French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine

French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #1 - Beginning in preschool, our weekly swim program at the Casco Bay YMCA is a highlight of our physical education program
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #2 - Fostering independence and self-discovery through the exchange of language, culture and ideas
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #3 - Through activities that challenge and captivate young children, we instill a life-long desire to learn and create.
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #4 - The School incorporates the benefits of our natural setting into the fabric of our students' education.
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #5 - A full-time elementary program through grade 6, our curriculum offers a multicultural education taught through the immersion approach.
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #6 - Integrated with the curriculum, visual arts projects and techniques are discovered in concert with what are typically seen as academic subjects.
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #7 - We highly value the play experience and multiple benefits of daily exercise, and we recognize that the socialization of recess teaches important life lessons about respecting and supporting one another.
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #8 - Our school views the arts as a fundamental part of cultural and language education. We believe a strong music art curriculum lays the foundation for strong mathematical and scientific intelligence.
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #9 - The playground and outdoor campus are as much a part of the learning environment as is the indoor classroom.
French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Photo #10 - A unique and authentic learning environment, L'Ecole Française du Maine is the only French immersion school north of Boston.
School Blog ~ Kindergarten's blog ~ First grade's Blog ~ Facebook L’Ecole Française du Maine offers a unique approach to bilingual and multi-cultural education, through immersion in the French language.
L'Ecole Française du Maine gives children the opportunity to celebrate diversity while pursuing their individual paths toward development.
Our curriculum includes International Education, Exploring Maine, Play and Celebration, English Language Arts, Physical Education, Community, Music, Visual Arts, Field Trips and much more. Specific areas of study change through the different grade levels, offering our students a diverse learning experience tailored to the different developmental stages.
The school is a community where students, teachers, families and volunteers come together to create an authentic and mind-opening educational experience.
The engaging academic classrooms combined with the surrounding Maine landscape make our school an ideal environment for learning and growth.
L’Ecole Française du Maine is fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education (AEFE), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Maine Department of Education.
The School is affiliated with MLF (Mission Laïque Française), AFSA (Association of French School in North America) and AEFE (Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger).
French curriculum and the Maine Learning Results are combined to allow students to transition into any school.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other associations(s) for exceptional children
Other school association(s)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded2002

Student Body

Total Students79 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size9 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,100
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $9800- $11300 for Early Childhood Prorgams- to $12100 for Elementary grades
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorElizabeth LeBihan


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Dance, Gymnastics, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Swimming, Track and FieldAlpine SkiingDance,
GymnasticsMountain Biking,
Nordic SkiingSoccer,
SwimmingTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • La Maternelle is the preschool/kindergarten program of L’Ecole Française du Maine. Instruction occurs completely in French, and the curriculum follows the model of the world-renowned Ecoles Maternelles of France. Because we believe the blossoming of each child happens by developing his/her strengths and creativity, La Maternelle combines song, play, art, and movement with structured learning in the classroom.
  • A full-time elementary program through grade 6, our curriculum offers a multicultural education taught through the immersion approach. At this level of our program, students learn to read and write in French and are encouraged to speak French exclusively in the classroom. The immersion experience leads children to a more flexible way of thinking, and gives them an appreciation for nuances of meaning. As a result, our students experience success in all subject areas.
  • English Language Arts studies begin in second grade, three hours per week. Because the same concepts are taught at an earlier age in the French curriculum than they are in English-speaking schools, English class then becomes a means of confirming concepts and usage, drawing parallels and identifying contrasts. As a result, concepts in language formation are reinforced from both the French and English curriculum and studies, providing children with a steady foundation for language creation. 
  • Multimedia: We believe it is vital to expose our children to technological resources where they are age-appropriate. Because we are a French school amidst a predominantly English resource area, online educational resources become invaluable tools for our older elementary students. We endeavor to provide a laptop for each student’s use in the upper elementary years.
  • Music Arts and Suzuki Program: At its inception, the school’s vision centered upon the relationship between music education and the immersion process of learning a second language. They are partners in a full education. All grade levels at L’Ecole Française du Maine are immersed in our Music Arts Program, which includes Music Mind Games, the Choral Program and an opportunity for private Suzuki lessons. Starting in Pre-K, weekly music instruction teaches beginning to advanced music theory concepts, including the musical alphabet, intervals, reading rhythms, rhythm math, dictation, the grand staff, musical symbols, tempos, scales, key signatures and chords. Innate in the Music Mind Games method is a duel respect for student’s intelligence and the logical organization of music theory. Suzuki Program: The immersion method is Listen and Learn. The Suzuki method is the same. We’re proud to work in collaboration with the Maine Suzuki Association to offer our students private, on-site Suzuki lessons in piano, guitar, violin and cello. Parent involvement is encouraged for private lessons.
  • Choral Program: Our school “Chorale,” comprised of all students, practices weekly with our Chorus leaders and accompanist. The “Chorale” often performs during our school community events, which are a key component of the music program. These community performances may also include musical pieces from Suzuki students, and general songs, dances and skits.
  • Physical Education: Throughout the school year, all students participate in many activities such as soccer, cross-country and Alpine skiing, snowshoeing, orienteering, YMCA swim program, and of course, recess. Best of all, the surrounding woods and nearby nature preserves and seashore provide opportunities for impromptu explorations.
  • Visual Arts: Our school views the arts as a fundamental part of cultural and language education. In the elementary years, our goals are for the children to be capable of expression through a variety of techniques in drawing, as well as in other two- and three-dimensional media. They learn the experience of creating, reflecting upon others’ images, exploring the differences and similarities between works, and discussing their personal point of view. We teach skills such as choosing and mixing materials, mediums and subjects, utilizing the tools available, and synthesizing instructions with personal methods. To put techniques into a historical context, we investigate great works through trips to museums, visiting artists and events in the arts world. We teach the children to look for commonalities and differences between the practical experiences of the classroom and the varied approaches of artists.
  • Should a child have a prior knowledge of French before entering L'Ecole Française du Maine  Our French immersion program is designed for monolingual and bilingual children. It is not necessary to have had prior exposure to French to enter Preschool –Grade 1. At the elementary level, (after grade 1), a child will generally need to have prior knowledge of French to enter the program. Exceptions to this rule may be made on a case-to-case basis based on a student evaluation and interview. Although you will find that some children at L’Ecole Française du Maine are already bilingual, most children do not know French when they enter La Maternelle. Communication between parents and staff at L’Ecole Française du Maine is conducted in English for non French-speaking parents, although we will try to practice French with parents enrolled in Adult Ed!! Children can always address teachers and staff in English (by their first names) and parents should reassure their children that they will be understood and their needs will be met, no matter what language they use.
  • What happens to the English language skills of children enrolled in the French Immersion program of L'Ecole Française du Maine  Most studies done for the past 30 years suggest that children enrolled in early French immersion programs perform as well if not better than their monolingual peers. Exposure to a large variety of linguistic structures and a wide and diverse vocabulary enriches their own knowledge of English. At any rate, children are not going to lose their English! Research in Canada has shown that reading and writing skills are transferred from one language to the next during the primary grades. In other words, the progresses made in reading skills in French will be observed in English too.

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school, elementary school and preschool to French School of Maine - L'Ecole Francaise du Maine is Maine Coast Waldorf School (2.4 miles away)
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Excellent school. I wish I could have had this type of education. Wonderful focus on the arts and language. Producing bilingual, diverse, and kind children.
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EDFM offers an amazing opportunity for your child to become bilingual in a fun, engaging and creative environment. Great teachers and very welcoming administrators offer a supportive community to give your child every opportunity to learn and thrive.
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