French-American School accredited by France
By REPORTER STAFF
Mercer Island Reporter Staff
June 6, 2012 · 10:18 AM
The French-American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) has officially received full accreditation from the French Ministry of Education for its middle school, recognizing its bilingual program from grade 6-8, its outstanding faculty and high academic standards.
Head of School Eric Thuau announced the news.
“Receiving this highly regarded accreditation is a testament to the great vision of the school’s leadership, the amazing work of an experienced and talented faculty, and the consistent support from its parent community,” Thuau explained.
FASPS has become the only French-American school in the state of Washington with a fully accredited program for prekindergarten through grade 8.
The French-American School of Puget Sound was started by a few committed teachers and parents in September 1995 in the basement of a church in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. The school quickly grew from 13 students to a complete preschool and elementary school, and with that came the need to find a more permanent facility. A couple of “portables” installed on a lot adjacent to the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) on Mercer Island became the school’s new home in September 1999. In 2003, thanks to a capital campaign, a new one-story facility was built, and a long-term lease was signed with the SJCC. A second story was added to launch the middle school in September 2008.
During the 2011-12 school year, FASPS welcomed over 380 students from ages 2½ to 14, and enjoys a community representing more than 45 nationalities.
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