Who we are
The French-American School of RI (FASRI) is an independent school offering grades from Pre-school through grade 8, accredited by the French Government and the Rhode Island Board of Education. FASRI was founded in 1994.
We are a French School with an immersion and dual language program: FASRI has two languages embedded in one curriculum. Our French immersion program runs from Pre-school through Kindergarten, and the dual language program from grades 1 through 8. We welcome non-French speaking children up to and including Kindergarten.
FASRI adheres to the rigorous requirements of the French Ministry of Education and the highest standards of American independent schools. We follow the French curriculum guidelines from the Ministere de l'Education Nationale (French Ministry of Education) and the recommendations of the SEF (Board of Education of French schools in the US). Our curriculum and practices are essentially French, but the administration and management of the school are based on best practices of American independent schools, through resources such as the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and Independent School Management (ISM).
In 2011, Founder and Head of School Dominique Velociter (formally Thompson) was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her services to education and French language and culture.
FASRI's 2010/11 enrollment is 185.
The School is fully accredited by the Rhode Island Board of Education and the Agency for French Schools Abroad (French Ministry for Foreign Affairs). FASRI is part of the international network of about 470 'French Schools Abroad', located in 130 countries, educating 280,000 students with one common curriculum. Close to 40 of these schools are located in North America.
In 2010, FASRI began the process for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In October 2011, FASRI's portion of this process is complete, and we are now awaiting the association's decision. View our full self-study report for NEASC accreditation.
ISARI (Independent School Association of Rhode Island), AFSA (Association of French Schools in America), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), ISM (Independent Schools Management) Consortium.
FASRI is formally affiliated with Providence College. Through this affiliation, FASRI provides Providence College students of French with the opportunity of a classroom assistant internship that enhances students' experience, scholarship and teaching beyond university study.
Statement of non-discrimination
The French-American School of Rhode Island is committed as a matter of principle to providing equality and opportunity to all members of the School community. In conformance with federal and State law, the French-American School shall not discriminate against any person because of race/ethnicity, nationality and culture, language and faith, socio-economics, gender and sexual orientation, and physical challenges.