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ENGLEWOOD, NJ - French American Academy Bilingual School

About Our Program

The Core Learning Objective:

Let’s face it – the journey to becoming a happy, healthy, and successful adult is filled with numerous learning requirements.

However, relying solely on rote memorization is not sufficient. Instead, our educational philosophy centers on cultivating a comprehensive toolbox of skills. This approach is designed to empower our students, not just academically but in their journey to become well-rounded, successful individuals. This toolbox is:

  1. Character: Students exhibit a growth mindset, a strong work ethic, grit, perseverance, and resilience, and exercise independent thinking, compassion, and empathy.
  2. Citizenship: Students grow in an international and diverse environment and become considerate, empathetic, listen, and give back. Think and act on global issues and the environment.
  3. Collaboration: Students show teamwork and listening skills by taking into account each other’s ideas, adapting to new points of view, effectively managing compromises, and taking ownership.
  4. Communication: Students communicate confidently and purposefully in both French and English, demonstrating proficiency both orally and in writing.
  5. Creativity: Students use the dual lenses of French and English as well as the French and American cultures to solve problems in innovative ways. They are able to: Think outside of the box, persevere, learn through interdisciplinary approaches, and develop entrepreneurial skills.
  6. Critical thinking: Students are critical thinkers. They are analytical, able to construct and debate a point of view, problem-solvers, and able to navigate ethical dilemmas.

Our Philosophy

How do we develop these 6 C’s? It’s achieved through our 4 philosophical pillars:

Bilingualism – Teaching IN Two Languages

All subjects are taught in both French & English. However, learning French and becoming fluent in two languages is a bonus. The primary reason for bilingualism is its impact on the brain development of young children. Decades of research have shown that children learning in a multilingual environment exhibit enhanced critical thinking skills, better problem-solving abilities, increased curiosity, and improved performance in Math and Science.

Inquiry & Project-Based Learning – Fostering a Love for Learning

This pedagogy ensures that students are not passive recipients of information but active participants in their educational journey, applying what they learn to real-world contexts.

Social & Emotional Development – Beyond Intelligence

Being highly intelligent is only part of the equation. In the real world, the most successful individuals are driven and hardworking but also adept at building relationships and friendships and capable of effectively presenting their ideas and themselves.

SEL focuses on developing students’ social and self-awareness. Research indicates that adults who are socially and self-aware tend to earn higher salaries and self-report greater levels of happiness.

International Education

The world extends beyond the 50 states of the U.S. Students at the French American Academy are not only conscious of the wider world but also of its history. Periods like Antiquity, the Medieval Ages, and the Renaissance are not just distant concepts; they are pivotal eras that directly influence the present day. Our students study world history, different cultures & religions to better understand the future and their place in it.



In preschool, our aim is to inspire children to be enthusiastic about coming to school. We achieve this by ensuring all activities are fun and engaging, which is the essence of our play-based and inquiry-based learning approach. This evolves into project-based learning in elementary school and middle school.

 In Preschool, the core learning objectives are:

  1. Socialization – Learning how to interact with other students and the world around them.
  2. Independence & Autonomy – Students develop a sense of responsibility & self confidence by accomplishing activities independently.
  3. Oral Language Development – Oral language is the bedrock of reading & writing. Preschool is dedicated to developing a rich vocabulary in both French & English, facilitating the natural progression into reading and writing.

Elementary Curriculum:

Our Elementary curriculum offers a proven route to academic and personal success, emphasizing measurable progress in core skills and fostering cognitive and social-emotional development.

How We Teach in 2 Languages

Bilingual education is achieved through a balanced curriculum that integrates French and American educational systems, complemented by a co-teaching approach where native French and English teachers collaboratively deliver lessons,  building bridges between both languages and deepening students’ understanding in the process.

Facilities & Location

Located in the heart of Bergen County, the Englewood campus offers a vast and spacious outdoor space. All students are able to enjoy a safe and fenced green field with a large playground. Inside the building, students benefit from spacious and bright classrooms. A light-filled atmosphere creates a spirit of positivism throughout the two floors. Additionally, students enjoy a cozy library with sweeping, panoramic windows and a large cafeteria with a kitchen and a multipurpose room.


At our private school in Bergen County, we offer daily FAA shuttle bus service for students living in Harlem to attend the FAA Englewood campus. The trip is about 25 minutes and brings students to the campus every morning and back to Harlem after school every day.

There is a daily FAA Shuttle Bus service between the Englewood campus to the Jersey City campus. The bus leaves from Englewood every morning and returns to Englewood at 3h15 pm every day. This is for students who would like to attend middle school at the FAA.

Admissions & Tuition

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Dear Prospective Parents,

Thank you for looking into the admissions process at The French American Academy.

As our motto suggests, our bilingual education creates international citizens. Indeed, bilingualism offers many lifelong benefits. For instance, it builds curiosity and better cognitive skills. Above all, it provides an open mind as well as an ability to better connect with others. In a growingly complex and globalized world, parents must assess how the education they choose for their children prepares them to face the future. We are proud to be recognized as one of the best private schools in Bergen County, providing a bilingual education that prepares our students to become global citizens.

