SAN DIEGO FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL

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6550 SOLEDAD MOUNTAIN RD
LA JOLLA, CA 92037
Phone: 858-456-2807
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 8:1
  • Students/Grade: 36
  • Number Students: 360
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Christian Jarlov
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (29 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (25 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-22
    "My daughter went to the San Diego French American School for the 2nd half of 8th grade last year. This was one of the best experiences of her life, and had a major positive impact on her confidence and preparation for high school. She had been taking French from a tutor for several years, but we had no immersion school available in our home town. We had to temporarily move to San Diego for work, and thought this would be a great opportunity for her to gain greater expertise in French. The school was extremely accommodating, and all of the students and teachers worked very hard to make her feel welcome and to integrate her into the curriculum. They were very willing to work extra with her when needed, and were very clearly concerned about her specific needs and skills. It was truly a wonderful experience for our daughter, and we have only positive things to say about this school and the way in which it enhanced both her skills and her confidence in her own abilities."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-14
    "We have three children that have attended SDFAS for 5 years. Our eldest graduated after attending for four years. He transitioned easily to a college prep private school in the area. His french and spanish levels were exceptional and required him to take a different language as he needed to have three years of a foreign language. His math level was exceptional as well and he easily moved into honors algebra II as a freshman. Our two younger children continue to grow academically at SDFAS. I agree with several other posts that the turn over of teachers especially in middle school is an issue with the program. The English program in middle school has been less than optimal for several years. The administration has been slow in responding to this issue. It is inevitable that as small schools grow they must suffer some growing pains. That being said we feel fortunate that our children are receiving a more global education than would be taught in a traditional public school in the US. They also have friends now from all over the world. Learning in a dual curriculum environment helps mold the brain differently than learning in a traditional educations system."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-04
    "My child attended SDFAS for PK0 and PK1. We do not speak French at home, and she had no experience with French prior to her joining the two-year-old class. We were thrilled at the learning environment SDFAS provided her, and all of the teachers she had (leads and assistants) were outstanding. Becoming comfortable conversing in another language takes time - every child goes at their own pace. Our daughter picked up English words quite easily, so we guessed that a multi-lingual curriculum would be a good fit. She thrived at SDFAS in all areas and could speak in simple sentences by the second year. We especially liked the option of choosing between additional math and science preparation, which is all presented in a fun, interesting format, and adding Mandarin to her weekly plan. The student population is culturally diverse, and the school does a good job of bringing many different cultural traditions to life within the curriculum. School administrators are exceptionally qualified, responsive and forward-thinking, and an active parent community organizes special events, etc. If we hadn't moved, we would have kept our daughter at the school. It is part of San Diego that we miss most!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-02
    "We love this school. Not only has our son developed the ability to read, speak, and write in French, but he is also acquiring all the other benefits of second-language instruction: tolerance, respect, and love of other cultures; the aptitude to acquire even more languages with greater ease; the ability to easily access the higher executive function of the brain, which multi-linguals possess, and which sharpens problem-solving across various disciplines; and the advantage of linguistic and cultural fluency that is crucial to the next generation's success in the global economy. He also benefits from the small, intimate nature of the school and the extra attention the teachers can give to all students in their small-sized classes."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-30
    "My daughter went to SDFAS for 8 years and my son for 6. We have moved to France a year ago. When we arrived, my daughter had a little catching up to do in French (which makes sense), but in maths she was far ahead from the lot as she had already covered most of the topics at SDFAS, thanks to an amazing maths teacher. My son was quite surprised to have a more advanced French level than his new French classmates. Both kids ended the year top of the class in their new French schools. SDFAS is not only about learning another language, it is about mixing two different (and sometimes common) cultures, values, and ways of thinking. The math approach in French is very different to the american way of problem solving. In languages, the American curriculum requires a lot of writing, which makes up for the lack of in the French curriculum. The French culture gives great importance to art and cooking, while the American culture develps a good sense of business early on. After a bit more than a year in France, we miss the many opportunities SDFAS offered to perform in front of an audience, be it the weekly "forum" or the yearly Talent show which was a very enriching experience."
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