Why Choose a Bilingual Education?

If you’ve ever watched a young child play a complex game of make-believe, or ask question after question about a simple topic, or explore the natural world with pure wonder and excitement, you know that early childhood is a magical time in a child’s life. 

Young children have an amazing capacity to learn, to adapt, and to accept new ideas and perspectives with ease -- much more naturally than teenagers or adults.

That’s because from infancy until the age of 12, a child’s mind is incredibly flexible -- the brain has not yet set rigid knowledge paths, and it can constantly pass from one mental structure to another.

This makes early childhood the perfect time to learn a second language. 

When children learn two or more languages from a young age, they widen their realms of perception and attention, creating linguistic structures that will benefit them throughout life. The bilingual child is a better student, performs at a higher level, and acquires the intellectual acumen and qualities that educational institutions and businesses value.

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The lifelong benefits of a bilingual education that begins in childhood include:

  • Greater cultural awareness 
  • Increased reading comprehension
  • Better at focusing and making decisions
  • Stronger performance on standardized tests
  • Higher average salaries in adulthood

The benefits of the bilingual brain

Why French? 

  • French is spoken by 125 million people in more than 40 countries.
  • French as a foreign language is the second most commonly taught language in the world (after English).
  • Most American universities require knowledge of at least one foreign language.
  • French is the second most-studied foreign language in U.S. higher education institutions (after Spanish).

At the French American School of Princeton, our challenging, creative dual-language program prompts children to speak fluently, think differently, and adapt easily as they become critical, independent thinkers and well-rounded global citizens.

“Our twins have spent 3 years at FASP, from 2nd to 4th Grade before our family had to relocate. As parents, we found the school to be everything we hoped for: providing a comprehensive curriculum in a nurturing and caring environment, and a welcoming community for the whole family. We saw our children grow and learn, develop friendships and, simply, really enjoy going to school every day. We wish FASP a continued success and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in the Princeton area with an interest in bilingual education.“