No previous exposure to French is required. Nursery applicants must be 2 years and 4 months by the first day of school. Pre-K applicants must be 3 years old by the first day of school. All applicants must be toilet trained.

Private tours of the school are available Thursday mornings during the school year. Contact us by email at to schedule your visit.

Click here for the 2019-2020 Application Form.

Print out and complete the Application Form and mail it to:

271 W. 73rd St
New York, NY 10023

The non-refundable $175 application fee is due upon submitting your application.

Once we have received and processed your application, you will be contacted by email within two weeks to schedule your applicant interview.


Petite Section (Nursery)

Ages 2.4 - 3.4
Monday through Friday
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Moyenne Section (Pre-K)

Ages 3 - 5
Monday through Friday
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Exmission Policy

At L’Atelier, we are aware that choosing the right school for your child and surviving the testing and application process can be very stressful. Accordingly, we take exmissions very seriously.

Historically, approximately 90% of our graduates have been admitted to the school of their first choice, including the Lycée Français, Dalton, Ethical Culture, Rye Country Day School, Marymount, Horace Mann, Trinity, Speyer Legacy, and the Gifted and Talented and Bilingual programs at P.S. 9, P.S. 84, P.S. 87, and P.S. 452. We have over a decade of experience providing support, advice and guidance to help you through this challenging transition.

While continuing your child’s education at a traditional French language school may seem like the logical next step, we are proud of the fact that our program prepares students to succeed in a multitude of environments. Studies have shown that the benefits of early childhood bilingualism extend far beyond the value of the second language itself; constructing knowledge in two languages has been found to significantly improve broad-ranging cognitive skills related to the brain’s executive function, such as planning, adaptation, problem and puzzle solving, and mental reaction speed (Bialystok & Martin, 2004; Carlson & Meltzoff, 2008; Kovacs & Mehler, 2009; New York Times, March 18, 2012). Further, we have found that our combination of academics and creative expression builds the skills our graduates need to be immediately comfortable in the settings of their subsequent schools, whether they be academically concentrated or more free-flowing.

As always, if you have any questions about L’Atelier’s exmissions policy, please feel free to contact us at