Lower School Athletics

In the Lower School years, team-centric sports activities are run by parent volunteers and coordinated through all grades by the Lower School Parent Athletic Committee, a volunteer organization at French American International (lower) School. Our objectives are both to facilitate the formation and smooth running of independent, volunteer-run sports teams in city-wide leagues, and to organize French American-centric sports events.

Volunteer & City Run Sports Programs

San Francisco has a remarkable wealth of volunteer- and city-run sports programs, and many Lower School sports are coordinated through these leagues. As you will find while your child evolves from grades Pre-K3 through 5th grade, French-American parents typically form a variety of sports teams such as soccer teams, basketball teams, T-ball teams, etc., so that their children can play with their classmates, often entering as a team in city-wide leagues. These teams are built and organized by and with volunteer parent coaches and managers. They are formed as early as Pre-K and can last all the way to, and sometimes through, Middle School, when French American forms school-based teams


We encourage ALL students to participate in athletics. At the lower school level, it is often recreational (non-competitive) with an opportunity to play on more competitive teams in 3rd, 4th, etc., grades. It is a FUN, healthy and enjoyable experience for children and their classmates.

There are many benefits to joining city leagues in this manner: the children socialize with their classmates in a fun environment outside of school, they form bonds as teammates, and they interact with other children throughout the city.  You will also find that it's a great way for parents to get to meet and know other parents.

French American International Lower School Sport Seasons

Throughout the Lower School, the typical school year will unfold into the following seasons:

Fall Season
  • Soccer season for 5th grade boys playing on a French American Middle School Athletics team
  • Soccer season #1 (Vikings Microsoccer for pk4-1st and Vikings for 2nd-5th, Vikings Upper House for 4th – 5th)
  • Basketball season in the Winter (K-4th in either the Presidio YMCA or JCC leagues, 5th grade boys and girls through the French American Athletics)
  • Soccer season for 5th grade girls playing on a French American Middle School Athletics team
  • Futsal (SF Recreation and Park Jose Coronado League for K to 5th).
  • Soccer season #2 in the Spring (Vikings Microsoccer for pk4-1st, SFPAL for 2nd-5th, Vikings Upper House for 4th – 5th);
  • Basketball season for 5th grade girls playing on a French American Middle School Athletics team
  • Baseball season in the Spring (SF Little League)


Leagues in Which French American Participates

Competitive Teams

Besides the French American-based teams, a number of athletes participate on competitive teams (soccer, basketball, swimming, and lacrosse). For more information, please contact frenchamericansports@gmail.com.

After-School Soccer Program

The school also offers an after-school soccer program that complements coaching that your child receives on a team and also provides the soccer experience to students who are unable to play on a soccer team. Please see the after-school page for more information.


During the course of the year, the school’s Athletic Department and High School teams will run sports clinics for the lower school. All students, whether or not they participate on a team are able to participate. We typically organize a soccer clinic on the 1st Teacher In-Service Day in October and a basketball clinic on a Sunday in November.

View more information about French American Sport Clinics >>

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

Ph: 415.231.5733

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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