WE ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FRENCH AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES!

What do EFBA’s After-school classes involve exactly?

EFBA offers a part-time school model centered around after-school classes and cultural outings during the school year and camps during the summer. In our after school classes, we teach French as a Foreign Language (FLE) for children who do not speak French at home, or Anglophones, and French as a Native Language (FLAM) for French native speakers, or Francophones. The after-school program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). EFBA accepts total beginners as well. 

What happens in a typical french after school class?

The EFBA after-school program includes 54 classes, spread out over the course of the school year (September through May). EFBA follows the school calendar of each participating School District. Classes take place once or twice per week. Each class is 1.5 hours long. Our after-school program progresses through the entire school year, so it is preferable to enroll as close as possible to the beginning of the school year. The student-teacher ratio is 9 students to one teacher, with a maximum of 15 students in a class!

Do you give the children homework in your program?

That depends on the teacher. Generally, there is no homework assigned. However, if a child misses a class, the teacher might ask him or her to make up the work done in the class during his or her absence. If you would like your child to have homework assignments, you can ask the teacher directly. Be aware, however, that there can be too much of a good thing. The main goal of the program is to instill a love of bilingualism, and children do not like to be forced to do too much work. 

If my child comes back the following year, will the curriculum be the same?

The teacher prepares the curriculum in a way that allows a child who has taken an entire year’s course to move up into the next level the following year. Of course, if the child misses too many classes or does not practice French over the summer, he or she may forget. In that case, he or she will need to review concepts that have been learned but are not fully mastered. Education is the art of repetition. Perseverance is essential to progress.

My child is not enrolled in this school, can I still enroll him in the AS?

Any family wishing to enroll in EFBA’s after-school program has the right to do so, regardless of their place of residence.

For example, if your child lives or goes to school in Sunnyvale but you want to enroll him or her in the after-school program in Mountain view, you are free to do so.

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Where are EFBA’s French classes located in the Bay Area?

EFBA is located in different schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. To find your nearest campus, please consult our list of sites here 

 

What are the prices of French classes and how can we get discounted prices?

Prices vary by city. Please refer to our list of sites [link to EFBA site pages] to find the price for the site you are interested in receiving a discounted price, we recommend that you become a member of EFBA. Please note that EFBA does not offer a sibling discount. We try to keep our prices as low as possible without sacrificing quality. The registration fees paid by parents only cover 75% of the total program cost. 

Does EFBA accept children with special education needs?

EFBA advocates the inclusion of all families in our part-time school. Children with special needs (learning difficulties or needing assistance) are welcome. In this case, please let us know about the child’s special needs during the enrollment process. An EFBA representative will contact you to determine the child’s needs and the arrangements that need to be made. Please notify to the Admissions Office at the time of enrollment.

Does EFBA offer need-based financial aid?

Yes, EFBA has a policy of inclusion. Any family wishing to apply for financial aid may do so by filling out the application. The maximum amount of aid is 50% of the annual tuition. Please see the following link to access the application forms. 

Does EFBA offer a carpooling service to the families?

For legal and liability reasons, EFBA does not set up ride sharing. Families are on their own to organize a carpool if they wish.

Are children supervised before after-school classes start?

At most sites, there is a playtime in French before class, supervised by a member of EFBA (free for members and at an extra charge for non members). To find out if there is a supervised playtime at your school, please visit this page and select your site.

What is the teacher hiring policy (Background Check, etc.)?

For each teacher, EFBA requires the following documents: Criminal Background Check and Live scan, First Aid Certification, etc. Each teacher must also take the course on Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training.

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As a parent, Am I required to be volunteer for EFBA?

EFBA relies partly on the excellent work of its volunteers but we do not require any volunteer hours. If you would like to become a volunteer for our organization, please contact us at volunteering@efba.us.

When and how can I enroll my child to the After School?

In order to participate in the after-school program, the child must be at least in Kindergarten (K). EFBA accepts children enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten (TK), with an assessment at the beginning of the year in which the teacher tests the child’s maturity level. After the assessment, please note that the teacher may refuse to accept the child in his or her class. In that case, any payments will be refunded.

Is there a minimum age to enroll my child in the program?

In order to participate in the after-school program, the child must be at least in Kindergarten (K). EFBA accepts children enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten (TK), with an assessment at the beginning of the year in which the teacher tests the child’s maturity level. After the assessment, please note that the teacher may refuse to accept the child in his or her class. In that case, any payments will be refunded.

Which class should I enroll my child in this program?

A Francophone child is a child of French-speaking parents, growing up in a home where French is spoken by the family. The child thus has a good level of comprehension and is able to hold a conversation in French. However, the child is not required to have attended French school. In our jargon, an Anglophone child is a child whose native language is not French. The following form will help you to determine the best class for your child (Anglophone or Francophone).

What happens if a child is late? Is there a financial penalty?

The child’s legal guardian agrees to bring the child on time. Frequent tardiness is disrespectful to the other students and the teacher. Once class has started, a recurrent late arrival disturbs the others and the lesson. Moreover, at the end of class, we ask that you pick up your child on time. Parents who arrive late to pick up their child will be charged a late fee of $1 per minute. 

Is it possible to enroll my child(ren) in the middle of the school year?

Yes, but only in special cases. Families who wish to enroll in the middle of the school year may attend a free trial class. We do not accept enrollment for Anglophone classes after January 3rd. For Francophones, enrollment is still possible if there is space available and if the teacher agrees to include a new student in the class. If you wish to enroll mid-school year, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@efba.us. 

Can my child attend a trial class before he starts?

Yes, it is possible to try a class for a week before enrolling. To do so, please contact the Site Coordinator of the school you wish to attend, enroll the child online and note “trial class” during enrollment. For security and insurance reasons, online registration is mandatory before participating in any class. There will be no charge for the trial class. We do not accept a child in a class without online registration. 

What is the placement test for the french after-school?

Our goal is to set up the child for success, without negative pressure that would hinder his or her development. We test the children to steer them towards the right class for them to succeed and love French. The placement test takes place during the second and third classes of the school year. It is based on games (written and oral) and does not require any advance preparation on the part of the child.