Conflict Resolution: The Non-Violent Communication Approach

“Words are windows, or they’re walls.”  -Ruth Bebermeyer   As adults, we navigate tension, judgment, conflict, disappointment, sudden changes, and other challenges in our lives day in and day out. How well we manage these situations is directly linked to the foundations of emotional regulation and effective communication that were established within us during childhood. […]

Formal Assessments at the French American Academy

French American Academy in Englewood

Our Philosophy and Tests The French American Academy uses varied forms of assessment in our classrooms (such as project-based work, presentations, discussions, and self-assessment).  Formal standardized tests are minimal and chosen very selectively and mindfully. In fact, at our school, we have only four formal assessments that are offered periodically for students as they progress […]

Unlocking Student Potential with Responsive Classroom Design

Responsive Classroom Design

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”  This quote by Canadian graphic designer Robert L Peters is perfectly applicable to the reason and thought behind mindful classroom design. A carefully designed class reflects our shared cultural values of inclusivity, curiosity, collective growth, and the joy of learning. These values, instilled in our […]

Keep the Learning Alive: 7 Tips for Preventing “Summer Slide”

French School in Englewood

As the summer season approaches, our students and teachers alike are anticipating the break from school, filled with days of relaxation, fun, and adventure. However, two months away from classroom learning can result in the loss of academic skills and knowledge known as “summer slide”. Families without French or English speakers may also be concerned […]

After-School Math Club

Math Club at The French American Academy

Mathematician and “human computer” Shakuntala Devi said “Numbers have life, they’re not just symbols on paper”. Indeed, seeking the stories and information behind numerical data is a key skill in learning to interpret and contextualize our complex world. FAA students from 5th to 8th grade are diving deeper into the rich life of numbers in […]

Our Child-Centered Communication Strategy

Child-centered school

At the French American Academy, we believe that communication among parents, teachers, and the school administration is absolutely essential for the well-being of each child. Using the Responsive Classroom approach to parent communication, we make every effort to ensure that each parent/guardian has the knowledge and information they need about their children’s academic and social […]