L’Ecole Française du Maine offers an educational experience entirely in French, instilling in our students a constant curiosity towards foreign languages and the diverse cultures of the world. 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.
Mission et Objectifs
La mission de l’Ecole Française du Maine est d’offrir une éducation multiculturelle qui s’appuie sur le programme scolaire français homologué par le Ministère de l’Éducation nationale. L’école fait partie des réseaux scolaires mondiaux de l’AEFE et de la MLF et accueille, dans un cadre exceptionnel, des élèves de toutes origines et de toutes nationalités. Elle forme l’esprit critique de ses élèves qui, confiants en eux-mêmes, attentifs et ouverts aux autres accèderont aux meilleures écoles et réussiront dans un monde complexe et compétitif. Dans un curriculum de haute qualité, bilingue et biculturel, une place importante est donnée à l’éducation musicale et aux arts plastiques.
Founded by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan in May 2002, L’Ecole Française du Maine is a non-profit organization that provides a bilingual education for people in Maine. Recognizing the numbers of Franco-American citizens concentrated in this area, the founders hoped to create a French learning experience for the children of people who grew up with French-speaking parents and grandparents, thereby passing that cultural heritage to the younger, English-speaking generations.
Originally located in Winthrop, Maine, the school relocated to Freeport in the fall of 2004 to accommodate the high demand for bilingual education. We worked closely with Freeport town officials to obtain a lease on a vacant elementary school, which was completely renovated in time for the beginning of the 2005 academic year. Today, as in 2002, the rigorous academic program contributes to the renaissance of the French language in Maine, and to the development of our students into ambassadors of acceptance and independence.
L’Ecole Française du Maine offers a unique approach to bilingual and multi-cultural education through immersion in the French language. L’Ecole Française du Maine is fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education (AEFE), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the Maine Department of Education. The School is affiliated with MLF (Mission Laïque Française), AFSA (Association of French School in North America and AEFE (Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger). French curriculum and the Maine Learning Results are combined to allow students to transition into any school.
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 four 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.
If you are interested in teaching at L’Ecole Française du Maine, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and three written references to:
L’Ecole Française du Maine
PO Box 737
South Freeport, ME 04078
L’Ecole Française du Maine 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, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. We will also not tolerate any harassment or discriminatory conduct by any third party visiting our school, including parents, trustees or vendors.