International School of Denver has delivered French-language instruction since our inception in 1977.
ISDenver is accredited by the French Ministry of National Education, fulfilling the highest educational standards of the United States, France and other French-speaking countries. Instruction is provided exclusively by native French speakers.
The specific standards for teaching and learning come from French Ministry of Education and are adapted for use in our international setting. The French language is the pathway to exploring all other learning domains.
The French educational system is composed of three “cycles” that are designed to honor students’ different developmental rhythms and to ensure educational continuity:
- In maternelle (K1 - K3, Cycle 1), students develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, through participating in the study of integrated language and literature units. They discover the function of writing and start to produce their own. Attention is given to the acquisition of vocabulary, phonological awareness, and discovery of the alphabetic principles.
- As students progress through the program in Grades 1 - 3 (Cycle 2), student’s language skills are strengthened as students engage in literature-based units. We delve into communication that is based on living in society and student’s relationships. Again, the language is a pathway to exploring all other learning domains.
- In Grades 4 - 5 (Cycle 3), mastery of the language, written and oral, remains a central objective, which ensures all learners have the necessary reading, writing, and oral skills to continue their education.
Accreditations and Pedagogical Affiliations
L'Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger - A.E.F.E.
(The Agency for French Education Abroad)
The AEFE operates under the authority of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. AEFE has oversight of the network of educational institutions where French programs outside of France are in operation including more than 400 schools across 127 countries, all of which are linked with l'AEFE ISD has a formal covenant with l'AEFE, which means the school is not only fully accredited by the French Ministry of National Education, but also receives support from the agency through financial assistance to qualifying French families. The Agency assures the uniformity and the continuity of the educational programs in French schools in North America through an Inspector and a French Cultural Attaché based in Washington, D.C.
The Association of French Schools of North America - A.F.S.A.
AFSA is a membership organization of elementary and secondary schools in the United States and Canada, all of which are accredited by the French Ministry of National Education. This organization brings together French educational institutions from the United States and Canada with the objective of promoting interaction among them in the development of educational technology. AFSA, with its 46-school membership, carries significant influence with l'Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger (A.E.F.E.). Each year, AFSA organizes an educational seminar representing an opportunity to assemble the primary figures involved with the network of French schools: the Director of the A.E.F.E., the French Embassy Cultural Counselor, Senators representing French citizens residing in North America, Representatives of the French Ministry of Education and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Heads of schools, etc.
RÉSEAU DES ÉCOLES FRANÇAISES EN AMÉRIQUE DU NORD
International French Schools in North America (FIFSA)
The network of international French schools in North America brings together 54 institutions in Canada and the United States, including school programs are officially recognized by France and whose teachers are mostly from the French National Education. These French schools in North America are also international schools because they welcome French, North Americans and many other nationalities; because they offer education in at least two languages: English and French, and often in a third; Finally, because they aim to form "citizens of the world" through the setting depth relationship of two cultures to universal aim, the North American culture and French culture. Learn more about it and our French curriculum here.