I attended the Open House of the French American Academy, located in New Milford, NJ, yesterday, and came away impressed and inspired by this treasure in North Jersey.
One of two campuses located just outside New York City, the New Milford campus offers a pre-K — 5 program, as well as Saturday classes for students not currently enrolled, but interested in developing French language bilingual skills.
Students also have the possibility of continuing their program through Grade 8 at the Jersey City campus, with transportation available, which allows ample time and opportunity to develop both language proficiency and intercultural knowledge.
In addition to the academic program, students have summer camp and travel opportunities, and the Academy has a relationship with a school in Haiti.
Located in a lovely residential neighborhood, the school was spacious, bright, and vibrant with student artwork.
Many thanks to the entire faculty and staff for their warm welcome, especially to Cathy Joly, Admissions Director; Jeremie Peyre, Principal; and Marion Nordin, 3rd Grade teacher — dedicated French language and bilingual educators, all.
Special thanks to Anne-Sophie Gueguen, Founder and Director, who graciously welcomed me, answered my many questions, and toured the entire school with me.
The French American Academy is a wonderful example of bilingual and immersion education, and an opportunity for families in the NYC Metro area, whether Francophone, Francophile, or not, to offer the gift of bilingualism to their children.
Read more at the French American Academy website @ https://www.faacademy.org/
Languages do matter!