Why the French Curriculum?

High-Quality French Education

France is known globally as having both a competitive and exceptional quality of education. With a history dating back to the late 18th century, the French education system has a long tradition of excellence and is widely recognized as one of the best in the world.
 
Today, French accredited schools outside of France are monitored and regulated by the French Ministry of Education to provide students with the top quality French education outside of France. Read below to learn why a French education may be right for your child.
 
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Meets the requirements of French National Education programs
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Cultivates knowledge, communication, understanding & critical thinking
Humanist
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Values tolerance, equality, opportunity & intellectual curiosity
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Education without interruption - Kindergarten to Baccalaureate
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1. FRENCH EDUCATIONS LEADS TO TOP UNIVERSITIES

French Education Provides Access to the Highly Sought After French Baccalauréat Exam
The French Baccalauréat or Bac is a globally recognized diploma widely accepted for entrance into higher education institutions worldwide. Not only is the French Bac globally recognized, but according to the Shanghai ranking, 33% of Baccalauréat holders were admitted to the top 30 American universities or the top 30 world universities, and 64 % of them in preferred universities.

Our French curriculum from Preschool to Middle School prepares students to get accepted into French High Schools, where they can take the Baccalauréat Exam. Students not only gain the opportunity to take the Baccalauréat Exam but gain an education in two languages in a multicultural atmosphere and participate in an education system that prepares students to enter the highest-ranking universities worldwide. 

2. HASSLE-FREE, TRANSFERABLE EDUCATIONAL CONTINUUM

French Education Offers High-Quality Transferable Education
Accredited French schools follow the French education system’s requirements, programs, educational objectives, and organizational rules. United by the Ministry of National Education’s objectives and approaches to teaching and learning, French schools provide students with a universally high-quality education and offer an easy transfer between French schools.

France is the Only Country that Has Chosen to Have a National Teaching System Abroad
Agence pour l’Enseignement Français a l’Etranger, or AEFE is the world’s largest school network that supports the French national teaching system abroad. The bilingual schools that use languages other than French often lack an accreditation system with high educational requirements. 

Benefits of AEFE Accreditation
The AEFE, requires French schools to follow the French National Curriculum, a high-quality curriculum in terms of both teachers and syllabus. The AEFE gives students access to 500 schools in 139 countries that follow the same philosophy and curriculum. Another benefit of AEFE accreditation is that if students need to relocate, they can easily transfer between AEFE schools anywhere in the world as long as the schools are within the AEFE network.

The French American Academy belongs to the AEFE Network.

3. A BROAD & BALANCED CURRICULUM

The French Curriculum is Designed for a Diverse Student Body
As the French country is a diverse nation, the French Curriculum is known to be inclusive of any race, religion, or background and provides all students with the same educational opportunities.

The French Curriculum Teaches a Broad Range of Subjects, Topics, and Skills
The French educational system fosters imagination and creativity and, at the same time, is known to be structured and have a highly rigorous curriculum. Students are taught to question, investigate, and make connections to real-world contexts. The Curriculum cultivates culturally aware students who are passionate citizens and are motivated to succeed.

4. STRUCTURED, REGULATED, VALIDATED AND RIGOROUS STANDARDS

French Education is Considered to Have High Standards Worldwide
French education uses both traditional and modern teaching methods and sets high academic standards and rigorous expectations in its curriculum. French education is regulated by the French Authorities who mandate the rigorous standard.

To Become an Authorized French School, a School Must Undergo an Extensive Approval Process
To maintain a high-quality education within the french school, french schools who request accreditation get audited by the French authorities, and next, the audit results are reviewed by the French Ministry of Education and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, who then will decide together on the authorization. Accredited schools must strictly follow the structured and state-validated curriculum set out by the French authorities.

5. TRADITIONAL STYLE WITH MODERN APPROACHES

The French Curriculum Incorporates Traditional and Modern Approaches
The French educational system provides a strong foundation to teaching the traditional core subjects of reading, writing, and math while also incorporating modern teaching methods such as research, problem-solving, and analysis. Teachers in the French system use a variety of teaching approaches, including group work, pair work, and individual work, to help students reach their learning goals.

The French Curriculum Prepares Students to be Analytical
The French curriculum encourages students to think critically and consider both local and global perspectives and strongly emphasizes cultural knowledge, particularly through language acquisition. As a result, students in the French system are trained to be independent, analytical thinkers who are well-prepared for higher education.

Frequently Asked Questions

The French American Academy (FAA) aims to provide students with a balanced education that incorporates elements of both the French and American education systems. The FAA seeks to educate students to be fluent in both French and English. Additionally, FAA aims to incorporate both French and American approaches and strategies in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), and to help students understand and appreciate both French and American cultures and traditions. FAA strives to provide students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for success in an increasingly globalized world. 

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