In an increasingly interconnected world, families often find themselves relocating to different cities or countries throughout their careers. Such mobility can present challenges, particularly when it comes to providing consistent and high-quality education for their children.
French American School of Princeton is part of a large and robust network of over 566 international schools teaching the French curriculum, located throughout 138 countries with 390,000 students. Although these schools are not affiliated, many share dual accreditation by their state/local accreditation body as well as by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) through the French Ministry of Education, ensuring consistency throughout children’s bilingual educational journeys.
This unofficial network can be an educational game-changer for mobile families, offering numerous advantages, not only in terms of language immersion but also in providing a seamless educational experience across different locations.
Entering preschool marks a major milestone for any child. High-quality early childhood education in the first five years of life is critically important for brain development, socialization, and setting the stage for school readiness and positive long-term outcomes.
Many children begin their early childhood education at the age of three in preschool – a time that is exciting for both parents and children. For parents, it may mean a bit of freedom and more time to focus on work or other responsibilities. For children, it's a chance to learn new things, gain independence, and make friends for years to come.
Preschool at French American School of Princeton (FASP) provides the perfect opportunity to join a multilingual and multicultural community offering a supportive and nurturing environment for your child. It is also an ideal time to learn a new language. Studies consistently show that when children learn two or more languages from a young age, the many benefits include improved cognitive skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, reading comprehension, and creativity.
At FASP, we believe it's essential to help children and their families prepare for this new adventure together. Carine Hinant, Division Head of the French American School of Princeton’s Early Childhood Program, known as “Maternelle” in the French curriculum, offers practical tips to ensure a smooth transition and a positive experience for your child in their new social community.
“I never imagined that sending my son to a French bilingual school would be the key to unlocking his ability to speak Farsi at home!” exclaimed Sanaz Jalalian, parent of two sons currently attending French American School of Princeton (FASP).
Daniel and Liam Rashidi, currently in 8th Grade and 4th Grade at FASP, speak English and Farsi at home with their parents, Sanaz Jalalian and Saeid Rashidi. “Liam started at FASP in Kindergarten not knowing one word of French,” said Sanaz. “Growing up in NJ, the boys have learned English and we have always spoken both English and Farsi at home. As Liam began to learn French at FASP, something happened in his brain that he was able to differentiate languages and although we knew he could understand Farsi, we were delighted to finally hear him speak the language that my husband and I had both grown up with.”