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A New French Immersion School for Denver Public Schools

The French American School of Denver is a Denver Public Schools charter school opening in fall 2020 offering French immersion education to students K-5. Families can enroll through the DPS SchoolChoice process. All are welcome regardless of previous language exposure. Bienvenue!


THE LATEST:

DPS School Board unanimously approves French American School of Denver charter school application. Read more

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra October 4th, 7p Join us for an evening of French classical music! Great family-friendly event. Save 30% on adult tickets (normally $25) with code FASD30. Kids 12 and under are always free at DPO! Get tickets

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Cultivating Excellence for All Students

When we open in 2020, the French American School of Denver will provide a diverse community of learners a French language immersion curriculum that meets the highest standards of both France and the United States. Through research-based curriculum, excellent teaching staff and positive school culture, we’ll cultivate critical thinking, creativity and empathy to develop open-minded, bilingual and bi-literate learners who thrive within and beyond our walls.

“FASDenver has designed its mission and program to serve a diverse community of students and foster global citizenship.”

French American Chamber of Commerce-Rocky Mountain

Why Immersion? 

Immersion is a technique used in bilingual language education in which two languages are used for content instruction including math, science and social studies. In other words, in an immersion class, students are learning key academic subjects through the language not just the language itself. Decades of research shows that immersion education delivers lifelong benefits and is suitable for students from all backgrounds. Some of the benefits:

  • Improves mental flexibility and problem-solving skills
  • Improves test scores in math, reading and vocabulary
  • Improves high school graduation rates
  • Reduces the achievement gap
  • Expands employment opportunities in adulthood

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. 

Our educational model is based on those of numerous successful immersion schools across the country.

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. 

“We are confident that FASDenver would be an appropriate candidate to receive future grants and Embassy support.”

Consulate General of France Los Angeles

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.

“I am excited about the possibility of extending an affordable, high-quality, bilingual French education to families in Denver for elementary and middle school.
We are looking forward to  collaborating with FASD in the recruitment of students, teachers, establishing partnerships with the francophone community, and participating in cultural and educational events.”

Martin Lafitte, Executive Director, Alliance Française de Denver

Our Core Values

In the fall of 2018, a group of motivated parents launched the idea of creating Denver’s first public French language 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. To achieve our mission, we delineated the following as the core values of the French American School of Denver:
● Offer its learners a rigorous curriculum in French and English, preparing them for top performing high schools and universities.
● Provide a well-rounded, global education that incorporates multiculturalism, arts and technology.
● Recruit and maintain a diverse population of students and staff through community outreach and civic engagement.
● Encourage collaboration between students, staff and administration in order to involve students in the decision making process and develop leadership, communication and conflict management skills.
● Ensure educational equity by providing additional support to all students in need so that all students can achieve academic success.