French-American Charter School (SRFACS) families are committed to supporting our Teachers and Staff in providing a strong academic curriculum in French and English. We are a diverse community of individuals who share a common goal; to develop bilingual and bi-literate world citizens. As a public school, SRFACS does not charge tuition. However, like other public schools in California, SRFACS relies on parent and community donations to support school programs. Family and friends of SRFACS are encouraged to stay informed and get involved!

A Community of World Class Educators

At SRFACS we enjoy the unique distinction of being 1 of only 5 French-immersion public schools in North America to also be accreditated by the Agency of French Education Abroad (AEFE). The majority of our teaching staff are French Nationals, with credentials from the French Ministry of Education. Many members of our faculty and staff are also a part of the parent community with children currently enrolled. SRFACS students receive the best in French and American education.


The SRFACS Parent Association Foundation (PAF) is a nonprofit corporation that serves as the parent association. PAF has been established to raise funds and organize volunteers to help achieve the goals established in the charter as well as meet the needs of students and teachers.

The suggested family donation to fully support school goals and objectives is $700 per student, per school year. While donations are not a requirement of attending SRFACS, contributions in any amount are appreciated as well as critical to our school’s success.

Tax-deductible donations and pledges can be paid by check or credit card. You may opt to charge the same amount to your credit card on a monthly basis. SRFACS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID 45-5359406

For questions, please contact:
Rachel Sweet, SRFACS Foundation Treasurer


SRFACS families are encouraged to volunteer at least 20 hours each school year.  We have a variety of opportunities – day, evening, weekend, campus-wide, in-class, events and more – to participate as best suits your time and talents.

SRFACS uses HelpCounter software to schedule volunteering opportunities,  track hours, send monthly summaries of hours volunteered.

New volunteer?
Search “SRFACS” after creating your account.

Please allow up to 24 hours for us to process a new account.

When volunteering on campus, please remember to sign in and get a badge at the front office.

Email any questions or concerns to


Merchant Rewards

Solar Works

Solar Works

Harvest the Sun and Support SRFACS

Solar Works makes a donation to SRFACS for each solar electric system we design and install for customers referred by SRFACS.

SRFACS receives 20¢/watt from Solar Works on your behalf. Donations up to $3,000 per installation, made when the installation is complete and payment in full is received. A typical 6kW system provides a $1,200 donation.



A portion of your proceeds will go to our School Foundation every time you order using our Amazon Affiliate Program link. Bookmark and share!

eScrip Shop and Earn Money for SRFACS

eScrip Shop and Earn Money for SRFACS

Earn 3% of your purchase amount for our school when you register your card to use at these frequently shopped locations.

  • Apple
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Register your most used Debit or Credit Card to earn when you shop, dine, or travel.
Learn where you can earn here.

REGISTER HERE | School ID: Santa Rosa French-American Charter Sch | Group ID: #500043254

Earn at Gymboree, Crazy 8, and Janie and Jack

Earn at Gymboree, Crazy 8, and Janie and Jack

When you shop via SRFACS SCHOOL LINK, Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie and Jack will donate 10% of each order placed.

Box Tops!

Box Tops!

A fun way to have our students and community participate in fundraising! Collect qualifying Box Tops labels on school supplies, snacks, household products and more. Classrooms will have a collection-box to which students can contribute throughout the year. Learn more about this fun family fundraising activity here.

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SRFACS has partnered with Sports Basement as a Basementeer! Sign up online or in the store to get 10% off of your purchases and select our school to support with 10% back. No Points. No Waiting. Just saving and giving.

The owner of local restaurants Crepevine, Cascabel and Fresh Press, all in Montgomery Village, has generously offered to donate 5% of all purchases to SRFACS for anyone showing these flyers at the register or check out. Share them with friends and family, spread the word! And eat great food!

The owner of local restaurants Crepevine, Cascabel and Fresh Press, all in Montgomery Village, has generously offered to donate 5% of all purchases to SRFACS for anyone showing these flyers at the register or check out. Share them with friends and family, spread the word! And eat great food!

