L'Academy Preschool

Community Subscriber

Kensington, CA

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Childcare Center,
DSS Facility License #
Immersion 5, LLC
rachel.hendrix [at] lacademy.co
1550 Oakview Ave
Maximum Capacity:
Language(s) Spoken:
Ages Served:
5 months - 60 months
Monthly Cost:
7:30am - 5:30am
Additional Services & Features:
Drop-in available,
Part-time available,
Sibling discount,
Breakfast provided,
Lunch provided,
Snacks provided,
Organic options,
Vegetarian options,
Special diet support,
Cloth diapers accepted,
Potty training support
Editors' Notes:
  • Opened in August 2021 at the site of the now-closed Claremont Day Kensington.
  • Preschool license # 073408904 (capacity=65)
  • Infant license # 073408960 (capacity=16)
About the Program:

At L'Academy, we focus on the whole child while taking a holistic approach to language learning through meaningful activities. We currently offer Spanish and Mandarin languages. serving children from 5 months through 6 years.  At L'Academy Kensington, we believe a child should play! Our curriculum is focused on developing the whole child in a fun and loving way. On a daily basis, our children practice their social and communication skills. Throughout our curriculum of meaningful activities, our children are shown pathways to become confident, creative, expressive, and compassionate citizens of the world.

Each month, we dive deep into the arts as well, highlighting a famous composer, artist and Aesop Fable.  

Parent Q&A

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  • Hello Parents:

    I am writing to ask if anyone is willing to share their experiences with the preschool located at the Colusa circle? Any parents out there who left the school and are willing to share why? Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,

    We left the school in July 2022 when there were some issues of communication with the former director. At the same time we got notice of getting off the waitlist for our dream school- a Persian immersion school- so we left. However, we have had our kid back at L’Academy for a a week or so for coverage when our other school was closed and it’s a night and day difference. The new director is great and everyone there is very happy. We’ve heard good things since the admin change.  

    We’ve been at L’academy since January 2022 when our little one was 2.  There has been a lot of teacher and administrator turn over (especially in the first 9 months of 2022) and we are not sure if it was going to work out.  The owners brought in new administrators and things have been much better with stronger communication, lots of activities and even gatherings for the families.  Rachel—the current administrator is fantastic and most teachers have stuck around for the last 6-9 months.  We appreciate the consistent schedule and meals and our little one is learning a lot.  A potential downside is that they do seem to be maximizing the space and keep adding more kids and infants so inside space is getting more crowded.  Hope this helps

Parent Reviews

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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.