Welcome to New York City's new French dual-language program at PS149. The Sojourner Truth School, located in West Harlem (District 3) where 117th Street meets Lennox Avenue, is pioneering a bold new approach to French Dual Language instruction. Launched in September 2022, with students in Pre-Kindergarten, the school is building out a fully immersive Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Dual Language educational experience - producing students who are fully fluent (reading, writing, and speaking) in both French and English upon graduation. Embracing the most up to date pedagogical practices around dual language instruction, students will enter high school bilingual in every sense of the word - with a full appreciation of not only the French language, but of the culture and uniqueness of the Francophone world and what it means to be a part of this world.
With open enrollment available to all families within the five boroughs - whether French is spoken at home fluently, or there simply exists a desire to become immersed in the language and culture of those who speak French, all are welcome at Sojourner Truth. In the 2023-2024 school year the Dual Language Program will expand to include Kindergarten and First Grade, continuing to grow yearly until we reach our goal of a full Pre-K to Grade 8 French Dual Language Program - the only such one in all of New York City. Principal Flournoy White and her team look forward to families learning more about the powerful work being done here and having them join us as we collaboratively bring the French Dual Language Program to life.
For more information or to visit the school, please contact Jeffrey Perl at JPerl2@schools.nyc.gov