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Christian Jarlov,
Head of School

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Born into a family of artists, Christian Jarlov had an early career as a professional painter, specializing in landscapes in southwestern France. At 21, he turned to other passions: languages, education and travel.

After his university studies in French literature, applied linguistics and graduating from the College of Education in Bordeaux, his first position as a French teacher was in Louisiana. He worked in the Codofil program, and published a method to learn French that was approved by the Louisiana State Department of Education. He also created an animated radio program in French.

Teaching in international schools took him around the world: America, Africa, the Middle-East, and Asia. In Zimbabwe, he and his wife Sylvie co-founded the first French school in the capital city Harare. After a short stay in the French international school of Ryad, he moved back to Africa. In Senegal he worked on projects for the French Ministry of Cooperation. In Dakar, he founded the first newspaper for young readers and worked as a journalist and consultant for the Bayard-Press group on international publications for children for more than ten years, while continuing to teach.

In1998, he and his family moved to San Diego to work for the French-American School for two years as a teacher and pedagogic director. His son, Clément, an alumnus of the school, is now preparing a PhD in physics in Switzerland.

Then it was on to Singapore, where Christian spent ten years in one of the best French international schools in the network. He continued to write for a children's magazine and also worked extensively on theater workshops for children, collaborating with professional actors and musicians.

Christian was recruited as the new SDFAS Head of School in August 2010.

With a strong interest in language learning and cross-cultural awareness, Christian is convinced an education such as the one delivered in the French international network of schools promotes essential values, such as open-mindedness, tolerance, respect for others, and preparation for tomorrow's global world.

Welcome - San Diego French American School

Welcome to San Diego French-American School. While browsing these pages, you will come to know us better and discover the enriching variety of academic, social, and extra-curricular activities our students enjoy.

For more than 20 years, SDFAS has been offering an excellent education with an international perspective, plus a well-structured curriculum and the tools to prepare students for tomorrow's world.

Accredited in both the United States and France, SDFAS is recognized and sought after by families from around the world, for its...

  • bilingual education, which offers a motivating, rich and structured program, in a large variety of subjects from literature, history, and science to sports and the arts
  • qualified teachers who are passionate about their jobs and consider students' needs their priority
  • comprehensive math program, with methods to encourage logical thought processes as early as preschool
  • pedagogic approach, which fosters creativity, critical thinking skills and debates in small classes, and
  • a multicultural environment promoting the capacity to understand and respect others, and to develop the ability to adapt to other languages and cultures

Every day, I take great pleasure in witnessing our students' wide array of talents and enthusiasm in their learning experiences. Throughout the day, they are making new discoveries and switching languages with ease. In this warm, professional, and family-like environment, the educational team provides each student with very personalized attention in order to ensure his or her success.

SDFAS is also a community of parents, teachers and administrators who share the same values and vision: to provide children all the tools that will help them become open-minded adults who are capable of communicating effectively, able to adapt to an ever-changing world, and skilled at thinking creatively, thus bringing their own original solutions to 21st century challenges.

Welcome, and have a great school year!

Christian Jarlov, Head of School

One school, many cultures

To succeed, a child must feel comfortable in his own culture, open his/her mind to others and learn to appreciate world heritage.

Sayings are part of this heritage. You might know this one: "to raise your children well, you must give them roots and wings". This image is true to the spirit of our school, and this is why:

Roots : a well rounded program

Roots provide a solid foundation for our students. This foundation allows them to be well prepared for high school and the world of higher education. Of course the knowledge of at least one language, in addition to their own, is a remarkable advantage that gives them fantastic abilities to communicate in a growing international environment.

We don't know what tomorrow's world will be like, but we know that the ability to adapt and to understand new situations will open doors. Our program also gives solid foundations in math with methods that promote critical thinking skills and the power to solve problems.

Roots are also the foundation for the knowledge of history and world culture, from the birth of democracy in Athens to human rights or the discovery of American Indian civilization.

Roots provide the cornerstone of our educational values, such as the importance of citizenship, and the attitudes and qualities that are encouraged everyday at school. The projects led by the school community, the humanitarian group or the green campus committee promote these important values of solidarity, respect for others and for nature, and tolerance. A well-rounded education helps our students grow into valued adults who are able to change tomorrow's world for the better..

Wings to create

What does "give wings to our children" mean?

It clearly means to open their minds and broaden their horizons; to give them the chance to become creators by freeing their imagination, enhancing their critical thinking skills and encouraging autonomy.

At SDFAS, teachers are discovering each student's unique talent. Small class size allows them to focus on the individual, giving each one the time to express their ideas and stimulating those who can go further in their research.

Shows, writing workshops, debates, keynote presentations, artistic activities or sports, are some of the many ways to open one's wings and fly away in the fields of creation, preparing our students to change tomorrow's world. We consider that every child has dreams and it is our role to help him/her fulfill them.

Every day on the campus, we see children who are happy to be here, to live this extraordinary experience of bilingual education, switching from one language to the other and feeling more and more comfortable in their own mind and body, and visualizing the world in their own way.

SDFAS is more than a school: it's a warm and welcoming community made of adults, teachers and parents whose main goal is the education and success of the children. It's also a community composed of families of diverse origin, a true mosaic of cultures and languages to be shared. Every year, numerous events bring together children and adults, the young and the old in a spirit of learning and sharing from one another.

To be a part of SDFAS, as parents, you are collaborating with the school to prepare your children's future by giving them an excellent education with a global perspective!

Christian Jarlov, Head of School

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