FAQ

Why bilingual education?

 

This video examines the value of a bilingual education, exploring why younger children have a superior ability to learn a second language. Considering research from Eric Lenneberg, Ellen Bialystok, among others, it also looks at why bilingual students are better speakers, better thinkers, better learners, have superior focus, score higher on tests, and are better citizens of the world.

 

The Paths We Choose from Clyde Javois on Vimeo.

THE PATHS WE CHOOSE video is published wiht permission from the French Academy of Bilingual Culture © 2011. www.thefrenchabc.com.

 

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public schools, available to any resident in California, attended by personal choice as an alternative to other public schools. They are subject to the rules established by the state.

 

What is the cost for tuition?

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 academics and school activities.  The SRFACS Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that serves as the parent association, has been established to raise funds and organize volunteers to help achieve the goals established in the charter and as well as to meet the needs of teachers and the expectations of parents.  Please follow this link to contribute.

 

How do I enroll my child?

Please visit our enrollment page.

 

Does your child need to speak French to enroll in SRFACS?

If you and your child are excited about the challenge and your child enrolls in SRFACS by the first grade they will have the best opportunity for learning the language, putting them in a  better position for success as a student. Non-French speaking children who join SRFACS in second grade or higher may experience significant challenges in acquiring the language and keeping pace with teacher instruction.

 

Will my child be at a disadvantage when some classmates already speak French?

Each class will have children with varying abilities, including French-speaking skills. A child who is learning the French language will actually benefit from classmates who speak at a more advanced level. Teachers will use their CLAD and SADAIE skills to meet students at all levels of language proficiency and offer them access to the core curriculum.

 

Will classes be taught in French or English?

Throughout the course of a school day, most of the instruction will be in French. Experience has shown that if an immersion school is to be successful, the majority of instruction must be in the target language. Some specific subjects such as English language and California history will be taught in English.

 

What is the teacher to student ratio?

SRFACS is a public school and subject to the rules established by the State of California. As stated by the Class Size Reduction (CSR) program, the limit for TK-3 is 24:1. For grades 4-6, the ratio cannot exceed 32:1. There are many factors that affect a pupil-teacher ratio, but the goal at SRFACS is to keep the ratio as low as possible.

 

What are the school hours?

The school hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

How can I help my child with homework?

Le Club des Devoirs (study hall) is offered each day from 3:00-4:00 in the library. This extended day program is available through After-school program and will provide students with fluent, French-speaking adult support to help overcome any language challenges and complete the assignments.

 

What will our kids be eating?

True to the French gastronomic tradition, there will be a particular emphasis on mealtime. Our goal is to provide balanced lunches made from locally grown ingredients and have a majority of students participate in this healthy and cultural experience. The cost is $5.25 per lunch.  As with all other public schools, a free and reduced-lunch program is available; please contact SRFACS Office Manager Cheryl Miller for details cmiller@srcs.k12.ca.us.

 

I don't have a school age child but want to contribute. How can I help?

For those so inclined, we thank you!  There are many ways to contribute to SRFACS, including opportunities to volunteer time, services, and materials. Financial contributions also are welcomed and can be made to the SRFACS Foundation.  Please see our Ways To Give page.

 

How do you provide curriculum for students working at varied language and academic levels?

Curriculum will be differentiated to provide challenge for students working in all levels.

 

Will there be a before-school and After-school childcare program available?

Yes, SRFACS is a host site for the Santa Rosa City School District's before-school program from 7:00 am - 8:15 am and after-school program from 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm. Please visit our Child Care page or more information.

 

Will there be a parent handbook available?

Yes, one will be provided to you by the first day of school.

 

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