FACE Foundation

- Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Museums & Cultural Heritage

Full circle: from FHLP student to French teacher

We are sharing with you the story of one of our former student, Samirath Gnabode, now an assistant teacher in the program at International High School at Union Square. She embodies our mission and illustrates how deep of an impact the program can have. We invite you to read her inspiring  story and also her … Continued

From Brittany to the Bronx

For the fifth consecutive year, French Heritage Students from International Community High school welcomed French high schoolers from Lycée Jeanne D’Arc St Ivy, in Bretagne.  They toured the school, shared lunch and exchanged their experiences in high school, talking about the differences between France and the US. Au programme: pizza, music, great conversations! The FHLP students … Continued

FHLP students win prizes at the French Theater Festival at the Lycée Français

For the 7th consecutive year, 20 students from the French Heritage Language Program (FHLP) led by their teachers participated in the annual French Theater Festival “Première Scène” organized by the Lycée Français de New York. Started 21 years ago by two LFNY teachers, the festival gathers every year more than 200 students from schools all … Continued

Getting ready for the French AP Exam

The French AP exam is a prestigious exam that sanctions a college level course in French usually offered to students with high proficiency level. Every year, we prepare 30 to 40 students by offering classes and two intensive workshops during the school breaks. And this year was no different. The first bootcamp place during the … Continued

The FHLP during Covid-19: maintaining a sense of community from a distance.

When the city of New York decided to close the schools on March 13, our FHLP students were among the 1,126, 000 students sent home for distance learning and among the 13% of English Language Learners (ELLs); they also fall in the category of the 72.8% economically disadvantaged students. So for them, not being able to … Continued

A field trip to the FIAF to see “Swagger”, a french documentary

On March 10, just a few days before schools closed and confinement and distance learning became the new norm, 25 students from Community International High School took the subway to the FIAF in New York to watch “Swagger”, a documentary by Olivier Babinet following 11 teenagers from the most underprivileged neighborhoods in Paris. The projection was followed … Continued

A partnership with Lafayette College

During the February break, the French Heritage Language Program launched a pilot program with Lafayette College and its students from the French department, led by Mary Toulouse.The plan is to build a partnership called  PAL (Partenariat de l’Amitié Lafayette) between the two institutions with mutual benefits: the FHLP students are mentored on college prep, and Lafayette students are given the opportunity … Continued

Two FHLP students awarded the NY Seal of Biliteracy

This year, Manda Ba of Union Square International High School (Manhattan) and Fatoumata Fadiga from Community International High School in the Bronx, two FHLP students have been awarded the NY State Seal of Biliteracy. The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) is an award given by a high school, school district or county office … Continued

Wild Boys / Sauvage (second line)

One of the boldest aesthetic statements in recent French cinema,Wild Boys is a gender-bending, influence-scrambling adventure tale about five teenage miscreants sent on a boat journey with a mysterious Dutch captain who has promised to bring them back to their parents as obedient boys—or not at all. What the Captain hasn’t mentioned is that his … Continued