Mission Statement and Vision
The French American School of Tampa Bay offers a multicultural educational experience through French immersion from Early Childhood through grade 12, instilling in our students a constant curiosity towards foreign languages and the diverse cultures of the world. The multicultural approach at FASTB provides students the opportunity to benefit from French and American education systems, combining the approaches of two different and complementary educational methods. The education is further enhanced by exposure to both cultures.
The school’s vision is centered upon the fascinating relationship between music and art education and the immersion process of learning a second language. Though the national trend is to reduce these components of education, we believe that a strong music and art curriculum lays the foundation for strong mathematical and scientific intelligence. All grade levels will be immersed in music and art programs, including Music Theory, the Choral Program, Music & Me and an opportunity for private Suzuki instrumental lessons.
We believe that it is through play, actions and the search for independence that each child discovers his/her unique path to learning and obtains the necessary tools for development. The children are encouraged to express themselves freely in French and through various art forms, helping them boost their confidence and their knowledge. It’s through this commitment to language and culture that we’re able to provide a diverse, mind-opening educational experience in an atmosphere of understanding and discovery.
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12. Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine in 2002, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
After a complete building and playground renovation in the summer of 2018, FASTB opened its doors in September, 2018.
The French American School of Tampa Bay (FASTB) offers the possibility of a bilingual education in close partnership with the Mission Laïque Française (MLF) renowned for successfully managing French schools abroad (more than 55,000 students in 41 countries), the French Ministry of Education and its prestigious international network of 400 schools (AEFE / FISNA) and the Association of French Schools in North America (AFSA) which comprises 53 primary, elementary and secondary schools in the United States and Canada, all of which are accredited by the French Ministry of National Education.
The school will immediately pursue accreditation through Florida Department of Education, NAIS, AdvancED and Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) to demonstrate its commitment to meeting standards and ensuring quality through internal and external reviews and engaging in continuous improvement.
Le Conseil d’Ecole, or the School Council, is an important part of our school. To reflect the ideas and opinions of the entire school community, the Council is made up of the school Director, all teachers, the Inspecteur de l’Education Nationale (IEN), as well as parent representatives.
The Council’s responsibilities include voting on school rules; addressing questions related to school life; developing after school and enrichment programs; organizing sports and cultural activities; and ensuring the safety and security of the school and its members.
To submit comments, questions or concerns to the School Council, please click here.
The French American School of Tampa Bay is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from harassment and discrimination. No employee of the school, student of the school or applicant to the school shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation (including gender identity and expression), physical or mental disability, or status as a veteran, whistleblower or any other status protected by law. We will also not tolerate any harassment or discriminatory conduct by any third party visiting our school, including parents, trustees or vendors.
Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators: All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to Dan Hannigan, School Director. Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to Willy LeBihan, Head of School. Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services.
Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the staff break room.