La Petite Ecole was opened by Rita Bourdiol – Ruane in Rathmines in 1987. The following year the school moved to Rathgar and remained open for another two years. In 1990 Rita accepted a teaching job at Ecole Active Bilingue Jeanine Manuel (now Ecole Jeannine Manuel) in Paris, France. La Petite Ecole closed its doors and the Montessori materials were put into storage for a future date. That day came in September 1999 when La Petite Ecole re-opened in Clane, Co. Kildare. In September 2015 due to the increased demand for places the school moved from its premises in Hillview to Scoil Bhride, Girls National School where it is currently located.