She is always learning!
A boy in her class is from a country with real castles. She wonders if he knows any princesses. Her teacher is French and the way she speaks is mesmerizing. Each accented word is a gift to the girl’s curious ears. In fact, she secretly imitates the teacher’s pronunciations when she is by herself. At the ballet, she and other students cheer as Peter catches the Wolf. She likes how Peter has his own musical theme and she thinks about taking violin lessons. She loves coming to the French American School every day. Here, she is always learning.
He believes in himself!
His teacher is challenging but encouraging and the boy prefers the fast pace. Math. History. Language Arts. Coding. Science. He trusts the other students in his class and asks questions without hesitation. The Art teacher encourages him to explore his talent for drawing and he experiments with special pencils and paints. He is also building a French vocabulary. In the beginning, he just listens. Soon, single French words stretch into phrases. French phrases blossom into full sentences. He is speaking in two languages; he is learning in two languages. He feels like can do anything. Son cœur s'envole.
She opens her mind!
Germany sits next to her during Science and she usually eats lunch with Nigeria. She has a play date with France next weekend and Canada likes soccer almost as much as she does. She smiles at Russia as they kayak with the rest of the class and he smiles back at her. She glows inside. While her friends at other schools only read about the different countries of the world, she is shaping her worldview through firsthand experiences with international classmates and teachers. At the French American School, her mind is opening.
He adapts his thinking!
He isn’t aware of it until it happens. He will be studying a problem – maybe he’s stuck on something in a Science project – and his thinking will shift perspectives. It’s like being at a table with multiple chairs around it and the problem is in the middle of the table. His brain seems to get up and move to a different chair. This continues until he solves the problem. Sometimes, he develops multiple solutions. He believes it has to do with his increasing skills in two languages. He is ready for a new world, one where adapting matters more than ever.
Her parents bring her to a French restaurant to celebrate her upcoming graduation. They only speak English and she is ordering for them in French when she sees the pride in her mother and father’s eyes. When she graduates from the French American School, the girl can share her ideas with 410 million people in 151 countries in two languages. This newfound ability to meaningfully connect across continents and cultures will empower her for the rest of her life. It is a one-of-a-kind passport and it will never expire.
He makes his mark!
Like other French American School alumni, he shines at a local independent high school. While his study habits are superior, teachers note his writing ability. He is an extraordinary communicator. He attends his first-choice college. There, he thrives inside and outside the classroom. Some day, he might invent new water treatment technologies for rural villages in developing countries. He might be a leader in government. He might even create an industry. No matter what, he will make his mark. No matter where, it will be for the good of many.