“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” - Alfred Mercier
The French American School of Silicon Valley invites you to explore our award-winning bilingual curriculum which provides our students with an opportunity to learn in a rich, multicultural environment. At the French American School of Silicon Valley, our challenging, creative bilingual program prompts children to speak fluently, think differently, and adapt easily as they become critical, independent thinkers and well-rounded global citizens.
The French elementary system is divided into 3 learning cycles to ensure educational continuity and accommodate variations in the developmental pace of students. The competences and skills presented in these cycles are summarized in the school’s report cards, an essential tool for communication between school and families.
Cycle 1: Basic Learning Cycle- Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten
Cycle 1 is composed of Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten, the equivalent of the “maternelle” in France. Cycle 1, the Basic Learning Cycle places emphasis on the acquisition of language, sensory and motor skills, and socialization. By the end of Kindergarten, most students speak French and English. They begin to read in English and are prepared for learning to read and write in French.
Cycle 2: Fundamental Learning Cycle- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades
By the end of the Fundamental Learning Cycle (, most students are fluent and have mastered reading and writing in both languages.
Cycle 3: Consolidation Cycle- 4th and 5th grades
By the end of the consolidation cycle, most students have mastered both languages to succeed academically in secondary school.