At FASDenver, our curriculum combines aspects of the two core academic traditions of France and the United States to create a stimulating bilingual learning environment that focuses on student learning, development and well-being and unleashes the creative potential of every student. The Lycée Français of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago use this model and charter schools all over the United States have replicated it. FASDenver will seek accreditation from the French Ministry of Education while also aligning its curriculum with the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards.
The Common Core State Standards as adopted by the Colorado Department of Education will provide the foundation for building curriculum and guiding instruction for English Language Arts, Math, Science and History/Social Science. FASDenver will offer the aforementioned core courses, art, music, additional world languages, health and physical education in order to provide a comprehensive and well-rounded education for its students. For subjects and grades taught in English, FASDenver will use texts and materials that align with the goals set forth in the 2020 Standards from the Colorado Department of Education and/or the Common Core State Standards. For subjects taught in French, French American School of Denver will adapt and align grade appropriate and linguistically accessible French teaching materials and may also use curriculum from other established French immersion programs.
Two-Way Language Immersion Model
FASDenver utilizes a DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION MODEL. The focus of the instructional approach of FASDenver is the two-way immersion (TWI) model, a specific type of dual language education that allows students to learn a second language while continuing to develop their first language. While TWI programs vary in implementation, fidelity to the model includes the following characteristics: instruction in two languages, one language at a time, and peer-to-peer facilitated language sharing. The ratio of French to English instruction will gradually decrease over a student’s experience at FASDenver. The ratio of French language to English Language instruction is illustrated in the chart below:
The 3-year cycle that constitutes the Early Learning Program, referred to as “Maternelle” in French, plays a key role in the development of children and is an important first step that will enable them to develop into thriving students. FASDenver will offer the last year of Cycle 1, la Grande Section (Kindergarten). Early education establishes the foundations children will later use for their entire schooling. Its main mission is to inspire them by igniting the desire to learn while allowing them to affirm and develop their personality.
All children are capable of learning and progressing. By conveying confidence in each child, the Maternelle years teach children to trust their own power to act and think responsibly, while they develop their ability to learn and to succeed in school and beyond.
Cycles 2 and 3
Cycle 2 is a time to learn at school, to interact with, and ask questions of the world at large. It is also a time to interact in specific languages, and these must be acquired through means more involved than simply being exposed to them in childhood. From this point forward, cycle 2 will cover the period from CP (US first grade) to CE2 (US third grade), providing the time and consistency necessary for a challenging and progressive education. In cycle 2, all the lessons serve as an interaction with the world. The focus here is on mastering languages, especially French.
In cycle 2, FASDenver students build a solid foundation in English language arts, French and mathematics. They develop their intelligence, artistic sensibility, and their physical and athletic abilities. Students build upon their awareness of time and space, their knowledge of the world and discover fundamental computer skills. They will Construct cultural and historical awareness in art history, develop fundamental skills in technology in computer science, and develophealthy habits through sports and exercise in physical education.
Cycle 3 links the last two years of elementary school and the first year of middle school, in an effort to ensure pedagogic continuity and coherency in learning; and to continue laying the shared foundation that unites us in knowledge, competence and culture. There are two main goals for this cycle: to strengthen the fundamental learning introduced in cycle 2 that lays the groundwork for what’s to come; and to allow a better transition between elementary school and middle school by creating a feeling of continuity and progression throughout the three years of the cycle. In Grades 3 through 5 (cycle 3), the academic disciplines become more precise: literature, history, geography, mathematics, experimental science, and technology. Information and communication technologies are tools used in the teaching of students.
All of the elementary classes participate in the annual science fair, organize performances, and regularly take part in field trips such as museums visits, attending the theater or other exhibitions.
Elementary courses are taught in French with the exception of English language arts, American history, and mathematics (depending on grade level).
Approximate Share of Instruction in French and English by Subject Area:
|Grades||% of Instruction in French||Subjects Taught in French||Subjects Taught in English|
|K-2||90%||Math, Science, World History, French Language Arts, Music, Art, Physical Education||English Language Arts, Social Studies|
|3-5||70%||Math, Science, World History, French Language Arts, Music, Art, Physical Education||English Language Arts, Social Studies|
|6-8||50%||World History, French Language Arts, Music, Art, Physical Education||English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science|
English Language Development (ELD)
The ELD program designed to teach English to students who do not use English as their native language. ELD instruction enables students to develop socially and academically, while achieving competency in the English language and eventually being integrated into the regular English classroom. The ELD teacher collaborates closely with the student’s English teacher in order to harmonize the themes of their lessons.
Français Langue Étrangère(FLE)/French as a Foreign Language
FLEclasses are designed to teach French to students who do not use French as their native language.FLEinstruction provides students with the basic verbal language skills that to reinforce their spoken and written mastery of the French language. A tailored plan for each student is created based on his or her level and needs.