San Francisco SoMa

322 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

About San Francisco SoMa

Open Date: Oct 2020

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L’Academy Preschools is where we uncover children’s cognitive potential through language immersion. Our ultimate goal is to develop each child mindfully with love and compassion through a language-rich curriculum!

Come and see our classrooms, meet the site staff and get all of your questions answered. Children are welcome!

Center offers Mandarin Immersion

Director Name: Jennifer Knappick

License: 384004297

Closures for Holidays & Teacher In-Service Days:

●  2 Teacher in Service Days

●  Labor Day

●  Veterans Day

●  Thanksgiving Day

●  Day after Thanksgiving

●  Winter Break (From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day)

●  Martin Luther King Jr. Day

●  President’s Day

●  Memorial Day

●  Junteenth

●  Independence Day

●  2 Parent Teacher Conference Days

If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday will be observed the Friday before or the Monday after. Please refer to the school calendar for specific closure dates. Note that tuition will be due in full every month irrespective of school closures or holidays.

*We are making an exception for tuition payments during COVID-19 related closures. All tuition already paid for the period of closure due to COVID-19 will be credited towards future tuition payments.

Programs offered

Infant Program
Toddler Program
Preschool Program

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday | 8:30am - 5:30pm


5 m* - 6 Years; Mandarin Immersion

322 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Meet our Staff

Director: Jennifer Knappick

Ms. Jennifer was born and raised in San Francisco, Ca. She attended City College of SF majoring in Child Development. She has been working in the Childcare field since she graduated from High School. Ms. Jennifer started off as a Resource Teacher, moving up to a Teacher, Lead Teacher, Education Coordinator, Business Manager, and now Director. She is very excited to be joining the L'Academy team. Ms. Jennifer is passionate about making each child feel supported, excited, and safe each day. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 16-year-old son, her family, and friends. She is a big sports fan and also enjoys exploring the bay area finding new fun activities.

Teacher: Yvonne Ma

Ms. Yvonne is currently working toward her degree in Early Childhood Education at City College of San Francisco. She is passionate about working with children and encouraging their growth by providing positive experiences in early childhood.  Yvonne enjoys the energy and excitement she gets from interactions with children.

In her spare time, Ms. Yvonne enjoys shopping and exploring.

Teacher: Sansan Wu

Ms. Sansan was born and raised in the countryside of Guangdong, China. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. Her father was a well-respected school teacher in their hometown. She enjoyed working with children and after he father retired, Ms. Sansan decided to follow his footsteps and become a preschool teacher. She loves nature, storytelling, music and exercising. Ms. Sansan believes that physical movement is very important for child's development, that it helps strengthening the body, but it is also very important for the development of their brain and nervous system.

Teacher: Jihuan Han (Jane)

Ms. Jane was was born and raised in Beijing. She studied Economics and Management at the Capital University of Economics and Business, and have been engaged in financial work since graduation. In 2015, Ms. Jane decided to relocate to San Francisco. She took a course in Early Childhood Education at the City College and since then have working in different early childhood education institutions. She loves her job, but especially reading and singing to children. In her spare time she loves to read and learn about different cultures.