"The LycÃƒÂ©e was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by a group of French parents and teachers to provide a total immersion French education program adhering to the highly respected curriculum of France's national education system. Classes were originally held in the basement of the Orthodox Church on Geary Street, then in its early years at U.C. Extension, at Fort Mason, and eventually in our own building on Balboa Street (until we outgrew it). In 1986, The French School of Marin merged with the LycÃƒÂ©e, adding a Marin County campus with preschool through 5th grade. In 1995 LycÃƒÂ©e FranÃƒÂ§ais La PÃƒÂ©rouse purchased the building at 755 Ashbury Street in San Francisco, where we now have our administrative headquarters and offer preschool through 12th grade. There are currently more than 835 students o three campuses (one in in Marin and two in San Francisco). LycÃƒÂ©e FranÃƒÂ§ais La PÃƒÂ©rouse is fully accredited in the U.S. Our students earn an American high school diploma, as well as prepare for the French BaccalaurÃƒÂ©at which qualifies them to attend European universities.
True to its founding principles, the LycÃƒÂ©e strives to maintain an international community of teachers, parents and students of diverse social and cultural backgrounds. The school strongly encourages the active participation and involvement of its parents and staff in all aspects of the school's life.
The LycÃƒÂ©e provides a challenging educational environment, emphasizing academic achievement leading to the French Baccalaureate. Our program is based on the French national curriculum augmented by courses in American History, English Literature and Visual Arts. Designed to provide our students with a structured, well-assimilated body of general knowledge while encouraging the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, the curriculum fosters autonomy, initiative, self-respect and the respect of others, cooperation and responsibility. In addition, by becoming bilingual, our students become aware of and respect cultural differences. They are consequently able to make informed choices about their future and are prepared for success in tomorrow's world.
The LycÃƒÂ©e students have access to all other French schools at their own grade level. As a result of the high quality English curriculum, they are also qualified to enter an American school at or above their grade level, and are fully prepared to enter European or North American colleges and universities.
Excerpted from the preschool's website