Your School La Petite Academy on Garners Ferry Rd, SC

La Petite Academy on Garners Ferry Rd

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Open: M-F, 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Ages: 6 Weeks - 12 Years
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Now Enrolling for Preschool and Pre-K

The path to kindergarten, and future success, goes through Preschool and Pre-K. The sooner your child starts their journey, the better. Let us ensure their school readiness. 

Welcome to Our School

Welcome to our La Petite Academy Preschool and child care center in Columbia, SC! My name is Dianne Joel and I am the director. I have been with La Petite for 36 years, 33 years as the director! All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and they receive yearly continuous educational training.

La Petite Academy leads the child care industry worldwide, with new innovations and technology for the future. We are always focusing on the future of our children, so we can provide an enriched environment that promotes learning and the development of the whole child.

We’re committed to keeping you connected throughout the day while your child is in our care. Get access to live streaming video of your child’s classroom, plus other real-time updates, with our exclusive mobile app for families, SproutAbout.

We would love to have your family join our La Petite family. Please contact us for tours or enrollment information.

Here's what people have to say

4.86 out of 5 stars
My experience has been wonderful! My child is thriving. The teachers and staff are amazing. It’s just wonderful!
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great staff and the school is always clean
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My daughter loves the school. She is able to spend time with friends and get all of that good energy out playing.
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Awesome school, all staff are very nice and nurturing. I love what the teachers are doing with curriculum.
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I was greeted very well with a tour and met the teacher. As a first time mom and one who have already had bad experiences with a childcare facility, I was very concerned. I wanted to trust. As I was talking to the director and staff and seeing the smiling faces of parents and kids around the facility, I was relieved. My baby was about four months entering the school. She seemed happy when picked up.
As she grew to one year old, she still seem happy and she waves goodbye to all who smiles at her. Even some older children tells her bye and she acknowledges them. The staff seems to listen to me and calms my anxiety down as I am a first time mom. So, I am more than happy to have my son (I’m pregnant with my son now) to go to the school with his older sister. I’m looking forward with my future with this school.
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The staff is wonderful and they really show concern about the children.
Awesome school, my child started at La Petiete Academy at the age of 6 weeks and he’s now 4yrs. I love the atmosphere, director, assistant director, team lead, and teachers.
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Our Programs

Learn About Electives

For an additional fee, go beyond regular classroom learning experiences with our enhanced series of fun, interactive enrichment programs exploring a variety of activities. We offer:

Soccer, Music, Yoga, Spanish, Phonics, Handwriting & Advanced Math

Tech + Tinker™

21st Century Learning Experiences

In our Preschool and Pre-K classrooms your child will discover opportunities to be creative, engage their mind and body, collaborate with friends, and learn new things. Some enhancements in the classrooms include iPads with educational apps; flexible seating options so children can move as they learn; hands-on STEM activities with robots for early coding.

In our School-Age classroom, your child will find an immersive educational environment that is the perfect setting for productive, engaging mornings and afternoons, as we help them to be thinkers, makers, and doers. Some enhancements in this classroom include:

  • iPads with keyboards and educational apps
  • Robots for coding challenges
  • Grow Fit-friendly video games that encourage collaboration and movement

Open a window to your child's day.

SproutAbout®, our exclusive family app, provides free live streaming video of your child’s classroom to your mobile device.

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Meet Our Staff

Dianne Joel, Director

Education: B.S. in Physical Education

Certifications: CPR/First Aid, Professional Development Certificate, Notary Public, ECD 101, Certificate in Finger Printing

I have 43 years of experience in early childhood education in a public school setting. I've dedicated over 40 years to the well-being of children, families, and teachers. I truly believe it takes a village to raise our children. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

Meet Our Staff

Danielle Robinson, Team Lead

Certifications: ECD 101, CPR/First Aid, Professional Development Certificate

I've been in the child care profession for 11 years. Being able to see a child grow and learn brings me great joy. I strive to teach, encourage, impact, and inspire our children to be the best they can be. The sky is the limit!

Meet Our Staff

Princess Mckenzie Belton, Assistant Director

Education: ABA, ECH courses

Certifications: First Aid, CPR

I'm a proud mother and loving wife born and raised in Florence, SC. I have over 20 years of experience working with children. I began helping children while assisting at a pediatric therapy clinic and then moved on to assisting at public schools. I enjoy helping children grow, learn and achieve goals.

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Local School Phone Number: 803.776.7097803.776.7097 License #: 13168