About

History

List of 13 items.

  • First class in 1981

    1980

    In 1980, Katherine Watkins and Sylvette Maschino, two teachers from the Lycée Français de New York who wanted to create a truly bilingual school, founded the French-American School of New York.

    FASNY started in one room with 17 students attending nursery and pre-kindergarten classes. In this historic location at 111 Larchmont Avenue in Larchmont, New York, FASNY quickly grew to occupy the whole building, which now hosts our preschool and part of the lower school.
  • Early 1990s

    To accommodate a growing number of students, a second campus opened on East Boston Post Road in the early 1990s, in the buildings of the former Most Holy Trinity School. In 1995, the second campus moved to 145 New Street, in Mamaroneck, and was home to the preschool and high school, which, in those days, went up to only the 10th grade.
  • 1996

    Brigitte Sajous was appointed co-head of the school with Katherine Watkins.
  • 2002

    Bob Leonhardt was appointed sole head of the school.
  • 2005

    A third campus opened in Scarsdale to host the preschool.
  • 2007

    FASNY added the 11th and 12th grades, offering the S and ES tracks as well as the International Option of the French baccalaureate. In 2009, FASNY graduated its first high-school class. The baccalaureate success rate was, and has since remained consistently at or near, 100%. The first graduating class also set the tone for stellar college acceptances with, for example, two of its graduates being accepted to Harvard.
  • 2012

    Joël Peinado was appointed head of school.
  • 2015

    FASNY was accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate, in addition to the French baccalaureate.
  • 2017

    The high school, now offering classes in grades 9 through 12, relocated to the Most Holy Trinity site, whose buildings were completely renovated and outfitted with the latest academic technology before FASNY moved back.
  • 2017

    FASNY graduated its first IB class with a 100% success rate.
  • 2018

    The preschool moved back to Larchmont.
  • 2019

    Francis Gianni was appointed head of school.

    Press Release
  • 2020

    FASNY celebrates its 40th anniversary and launches the International Program for students in grades 1 through 8. This program offers a predominantly English speaking curriculum, opening up the halls of FASNY to more families than ever before. Students in the International Program will study roughly 70% of their subjects in English, with the remaining 30% in French, at the individual level and pace of each child’s language skills.

French-American School of New York International and Bilingual School