college under her belt by the time she graduates high school. The parental involvement is also key to the success of AL. The school itself is beautiful- the hallways are painted like scenes of Paris...I am very sad to not be an AL parent anymore after my daughter graduates this year- guess we better have another baby...
My son is a student at Lafayette and we believe the school has truly been a Godsend. I was very adament about my son not attending Kansas City public schools because I attended them and later struggled in college. still, I couldnt afford private school and the ones that offered scholarship werent very diverse. It was important to me that my son went to school with people of many backgrounds and still receive a stellar education. We found that and more at Lafayette. My son is nine years old and fluent in french ( I don't know a lick of French), he's had excellent teachers, men, woman, black and white from all over the world. He's excited to go to school each morning and he comes home happy. This school has been a blessing and we recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative. Oh, and I almost forgot, its free!!
I love the size of the school. The fact that the teachers know all of the students and, in some cases, the parents as well goes a long way in saying 'Stay with us, we appreciate you and your children being here!' Parent involvement is immense and it shows in the kids, test scores and behavior.
The Academie is the perfect size. Small. Each student there can have their needs identified immediately. As a parent you can get to know the other parents and work together. It allows the student to think I can see the world, I can travel, and most important to expand the thoughts of their potential. The academie has so much to offer, it excels in it's teaching the love of learning.
This school is small but awesome. It's possible to know everyone in the school because there are few kids. The thing that isn't so great about this school is that you don't actually have extra curricular activities in school only basketball. You don't dress out during P.E. And when you're in Middle school there there are few kids to interact with, hardly anywhere to change classes to. So when you graduate into Highschool you have to change EVERYTHING from getting used to changing out and changing classes more. When you reach 7th grade, there are only about 20-30 kids in your grade. But I still adore this school for it's capabilty in speaking french throughout the school. You can't exactly join in 2 grade and up because you MUST know french or else you can't understand anything.
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