La Petite Academy

★★★☆☆
  • 2 Auerbach Pl

    Glen Carbon, IL 62034-1701

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  • 866-384-1390

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I LOVE IT! My youngest brother went here for two years, and I decided to enroll my son here too. The teacher to student ratio is awesome, there are only three other toddlers in my sons class. I've sat down in the back of the classroom and observed what was going on, and I was pretty confident that this was the school for my son. They have circle time, they learn body parts, they learn to count in English and Spanish. I was very impressed with the curriculum. I would highly recommend this school, it's well worth the money. I I love how the teachers write a daily sheet for each child, explaining what they had for lunch that day and how well they behaved. They get a diaper changing every two hours, and they help potty train at 18 months! They have recess, and my sons teacher doesn't just leave him to wander around the playground, she makes sure she spends a little time with each individual toddler. My sons teacher is definitely someone who is rare to find. She is so enthusiastic about being there everyday, and gets excited when I bring my son to his class. She spends at least ten minutes every time I pick him up, explaining the different activities they did during that day.

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★★★★★

I LOVE IT! My youngest brother went here for two years, and I decided to enroll my son here too. The teacher to student ratio is awesome, there are only three other toddlers in my sons class. I've sat down in the back of the classroom and observed what was going on, and I was pretty confident that this was the school for my son. They have circle time, they learn body parts, they learn to count in English and Spanish. I was very impressed with the curriculum. I would highly recommend this school, it's well worth the money. I I love how the teachers write a daily sheet for each child, explaining what they had for lunch that day and how well they behaved. They get a diaper changing every two hours, and they help potty train at 18 months! They have recess, and my sons teacher doesn't just leave him to wander around the playground, she makes sure she spends a little time with each individual toddler. My sons teacher is definitely someone who is rare to find. She is so enthusiastic about being there everyday, and gets excited when I bring my son to his class. She spends at least ten minutes every time I pick him up, explaining the different activities they did during that day.

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My son loves his teachers and friends at La Petite. I'm always greeted with a smile from teachers and support staff when I drop my son off in the mornings and they're always willing to help in the drop off transition when he'd prefer I stayed with him. He's learning like crazy there so the curriculum and schedule of daily activities is working well for him. All the teachers and support staff take an interest in all the kids in the school to get to know all their names. I feel well informed about the upcoming activities by the newsletter that is given to the parents; it includes the menu for the month which is nice to see the healthy food options they provide. They also have splash days in the summer, ice cream socials, Christmas program and various other fun activities. My son's teacher is really great about calling us to give us good news/praise reports when he's reached a milestone or has had a great day...along with communication notes on his daily sheet to keep us in the loop on daily happenings. It's been an all around positive experience having my son at La Petite!

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★★★★☆

My son loves his teachers and friends at La Petite. I'm always greeted with a smile from teachers and support staff when I drop my son off in the mornings and they're always willing to help in the drop off transition when he'd prefer I stayed with him. He's learning like crazy there so the curriculum and schedule of daily activities is working well for him. All the teachers and support staff take an interest in all the kids in the school to get to know all their names. I feel well informed about the upcoming activities by the newsletter that is given to the parents; it includes the menu for the month which is nice to see the healthy food options they provide. They also have splash days in the summer, ice cream socials, Christmas program and various other fun activities. My son's teacher is really great about calling us to give us good news/praise reports when he's reached a milestone or has had a great day...along with communication notes on his daily sheet to keep us in the loop on daily happenings. It's been an all around positive experience having my son at La Petite!

