It’s in our name
French and American cultures are the school’s DNA. The French American Academy has built itself on the core belief that bilingual education opens the minds and the hearts of children. It makes them become international citizen.
After 13 years of existence, we have developed an extensive understanding of French and American cultures. As a result, we know their differences and similarities. Each day, we try to provide the best of both worlds to our students. This is part of the school’s core mission and values
As a parent, student, member of our community, you may be curious about what these differences are. So we’ve built this section for you!
What are the main differences / similarities in the French and American cultures?
Shock culture is a reality. We experience it whenever our beliefs are being challenged or even destroyed by another culture. In that case, most of the time, we see misunderstanding, frustration and missed opportunities.
At the French American Academy, we’ve built an extensive experience in understanding and teaching bilingualism. Many of our staff, students and families are French or American. As a matter of fact, we live and breathe the two cultures. Below is a snapshot of how they stand. Disclaimer : the below represents general attributes and tendencies. It can be caricatural and needs a cautious interpretation. It is by no means an exact representation of each culture, nor a representation of each country’s citizen.
Being positive, being negative
To put it simply, Americans are much more positive than French, and French have far more critical thinking than Americans. Here’s a basic chart summarizing this.