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 initial goal has always been to instill a love of learning the French language at an early age. My purpose, as a private tutor, is to motivate and encourage students to continue pursuing their studies. Not only do I want them  to excel at local schools, whether public or private, I intend to help them develop the language skills that will enable them to engage in conversations with French speakers all around the world. The ultimate goal is for my students to become true citizens of the world.

Group Lessons

Groups lessons are typically held during the school year. Students are grouped by age and level. I use a variety of  mediums to accommodate all learning styles. My goal is to create  an engaging curriculum and a joyful environment.

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.

Welcome to our 2022/2023 School Year


SUMMER/FALL:  August 29th - November 20th
No class  9/2 to 9/5 - Labor Day weekend

No class 9/13 to 9/15 Reston Montessori School Camping Trip

Classes will be held on 10/10 (Indigenous Day) 

FALL/WINTER: November 21st - March 5th
No class from 11/22 to 11/25  - Thanksgiving Break
No class during 12/19 to 01/02 - Winter break
No class 1/16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
No class  2/20 - Presidents Day and GW Birthday

WINTER/SPRING: March 6th - June 12th (Best estimate)

No class during  4/3 to - 4/9 - Spring Break
No class  5/14 - Mothers' Day
No class 5/26 to 5/29 - 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* (see built- in sick day policy)

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 prorated.



GROUP LESSONS (3 to 7 students)

Tuition: Yearly: $950 (available until September 1st)
Trimester: $325
Monthly: $115
Material Fee: $50 per child - To be paid at the beginning of the school year (add to first payment).  This year the material fee will include Grand Concours and access to all digital material.
Siblings: 10% discount for the second child.


- 1 student: $63/hr (Yearly tuition rate*): Total yearly: $2,075. 

 Trimester: $695. Monthly: $235.

- 2 non siblings students $73.50/hr (Yearly tuition rate* ) Total yearly: $2,425. 

Trimester: $810. Monthly: $270. (or $135 per student)

- 2 sibling students (discount - $5):$68.50/hr (yearly tuition rate*)Total yearly: $2,260.

Trimester: $755 . Monthly: $255. (for both students)


Material Fee:   $50 per child - To be paid at the beginning of the school year (Please add to first payment) - This year the material fee will include Grand Concours and access to all digital material.

Siblings taking SEPARATE lessons: 10% discount for the second child.

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

Private lessons and group lessons 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 check, cash, Venmo or Paypal:

Isabelle Pollacco

11224 Chestnut Grove Square #14
Reston, VA, 20190

Venmo (@Isabelle-Pollacco)

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

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


Le Grand Concours
Summer Fun
World Language Credit Prep


Isabelle Pollacco

11224 Chestnut Grove Square, #14

Reston, VA 20190

Tel: 301-717-9290

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"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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