Who are we?
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is a free French immersion public charter school serving all of Louisiana. We are a type-2 charter school located in New Orleans. Lycée Français follows the French national curriculum and also adheres to aspects of the Louisiana state curriculum. We are accredited by the French Ministry of Education for French curriculum through grade 9 and are continuously working towards accreditation for upper levels; accreditation is ongoing. For the 2021 – 2022 school year, Lycée Français serves Pre-K4 through 11th grade; a new grade level will be added every year up to 12th grade.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans students will matriculate into the finest colleges and universities throughout the world. Lycée Français will provide the opportunity for its students to achieve both the French Baccalaureate and the Louisiana high school diploma in an academically challenging and culturally diverse educational environment. | Charter Contract | Articles of Incorporation |
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans was founded in 2011 by parents with the support of the school board, the French Consulate and the greater French community in New Orleans. Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is a free public charter school financed by the state of Louisiana, managed by a board of directors and governed by a charter signed by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). The charter reflects the first objectives that Lycée offers: to provide a French curriculum education from kindergarten through high school in a non-denominational environment where social diversity is considered essential to the student’s education.
Lycée Français began with three pioneering classes on our first campus, located at 5401 South Claiborne Avenue. We expanded rapidly in 2012 with the implementation of a second campus at 5951 Patton Street. Each year, Lycée Français adds on a sequential grade to accommodate our growing number of students. For the 2014 – 2015 year, we added 4th grade. For the 2015 – 2016 school year, we added 5th grade and so on. We are excited about the 2020 – 2021 school year as this is our second year of high school!
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans belongs to the lycée à l’etranger system under Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger or AEFE, a network of 135 schools and colleges established outside of France in 139 countries around the world.
Lycée Français admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of culture, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, family situation, socio-economic differences, intellectual or athletic ability, or status as a handicapped person.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans
Pronounced Lee-say Frahn-say de la Noo-vel Or-lay-on
The curriculum at Lycée is based on France’s Ministry of National Education. We supplement our curriculum with English classes to ensure that our students are prepared to excel in state and national exams. The French curriculum is organized as a series of multi-year cycles, during which students are expected to acquire specific knowledge and skills. The cycle system acknowledges that learning occurs in a different way, and at a different pace, in every child. For example, some may be proficient readers early on, while others, equally bright, take longer. Children begin learning to read at the start of the 2nd cycle. By the end of the cycle, literacy is expected among all students.
THE CYCLE SYSTEM
The benefits of second language immersion education are well established. Researchers confirm that students who are fluent in several languages develop cognitive and analytical skills that are more advanced than their monolingual peers. Second language immersion education also promotes adaptability, flexibility, and creativity, as children are able to toggle between multiple languages according to the environment. This daily multi-language exposure may explain why immersion students typically receive high marks in academic achievement tests.
RAISING SMARTER KIDS
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Updated: July 8, 2021