"Our school is best known for being the first French immersion Charter Shool."
Students enrolled 250
Hours 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
School leader MS. EDITH BONCOMPAIN
Transportation options Yes
District New York French-American Charter School
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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311 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027

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(646) 666-4134
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4 stars
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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
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
April 08, 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
March 06, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
October 08, 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
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
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
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
September 27, 2013
Great school , my 2 kids are there and i am loving the melting pot so far .

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
A dedicated staff with excellent community support makes NYFACS a great school. Keep up the good work, it can only improve.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Only in New York! A public French immersion school in a safe, affordable neighborhood. We pinch ourselves that such a school exists, and are thrilled that our daughter is now in her second year at NYFACS. The teachers are dedicated, the administration is very approachable, and the parents very welcoming and active. What our 1st grader is learning at the school is way ahead of that taught in other schools, and she learns it in French, too. The diversity of the entire school population (staff, administration, students, parents) truly reflects that NYFACS is a global community.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
The New York French American Charter School is a hidden gem located in a great neighborhood. I think that the best words to describe it are family atmosphere. Beyond the bilingual aspect of NYFACS that makes it truly unique, NYFACS is probably one of the only school in Manhattan that serves a diverse population. This is what NYFACS is really about. If you come in the classrooms, it will strike you.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
those kids learn more than french, they learn about the world and understand that they're part of it, they are wise for their age, they learn every day about nationality, ethnicity, dialect, origin, tradition, religion of each of their classmate, they are not outsiders anymore, they are citizen of the world! unfortunately some parents focus on the small details or problems that most of NYC schools face everyday, i look at the BIG picture: non ignorant kids that know that Africa is not a country and that you don't have to be french to speak it! it's a new francophone community we have now, that bring the parents together no matter where they from and it's happen in Harlem!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My son has been enrolled in the French American Charter school for two years now. He started last year in kindergarten. I really like the school. By the end of the school year my son was able to read and speak in French. I was amazed of the high level of my son's mastering of the language. He has no accent at all because the teachers are all French native speaking. I am very happy with the school and the school's community. Everybody is very helpful and supportive from the Principal to the teacher and the school staff. I love the dual language program and I feel my son is receiving an international education which is important to me being from Europe, . My son is very happy to go to school every day. I am also very pleased for the very diverse multicultural community which I think it is essential to any child growing up today.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My daughter attends Kindergarten. She absolutely loves going to school everyday. The children are friendly and kind to one another.Her teachers are warm and inviting. The school's faculty is upbeat and always very informative. I have no plans of moving her. I am really happy with the location and happy she was chosen. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK NYFACS!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
This is my daughters first year in school a full day. I could not ask for a better place to make her independent transition not only as a student but as an individual. My family speaks only English, however, this has proved thus far not to be a factor at all in her progress. She is doing well in all her subjects and is picking up French very fast. I'm actually learning from her believe it or not. The teachers set a goal for the week and have a well thought out curriculum that helps the student excel in school while learning a second language. I always must add that the teachers are so nurturing to the children and understands the children's needs as wants. I really love the school. It's a community and family.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Great school. Energetic teachers and personnel. Their programs and the activities are soundly taught and I can see the positive consequences on my child behavior. We need more schools like them .

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
New York French American Charter School is a unique school by its curriculum that combines the French and American educational systems and serves the most diverse population. The school opened in 2010, meaning it has experienced some challenges which are common to most meaningful organizations in their early stage of development. It has a K - 5 grade with the students coming different areas of New York City. Knowing the commitment of the parents and the quality of the teachers, NYFACS presents great promises. Of course there is a room for improvement, and most members of the community are eager to make it happen.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My daughter has been there since the day the school opened and I am very impressed with the education she has received from this school. It is one of a kind and we feel fortunate to have her part of it. We also plan on sending her brother when he is of age. Keep up the good work NYFACS!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
NYFACS is a great community school with 255 students and goes from K-5. It will grow each year to reach 12 grade and the international baccalaureat degree.The school is in its 4th year and I m very hapy my kid is enrolled there. Since last year he has made such progress in french that he is able to converse with my fanilly in Europe and I m very proud of him. Teachers, administration and leadership are very involved and I thank them for that. The PTO is very active and parents are more and more involved. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I have three children at this school; my first child was in the inaugural kindergarten class and we are extremely happy with the program. Like most early stage charter schools, the school has undergone some early challenges, I can honestly say that the school has improved markedly since it was opened 4 years ago. But the big reason why I am such a big supporter has to do with the faculty; especially the French language staff, which include teachers from around the Francophone world. I've been extremely impressed by the dedication of the teachers towards learning and I couldn't be happier about my children's achievements in the school. I would heartily recommend this school to any parent who wishes to give their child the gift of bilingualism.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
The school is amazing teaching mono and multilingual children french! My children love the friendliness and family atmosphere of the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My nephew is in first grade at NYFACS and he loves it! He is almost bilingual and I have witnessed as his aunt his enthusiasm. I heard very good things about the devoted teachers and I can see how much kids love them!

