Ecole du Samedi was founded in 2002 by two French teachers, Marc Mallet and Cynthia Mot, in response to the educational needs of the French community of Atlanta. During the first year, the school was based at Powers Ferry United Methodist church in Marietta. In 2003, the school moved to the campus of Oakwood High School in West Cobb where it remained for the next three years. During these years enrollment grew from 60 students to 105 students. At that time, the board determined that the school needed to be located in a more central location to better serve our community. In the fall of 2006, Ecole du Samedi moved on the campus of the Atlanta International School and the enrollment reached 180 students in 2013-2014. Ecole du Samedi currently employs a staff of fourteen teachers and two administrators.
Although Ecole du Samedi has grown since its modest beginnings in 2002, its mission has remained the same. Ecole du Samedi aims at serving the needs of Francophiles and Francophones in the Atlanta area by providing a quality education in the French language for children age 3-12. We are a non-profit organization with limited resources, and we need the support of our entire community to reach our objectives. We encourage you to get involved in our school; it is the best way to make sure that Ecole du Samedi will be able to continue to offer French classes for children for years to come.
Ecole du Samedi aims to create a comfortable, interesting and engaging atmosphere in which children with French-speaking backgrounds or a desire to learn French may practice and perfect their language skills. Our courses enrich and challenge children of all proficiency levels from beginner to native because they include language instruction as well as cultural and civilization components that draw from all subject disciplines.