Mme   Pollacco 
 French teacher  


I created Max & Mum, French for Fun in  1995 to teach French to young children and encourage my son Max to speak his mother's tongue! A year later I was approached by Kathy Lanfear, the owner and then Director of Reston Montessori School. I fell in love with the school and the Montessori philosophy. I accepted the position , enrolled my children, and the rest is history! 

A few years later, I started teaching privately to "bridge the gap" between elementary and middle, or high school. My program was originally designed to give the opportunity to elementary age students to continue building upon the strong foundation of the French language that they had acquired while attending Reston Montessori School.

My goal is for each student to be able to excel in French at local schools, both public and private, at an advanced level as well as gaining an insight into French culture.

Group Lessons

Groups lessons are typically held during the school year. Students are grouped by age and level. I use a variety of textbooks and mediums to accomodate all learning styles. While this curriculum is "rigourous", it is most important that the learning always remains engaging and most of all joyfull.

Private Lessons

I offer lessons to all ages and levels. Lessons are typically held weekly. They can be in conjunction of a school class or for anyone who wants to learn French. No previous knowledge of the language is required.

SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022



SUMMER/FALL:  August 30th - November 30th
No class  9/3 to 9/6 - Labor Day 
                             No class from 11/24 to 11/27  - Thanksgiving Break


FALL/WINTER: December 1st - February 28th
                     No class during 12/19 to 01/01 - Winter break 
            No class 1/17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
                         No class  2/21 - Presidents Day and GW Birthday


WINTER/SPRING: March 1st - June 6th
                No class during  4/3 to - 4/8 - Spring Break

                                                                              No class  5/8 - Mothers Day
                                                                              No class 5/27 to 5/30 - Memorial Day weekend

IMPORTANT: A few lessons times or dates may have to be adjusted to accommodate school events, or unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for your understanding. 
In the event I am unable to teach a class and am unable to offer a make up, you will receive a full refund for any missed lesson.

Please inform me if your child has to miss class for any reason. Homework is typically posted in Google Classroom. Students are expected to complete weekly assignments.
Students may attend a different group class to make up for a class, if available, and will need to schedule it with me.

Class fees will not be pro-rated.



GROUP LESSONS (3 to 7 students)

Tuition: Yearly: $900
Trimester: $325 
Monthly: $115

Material Fee: TBD - Usually around $50 depending on class curriculum.
Siblings: 10% discount for the second child


1 student: $60/hr. Yearly*: $1,980. Trimester: $660. Monthly: $220
2 non siblings students: $70/hr. Total yearly*: $2,310. Trimester: $770. Monthly: $260 
2 sibling students (discount - $5):$65/hr. Total yearly*: $2,145.Trimester: $715 - Monthly: $240
Material Fee: TBD - Usually around $50 depending on class curriculum.
Siblings taking separate lessons: 10% discount for the second child.

We plan to have 34 weeks of instruction.
* Yearly tuition is calculated for 33 lessons to have a built in "sick day" credit. 
Yearly tuition is due by the 1st of September 2021.
Trimester: Payments are due by the first class of the trimester.
Monthly: 9 payments, due on the 1st of the month from September 2021 to May 2022.

Private lessons and group lessons will follow the same policies and schedule.


- Lessons take place weekly, unless other arrangements are made.
- Students must give 24-hours notice to reschedule a lesson.
- Late cancellations result in 1 hour deducted from your tuition credit.
- We typically follow FCPS calendar for holidays but NOT teacher workdays.

Payments can be made by cash, Venmo or Paypal:
11224 Chestnut Grove Square #14
Reston, VA, 20190
Venmo (@Isabelle-Pollacco) or Paypal ( 

Please email me directly at or call me if you have any questions at (301)717-9290.

I am looking forward to a joyful and successful school year!




Isabelle Pollacco

11224 Chestnut Grove Square, #14

Reston, VA 20190

Tel: 301-717-9290

Aura and Will in the mist Spring

"L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux, on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur." 

"One sees only clearly with the heart, anything essential is invisible to the eyes."

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