FrenchAm Academy provides an opportunity for public school choice through our unique, proven successful, dual language immersion program. The Academy offers a challenging academic environment of dual language immersion designed for elementary students to progress in scholastic achievement concurrently in the languages of French and English. The Academy’s educational philosophy of “Learning for Life” means an emphasis not only superior academic achievement but also the development of character, respect for oneself and the value of others, and the appreciation of learning.
A tuition-free, public charter school for Kindergarten to 5th Grade, FrenchAm Academy is for:
Our full, dual language immersion program allows your child to complete Elementary school in both English and French at the same time. The fast pace is perfect for students who appreciate a challenge, Francophone students wishing to continue their studies in their native language, or families who want their children to leave Elementary school able to read, speak, write, and understand two top international languages.
FrenchAm students regularly outscore their peers in Arizona and France on standardized tests – and they do it having only half the amount of instructional time in each language.
Students at FrenchAm Academy learn not only logical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, they also develop character, respect, and appreciation for learning through a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum designed around universal themes to engage and inspire the whole child.
Art, Music, and PE are weekly activities in our programs for full childhood development. In addition, in accordance with Arizona statues, we provide 3 recess periods per day to balance learning and play and allow our students to further develop their social and emotional skills.
We offer several fee-based programs in addition to our FrenchAm Academy academic programs.
Other FrenchAm Schools hosted events include:
Our Literacy and Math curriculum features:
We believe Art, Music, and PE are fundamental to providing a balanced learning curriculum for our students. Each week, our students engage in Art, Music, and PE through various forms and mediums.
Scientific inquiry is the focus of FrenchAm Academy’s Science curriculum. This Science curriculum in English or French supports topics introduced in the Questioning the World curriculum used in Social Studies. It incorporates universal themes and a variety of materials supporting a problem-solving approach and continual development of curiosity.
Questioning the World (Questionner le Monde) is the focus of FrenchAm Academy’s Social Studies curriculum. The curriculum includes the universal themes, and students are able to express creativity through project-based assignments in addition to teacher-led instruction. The Questioning the World/Questionner le Monde focus is used in both the English and French-taught classes.
FrenchAm Academy operates a 10-month academic calendar from August to May.
We provide week-long Fall and Spring Breaks along with two weeks for Winter Break.
School typically begins at the beginning of August and concludes in May before Memorial Day.
FrenchAm Academy operates Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4pm.
Drop off is 7:30am to 7:55am. Students must be in their respective classrooms by 8:00am to be considered on time.
The school day concludes at 4pm. Students are expected to be picked up at 4pm.
We offer programs for Kindergarten through Grade 5 (Age 5 to Age 11).
All applicants must complete a placement test used to ensure the student is placed into the correct academic classroom. The placement test is not used to deny enrollment.
While knowledge of the French language is not required in Grades K or 1, proficiency is expected beginning with Grade 2.
FrenchAm Academy offers a Free and Appropriate Public Education to students with disabilities, who are currently eligible or are determined eligible to receive special education services and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
FrenchAm Academy complies with all aspects of federal and state civil rights and disability laws and are committed to ensuring that all students who are eligible for special education and related services who attend FrenchAm Academy receive these services.
FrenchAm Academy ensures that each child suspected of having a disability and in need of special education and related services will be timely located, identified, and evaluated pursuant to the IDEA.
If you believe your student has a disability and requires specialized instruction, or for more information about special education services at FrenchAm Academy, please contact our Chief Education Officer, Corinne Arnout: CEO@frencham.org
The FrenchAm Schools admit students and employees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students or employees at the school. FrenchAm Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity in administration of its educational policies, admissions or hiring policies, and athletic or other school-administered programs.