FASNY celebrated the opening of its fourth campus in Westchester with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, September 8 at its new location on Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck, now dubbed “The Harbor”.
For the opening of its fourth campus, FASNY conducted an extensive renovation of buildings belonging to the Most Holy Trinity parish. The construction took place over 6 months and included the installation of state-of-the-art laboratories, the creation of a multifunction student center, and a complete overhaul of the classrooms now equipped with the latest technology.
The formal inauguration of the space took place on Friday, September 8, in presence of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum, Associate Director for Evaluation and Accreditation of the New York State Association of Independent Schools George Swain, Deputy Consul General of France in New York Eric Bayer, and Deputy Consul of France in New York and Head of Social Services Hélène Chatel.
Mayor Rosenblum centered his remarks on the paramount importance of the gift of education. FASNY’s Chair of the Board, Emmanuele Vinciguerra, noted that the opening of the campus “marks the start of a unique proposition consisting of 3 distinctive tracks leading to the Bac, the Bac with OIB, and the International Baccalaurate”, while FASNY’s Head of School Joël Peinado stressed that “the international and mind-opening education provided by the school was made possible thanks to the passion and talent of FASNY’s teachers and staff, the accreditations and pedagogical support of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and the French agency AEFE, as well as the financial support of the School’s major donors.”
A reception of the 1980 society followed, during which guests were invited to tour the building. The 1980 society was founded in 2010 to thank and recognize the School’s major donors, which now represent over 100 individuals and corporations.
On Saturday morning, an open house and tours were held for FASNY families. 250 people toured the campus.
Since its founding in 1980 with only 3 teachers and 17 students in Nursery and PreK, the School has enjoyed a steady growth. It now hovers above 800 students in Grades N through 12. Many local families, as well as international and French-American families, are attracted to the bilingual education model of which FASNY is a pioneer.
Moreover, the School’s opening of an International Baccalaureate (IB) track in 11th and 12th grades taught in English was met with much success, and the first IB class graduated in June of 2017 with a rare 100% passing grade.
FASNY will be expanding its all-English Program in High School starting in 9th grade as of September 2018, which will further increase the attractiveness of the school. FASNY students graduate with a New York State High School diploma, and either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or the French Baccalaureate. Their SAT scores are consistently well above the independent schools’ average, and they are admitted into the finest universities in North America and Europe at twice the average rate.
Open houses are scheduled on November 4 to present this new High School program to local families, as well as the bilingual preschool open to all children regardless of the language spoken at home.