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New York French-American Charter School

Charter | K-5 | 250 students

Our school is best known for being the first French immersion Charter Shool.
 
 

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $535,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,210.

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2013:
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Posted April 24, 2014

The School is growing and making progress every year. As the school becomes more stable they should look into increasing their Arts and Music program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

NYFACS is a great school if you are looking for the best publicly funded French language immersion elementary school in town and an amazing, multicultural experience for your child. Note that French immersion is more than learning the language: it is also exposing your child to the superior French approach to social studies: history, geography, culture. My daughter loves all of her teachers and at eight is already an accomplished and fully bilingual scholar, in large part thanks to the excellent educational opportunities offered by this school, including in math, English and sciences. Remaining challenges are the need for private funding and more space. But we now have in place, in addition to the effective faculty we always have had: good administrators, a judicious board, and a constructive and positive parent/teacher association. Noah Simmons
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

NYFACS is an amazing project: a french-language immersion school that still manages to teach the American curriculum. It is amazing to see how something as simple as Math can be taught so differently between the French and American Curriculum. The benefit of this diverse teaching is that it really helps to flex students' brain: this is a mind-opening experience: there is not just one way to learn the same thing! This to me is a very valuable skill that you need to learn in this ever-evolving world with so many different cultures and ways of thinking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

I'm a parent of NYFACS since Sept. 2010. I have 2 kids,2nd&5th grade, met 3 differents principals before Ms Boncompain and can't remember how many teachers Since Ms Boncompain came to NYFACS, in june 2012, the school had many issues like bullism, a weak curriculum & instability within the staff. She started working right away on those issues. when Students came back to school after the summer break, in Sept.2012, we all found stability, solidarity , security at school and a serious and humble hard working woman very dedicated to the kids, families & teachers of NYFACS. It felt like the school had been there for a while: a positive attitude, a great structure was installed for the teachers&students; a much stronger curriculum was included ; and respect took everyone. The NYFACS community took place! I never had any issues ever since she started: my kids are doing very well & are very happy at NYFACS. I completely trust Ms Boncompain & the great team behind her: she knows how to bring the teachers together, how to listen carefully to parents, to care for their needs. Her door is always open, Ms Boncompain is a wonderful mediator. We are very grateful to have her as our Principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

I guarantee that I am a parent who has been at the school for four years now. My daughter has had a great four-year experience and has always had great teachers, and is now fluent in French and well versed in Math and English, and knows a lot more about West African countries than I do. I am signing up my baby boy as soon as he is of age. Note that NYFACS is actually 6months or more ahead of other schools in math, if I am to believe a parent of an Upper West side school I compared notes with. We now have a growing group of POSITIVE parents on the PTO and at the school, instead of the negative, pessimistic ones who still find nothing better to do but attempt to undermine our school from afar, who knows why. Is everything perfect? Of course not, nor is the world we live in. But great progress continues to be made, at NYFACS at least. Yes, we need a bigger building and airier building, more money, and more staff. With more good will and some good luck, we will get those too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

My son went to the school for 2 years and I was really disappointed. I don't know how and why other parents are writing great things about NYFACS, but I guess we all want different things for our children. First, I should mention that the bilingual program is wonderful and it was the reason I enrolled my son in a first place. However, believe me, the school is not ideal if French isn't spoken at home. The program is excellent for children with French speaking parent/s. Nevertheless, children learn quickly, so my son was able to catch up eventually. I am disappointed by the school for many reasons: 1. No Music and Art classes, which I find important for our children's creativity. 2. The the building is really dirty and most children have no manners or public hygiene. 3. Some of the teachers are really rude and target particular students. 4. The staff changes constantly, which I find very troubling. Consider my review if you plan to enroll your child there because I was one of those parents that read all of these reviews here and believe every word other people wrote. Now, I think the administration is writing their own reviews to boost the school's reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Amazing advancements, considering the extraordinary challenges - no school can do it perfectly, but when you stack excellent teaching, positive principal / team / employees, and a will to advance; results are knocking - (a dad from private to charter school)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

THIS SCHOOL HAS A SOUND FOUNDATION, GREAT TEACHERS AND GOOD ADMINISTRATION. WHAT IT HAS LACKED IS A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND COMMON PURPOSE, BUT THIS IS RAPIDLY EVOLVING. THE MORE THE PARENTS CAN SEPARATE THE TRIVIAL FROM THE MATTERS THAT ARE IMPORTANT, THE MORE THE SCHOOL CAN FOCUS ON THE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND ON ACHIEVING THE SCHOOL'S GOALS. WE'VE HAD A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE AT THIS SCHOOL AND ARE DOING OUR BEST TO HELP IT MOVE FORWARD FROM AN UNNECESSARILY ROCKY PAST.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

