San Diego French American School
5.00 (9 reviews)
- San Diego French-American School (SDFAS) is a pre-elementary, kindergarten, and 1st through 8th grade school offering a French-American curriculum.
- The bilingual French-American school prepares the students to enter a French, international, or an American high school.
- SDFAS is part of a network of 500 schools worldwide accredited by the French Ministry of National Education.
- It is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the California Association of Independent Schools.
- It's a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and is affiliated with Mission Laique, AEFE, and AFSA. Multi-lingual. Multi-talented. World Ready.
San Diego French American School places among the top 20% of private schools in California for:
- Category Attribute
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
- Student Body Largest student body
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Cost Notes||https://sdfrenchschool.org/summer-camps/|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Total Students||386 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 44%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||40 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||10:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||15 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Feb. 2 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$17,755|
|Tuition Notes||PK0 (2 yrs) - $18,429 +$ 775 fees PK1,PK2 & K & 1-5th: $17,755 + $775 fees MS: $19,656 + $975 fees 6th - 8th: 14,250 + 900 fees|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$4,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Isabelle Gilet|
|Admissions Associate||Babeth Esterly|
|Total Sports Offered||8 sports|
|Sports||Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Sailing, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBallet, Basketball,|
Cross Country, Dance,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||8 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Junior Model United Nations, Live Club (Environmental Awareness), Math Club, Newsletter Club, Robotics Club, S.T.E.A.M Club, Yearbook Club
Arts and Music Programs:
La Troupe (drama)
- Accelerated math curriculum
- Full time or part time pre-elementary school program starting at age 2
- Individualized programs to challenge students
- French as a Foreign Language or English as a Foreign Language classes for beginners, grade 1 and up
- Extended Day Care
- Hot lunch service
- After School Activities
- Children do not have to speak French at home to be considered for admission.
- Saturday School for classes in Chinese, Spanish, Italian and French for students not enrolled at SDFAS.
Profile last updated:
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- La Jolla Grades: K-8 | 253 students
2390 Nautilus St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858)459-6074 0.1 K-8
- La Jolla Grades: NS-8 | 230 students
2225 Torrey Pines Lane
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858)454-0184 1.1 NS-8
SDFAS is a really good school with a high academic level. Teachers are really involved in their job and students really happy here. In the coronavirus crisis, we can see all the professionalism of everybody: online classes were organized only in 2 days and they proved such reactivity and creativity to build all the academic program in a new way and to go on interesting students. Well done!
- Posted by Parent - Anne
We have two children at SDFAS and could not be more pleased. They both started in the pre-K program and it is wonderful to watch them grow in this nurturing, yet highly stimulating and challenging environment. The school has a terrific curriculum, significant exposure to global cultures (very diverse student/parent body), a major emphasis upon international learning, a social and emotional learning program (studies show that professional success is more closely correlated with emotional IQ than intellectual IQ), small classes and great teachers. In a world that is becoming more international by the second, I believe that the education that SDFAS provides is about as close to ideal as you can get. We feel very fortunate to have found a school with an educational focus that aligns so strongly with our own.
- Posted by Parent - Berna
Signing up to SDFAS was the best decision we took. The curriculum is very strong in both languages French and English so when you are out of it in 8th grade your child speaks them fluently; sometimes even as a native. They also learn Spanish as early as in 5th grade so when they arrive in high school; they are well prepared in this subject as well. On the non-academic side you find more than 40 nationalities in the school so the children learn a lot from different cultures that are celebrated during the year (International day or Chinese New Year for example). And for the parents, the community is unbelievable. You make good friends as there is a lot of a way to volunteer and help the school with your skills and knowledge.
- Posted by Parent - Julie
Pre-Elementary school at SDFAS is a great success! My daughter is learning French and I know she understands and speaks to her teachers. She loves school and wants to go every day. They are teaching her hard skills but also how to be a kind caring friend. I know she getting a strong foundation for the rest of her education. We love it here.
- Posted by Parent - Sarah
SDFAS is a great overall K8 educational institution. Our kids started San Diego French American School (SDFAS) at PK2 and completed elementary school, continuing middle school. Over the last 7 years, we have been very pleased with the overall education they have received in both English and French. They are both perfectly bilingual and excel in other areas, including, social skills, global knowledge, reading/writing, math, art, and sports. The school has been significantly improving social and emotional support to the students. The class sizes are small so every student gets the necessary assistance. Our kids love the overall environment, their teachers and friends. They are exposed to many cultural backgrounds among their friends so they are respectful and sensitive to others. Some of the comments we hear from other visiting parents are that SDFAS kids are very welcoming and confident of themselves. Among the parents, there is a great sense of community and the majority of them participate voluntarily in helping in many projects and fundraising. The kids have many opportunities to share their talents in diverse events throughout the year, such as theater, music, art show, sports events, etc. The kids also participate in international math and language competitions with great results. We look forward to great global opportunities that our kids will have with high confidence after they graduate from SDFAS.
- Posted by Parent - Art K.
My kids have been in the SDFAS since preschool, one of them has graduated last year and is now at La Jolla High. Not only has it been a nurturing and highly academic environment but we also felt supported at every step (we are not french speakers). As a result of my children are very aware about other cultures, have inquisitive minds and are good kids. The classes are small so their relationships are very close and they feel like they matter (and are not only a number). My son had no problem transitioning to La Jolla High, was placed on some advance classes and has no problem getting A's. Best decision we made!!
- Posted by Parent - tande
SDFAS is an outstanding school. The classes are small, the teachers are great and the school community very close. I love that my sons are learning in two languages and are exposed to a very international culture. They have been at the school for 7 years, and it is wonderful to watch them grow in this nurturing, yet highly stimulating and challenging environment. In a world that is becoming more international by the second, I believe that the education that SDFAS provides is about as close to ideal as you can get.
- Posted by Parent - bertr
My children (preschool age) have both started school at San Diego French American school over the past 2 years. We love it!! My husband and I lived in France for a year in college and it was an amazing experience we wanted to share with our children. SDFAS is a truly international community. Not only do the kids learn french (without an accent), but they are also exposed to new friends and different viewpoints from all over the world. Another thing we love at the school - all the lesson plans are amazing and specific to different educational goals. The day is quite structured, but the lesson plans include a variety of activities (i.e. pre-reading, math, science experiments, gardening, art, cooking and obstacle courses). I cannot recommend this school highly enough!!!
- Posted by Parent - vanha
We love SDFAS! We started in Kindergarten and were warmly welcomed into the school community by a core group of families that had been here through preschool. Not speaking French at home has made it really fun to hear our son speak. This isn't high school French- it's the real deal. The school is excellent, the families and community around it are awesome, and hearing 4-5 different languages as parents drop off their kids changes the elementary school experience. It's been wonderful and we're excited about the years ahead! Join Us!
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