Mission, Values and History


preschooler and plant

FASNY develops globally literate, multicultural lifelong learners through a unique program that integrates French, American and International curricula.

We educate students to understand, contribute to and thrive in an interdependent world. FASNY holds its students to the highest standards of academic excellence, supports them in their personal development and fosters a spirit of inquiry, service, and social responsibility to the environment and the global community.


High school student at microscopeRugbyWe believe that an international education, built on bilingualism and multiple approaches to learning, opens minds, teaches adaptability and prepares children for tomorrow.

We believe that critical and creative thinking, rigor, and curiosity drive academic excellence.

We believe that a complete education goes well beyond academics.

We believe that embracing diversity and inclusiveness shapes better people.

We believe that students thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.

We believe that empathy, integrity and responsibility are at the core of global citizenship.


first class

Bob Leonhardt teaching

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 the Nursery and Pre Kindergarten classes. In this historic location at 111 Larchmont avenue in Larchmont, NY, FASNY quickly grew to occupy the whole building which now hosts our elementary school.

To accommodate our growing number of students, a second campus was opened on Boston Post Road for a few years in the early 90s, in the buildings of Holy Trinity. In 1995, the second campus was moved to 145 New Street, Mamaroneck and hosted our Upper School and Pre School. For many years, FASNY offered classes up to 10th grade only.

in 1996, Brigitte Sajous was appointed Co-Head with Katherine Watkins.

In 2002, Bob Leonhardt was appointed as sole Head of School.

A third campus was opened in Scarsdale in 2005 to host our Pre School.

In 2007, the School opened the 11th and 12th grades, offering the S and ES tracks as well as the International Option of the Bacccalaureate. In 2009, FASNY graduated its first class. The Baccalaureate success rate was and has since constantly remained at 100%. The first graduating class also set the tone of stellar college acceptances with, for example, two if its graduates being accepted into Harvard.

In 2011, the School acquired the former Ridgeway Golf Club in White Plains with the project to establish a new state-of-the-art campus surrounded by a nature conservancy.

In 2012, Joël Peinado was appointed Head of School.

In 2015, the School was accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate in addition to the French Baccalaureate.