Frequently Asked Questions

All teachers are native French speakers and are professional teachers, with at least one diploma from a French-speaking country.

The teachers have been carefully selected to fit the age group that they are teaching both, in terms of personality and teaching experience.

The weekly courses are structured in order to successfully take four main factors into account:

  • the courses take place on weekends: they must therefore be fun to attend for the children
  • parents expect academic progress: solid learning is the main objective of the program and requires consistent work, including some homework, without being overwhelming
  • most students attend English-speaking schools: the curriculum takes this fact into account by focusing on the unique content and by responding to the unique challenges for children who are both Francophone and Anglophone
  • culture is transmitted through language: a positive environment is therefore doubly important so that the students regard being in a French environment once a week as a highlight of their week and remain voluntarily immersed in the culture

The earlier you register, the better because

  • your child's spot is reserved, and
  • the chances that your child's level will have a class are increased.

Classes can only be offered if a minimum of 8 students sign up for a specific age group.

Bilingual student who do not yet write French are part of the target group of our program:

The main objective of My French Classes is to give children who already speak French the means to learn how to write et to reach the same level as the students who are enrolled in French-speaking schools.

The classes are organized by school year.

However, students may be able to join a program during the year on a case-by-case basis, in which case the tuition will be pro-rated.

If a sufficient number of students of the same level indicate on the registration form that they would prefer a class on Saturday mornings, we may be able to accommodate this preference.

If you prefer Saturday mornings classes for your family, please be sure to let us know via the contact form.

Yes, My French Classes now offers classes for children who are at least 3 and 4-years old.

More information about this Pre-K program here.

My French Classes generally follow and apply the decisions made by the Montgomery County authorities regarding Community Uses of Public Facilities.

Montgomery County authorities publish emergency and inclement weather closings on their web page and via the Inclement Weather line of the County (240-777-2710).

During emergency conditions, we frequently update our Emergency Updates page at http://myfrenchclasses.org/emergency and post updates to our Twitter account @MyFrenchClasses to keep you informed.

Saturday Classes Calendar - 2017/2018
Children and Adult Classes - All Levels

  • September 9, 16*, 23, 30
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • November 4, 11, 18
  • December 2, 9, 16
  • January 6, 13, 20, 27
  • February 3, 10, 24
  • March 3, 10, 17
  • April 7, 14, 21, 28
  • May 5, 12, 19**
  • June 2 (9 - in case of snow day)

* start of art & sports and adult programs
** end of art & sports and adult programs

If you sign up more than one family member, we offer increasing discounts for French Classes from the second child on.

Currently the annual discounts are set on the basis of the number of family members enrolled per year as follows:

  • 2nd family member: $100
  • 3rd family member: $200
  • 4th family member: $300

Payments can be made either:

  • by check (only if yearly tuition is paid in one installment before or on the first day of class), or
  • by credit or debit card (with fees) if yearly tuition is paid in several installments.

At the time of registration: $175 ($50 new-student registration fee and a down-payment of $125) due at registration to secure a spot.

Tuition depends on the selected program and does not include a cost contribution to books and materials which varies by class.

For more information regarding family discounts, please click here.

Payments can be made either at once before the first day of school or in four installments on or before the dates shown below.

First day of school
November 4, 2017
January 6, 2018
March 3, 2018

If you have concerns regarding payments, please contact us here.

Yes. If this is the case, please send us short message here and we will send your personalized payment instructions.

Alternatively, you can also send a check payable to My Bilingual Classes to

My Bilingual Classes
PO BOX 612
Glen Echo, MD 20812

If you have registered more than one child, please be sure to deduct the sibling discount(s) from your second enrolled child on.

DELF Exam for Access to French Educational Institutions

Every student has the possibility to pass the level-appropriate DELF exam at the end of each school year.

The DELF program is administered by the French government and recognized by the European Union and by French-speaking countries.

Students passing a certain DELF level exam, will retain this level for life. Level B2 is required to be admitted to French universities without further language-connected exam or entrance test.

Official test administrators will come to My French Classes once a year to supervise the exam.

For more information about the DELF program, click here.

DELF summary on Wikipedia.

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Annual Report Card and Attendance Certificate

On top of the optional DELF exam, all students will receive an official attendance certificate and a written assessment on the form of an annual report card from their teachers, summarizing the student's progress and learning opportunities.

No. For your convenience, PayPal accepts both, a credit card or your PayPal account on the payment page.