Portrait of an FAA Graduate

Prepared to be successful in school and life

Our students grow into brave and confident students that are not only prepared for high school and college but also for the challenges they may face at age 25, 45, 85, and beyond. We are confident that our graduates will be ready for anything the world throws at them and they will be prepared to create the world.

An FAA Graduate...

  • Is a lifelong learner who can handle new challenges collaboratively and with confidence.
  • Is equipped with a strong academic foundation and leadership skills
  • Becomes  an active participant in the local community and expands their vision to the global stage
  • Is a role model who inspires and has a positive influence on their peers.
  • Benefits from multilingualism and has a global outlook to better prepare for future success and the rapidly globalized world.

Portrait of Success

We empower our students in a transformative, multi-cultural, nurturing, and positive environment to become:

Critical Thinkers

Students are critical thinkers. They are: analytical, able to construct and debate a point of view problem-solvers and are able to navigate ethical dilemmas

Embody Character

Students exhibit a growth mindset, a strong work ethic, grit, perseverance, resilience, and exercise independent thinking, compassion and empathy.

Global Citizens

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

Clear Communicators

Students communicate confidently and purposefully in both French and English, demonstrating proficiency both orally and in writing.

Innovatively Creative

Students use the dual lenses of French and English as well as the French and American cultures to solve problems in innovative ways.

Collaborative Leaders

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

Success After FAA

““Be thankful for the hard times for they have made you.”
Sophomore, High School
““Be thankful for the hard times for they have made you.”
Sophomore, High School
““Be thankful for the hard times for they have made you.”
Sophomore, High School

What do we expect students to know?

We expect our students to meet or exceed the expectations of the French Ministry of Education Program and the U.S. Common Core State Standards.

In Language Arts, we expect our students to possess the skills and knowledge to speak, read, and write in French and in English fluently, demonstrating the quality of education they have acquired. Students will have studied a variety of authors of French and English literature and will be able to discuss and analyze their work with concrete comprehension. 

We expect our students to read, analyze and produce multiple genres of writing using the writing process – including short stories, mystery, memoir, poetry, realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, plays and graphic novels. Students will read and analyze short stories and be able to identify different literary devices such as conflict, foreshadowing, irony, point of view, imagery, simile/metaphor, personification and more. Students will be able to prepare for and participate meaningfully in book clubs. They will learn to think critically and discuss the larger themes, messages, characters’ choices, the author’s writing style and more. 

We expect our students to read, write, and research given topics, making oral and written reports as well as presenting research projects. Students will study the genre of playwriting. They will write, produce and act in their own original plays.

In Mathematics, we expect our students to reason abstractly and solve real world problems by applying their critical thinking skills. Graduates will acquire both conceptual understandings and procedural fluency. They will formulate and reason about expressions and equations and grasp the concept of a function and use functions to describe quantitative relationships.  Moreover, in geometry they will represent real world situations and solve problems both in the metric and US customary systems. They will know how to analyze and display data using an adaptive graph representation and draw conclusions based on their work. They will be able to model their thinking and use appropriate tools strategically. Most importantly, we expect our graduating students to think deeply about problems, develop conjectures, and be able to prove and defend them within a community of young mathematicians.

In Science, we expect our students to use the scientific method to explore and research topics within the branches of Life, Physical and Earth Science. They strive to analyze data and information and draw and communicate conclusions.  We encourage them to work cooperatively on STEM projects to build and create models and/or real life devices such as catapults, lighting systems and musical instruments, to enhance their learning of scientific concepts. 

We expect them to keep up to date with current science news, research and discoveries. Thanks to our recycling programs, we expect our students to share their awareness of the environment and conservatio

In Social Studies, we expect our students to be knowledgeable in French and English civilizations, in world geography, U.S history, government, current events, and ancient and modern civilizations. Through the bilingual curriculum, they will be able to make cultural and historical connections between continents. We expect our students to analyze multiple sources and documents for credibility, extract the most important information, think critically and respond to the issues. Students will research different sides of a topic to form arguments and participate in debates. Students will research different historical topics and produce news reports and live interviews. They will learn the process of live radio and record, produce and mix everything themselves. Graduating students will understand the cause and effect relationship in historical events. They will learn the research paper writing process from start to finish and be able to cite sources. They will research and produce writing pieces and projects on historical topics.

In Art and Music, we expect our students to possess knowledge about many artists and their work, and to be able to compare differences and similarities. We encourage self-expression and expect our students to perform and exhibit their artistic skills in a variety of presentations.

We expect our students to master simple sentences of a 3rd language, namely Spanish, so they can read and write them. The students will be able to hold a basic conversation about topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

Portrait of an FAA Teacher

Delivering on Our Mission and Portrait Promises

FAA teachers are:

Educational Experts

maintaining high standards of research-based training in a variety of specific instructional approaches.


Dedicating themselves to understanding students’ unique learning profiles in order to meet their academic, social, and emotional needs.

Uncommonly Compassionate

providing a positive, caring, and patient learning environment that enables students to thrive.

Intentionally Collaborative

working together across grade levels to provide
continuity and consistency as a student progresses
within the Swift program.

Partners With Parents

building trust with families through honest and ongoing communication focused on optimal learning outcomes for their children.

Frequently Asked Questions

We provide support to our students in selecting and applying to high schools that best fit their academic goals and personal interests. We have a strong track record of placing graduates in selective high schools preparing them for success in higher education and beyond.

To learn more about our high school placement and the notable schools our graduates have been accepted into, please visit our High School Placement page.


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