La Petite Colline is founded and operated by husband and wife team Marco and Prisca Bommeli. Together we are the parents of three little children. We moved to Brooklyn eight years ago from Switzerland and speak Swiss German as well as French.
We feel that children should not be made to conform and should have space for them to express their ideas and feelings as well as develop social skills and self esteem. Together, we wanted to create a school that enhances a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn and support their creativity and uniqueness. Growing up in Switzerland, we both have an appreciation for nature. When coming up with the name, La Petite Colline, which means “The Little Hill”, we are honoring both our homeland and also the neighborhood the school is located in, Clinton Hill. We strive to make La Petite Colline a school that supports and develops the whole child, while providing them with a solid foundation. We believe that childhood is a magical time and wanted to create an environment that reflects that. We are inspired by the wonder and joy that young children bring to everything that they do. We believe that in order to thrive, children need to feel like their opinions are valued and their feelings are validated. We feel that early childhood is a period of wonder and beauty and should be cherished. La Petite Colline strive to educate the whole child, providing experiences for exploration using their bodies, minds and spirit.