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
NYFACS is a unique school in Manhattan. It offers, for free, a true bilingual teaching environment. French is taught by French or francophone teachers, and English by American teachers. For example, cursive wirting is taught, which cannot be found in the dual language in Public Schools. Also, they have at least 2 classes per level, which means that they can mix up the classes every year, unlike dual language programs, which often only have one class in one school. The whole staff is bilingual, and French is spoken in the whole school (not just in class). Principal is great, and she has made a lot of significant improvements over the year she has been in place. She has allowed NYFACS to get continuity, and this school year is starting much more organized than last year. Teachers fully support her, and parents support the teachers. Obviously the school is not yet perfect, it is only the 4th year, so it is not yet an oiled machine, but parents are getting together, and everyone is moving in the right direction.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I am a new parent to this school and the school is also fairly new. I admire the enthusiastic spirits of the parents there that are fighting to keep the school alive. They have organized several fundraisers. I am also thrilled about the diversity of the families enrolled at the school---they definitely reflecting the neighborhood. My child so far is contented and seems to be integrating well with peers. To my delight my child has already picked up a few french expressions, counts to 10 in french and knows a few french vocabulary. I am very optimistic about the school year.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
It is a great school to be part of it. It is relatively a new school and a lot of positive results of the big efforts by many positive and constructive members. It has a great level of diversity and high academic standards. Children are exposed to math, science, English, gym, social studies and French. The school has been awarded in France for his academic level and The teachers are brilliant and totally dedicated to the children.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
NYFACS has grown in many ways since opening its doors in 2010, and continues to offer a rigorous curriculum combining the French and American systems. The population is very diverse which offers families exposure to an extensive Francophone community. Though NYFACS had high turnover in its board and administration early on, there is strong committed leadership in place and the school continues to attract high quality educators. Our family has been with the school since its inception, and we feel our child has had a very positive, enriching experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Our school is unequaled in terms of diversity, languages spoken, differences in income and background. We have many children who speak over three languages. We have a population of U. N. diplomatic corp combined with refugees from far flung countries mixed with European children of bankers and even a homeopath. There is a dedication in this school from parents to see their children be citizen of the world. For next year, the debate is whether to introduce Arabic or Mandarin. Our third graders are introduced to the table of elements in a creative way by our wonderful teachers. Even with a longer hours than most school (8:30 to 4:30) over a hundred children stay for after school program. Nobody sleeps there! We are a young school and we had our rough moments, particularly with parents who thought of themselves as educators. We have weathered these times and sailed through staff changes and yet the mission of adding a grade each year, we are now up to fifth grade, to bring our children all the way to Senior High School and by that time graduate from the most sought after public school in NYC is a statement of American grit and perseverance combined with French creativity and pizzazz.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
This school has been such a wonderful addition to our community! My children have been here for the past years and this year has had many welcome changes that have improved instruction and the school environment. The French instruction is very authentic and the entire community with a few exceptions is French speaking. The children in this school are very representative of NYC's diversity and come from all 5 boroughs, even from West Chester! My children are both French speaking after a very short time, they've even taught me a thing or two. What a wonderful option for public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
I have been staff at this school for the past a while. After having worked at several schools (public, catholic and charter) in the area, I can truly say that this school is an oasis of calm and learning during the school day. The parent body is heavily involved which brings both pros and cons but inside the building the classrooms run smoothly and students get lots of personal attention. We have ESL classes, French as a Second Language for beginners, small group instruction, and one on one help. I can't wait to watch the school as it continues to improve.

- submitted by a teacher
January 12, 2013
I have been involved in this school for the past 3 years as a parent with two children enrolled. I have to honestly say that the parent body is extremely involved in every aspect of the school, sometimes it's not a good thing. On the other hand, the very unique flavor and diversity of the students in every sense has been an enriching and great educational experience for my children. Their level of French amazes me every day. They try to teach me sometimes, but I can say that I didn't ever think they would be so fluent and reading and writing in French so quickly. Harlem is very lucky to be the neighborhood that this school has chosen, there is nothing like it in the greater NYC area, not to mention Harlem. A very singular experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
I have been working at this school since the beginning of this school year. This is a new school to me and a welcome relief from the Harlem public schools. The students are respectful and well behaved for the most part. There is a no nonsense approach to discipline, lots of parental outreach and leadership is very supportive to teachers. We have the supplies we need in the class and are treated as professionals.

- submitted by a teacher
December 01, 2012
We had a horrible experience at this school and withdrew our child early on. Now, at his new school, we have seen a flood of other families fleeing this awful charter school. The school is torn with internal strife - parent versus parent, teachers versus administration, vying between cultural groups for who is "more french." The teachers unionized, which says a lot at a charter school. As much as we regretted leaving the vision of the school behind, in implementation everything was lacking. Stay away!!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
i paid the school a surprised visit I found the scholars to be very noisy, the entrance hall way was very chaotic i guess there were a transition, and it took a very long time for a staff member to talk to me. Everything was just too disorganized for my taste.

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New York French-American Charter School
311 W 120th St, New York, NY  10027
(646) 666-4134
Last modified New York French-American Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New York French-American Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top