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San Diego French-American School
6550 Soledad Mountain Road    
La Jolla, California  92037-5835  
Private/Independent School
8 330 students


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WELCOME TO THE SAN DIEGO FRENCH-AMERICAN SCHOOL. A recognized leader in bilingual education, San Diego French-American School (SDFAS) is an independent, co-educational dual language school welcoming students age 2 – 13 in Preschool through Eighth Grade. Our school boasts a sought-after bilingual program and unique culture of open-mindedness, offering students a compelling array of academic, social and extracurricular programs. Our families speak over 20 home languages and comprise over 40 different nationalities. With an enrollment of 330 students, SDFAS is one of fifty-two French international schools in the United States and the only fully French accredited PK-8 school in San Diego. SDFAS belongs to a professional network of over five hundred French schools worldwide.  Also accredited by the California Association of Independent schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, SDFAS is held accountable to the highest standards of both French national education and the best that American independent schools have to offer. Come join our dynamic team for the multi-lingual, cross-cultural, responsive classroom experience of your career! OUR CAMPUS IN LA JOLLA. Since 2006, the school has been located atop Mount Soledad in a suburban area of La Jolla on a secure campus just minutes from the beautiful Pacific Coast. Students take advantage of a spacious campus with facilities that include a large sports field, multiple playgrounds and recess spaces, a library, an auditorium, a state-of-the-art STEAM classroom for coding and robotics, and a large fully-equipped science lab. Within 20 minutes of the school, students enjoy field trips to tide pools at the local beaches, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, art and science museums, and other local cultural venues and natural landscapes of San Diego County. As part of the school’s decisive Covid-19 response in the summer of 2020, SDFAS acquired and fully renovated additional indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a new “Ocean View” campus zone. OUR MISSION.  SDFAS offers an exceptional bilingual education within a vibrant international community, preparing students to become confident, responsible and engaged global citizens. OUR VISION. SDFAS aspires to be the leader in bilingual and international education in the greater San Diego area, graduating well-rounded, multilingual, academically and socially prepared students who strive for excellence in their endeavors and make positive contributions to society. OUR CORE VALUES. The SDFAS learning community adheres to the following core values and uses them to guide behavior at all levels:  Open-mindedness. Intellectual Curiosity. Integrity. Empathy. Resilience. OUR TEACHERS. SDFAS employs and retains highly qualified teachers from France, the United States and around the world. Passionate about their areas of expertise, adhering to and modeling core values, and building caring relationships with students and parents, our fifty-five teachers (faculty:student ratio of 6:1) all hold advanced degrees and prior experience.  SDFAS upholds a steadfast commitment to professional development and believes in the critical importance of ongoing training, coaching and support for all faculty and staff. Thanks to the school’s membership in established French networks and American independent school associations (state and national), our teachers and staff benefit from a wide array of in-person and on-screen workshops that focus on research-based best practices, cutting edge pedagogy, new innovations and emerging trends in the field of education. "THE RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM APPROACH". All teachers at SDFAS are trained in the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning, classroom management and social-emotional skill building. They embrace the philosophy that teaching must be student-centered and that social-emotional learning is not effective when taught separately from academics. It must be woven into the very fabric of the school’s pedagogical culture at all levels. OUR SCHOOL CULTURE AND CURRICULUM. Our School Culture and Curriculum. SDFAS is more than just a bilingual school. It is a diverse international community of students and parents, teachers and administrators, all of whom share the same vision and values. We all want our children grow into confident, worldly individuals who are comfortable articulating ideas and expressing emotions. The school’s well-established curriculum promotes excellence in education with a global perspective through •Theme-based language arts and literature programs. •History and geography taught from multiple perspectives. •Dual language math and science streams. •Language acquisition and learning support programs. •Coding and robotics integrated into the core curriculum. •Small classes within spacious classrooms allow for differentiation and a high degree of individualized attention. SDFAS ensures student success by closely monitoring academic progress and through varied types of assessment. For students who require additional support or challenge, student-specific educational plans are put in place through the school’s learning center model. Overall, SDFAS students perform as well or better than their French or U.S. peers on standardized tests. And, after 8th grade, SDFAS students are well prepared for success in the most sought after American, French, or international high schools. SDFAS offers a warm, nurturing family atmosphere. It is a place with motivated learners and one in which enthusiasm and creativity abound. Students at SDFAS are engaged in school life and they are happy. They take great pride in their unique bilingual identities. Alumni return frequently, still feel a part of the community and often comment on how easy it was for them to succeed in 9th grade in their high school of choice. As we like to say around campus and on-screen, San Diego French-American School students are Multi-lingual, Multi-talented, and World Ready!
Diversity Mission Statement
Our Diversity Mission Statement is in process of collaborative development - the person hired for this position will jump right in and participate as a key contributor to it! SDFAS is an equal opportunity employer and hires employees without regard to gender, race, religion, color, creed, ethnic or national background, origin, or sexual orientation.