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The Maternelle: a purpose-built space for our youngest learners.
Posted 09/25/2014 10:07AM
Our new 10,000 square foot Maternelle is a bilingual environment with a strong French identity, purpose built to teach and inspire our youngest students. The new facility features:
  • 9 classrooms and a large multipurpose room, each with direct access to the outdoors
  • Outdoor space that functions as an extension of the classroom--blurring the lines between work and play
  • An appropriately-scaled environment to help develop confidence and independence

As Lower School Marie-Pierre Carlotti noted in her address during the groundbreaking ceremony one year ago, the Maternelle also positively impacts our older students with the transformation of the vacated space at 150 Oak Street into innovative classrooms, such as the new Design Lab, and could not be done without the generosity of donors.

[These new classrooms] encourage all students to apply their classroom knowledge in a hands-on way, improve the environment for our Middle School students, and create a welcoming community space for all families, from Lower School through High School.

Each piece of this project is integral to the overall student experience. These improvements to our campus will transform the business of teaching and learning and help us deliver power graduates, full of desire and ability to construct their own knowledge.

Our Maternelle is dependent on the kindness, not of strangers, but of the wonderful community of current and alumni parents who understand the importance and value of what we hope to achieve. We hope you will all be a part of our success.

"Research shows that younger children have a superior ability to learn a second language and that bilingual students tend to outperform their monolingual peers."

Admission Information

Visit our admissions section to learn about our bilingual immersion in the lower and middle school. Or visit our high school to learn about the French Bac or IB program.

Global Travel

Many cultural and linguistic trips as well as student exchanges are offered each year. Learn more

Academic Roadmap

The school delivers a rigorous bilingual immersion program from PK3 to grade 8, culminating in either the French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

The Bilingual Advantage

The bilingual education program of the French American International School provides our students with a springboard for a global perspective. The curriculum is taught in English and French in a way that makes learning exciting and challenging, while meeting the high standards of the French and American educational systems.

French American International School

Main building

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Ph: 415.558.2000


Early Childhood Center

1155 Page Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

Ph: 415.231.5733

An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either the French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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