A New French School for Denver

French American School of Denver is working to become Denver's first public French immersion school.

Vision

The French American School of Denver will be a premier bilingual educational institution, that supports a community of lifelong learners demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and values required for productive global citizenship.

Mission

The French American School of Denver provides a diverse community of learners a French language immersion curriculum that meets the highest standards of both France and the United States. We encourage and inspire critical thinking, creativity and empathy to develop open-minded, bilingual and biliterate learners who thrive within and beyond our walls.

Core Values

In the fall of 2018, a group of motivated parents launched the idea of creating the Denver’s first public French immersion school. We were united by the desire to inspire and encourage each student to excel and seek academic and personal challenge, to discover interests and fulfill talents, to embrace diversity and build community, to uphold integrity and contribute to making a difference. At our first meeting, we delineated the following core values:

  • Offering its learners a rigorous curriculum in French and English which will prepare them for the best high schools and universities.
  • Providing a well-rounded, global education that incorporates multiculturalism, arts and technology.
  • Recruiting and maintaining a diverse population of students and staff through community outreach and civic engagement.
  • Encouraging collaboration between students, staff and administration in order to involve students in the decision making process and develop leadership, communication and conflict management skills.
  • Assuring success for all students by giving special help to all students in need.
Why Immersion?

Bilingual learners score better on standardized tests, are more advanced readers and are more likely to graduate.

FAS Denver Needs Your Support!

In order to take the next step in becoming Denver's first public French immersion school, FAS Denver needs to demonstrate enrollment interest from Denver-area families.

Join our list of interested families by completing the following online Letter of Intent to Enroll form.

NOTE: This Letter of Intent will be used to demonstrate to Denver Public Schools that there is adequate support for this proposed charter school. Signing this Letter of Intent does not obligate the student to attend the French American School of Denver nor does it guarantee admission. All parents and students will be required to attend a pre-enrollment meeting prior to the school’s opening.

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Why French?

In the United States, French is the number four native language and the second most taught second language after Spanish. French is second only to English for the number of countries where it has official status – 32 as opposed to 45. And, with 56 members, La Francophonie is now larger than the British Commonwealth, which has 53.

French is also the only language, with English, that is taught in every country of the world, with 100 million students and 2 million teachers – 20 % of whom are outside of francophone countries. The number of French speakers has TRIPLED since 1945 largely since most former French and Belgian colonies kept French as their language of government, education and science after decolonization.

Between 6 and 11 million Americans speak French, as does half the population of Algeria, and 15 percent of Israelis. French is still a working language of the UN, the EU, and dozens of international organizations including the International Red Cross committee, International Labor Organization, Amnesty International, and Doctors without Borders. Francophone countries form an important bloc in the UN, the EU, the African Union, and the Arab League.