Frank D. Parent (FDP) welcomed its first TK/K class to the newly inaugurated K-8 French Dual-Language Immersion program.
The school’s new French program and its continuing Spanish dual-language track is the result of several years of cooperation and collective effort among local parents, school administrators and IUSD leadership.
These collaborations are inspired by the belief that implementing 21
st-century instructional model is critical to educating the next generation of citizens, providing them with global perspectives and international opportunities.
FDP’s French Dual-Immersion program has achieved great strides in its first semester. The Consulate of France in Los Angeles has provided district-level cooperation through its Attaché for Higher Education. The program was also awarded two grants from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation, a non-profit partner of the Embassy of France’s cultural services.
The grant funds were used to acquire French-language teaching materials, establish a French-language library for all FDP students, and professional development training for instructors and administrators. The semester culminated in a field trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum, where Curator Anne-Lise Desmas highlighted objects from the Museum’s collections – in French!
FACE Foundation support will also sponsor community events including lecture series and dialogues on bilingual education.
School tours are available for interested families by contacting the school at 310-680-5430 or by e-mailing
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