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Lena Sisson

Lena Sisson
Lingua Natal Founder & Principal

Welcome to our Lingua Natal family of schools. Our mission began in San Diego, California back in 1993 and that mission has never changed. “Provide children with the opportunity to expand their world in the 21st century and provide an engaging, vigorous, and yet gentle and loving environment conducive to the development of happy, healthy minds and hearts and inspiring a new generation dedicated to the betterment of the world and the bringing about of cooperation and friendship among its people.”

We have remained true to our purpose throughout more than twenty-three years of operation and will continue to strive to educate children who will be able to communicate “heart-to-heart” in our own multi-cultural, multi-ethnical community of the U.S. as well as the world community of tomorrow.

America will depend upon these future ambassadors of goodwill and it will remain our goal to prepare creative, healthy, bright, and productive individuals who are capable of interpersonal, inter-social, and inter-cultural exchanges that will result in positive growth in our communities and also in the world community at large.

With warm regards,

Lena Sisson
Lingua Natal Founder & Principal

"When we step back to give children a chance to do things for themselves, we allow them to contribute to their own self formation." – Maria Montessori

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Lingua Natal was established in Bonita, CA in June 1993. It was known as KidSchool from 1993 until 2008, teaching French and Spanish to preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. In the summers, an English summer camp was created for the vacationing youth, aged 8-16 years of age, of Spanish speakers visiting San Diego. Many families came to San Diego specifically to participate in our summer camp program.

In September 1993, an after school language program in Spanish and French was added for 5-7 year olds. The programs were gaining momentum and KidSchool was featured on Channel 10’s evening news. In 1994, KidSchool moved to a bigger location to accommodate the increasing demand and added German to its repertoire of language classes for children ages 5-7 and 8-12. In 1995, KidSchool took its English As A Second Language Program to a Montessori school in Tijuana.

In 1996, Italian was added to the curriculum of children ages 5-7 and 8-12. It was the third language that was picked by the majority of the children who had grown up learning Spanish and French. Japanese soon followed. With high accomplishments, other schools began to notice the success of these programs. The District of Coronado invited KidSchool to take its Spanish program to their schools. La Costa Meadows Elementary located in San Marcos brought in our French program. The Children’s School in La Jolla hosted on-site KidSchool programs for the community.

In the summer of 1997, KidSchool purchased a property in old Bonita and launched its Multilingual International School. Preschoolers received Spanish and Pre-K students had the option of choosing just Spanish or a combination of French and Spanish.

In 1998, KidSchool ran its own center in downtown La Jolla, teaching children as young as 2 years old. This was the birth of our Doves Program.

In June 2000, KidSchool held a summer camp for the community in both French and Spanish at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Due to health reasons, KidSchool moved to Solana Beach, closing all of its programs south of Solana Beach. In 2002 with growing demand, KidSchool expands its facility to a 2,500 square foot facility in Solana Beach and is invited to teach its programs at Solana Beach School District, Encinitas Union School District, and Del Mar School District.

In 2008, KidSchool changed its name to Lingua Natal. In the summer of 2013, Lingua Natal hosted a large Summer Camp in Encinitas, teaching Spanish and French. In June 2014, Lingua Natal opened its doors at 1104 Garden View Road in Encinitas. In December 2016, Lingua Natal Schools, a nonprofit, public charity is born with a mission to create opportunity for children of all backgrounds, regardless of economic status, to be immersed in Lingua Natal’s multilingual, holistic curriculum.

With increasing interest, demand, and need, Lingua Natal will open its doors in December 2018 to Lingua Natal International School, catering to children from nursery through 6th grade. Please check back for updates.