Teaching Model

The Best of All Worlds


Our students develop:

  • creativity, thanks to the American educational approach
  • analytical skills and rigorous reasoning through the French curriculum

Our teachers are trained to teach either the American or French curriculum, and the teaching method follows the language of instruction.

Whereas both systems emphasize inquiry-based learning, courses taught in English will follow the inductive reasoning of the American thought process, while classes taught in French will generally follow the deductive method.

Nursery through Grade 12: How bilingualism and global citizenship become part of our students’ identity

Preschool: Language acquisition with an emphasis on French

Depending on the child’s needs, which are often determined by the language spoken at home, differentiated teaching will be put in place, with more French or more English, or a combination of both.

Lower School: Expansion of the bilingual structure

Grade 1 is a pivot year, with generally more French than English.

In grades 2-5, students have almost as many classes taught in English (such as English, social studies, physical education, and art) as in French (français, histoire-géographie, maths), as well as classes taught bilingually (sciences, part of the math program, and music).

We offer:

  • three levels of English, with most of our students taking English at a native-speaker level
  • differentiated support in French

Middle School: An entirely bilingual program, with as many hours of instruction in French as in English.

Courses taught in English include English, social studies, biology and Earth science, coding and robotics, music, art, physical education, and math (as a complement to math taught in French).

Courses taught in French include French, history and geography, physics and chemistry, and math (main program).

High School:

FASNY runs the gamut of French and American education at the high school level, as follows:

  • Entirely in English (for non-French speakers) in the international program (grades 9 and 10), leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) track in grades 11 and 12.
  • Mainly in English, with the exception of the French literature class, for 8th-grade FASNY students joining the international program in grades 9 and 10.
  • Bilingual in the IB diploma track (grades 11 and 12), for students who intend to take the bilingual IB (French and English taught as a Language A class).
  • Bilingual in the French Baccalaureate track, with the Option Internationale Américaine du Baccalauréat (OIB), where history, geography, and English literature are taught at the AP level.
  • Mainly in French, for students choosing the French-American track, with English taught as a foreign language (Level 1).
Teacher helping high school student in computer lab


Our teaching principles are driven by our mission to develop globally literate students who understand, contribute to, and thrive in an interdependent world.

Our teaching model therefore goes beyond the mastery of two languages. It is based on the acquisition of two cultures, two thought systems, and two ways to express one’s ideas.

Once students understand and personally experience that there are different ways to comprehend a problem, that different points of view may be equally valid, they are truly global citizens.

Educating the whole child

Complementing this rigorous program are rich co-curricular activities developed in either French or English, depending on the activity. Some of these are offered as early as preschool: interscholastic sports, chorus, musical ensembles, musical comedies, theater, visual arts, trips (including international ones), language exchange programs, and 20+ clubs (Model UN, Chess, Film, Diversity, Leadership, Finance, Robotics, Coding, etc.).

In addition, students engage socially through community service and environmental awareness programs.