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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

Sylvie Jarlov

Sylvie Jarlov

Pre-Elementary Director

Sylvie Jarlov

Pre-Elementary Director

Sylvie was born in a small village near Lyon, France. She graduated from the College of Education in Grenoble and decided to combine her love of teaching, traveling, and discovering other cultures by going abroad.

Her first position as a French teacher was in Louisiana. She was then the Co-founder and Director of the French School in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe. She developed the pre-elementary section to welcome younger students. Her passion for travel led her to work in other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Singapore, where she taught at various levels.

She and her husband decided to return to the United States, landing in San Diego in 2010. For these past few years at SDFAS, Sylvie has had the opportunity to teach different grade levels, and to participate in various educational projects in the elementary and middle School. Sylvie has a strong interest in Arts and Music.

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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