Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the application process.
When will applications for the 2018-2019 school year be available?
Applications for the 2018- 2019 school year are available now. Click here to apply.
Is there a cost to apply or attend the school?
No, public charter schools in Arizona are tuition-free so there is no cost to apply or attend. Because we receive only a portion of the funding from the State of Arizona that is given to public schools, we seek to recoup those remaining costs with fundraising. Local similar charter schools (Great Hearts, BASIS, etc.) do the same. A typical FrenchAm family should expect to be asked to donate about $2000 per year to the school. Families are also encouraged to take advantage of tax credits which benefit the school.
Is there any kind of placement testing?
Yes. ALL incoming students must take a placement test to determine their level of French and English prior to registering. Placement into classes is limited due to class size.
Once the child's level of French and English are determined, they may be placed into the correct class for their level. Placement in a class is based on the placement test results and the availability of space in the appropriate class. The final decision of class placement rests at the sole discretion of the Chief Education Officer.
When is the placement test administered?
Upon receipt of the admission application, the applicant will receive instructions on how to register to take the Placement Test. It is imperative that the applicant registers for and attends at their scheduled time as enrollment cannot be completed without the results of this test.
How is the placement test administered?
The prospective student will take a written and oral exam geared to the level of the class they have requested for enrollment. The test is administered in both French and English by school educational staff. Parents may observe through a window but may not participate or be in the room with the applicant taking the test.
When will we be informed of our child's class placement?
We anticipate having all results of placement testing calculated and communicated by the end of February. It is important to note that class placement is not a guarantee of enrollment. If enrollment exceeds the capacity of a class, a lottery will be held.
Will there be a lottery? When will we know the results of the lottery?
If enrollment exceeds the capacity of a class, a lottery will be held. We will communicate the results of the lottery as soon as they are known and notify all applicants who have been placed on a waiting list at that time. We anticipate holding a lottery no later than March 15, 2018.
My children have been attending the French American School of Arizona. Can they automatically transfer from the FrenchAm School to the FrenchAm Academy?
No. The two schools are separate entities, despite the fact that the existing school does serve students through grade 5 today. For the 2018-2019 school year, all FrenchAm School of AZ students will need to apply to enroll in the FrenchAm Academy of AZ. Once your child is registered at the Academy, their enrollment will continue until they graduate or leave.
My child does not speak French. Can they still attend FrenchAm Academy?
For Kindergarten: Yes! FrenchAm Academy has two Kindergarten classes, one for students who speak and understand French (Kindergarten A) and one for students who do not (Kindergarten B). Enrollment in each of these classes is determined based on the placement test that each student must take before registration can be completed. Space in each is limited and fills quickly.
For 1st Grade: Placement of a non-Francophone student in First Grade is based on the results of the placement test conducted before registration and on the space available in the class.
For 2nd – 5th Grade: It is not recommended. While we would not restrict a non-Francophone child from taking a placement test to seek enrollment at these grades, the fast pace and rigor of our dual language curriculum would likely result in negative outcomes for the student. In an immersion environment, it is extremely difficult for a non-Francophone child to keep up with their class. In the best interests of the child, we do not encourage enrollment of a non-Francophone student at these late ages.
The French American Academy of Arizona admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The French American Academy of Arizona does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.