Happy to announce that it's now official! The School for International Studies (Cobble Hill, Brooklyn) in partnership with the French Embassy and French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation) will become New York City's first French Dual Language Program 6-12 International Baccalaureate program.
The school is a NYC public school.
Here's Principal Juman's message:
It is my absolute honor to announce the start of an exciting partnership between the School for International Studies (SIS) with the French Embassy and French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation). As a candidate school for the Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program (IB) we are committed to a diversity of culture, learning styles, and languages which now include French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.As a partnership, we are committed to exploring a Bilingual French Program that would serve 22-30 students during the 2015-16 school year. The program would consist of:1. One 6th grade Humanities class - Global History & Literature, approx. 4 hours per week2. An after school program from 2:30-5pmThis program would be reliant on community interest and enrollment with the potential to grow and expand into other grades over time. We are considering the option of a program in the 9th grade in September 2016.In high school, students will have the opportunity to gain a third language in either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese and graduate with an IB Diploma making them competitive candidates for college around the world.I encourage you to join us on Monday, December 1st at 3:15pm to learn more about the amazing opportunities for learning at International Studies.I look forward to seeing you.Sincerely,Jillian JumanPrincipalSchool for International Studies284 Baltic StreetBrooklyn, NY 11201NB: the school's status is IB candidate at this point.
And here are few points to put this message into context:
- The 6th Grade Humanities class noted is a Language and Literature class that is held 4 hoursper week.
- The school offers after school M-Th so it potentially with the right funding and coordination, it could be everyday.
- The first class of 22-30 students will likely be made up of PS58 DLP students and supplemented by academically prepared students from a network of international schools and/or other students from around NYC.
- The French Embassy and FACE will direct their fundraising efforts towards the program.
- The School is also considering offering the program in 9th grade in sept 2016
- And if you are a parent considering the school, Principal Juman also asked me to remind you as well that your ranking and choice of the school should be based on what is the best fit for your child, understanding that the School for International Studies core values are based on the International Baccalaureate and that the school emphasizes a wide array of experiences over pre-determined majors, using a project based learning model.
PS58 DLP Parent