Beginning in Pre-K or Kindergarten, the French American International School provides a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through Middle School, culminating in either a French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.
The French American bilingual journey begins in Maternelle. Children enter at Pre-K3, Pre-K4, or Kindergarten. Initially children benefit from classes that are conducted in French 80% of the time. After second grade we switch to approximately 55% French and 45% English in order to capitalize on the “transfer of competencies” between the two languages.
By Middle School the students are competent, balanced bilinguals. They are primed for accelerated third language studies (in Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, or Arabic).
The International High School curriculum consists of two parallel tracks. The Pre-K through 12 bilingual journey continues in our French Track which culminates in either a scientific Bac S, or a Bac ES, with a humanities emphasis. Previous knowledge of French is not required for admission to the International High School. Non-bilingual students can enter our International Track leading to an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Students may switch from the French Track in order to take a Bilingual IB Diploma.
How our Curriculm Aligns with the Système Éducatif
Going Deeper: Portals to the Three Sections
Mission-driven Teaching and Learning
The three pillars of our mission-driven teaching and learning environment are:
Our student learning experience is:
- Stimulating—with high expectations
Where appropriate to the unit of study, and to the age of the students, we infuse the following elements into our taught curriculum to prepare students for a lifetime of learning, critical thinking and agency in the global context:
- Intercultural understanding—appreciating complexity and diversity
- Orientation towards social justice
- Digital literacy and citizenship
Our Assessment is:
- Formative and summative
- Intentional—linked to learning goals
- Timely—including feedback to students
Mission-driven Teaching and Learning that is collaborative, differentiated and engaging—characterized by meaningful work worth doing—is intrinsically rigorous, encourages resilience/risk-taking, and fosters the simple pleasure of learning.
Teaching and Learning Alignment with our Community Values
Our community brings together people from many backgrounds, cultures, and countries. Together we strive to create a shared culture which develops confident, principled, and compassionate people who will have a positive impact on our world. Our shared culture is built on the following principles: