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Immersion in Pre-Elementary

Many cultures. Several languages.
One exceptional education.

Pre-K Programs Kindergarten

Immersive Learning

Achieving success in today’s global society requires a multi-faceted education.

Our Preschool teachers

Passionate and inspiring

A day in our preschool

Immersion in fun learning activities

The day starts with ”circle time” which will allow your child to develop listening skills and vocabulary along with the ability to communicate in French on topics that motivate them. It's also a time for songs and story-telling. Imagine your child coming home with songs and poems in French! At that age, learning a new language is a piece of cake and their pronunciation is as good as a native speaker.

Visit our beautiful preschool in La Jolla

Children play and learn in a safe and nurturing learning space

International Learning Community

World Class Education

Download the free booklet:
Fluent in Success

A bilingual activity booklet for your child

Sophie Ricouard

Sophie Ricouard

Pre-Elementary Director

Sophie Ricouard

Pre-Elementary Director

Born and raised in Brittany (France), Sophie received her bachelor of of Arts Degree in Foreign Languages with a major in English and Spanish and Economics. After she earned her Master’s of Education, she taught 3 years in France in multi-level classrooms. With her husband, she moved to NYC and taught at the Lycee Français of New York where she discovered the power of bilingual education. This amazing first experience was a revelation for her. Teaching and co-teaching in a bilingual environment became her passion. She continues to enrich her experiences using different pedagogical approaches, working methods and teaching techniques/practices. Before joining the SDFAS community in 2009 as a mother and Kindergarten Teacher, she taught at Ecole Bilingue in Berkeley. After many years of teaching, Sophie becomes in 2019 the pre-elementary pedagogical director at SDFAS where her children, Jane and Gabriel are enrolled. During her free time she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

Babeth Esterly

Babeth Esterly

Preschool Administrative Director & Admission Assistant

Babeth Esterly

Preschool Administrative Director & Admission Assistant

Originally from Brittany, Babeth Esterly is in charge of the Pre Elementary Admission at San Diego French-American School. She has been working at the school since 1998 and is passionate about working with young children. She has one daughter who is a former SDFAS student and now a happy multilingual speaking college student. In addition to meeting prospective parents, Babeth Esterly is in charge of the Pre-elementary administration.

Meet Our Directors

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