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Making French an asset for new Americans.


There are about 2 million French speakers in the United States, and yet for many of them, having the possibility to maintain their language and cultural heritage is often a challenge today.

The French Heritage Language Program is a program of FACE Foundation, a non-profit organization working in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States and the Internationals Network for Public Schools. Created in 2005, it is the first program of its kind to directly address the needs of underserved French-speaking communities in public schools and community centers across the United States.

Most of our students hail from West Africa and Haiti and live in areas where no French language instruction is available or accessible to them. By providing them with free French classes, our program gives these students the possibility to keep strong bonds with their cultures and identity within their own schools and communities.

"Making French an asset for new Americans"

Our goal is to help these students make the most of their French in the United States. Through our classes, they can reinforce their literacy in the home language to speed up their acquisition of English, get academic support to better understand other subjects at school, and take examinations that will facilitate their access to college. Our students work with dedicated teachers and artists to conduct empowering projects and can also find internship and job opportunities that will make the most of their bilingual and multicultural skills. In a nutshell, we are making French an asset to them.

Our program offers its own signature pedagogy, with teaching resources designed and regularly updated by professionals, and made freely available on our website for teachers, schools and other similar initiatives in the United States. Our French courses are directly inspired by the method successfully used in the Internationals Network for Public Schools, a network comprising 18 schools working for the development of global education models.

The FHLP regularly collaborates with major research centers like the Center for Applied Linguistics and has been recognized by the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA as one of the most advanced heritage language programs in the United States.

We have already served more than 4,000 children K-12 as well as expanded and inspired the creation of similar programs in Florida, Maine and Massachusetts.


The French Heritage Language Program currently serves 535 students at elementary and high school levels.

New York

- Bronx International High School
- Claremont International High School (Bronx)
- International Community High School (Bronx) 
- International High School at Crotona (Bronx)
- Brooklyn International High School 
- International High School at Lafayette (Brooklyn) 
- International High School at Prospect Heights (Brooklyn) 
- International High School at Union Square (Manhattan)
- Manhattan International High School (Manhattan)
- International High School for Health Sciences (Queens)

- Malian Cultural Center (Harlem)


- Little Haiti Cultural Center (Miami)
- Toussaint Louverture Elementary School (Miami)
- North Dade Middle School (Miami)
- Miami Shores Elementary School (Miami)
- Phyllis Ruth Miller Elementary School (Miami)


- Sherwood Heights Elementary School (Lewiston)
- Franco American Heritage Center (Lewiston)
- Tree Street Youth Community Center (Lewiston)
- Augusta Recreation Department (Augusta)
- Maple Tree Community School (Augusta)


- Holy Bible Baptist Church (Somerville)
- Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center (Roxbury)


Help us open new classes !

Donate to the French Heritage Language Program, and give a chance for underserved schools and communities to keep up their French in the United States!

Your donations are vital in helping us maintain and expand our French classes in public schools and community centers across the country. In New York City only, there are an estimated 22,000 children who live in French-speaking homes. Yet, many do not have the possibility to learn their language at school or make the most of it in the United States.


Annual Report

Download the FHLP latest annual report:

Rapport annuel du FHLP 2014-2015      
FHLP Annual report 2014-2015



Mathilde Landier
Program coordinator

Phone: 212 439 1438

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The Programs

Tournées Film Festival
Films on the Green
French U.S. Exchange in Dance with NEFA
French Dual Language Program
French Heritage Language Program
Partner University Fund
French Voices
Contemporay Music
French-American Jazz Exchange with MAAF
Contemporary Theater
Visual Arts


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