Welcome to L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion
Bonjour! L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion is a public, tuition-free, open-enrollment school serving Pre-K through 5th grade students throughout the Saint Paul area. You do not have to live in St. Paul to attend our school, we welcome families from all over.
For more than 25 years, our exceptional, dedicated staff have prepared students to be lifelong learners that succeed in a multilingual, global community.
We welcome students from all backgrounds. We know that the diverse experiences of families enhance our school community and teach students to have a broader, global perspective.
Our students receive personalized learning experiences and small group instruction designed to help them excel. Homeroom teachers, specialists, assistants, and native French-speaking interns help L’Etoile maintain a lower student-to-educator ratio and promote academic advancement.
Historically (including post-pandemic) L’Etoile students show high standardized test scores, exceeding both district and state averages.
Immersion Learning Benefits
Research consistently shows that learning another language (especially at a young age) is linked to:
- Higher academic achievement (through standardized test scores)
- Improved cognitive development, including critical thinking and problem solving
- More positive attitudes towards the cultures and peoples associated with the language being learned
Why Choose French?
French is a global language!
- It is the second most learned foreign language after English, and the fifth most widely spoken language in the world (~300 million speakers worldwide).
- French is an official language in 29 countries across 5 continents.
- French provides excellent grounding for learning Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. It is also a good base for English learners, as much of English vocabulary is derived from French.
Before and After School Care
Extended day care is provided by Discovery Club. Learn more about the program and pricing at spps.org/discoveryclub.
Saint Paul Public Schools provides free bussing to and from L’Etoile du Nord for families living within Saint Paul city limits. Students living outside of Saint Paul are welcome to attend L’Etoile du Nord, but families will need to provide their own transportation.
All families of L’Etoile du Nord students are integral to our school community.
Whether volunteering to support your child’s teacher or participating in our Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO), we invite everyone to share their gifts and talents. Family involvement supports students’ academic success and deepens their sense of community engagement.
Learn more at lnfi-pto.org.
Address: 1760 Ames Place E,
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Phone: (651) 744-6970
Call to schedule a tour or click this link!: https://tinyurl.com/3rn59c7h
Start the enrollment process by visiting the Student Placement Center website at spps.org/apply or by contacting the center directly.
Student Placement Center
- Phone: (651) 632-3760
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: 2102 University Ave West, Saint Paul, MN 55114
Frequently Asked Questions
How is French Used in Class?
Starting with full day Pre-K and Kindergarten, and continuing through 5th grade, L’Etoile students receive instruction primarily in French. In addition to the classroom, specialist classes such as Science, Technology Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Physical Education are also taught in French.
Our teachers are native or fluent French speakers from around the globe, and most have studied or lived abroad.
Do I Need to Speak French?
Families do not need to speak French at home for students to succeed at L’Etoile du Nord.
In addition to helping students learn French, we provide support for English Language Learners.
Can I Join L’Etoile at Any Time?
We welcome students to join L’Etoile du Nord at any point in their education, Pre-K through 5th grade. We invite interested families with children in 2nd grade or higher, who do not speak French at home, to meet with us to ensure L’Etoile is the best fit for their child.
What Happens After 5th Grade?
L’Etoile du Nord students can continue their immersion pathway through Hidden River Middle School (6-8) and Central High School (9-12). Students following the immersion pathway form strong social bonds that continue throughout their lives.