Welcome from Joël Peinado, Head of School
Welcome to the French-American School of New York's website. If this is your first visit, I invite you to take a virtual tour of our School and to learn about the extraordinary opportunities it offers its students both in and outside the classroom.
Founded in 1980 as a one-room nursery program with 17 students, the French-American School of New York has today become a thriving bilingual, international Nursery-12th grade educational institution with an enrollment of 850 students coming from over 50 different countries. At the pre-school level, we pride ourselves in welcoming students regardless of their language skills and bringing them to true academic bilingualism. In the High School, thanks to our new International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme taught in English, we are thrilled to now welcome qualified non-French speaking local or international students.
When analyzing a phenomenon or event or attempting to solve a problem, FASNY students learn that analytical approaches and problem-solving methods are highly influenced by culture and can vary significantly. They come to understand and to appreciate this intellectual diversity because they see that more than one valid point of view can be used to address the same challenge. The ability to formulate concepts, raise questions, study problems, play, write, sing , act, and make friends in two languages and within two different cultural frameworks, expands our students' academic, cultural, and ethical horizons.
If you walk through the three buildings that house our four divisions on any given day, you may see pre-school students eagerly engaged in the study of the English and French names of the vegetables they are about to plant in the school's garden; you may observe Lower School students learning about the American War for Independence in their social studies classes while discussing the French revolution in their “histoire'' classes; you may encounter Secondary School students reading Shakespeare in English and Corneille in French, then composing a typical French deductive dialectical essay or writing an inductive composition in English, following the MLA format.
As FASNY students progress through the School, they become knowledgeable, adaptable, open-minded young men and women who have acquired significant skills, learned to love and respect many cultures, and who consider themselves true citizens of the world.