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 microscopestudents playing rugbyWe 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

students sitting at graduation in blue cap and gown

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 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 our lower school.

To accommodate a growing number of students, a second campus was opened on Boston Post Road for a few years in the early 1990s, in the buildings of Holy Trinity. In 1995, the second campus was moved to 145 New Street, in Mamaroneck, and hosted our upper school and preschool. For many years, FASNY offered classes up to 10th grade only.

In 1996, Brigitte Sajous was appointed co-head of the school with Katherine Watkins.

In 2002, Bob Leonhardt was appointed as sole head of the school.

A third campus opened in Scarsdale in 2005 to host the preschool. In 2018, the preschool moved back to Larchmont.

In 2007, FASNY opened the 11th and 12th grades, offering the S and ES tracks as well as the International Option of the French bacccalaureate. In 2009, FASNY graduated its first 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.

In 2011, FASNY acquired the former Ridgeway Country Club in White Plains with the aim of establishing a new state-of-the-art campus surrounded by a nature conservancy. Recently, the school received approval for a revised plan to build a secondary school campus on the Ridgeway site.

In 2012, Joël Peinado was appointed head of school.

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

In 2017, FASNY graduated its first IB class with a 100% success rate.