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San Diego French American School

6550 Soledad MountainRroad
La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 456-2807


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San Diego French-American School is a pre-elementary school, elementary school and middle school with a challenging bilingual French-English curriculum. Children get a head start in French immersion starting in pre-elementary school (ages 2,3, and 4). Parents may opt for French reinforcement or Mandarin in PK1, PK2, and kindergarten, one hour per week.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

SDFAS has a well-established curriculum in French and English that promotes excellence in education with a global perspective. The pre-elementary school features a French immersion program, with a small portion of the instruction dedicated to English language activities. Starting in preschool, children are immersed in the French language and are surrounded by children of 35 different nationalities who speak 20 different languages.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught The French immersion program in the pre-elementary school follows the guidelines of the French Ministry of Education and covers six main areas: cooperation and autonomy; oral language, exploration of writing; physical education; discovery of the world; arts and creativity. Mandarin (one hour a week) will be an option for children ages 3-5.

From the Director:

San Diego French-American School offers a two-way, dual language immersion, multi-cultural program from preschool through the eighth grades. At the preschool level, emphasis is on oral language skills and social skills. Through manipulatives, the children will learn numbers, quantities and science concepts. They will discover the world around them and develop their fine and gross motor skills.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The classroom curriculum is designed to be supportive for those who need reinforcement and enriching for those who need to be challenged. Teachers take into consideration the maturity level, readiness level, individual interests and learning styles of each child.
Native French teachers in the preschool have the same diploma as those who teach in elementary school. Most hold a master's degree in education.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

San Diego French-American School provides a rigorous dual-language immersion curriculum and unique multicultural experience that forges open-minded citizens.

A Typical Day

School starts at 8:45 a.m. and children are welcomed and join the class to greet their teachers and classmates. The PK1 & PK2 classes (ages 3 and 4) spend the morning in various subject areas such as pre-writing, pre-reading, oral language skills, gross motor skills (p.e.), and discovering the world through science and math activities. After lunch the children take a nap or have quiet time and continue their activities in English or French in arts, playing, language skills and enjoying a story. Pick up time is 3:00-3:15. Daycare and after school activities are optional.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The "Cahier de vie" is a notebook that teachers use to chronicle the child's life at school and serves as a memory book for the school year. The book is a language-acquisition tool, which is full of photos, illustrations, poems, and recipes that illustrate life at school. Parents can add photos and descriptions of their weekend activities. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled three times per year. There are two report cards per year. The school administration communicates via a newsletter twice a month. The school yearbook is a memory of school life and is published once a year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Welcome time is a formalized activity that fosters a smooth separation between parents and children. Teachers welcome each child individually and talk to them personally to help them integrate into fun classroom activities. This welcome time is necessary to prepare the child for a positive day at school.