The owner of local restaurants Crepevine, Cascabel and Fresh Press, all in Montgomery Village, has generously offered to donate 5% of all purchases to SRFACS for anyone showing these flyers at the register or check out. Share them with friends and family, spread the word! And eat great food!

We encourage all our wonderful families to help our school thrive. Invite grandparents, friends, co-workers and neighbors to take part in these easy to use fundraising tools.  Help us make a powerful impact for our school community!

Fundraising Events

Our Annual School Fundraiser Event

Our Annual School Fundraiser Event

Save the Date

February 22nd, 2020

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Ellington Hall in Santa Rosa

Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auctions

Parent Association Foundation Annual Fundraiser

Santa Rosa Charter Schools - Parent Associations

Parent Association Foundation

The SRFACS: Parent Association (PAF) was established to provide services to our school community. The association develops and conducts activities to foster school spirit, community involvement, social awareness, and to raise funds solely for the purposes of supporting school goals and programs while being mindful of the French-American connection.

Our Story

In the fall of 2010, a group of motivated parents launched the project of opening a French-American Charter School in the North Bay. A first meeting was held in November 2010 and it was immediately apparent that there was significant support for a dual immersion French-American school with a global perspective.

On December 14, 2011 the Santa Rosa City School Board unanimously approved the petition for the French-American Charter School. Everyone in support of the project had reason to rejoice.

We want to thank the community for all of the support, enthusiasm, guidance, words of wisdom, time and energy that they have demonstrated. Together, we hold ourselves to the highest academic standards.

The story behind the Santa Rosa French American Charter School.

Our Founders

SRFACS exists because of the vision and determination of 5 parents who believed that the value of learning in two languages benefits not only the mind, but the spirit.

Najine Shariat, RDN, founder, is a clinical dietitian/nutritionist with over 20 years as a health educator. Understanding the complex nature of healthcare and nutrition, Mrs. Shariat has lead different organizations to advocate for change. Approaching education's intricate nature with a systematic approach, she believes that we need to create an environment where learning is sought after. She brings to SRFACS the vision and energy to build a unique education culture in academics, and a heritage of eating that feeds and connects body and mind.

Nas Salamati, founder, is an electrical engineer with an MBA focused on operations and finance. He has over 20 years of engineering experience in the fields of aerospace, telecommunications and medical devices. His experience ranges from designing products from concept to production, and collaborating with teams and government agencies in the U.S. and Europe on engineering design and regulations. Mr. Salamati sees action oriented operation, understanding science and applying technology as the core of advancement in any field. He brings to SRFACS his expertise in operations.

Emmanuelle Benefield, founder, is an ambassador of French education for young children and is a fervent believer and benefactor of early language learning. She has been teaching for fourteen years, and in 2006, opened Ma Petite École, a French preschool that conforms to the curricula defined by the French Ministry of Education. Her program is renowned for its outstanding educational standards. Mrs. Benefield is dedicated to providing SRFACS with challenging educational resources and philosophy. She brings to SRFACS her knowledge of the French education system and provides a link with the French Consulate and bonds with other French-American schools in the bay area and beyond.

Brian Benefield, founder, was raised in Santa Rosa and is a product of public schools. He is co-director of the French immersion preschool, Ma Petite École, and as such, sees the direct benefits of bilingualism on a daily basis. Through Mr. Benefield’s career with international corporations and local start-ups, he brings experience in project planning and coalition building to SRFACS. His drive is for children in the community to experience a rich public school education with a global perspective.

Jennifer Schwinn, founder, is a public school educator, currently serving as superintendent-principal for a small school district in West Sonoma County. She is a parent of school-age children; a resident of Santa Rosa; and local family advocate. Ms. Schwinn’s own passion for studying the French language and culture began in childhood and continued until she attended the Université de Poitiers in France and earned a degree in French and English Literature. She brings to SRFACS a combined understanding of the California public school system and her own experience as a second language learner in the French school system. Ms. Schwinn imagines that as a child, she would have ridden her bike across town every morning to attend such a school as SRFACS, and she is delighted and dedicated to help make this special educational opportunity available to all local public school children.

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