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I was very disappointed with my daughter's preschool experience at La Petite. I also was a half-day mom for about a year, if only I had known better, I could have saved the $53.00 a week payment. It took me awhile to pick up the cues but I was struck by the great lack of enthusiasm the "teachers" had. Also there was one lady who loved to yell A LOT. I was very suprised at this. Supposedly the lead teachers all had BAs or BSs, but in what? Those who hadn't finished their degrees were the aides, and I fully understand the need for experience along with education but more often than not, they were just glorified babysitters. Where is the Montessori method that the owner claimed to have been following? And why did my daughter's class lose 2 teachers during her time there? I can tell you that these ladies were not being paid much and definitely worked just about that hard. There was also an outbreak of lice that was NOT reported until two weeks after the initial find. By then it had multiplied to the staff and kids (I kept mine out for a few weeks, oh, but still had to pay the 53.00 each week she missed). The staff was NOT compensated for the chemicals they had to buy for themselves to get rid of the lice. How can they not be compensated for out of pocket expenses, it's ridiculous. This only added to the general "I'm not happy here" faces of most of the staff. La Petite just was not worth the money. I'm still working on finding the complaint line for the parents, haven't found it yet!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was very disappointed with my daughter's preschool experience at La Petite. I also was a half-day mom for about a year, if only I had known better, I could have saved the $53.00 a week payment. It took me awhile to pick up the cues but I was struck by the great lack of enthusiasm the "teachers" had. Also there was one lady who loved to yell A LOT. I was very suprised at this. Supposedly the lead teachers all had BAs or BSs, but in what? Those who hadn't finished their degrees were the aides, and I fully understand the need for experience along with education but more often than not, they were just glorified babysitters. Where is the Montessori method that the owner claimed to have been following? And why did my daughter's class lose 2 teachers during her time there? I can tell you that these ladies were not being paid much and definitely worked just about that hard. There was also an outbreak of lice that was NOT reported until two weeks after the initial find. By then it had multiplied to the staff and kids (I kept mine out for a few weeks, oh, but still had to pay the 53.00 each week she missed). The staff was NOT compensated for the chemicals they had to buy for themselves to get rid of the lice. How can they not be compensated for out of pocket expenses, it's ridiculous. This only added to the general "I'm not happy here" faces of most of the staff. La Petite just was not worth the money. I'm still working on finding the complaint line for the parents, haven't found it yet!

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My child attended half days for about a year before I pulled her out. I guess I expected a little better for the $. (The half day moms see much more of what is going on than those who leave their child all day). My complaints have to do mostly with the food, mess and general confusion that I generally see. Why are they serving hot dogs and hamburger helper? I don't feed my child that stuff at home! How much cost goes into that? Also, why are children not given napkins to eat their lunch with? The teachers I've encountered have been pretty good, although I see so many different floaters covering for missing persons that I usually don't know who is in charge until I pick up my child. Yes, she has learned a lot. But it is pretty standard for all the preschools in the area. The Montessori method that the managers will try to sell, well, I don't see it. Take your child to the actual Montessori school in Granite City if you want that education. This is just glorified day care with a hefty price tag. I spent about $3500 for one year of "half" days (this excludes re-registration fees and other activity fees). My advice to all those parents who HAVE to put their child into daycare in this region, do your homework well. Check out all the schools, even the Lutheran and Catholic ones. Visit them personally, check out the Better Business Bureau for complaints, get opinions of other parents, find reviews somewhere. Then take your child for a visit or two or three. Sit in on a class. Even if you're new to the area (we are) you'll be able to find all that information.

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★☆☆☆☆

My child attended half days for about a year before I pulled her out. I guess I expected a little better for the $. (The half day moms see much more of what is going on than those who leave their child all day). My complaints have to do mostly with the food, mess and general confusion that I generally see. Why are they serving hot dogs and hamburger helper? I don't feed my child that stuff at home! How much cost goes into that? Also, why are children not given napkins to eat their lunch with? The teachers I've encountered have been pretty good, although I see so many different floaters covering for missing persons that I usually don't know who is in charge until I pick up my child. Yes, she has learned a lot. But it is pretty standard for all the preschools in the area. The Montessori method that the managers will try to sell, well, I don't see it. Take your child to the actual Montessori school in Granite City if you want that education. This is just glorified day care with a hefty price tag. I spent about $3500 for one year of "half" days (this excludes re-registration fees and other activity fees). My advice to all those parents who HAVE to put their child into daycare in this region, do your homework well. Check out all the schools, even the Lutheran and Catholic ones. Visit them personally, check out the Better Business Bureau for complaints, get opinions of other parents, find reviews somewhere. Then take your child for a visit or two or three. Sit in on a class. Even if you're new to the area (we are) you'll be able to find all that information.

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In researching a preschool for my daughter, La Petite was recommended highly by friends; in visiting for myself, I understand why. The teacher to student ratio here is quite small, allowing the children lots of one on one stimulation time with the staff. Since this is what I provide my child with at home, this is what I would like her to have when she is away from me as well. I feel very comfortable with this facility, but would advise getting on their waitlist if you're interested - it is typically a high demand business in Glen Carbon.

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★★★★★

In researching a preschool for my daughter, La Petite was recommended highly by friends; in visiting for myself, I understand why. The teacher to student ratio here is quite small, allowing the children lots of one on one stimulation time with the staff. Since this is what I provide my child with at home, this is what I would like her to have when she is away from me as well. I feel very comfortable with this facility, but would advise getting on their waitlist if you're interested - it is typically a high demand business in Glen Carbon.

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Child care for babies, infants, toddlers & school-age children in Glen Carbon, IL. Offering daycare, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, before/after school programs, summer camp & enrichment programs.

 

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