L'Academy Preschool Kensington/Berkeley
To see Department of Social Services records on this facility, click on its DSS Facility License # below.
Opened in August 2021 at the site of the now-closed Claremont Day Kensington.
Language Immersion Preschool Spanish/Mandarin serving children 18 months to 6 years old
We enrolled our son at L' Academy last August and we couldn't be happier. He loves all the teachers and the director, Ms. Rose, is wonderful. She keeps us informed on anything going on at the school and came up with a plan to help our son transition into the class for his new age group after he turned three. The school updates an app throughout the day so we can see when/what our kids eat, their nap schedule and they also upload pictures of them participating in fun daily activities. Our son has made some great friends and genuinely enjoys going to school everyday! Some other things worth mentioning: the hours are 7:30am-5:30pm - not many schools have both an early start AND a pick up time after 5pm, they provide healthy lunches and snacks, the school is very clean and organized and they have a very reasonable holiday schedule. This school checks so many boxes - we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a caring and safe environment for their little ones.
Our daughter has attended L'Academy for the past year, since she was 2 years old. We love it! Ms. Rose is a superb site director--she's experienced as a manager and teacher. Our daughter's teachers are all very kind and welcoming. Our daughter comes home happy EVERY day (this is not an exaggeration) and has made many friends at the school. Perhaps most important to us, she has blossomed from a shy girl to an effusive, exuberant girl. This is due to L'Academy giving her a safe and loving place to grow. Thank you all!
Parents who are interested in language immersion preschools:
A new preschool just opened up on the Berkeley/Kensington border which offers both Spanish and Mandarin language immersion. They are new and therefore not many people know about it. Right now the number of students signed up for mandarin immersion is small and they are looking for more students.
Thought I would pass along the info as I know that there are often long waitlists for other Mandarin immersion programs in the area. Here is their website:
We visited the other week so happy to answer any questions you might have.