Enrolling at the French American Academy will put them on the right path to start the journey of life.

This page will provide you with helpful information regarding the enrollment process at our bilingual preschool and elementary school in Englewood. We hope that our private school in Bergen County will be a good match for your child and your family. We hope to see you soon.

A bientôt!

Apply in 3 steps

1- Online application

A non-refundable Application Fee of $140 is due per application. For students who are already attending a daycare or school, we will ask for a recommendation form to be filled out.

Teacher recommendation Form PreK-K Maternelle

Teacher recommendation Form Grades 1-5 du CP au CM2

2- Interview

The Admissions Director will acknowledge receipt of your online application and will subsequently arrange for a private interview with both parents and the child. During the interview, you will meet with the Admissions Director and/or with the School Director to determine whether the school’s values, objectives and academic expectations are right for your child. This format will allow for plenty of questions. Depending on the age of your child, she/he may stay with you, join one of our classes or meet our pedagogical coordinator.

3. Notification of decision

The Admissions Director will notify the decision by email, at the latest by the end of February 2024.  After that, it will be on a rolling basis.

The admission team remains at your disposal for any further questions and is looking forward to meeting with you.

A few things to know before applying

  • Children in our Englewood preschool entering Pre-K2 must be 2.5 by the first day of school. Children entering Pre-K 3 must be 3 year-old by December 31st.
  • Pre-K2 children don’t have to be toilet trained. However, Pre-K 3 students must be fully toilet trained.
  • Knowledge of French is not necessary to enter Preschool; however French language is mandatory to enter any class from First grade and up.  Any child coming from a non-French school will have to take a test to determine his/her level.
  • The French American Academy’s cut-off date is December 31st.

School Life


  • Preschool: Pre-K & K: 8:45am to 3:00pm
  • Elementary School: 1st grade: 8:30am to 3:00pm
  • Elementary School: 2nd grade through 5th grade: 8:30am to 3:15pm

The following half-day session is available at our Private School in Bergen County – Englewood, NJ:

The half-day session available for Pre-K 2 and Pre-K 3 starts at 8:45 am Monday through Friday and ends at 12:30 pm.

Before and after school care: 

Before-school-care is open from 7:00am to 8:30am.

After-school-care starts at 3 pm and ends at 6:30 pm.

A free school bus is available for Middle School students from Englewood to Jersey City and back.


Click HERE  to download the 2023-2024 School Calendar.

Click HERE  to download the 2024-2025 School Calendar.

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Meet Our Team

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  • Management & Administration (15)
  • Middle School (9)
  • Preschool (15)
  • Elementary School (19)
Anne-Sophie Gueguen
Head of School & Founder
Management & Administration

Anne-Sophie Gueguen is a visionary educator who founded the French American Academy in 2007 in Bergen County. Over the years, she has expanded the school’s reach and impact by opening new campuses in Jersey City in 2012 and Hoboken in 2022. As the Head of School, Anne-Sophie is committed to ensuring the highest quality education […]

Michael Browne
Music – French
Elementary School
Jeremie Peyre
Lower School Director
Management & Administration

Lower School Director – Englewood

Kalyana Marechal
Admissions Director
Management & Administration

As a lifelong learner, Kalyana believes learning drives individual and organizational growth. Born in Cambodia and of Chinese descent, she grew up in France and lived in Hong Kong, Bangalore and Beijing. She holds a Ph. D in Physics. Her career path includes transitions from Research to the Consumer and Healthcare sectors, from Engineering to Marketing, culminating […]

Cathy Joly
Human Resources Director
Management & Administration

Cathy joined the French American Academy in 2013. After spending more than 15 years in the books trade, she moved to New York and join the bilingual education world. She believes Education is a human right and the key to freedom and empowerment. She brings enthusiasm and team spirit.

Fabienne Tomeda
Management & Administration
Malo Gueguen
Marketing Director
Management & Administration

Malo leads the Marketing team at the FAA. Born in France and raised in the United States, Malo graduated with a Specialization in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal and has previously worked in Malaysia, France, Kazakhstan & China. Outside of his passion for education, Malo’s hobbies include cycling, playing touch rugby, and reading. 

Radia Filippini
Office Manager
Management & Administration

Radia is from France. Before moving to the United States, she worked for the Ministry of Economy and Finance as a public Gestion. Radia holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. Her son attended and graduated from the French American Academy. She joined the French American Academy School in 2010. Radia is very […]

Floriane Bollet
2nd Grade – French
Elementary School

Floriane has been a teacher for over 15 years and joined the French American Academy in 2020. Throughout her career, she has worked with a diverse range of students aged 3 to 18 years old. Floriane holds a degree in history and geography from the Franche-Comté Region. She is a passionate traveler and enjoys exploring […]

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