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After leaving SDFAS to earn International Baccalaureate diplomas or participate successfully in competitive Advanced Placement high school programs, they have gone on to graduate with distinction from a wide range of college and universities in U.S. and internationally. Among these are McGill University in Québec, La Sorbonne in Paris, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, NYU and many universities from within the University of California (Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD) or State University of California system (SDSU, Cal Poly St. Luis Obispo). Some have earned multiple masters’ degrees or are in PhD programs. SDFAS alumni from the late ’80s and early 90s are now out in the world working around the globe, living full lives as global citizens and making contributions to society. SDFAS alumni share a special connection with each other and many of them continue to stay in contact throughout high school, college and beyond. Every few years, the school organizes a reunion where students gather to share memories, look at old yearbooks, and renew friendships.
– Current Alumni Highlight (click on Anna’s photo above) –
“I definitely think that the opportunity to learn French at such a young age impacted my future path, as it was the jumping-off point for my attending the IB program at San Diego High School. French helped me learn Spanish and has also opened up the path for me possibly working in a French-speaking country. Because I learned French, my options are broader as to where I can go.” — Milena A., SDFAS ’98 and graduate of Harvard University.
“Attending SDFAS helped me learn English, and thanks to this I had a nice and easy transition in my moving to the U.S. from France. Otherwise, I would have been in an American school directly, and I think I would have faced more struggles.”
Marie B., SDFAS ’10 graduate – La Jolla High School – French-American International School, San Francisco
“I was so well prepared in English when I went to high school; I was at the top of my class.”
Monserrat A., SDFAS ’08 graduate – Cathedral Catholic High School
“SDFAS was really tough. As soon as I moved back to France and started college, I remembered the grammar rules and the culture. SDFAS prepared me well for high school; I had a good level in English and in French. I took AP English…and English is my third language! When I arrived at the university in Lyon, I had to do a dictée the first thing; I felt like I was in elementary school again!”
Jacqueline A, SDFAS ’05 – Cathedral Catholic High School, 2009 – L’Université Catholique de Lyon, International Business School – ESDES (Ecole Superior de Commerce et Management)
“The French American School allowed me to establish the most refined base skill structure available in all San Diego County schools, as I can assure that my level of French I achieved in France and kept up from age 9-14 at the French school, has made me a high scoring student. It helped in both my French International Baccalaureate courses at SDHS and my academic endeavors in the UC DAVIS French program. The way the French school engrained the French language and biculturalism into my primary and middle school education put me at the top of my classes in both the I.B. program and the French major at UC Davis. The mix of knowledge and skills attained between the French-American School and the I.B program allowed me to receive 24 credits before even entering college, ultimately helping me to graduate with two degrees and a minor in four years.”
Hugo André, SDFAS ’03 – San Diego High School, 2007 – UC Davis, 2011
“After attending the French school, I took several Advanced Placement classes in high school, including French, Spanish, math and political science. I earned my undergraduate degree in Global Studies, with a double minor in French and Spanish. I could never have achieved all of this without my education at the French school, where I developed a strong work ethic and learned to love the romance languages.”
Colenn B., SDFAS ’02 – La Jolla High School, 2006 – UCSB, 2010
“Without a doubt, the students of today’s French-American school are gaining a solid bilingual education that will be part of their toolbox throughout their personal, educational and professional lives. This would not be possible without my parents’ vision that became a reality in 1988.”
Coralie Bordes, the school’s first student! – San Diego High School, IB, 2004 – La Sorbonne, Paris, 2008 – UC San Diego IR/PS, 2011