We Are ... A Community

At French American International School, community is measured in shared stories, lessons, laughs, and the occasional tear. From as early as the age of three, our students are taught to support one another, and to respect one another's backgrounds, space, and points of view. Our teachers bring a slice of the world beyond California into each classroom, and teach in not only two languages, but also two curricula. In kindergarten, students are given a taste of autonomy by spending the night on our campus. It takes a unique type of person, whether student, teacher, or parent, to join our community: bold but not brash, caring but not doting, reflective yet active. We strive to think critically and creatively, to build resilience, and to communicate across cultures. All are essential tools in today's world—ones that we've been cultivating for over 50 years.

Catherine Boucher

A part of the French American community since 2000, this fourth-grade teacher’s love for nature and experience sailing have taught her how to weather any storm.

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Meet Laurent Scotto di Uccio
This kindergarten teacher also coaches badminton and soccer, has been with the school since 2002, and loves to tell a good story.

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Claire Gelbart - India
Claire Gelbart '13 talks about the road to becoming a Jumbo at Tufts University. Produced by Dominic Colacchio.

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Meet Bradlen
Bradlen '24 has been at French American since Pre-K4. For two years, however, he kicked off the school year at École Sainte Bernadette in France.

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Alex Szotak in India
Alexander Szotak '13 discusses his love of music, travels to India, and lifelong friendships at French American International School and International High School.

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Meet Christine Bois, Science Teacher
This French native speaks multiple languages, teaches science, loves witnessing those "light-bulb" moments in the classroom, and enjoys a good movie.

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Meet recent graduate Tallulah Axinn
Bound for Harvard University, Tallulah Axinn '14 talks about what makes International High School so unique, about her travels with the school, and about the merits of the French Baccalaureate.

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Meet Grégory Verdol
This history and geography teacher discusses collaboration, and how a culturally diverse classroom encourages lively debates and the exchange of ideas. 

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Eighth graders (Class of '20) in Matthew Perifano's film class were asked to consider issues that affect their age group and how to use media to convey the message to their peers and to adults. The result is this thoughtful video that encourages us to respect and appreciate our differences.

French American International School

Main building

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Ph: 415.558.2000

Early Childhood Center

1155 Page Street

San Francisco, CA 94117


An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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