L’Ecole was founded in 2009 by a group of French, American, and Francophone parents (and led by Marie-Claire Ribeill, the Honorary Consul of France for North Carolina), to help keep the French language present in their children’s upbringing.

L’Ecole started out as an afterschool program for Francophone children, but later on had a vision of becoming a full-day bilingual school. In 2012, L’Ecole took a step forward and opened two classes of preschool, where students are fully immersed in the French language.

FLAM Program

L’Ecole is the only French language school in Eastern North Carolina to have been awarded the FLAM grant by the French Government. The school was first awarded the grant in 2011, and will continue to receive it annually up to 2015.  The main purpose of the financial assistance from FLAM organizations is to allow French children (bi-nationals included), whose parents are established in non-francophone foreign countries and who attend local schools, to have the opportunity to help the children to continue practicing the French language, and to stay in contact with the French culture through specific afterschool programs.

For more information, visit their official website.