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The French American School of Silicon Valley was founded in 1992 by a group of Francophiles who recognized the need for a bilingual French-American school in the expanding Silicon Valley area.  The first Board of Directors was created with members who shared the same vision and philosophy of education : M. Jean-Louis Gassée, M. Georges Halpern, M. Alain Labat, M. Hervé le Mansec, M. Claude Nédérovique, Ms. Colette Siegel, M. Jean-Claude Zambelli.

The French American School of Silicon Valley opened its doors in September of 1992 with a total enrollment of seven students.  Over the course of the next four years, under the leadership of its first Director, M. Claude Nédérovique, the school expanded rapidly. To accommodate the growing Preschool to 7th grade Grade student body, the school now has two campuses; a Lower Campus in Sunnyvale that hosts students from Preschool to 3rd grade, and a Upper Campus located in Santa Clara for the 4th to 7th graders. 

Together, more than 45 nationalities are represented in our student body offering an outstanding cultural richness that we share and celebrate together.

The French American School of Silicon Valley is part of a global network comprised of 522 schools located in 139 countries, with a population of over 370,000 students. These schools are all accredited by the French Ministry of Education and promote universal values: tolerance, intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, offering students the opportunity to receive the same high quality of education all over the world.

The French American School of Silicon Valley takes pride in being both an international school belonging to a worldwide network, and a California school rooted in its local community.

The French American School of Silicon Valley is accredited by both The French Ministry of Education and California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). FASSV is a member of California Language Teachers Association (CLTA), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the MLF Network of schools. 



The mission of the French American School of Silicon Valley is to provide its students with an academically excellent bilingual and bicultural education that empowers the students to succeed in both the French and American education systems and to fully realize their potential as global citizens.



The core values that guide our work and reflect what we strive to foster in our students include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Academic Excellence
  • Respect
  • Life-long Learning

In support of the FASSV mission and values, we are committed to:

  • Creating a cooperative, interactive, and challenging learning environment.
  • Attracting and developing high-quality dedicated staff who focus upon and meet the needs of the students as individuals.
  • Integrating our French and American programs beginning in the preschool years to meet the language needs of students with diverse linguistic backgrounds.