MISSION AND VISION
The mission of our school is to prepare students from the Acadiana region to be academically
proficient, bilingual, and globally competent. Our school will close the gaps of academic
achievement and support the local community in their efforts to preserve and revitalize at-risk
cultural assets by offering an innovative, research-based French immersion education to
students. Borrowing from the motto of Hawai’i’s immersion program, KaʻUmeke Kāʻeo, AFS will
be a school “inspired by our past, empowered by our identity, [and] prepared for our future” in
order to play an important role in our community’s revitalization.
The vision of our school is that graduates of AFS will be citizens who possess the knowledge,
attitudes, skills, and behaviors necessary to thrive in today's increasingly interconnected world.
The students of AFS will become cultural assets in their own right and will be ambassadors of
global competency. Their successes will represent the effectiveness and power of biliteracy in
our community and beyond.
In order to realize this mission and vision, we are proposing a school that, in addition to having a rigorous program guided by high expectations, is made unique by characteristics that are both
shown to be beneficial to all students as well as craved by our community.
Our school will be defined by the following differentiating pillars:
French-Language Immersion: The use of an immersion language pathway gives
students a rigorous academic training as well as both the intellectual and cultural
benefits of bilingualism. Our school has partnerships with organizations such as the
Council for the Development of French in Louisiana through which we will be able to
recruit teachers who are native French speakers. This will support our language
Extra-Curricular Community Engagement: One of the central purposes of our use of a
French-immersion program is to cultivate a strong sense of community among our
stakeholders and within our school. We will reinforce this characteristic central to our
school by engaging all of our students in extracurricular community service projects.
Diverse Student Body: Our school is committed to having a socioeconomically and
racially diverse student body. There is a large body of data demonstrating that
socioeconomic and racial diversity is beneficial for all students and, in particular, at-risk