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Bilingual Immersion For Global Learning
Bilingual & Inquiry Based Learning to Expand Minds

HOBOKEN, 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.

 

Curriculum

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.

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

Hoboken campus is located just a few blocks from the Hoboken PATH Station and terminal. It offers spacious bright classrooms with bright and natural light, warm colors, and ample space for students to develop their curiosity and become citizens of the world. Students also enjoy a huge gymnasium for physical education and indoor recess. The preschool is located near a park.

TRANSPORTATION

Using the FAA Shuttle bus, offer transportation services for students located in North Hoboken to commute to the Hoboken campus.

Additionally, students who complete their preschool years at the Hoboken campus have access to the FAA shuttle bus service to attend the Jersey City campus for their elementary & middle school years. This is provided to allow continuous access to our bilingual education even if you do not live in Jersey City.

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 preschool 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 preschools in Hoboken, providing a bilingual education that helps our students become global citizens.

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

This page will provide you with helpful information regarding the enrollment process. We hope that our International Bilingual Preschool in Hoboken 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

 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.

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 Hoboken 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;
  • The French American Academy’s cut-off date is December 31st.

School Life

SCHOOL HOURS

  • Pre-K : 8:30am to 3:00pm

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

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

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

CALENDAR : Hoboken

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Meet Our Team

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  • Management & Administration (9)
  • Preschool (2)
  • Elementary School (1)
Anne-Sophie Gueguen
Head of School & Founder
Management & Administration
ENGLEWOOD, NJ, HOBOKEN, NJ, JERSEY CITY, NJ

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 […]

Josephine Ancelle
Music – French
Elementary School, Preschool
HOBOKEN, NJ, JERSEY CITY, NJ
Jean-Francois Gueguen
Business Manager & Founder
Management & Administration
HOBOKEN, NJ, JERSEY CITY, NJ

Jean-Francois Gueguen is the founder and CEO of The French American Academy Franchise. He promotes and organizes the French American Academy preschool model by assisting prospective and existing franchisees in structuring their own French American Academy. He co-founded the French American Academy of Jersey City in 2012. Since then, he has launched multiple events like […]

Kalyana Marechal
Admissions Director
Management & Administration
ENGLEWOOD, NJ, HOBOKEN, NJ, JERSEY CITY, NJ

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
ENGLEWOOD, NJ, HOBOKEN, NJ, JERSEY CITY, NJ

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.

Malo Gueguen
Marketing Director
Management & Administration
ENGLEWOOD, NJ, HOBOKEN, NJ, JERSEY CITY, NJ

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. 

Celine Fischer
Office Manager
Management & Administration
HOBOKEN, NJ

After two decades of experience in finance in Luxembourg, Celine relocated to New York in 2017 and made the decision to transition into a new career in bilingual education. Inspired by her three sons, she recognized the importance and benefits of learning another language at a young age. Celine began her journey in this field […]

Benedicte Berger
PK3 – French
Preschool
HOBOKEN, NJ

Benedicte is originally from Lyon where she obtained a master’s degree in Geography and FLE. She has been a school teacher since 2001 and teaches multi-grade classes, from kindergarten to CM2. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, discovering new cultures and making ceramics, long distance running, skiing and hiking. ×  

Agathe David-Weill
Clinical Social Worker
Management & Administration
ENGLEWOOD, NJ, HOBOKEN, NJ, JERSEY CITY, NJ

I work at FAA as a school social worker, which translates in French as psychologue scolaire. My role here is to help students, parents and teachers find the best possible way for all children to learn and grow to their full potential. I grew up in France but came to the United States to study. […]

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