The French American Academy and the Crystal Academy are joining forces to provide the Hoboken downtown Hoboken community with the first international center of learning for children. The school will be located at 360 1st Street in Hoboken and will open in early September 2022. একটি A bilingual excellence program for children 6 weeks to 5 years Our edition went to meet Ann-Sophie Gueguen, founder of The French American Academy and Jean-Franসois Gueguen, business manager of The French American Academy.
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Rachel Brunette for Le Petit Journal New York: What inspired you to open a 3rd school in a fairly small area?
Anne-Sophie and Jean-Franোয়াois Gueguen : We’re getting closer to Hoboken’s family, responding to a long-running request.
We wanted to meet the needs of this local, international, multicultural population, open to language learning. We already welcome students from Hoboken to our Jersey City campus. Many families, especially those with young children, prefer a school closer to home. The idea of opening a branch in Hoboken sprouted in our development projects before the epidemic, a period where the project was stalled but gave us time to find an ideal location.
The school will be located at 360 1st Street, on the second floor of a bright and spacious building, just 10 minutes walk from the Hoboken Transit Terminal (train, road, light rail), allowing families in Hoboken and Jersey City Heights. Access a high quality, bilingual program from an early age. The room is also located on top of an intercultural cr্রেche where children under the age of three and children are expressed in different languages.
What will be the DNA of this new kindergarten?
Our goals and vision will be the same as on the Englewood and Jersey City campuses. The French American Academy, the only school in North New Jersey to be recognized by the appropriate French and American authorities, is dedicated to delivering the highest standards of education through a comprehensive bilingual program, within a protective environment that stimulates creativity.
To use the right terminology of our philosophy and our values: “We believe that learning a second language from an early age is a definite benefit, that bilingualism helps in developing cognitive and academic resources and that children thrive in a safe, dignified and welcoming environment. .
We believe that great achievements are forged in small classes, that tradition is combined with innovation and that every child can reach their level of excellence.
We believe that education also promotes child development, that diversity encourages openness and adaptation, and that every child is a citizen of the world.
Raising children is our addiction. “
Concretely, how many children would you welcome and for which class?
Hoboken Campus welcomes children aged 2.5 to 5 (TPS – PK2, PS – PK3, MS – PK4). This future kindergarten will be able to educate seventy students. The French American Academy believes in a small number. Class sizes should never exceed 16 students, allowing an 8: 1 student-teacher ratio.
Thanks to a shuttle system, students will then be able to continue their education at the college on the Jersey City campus.
We opened the applications in March 2022 and we are processing them as we go. Like other campus openings, we will start the school year with small numbers and of course welcome other children year after year.
The choice is strategic, this new school is located on a crche. Is there a form of partnership with this structure that welcomes children?
In fact, we are establishing a partnership with this crche to welcome the youngest children, while waiting to receive them at The French American Academy. We share the same convictions about the same values, the same educational approach and the benefits of speaking different languages.
The partnership between the two academies will provide high-level education in English, Spanish, and French for infants, young children, and preschoolers. The bridge between the two academies will be a continuation of international education. The French American Academy and the Crystal Academy have decided to combine their efforts to provide the community with the opportunity to introduce their children to multilingual and multicultural education from an early age.
The French American Academy is a recognized school in New Jersey. Is it for the benefit of children in another state that you are exercising your franchise?
Thanks to our skilled bilingual model and the reputation of excellence of the French American Academy, we have long been receiving requests for information, especially requests from individuals who, at the same time, want to open a strong school. Requests from families for high quality bilingual education in the United States,
The French American Academy has therefore launched a franchise program aimed at reaching 50 schools in the coming years.
Tulsa plans to open the next campus, okay.
Tell us about this franchise.
The usual observation is that bilingual education can be “universal”. What is good for a baby in New Jersey is good elsewhere. Over 15 years, we have built practical skills in building and developing sustainable schools that provide quality bilingual education. In 15 years, 2,000 students have joined the French American Academy, and more than 100 teachers have welcomed them and passed on their knowledge. This is our profession and the way we know. Our reputation is an asset and it extends beyond the borders of the state of New Jersey. We therefore help entrepreneurs-teachers who want to open their own schools in the United States on the model of the French American Academy, taking into account local specialties.