French-American education is a learner-centered system that provides for the personal development of each student. It is designed to encourage creativity and curiosity, while surrounding the child with a disciplined working environment. The curriculum begins at the pre-kindergarten level and continues through the 12th grade. Students are broken down into groups that roughly correspond to the American levels of preschool/kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and high school. High-school-level studies focus on preparing students for the French Baccalaureate diplomas. Students earn these diplomas by taking special examinations in the 11th and 12th grades.
Because the curriculum is structured and accredited by the French Ministry of Education, students can move easily from one AFSA school to another––or to any of the other 450 schools worldwide that follow the French national curriculum. This can be an important advantage for families that move or travel frequently.
AFSA schools are reviewed by an Inspector from the French Ministry of Education. In addition, most have received US accreditation by regional independent school associations.