When students spontaneously discuss the way they learn best, you know that something special and great is happening at school! I am sure that something special and great is happening at NYFACS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 22, 2013

The New York French American Charter School is unique in United States. Our children are lucky to get the best of the two cultures and education. But it is not only the French and American culture, our kids are immersed in a multi-cultural environment, over 80 different countries are represented. This diversity is emphasized in order to help them being the leaders of tomorrow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

This school has an amazing bilingual program where students from all over the world learn to live and grow together as the citizens of tomorrow's world. Besides the great opportunities and doors they will get a chance to open by being fluent in both English and French, they also build a strong common culture, develop their critical thinking and all the skills they will need the achieve their personal and professional goals. Thanks to a dedicated team of educators, the high standards are maintained while adapting to the diversity of the students population so that each and every one of them reaches their full potential. Thanks NYFACS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 21, 2013

The project of the school is great : provide a free education in French and English for the student from all over the world !
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 21, 2013

A bilingual School! Can't be better . I was having a conversation with one of my customer who happen to have his child there and he told me about one of his colleague who had his kids there. But base on the none sens allegations from some,he took them out to put them in a so called "called best school ".This kids just slow down .He then went back to NY FACS end negociate to take them back.. So please let make honest comment !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

I love my school and so does my son. Very caring, welcoming environment. Teachers are very respectful towards parents and encourage them to be more involved.Very positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

I've been in the school since the beginning and I couldn't be much happier to find a free bilingual school with so much diversity in harlem. I noticed a big improvement in organization. My kids love their school and besides ELA and Math they also learn about the world around them. great leadership. Keep up the good work:-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

This school is a dream come true and still a hidden gem! My daughter has been there since the very first day the school opened. She is now in 5th grade and my son joined three years ago in K. We are French native speakers and I can testify that the curriculum and quality of French that has been taught to my kids is excellent and comparable to what is being taught in France. I am equally happy with all the other subjects taught at NYFACS. The teachers, assistant teachers and administrative staff are amazing and the parent body very involved. The cultural diversity this school offers within its staff members and students is unique and so enriching. That said, there is still of course lots of room for improvement as the school is only three years old and offers such a unique program but despite all the challenges it had to overcome since it first opened, NYFACS is definitely on the right track thanks to very dedicated new board members and the new principal that took over in September of last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

One of unique school in NYC. Very international and students are from many different culture background. The school teach English and French but in the school, you can hear more different languages. School it self is still young and small but you can feel energy of teachers and people who work this school for creating their own school for children. You don't feel this air in most of NY public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

Very happy with the organization and the flow of the school. The principal is always in front of the school at the beginning of the day to greet parents and receive herself the students. The parent coordinator is very delligent, concern and helpful. The communication between parents, teachers, other staffs and the principal is nothing else but the BEST. Students seem happy of learning a new language. My daughter is already saying things in french and she is being in the school, and exposed to the new language, only 3 weeks. t
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

We transferred our daughter from a bilingual private school to NYFACS because we were so impressed with the quality of the teaching and the rigor of the curriculum here. First Grade subjects include social studies (multicultural francophone focus), English Language Arts (even grammar), cursive writing (a lost art taken very seriously in the French curriculum), and Math (taught in French). The school day is long and productive: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The NYFACS teachers display a very high level of professionalism and are drawn from the same applicant pool as those teaching in the private bilingual French schools of NYC. If anything, as another parent noted, it seems there are only native French accents to be heard among the teachers, so NYFACS students have the distinct advantage of acquiring French without an accent. Discerning parents won't be misled by the politically motivated negative comments of a few who later chose to withdraw from a school at which they could not gain the control they had sought. The community of parents at NYFACS is involved and unpretentious. I am sure this school will soon be "discovered," and I'm so thankful we could secure a spot for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Following the school since the beginning! I have now my daughter in 1st grade and she is very happy and do not want to move! We do have great teachers and a good leadership which bring dynamism, make everyone happy and enthusiastic. This is a great school which will become one of the best, with also the support of parents involvement. I can wait to add my second daughter in 2 years. I highly recommend NYFACS, the little jewel of Harlem community !
—Submitted by a parent


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

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56%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

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The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

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Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 65% 19%
Hispanic 2 16% 23%
White 1 12% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 210%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 143%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 38%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 15%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
French
German
Spanish
Wolof, Bambara, Croatian
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • LabelFrancEducation (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
Foreign languages taught
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • French
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Wolof, Bambara, Croatian

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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Based on 102 responses

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7.5
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 
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7.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 
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6.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.3
 
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6.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
6.9
 

Teachers

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6.6
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents8751%
Teachers1588%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 4:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • MS. EDITH BONCOMPAIN
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • French Ministry of Educatio Curriculum
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Wolof, Bambara, Croatian
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
210
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
184
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311 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027
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Phone: (646) 666-4134

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