School Details

French-American School of Rhode Island

75 John St, Providence, RI 02906
(401) 274-3325

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 187 students 8 students/teacher (RI avg is 13)

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About this school

French-American School of Rhode Island is a private middle school in Providence. The principal of French-American School of Rhode Island is Dominique Velociter and can be contacted at 187 students attend French-American School of Rhode Island and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at French-American School of Rhode Island is 8:1. Wheeler School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% %
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Asian 4% %
Hispanic 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    As a recent alumnus of FASRI I feel the school has prepared me extremely well for high school. I really really enjoyed my time at the French American school. The environment has at least from my student's standpoint never been anything but incredibly warm and welcoming and I started in pre-school. Academically I am ahead of most of my peers even at a demanding high school as is the rest of my graduating class. I love FASRI and I believe it can show even more improvement as it seems to be doing according to my younger siblings. I'm so proud to be an alumnus of this school and not just because I speak fluent French. In fact even though it's important I could consider that a mere party trick compared to the rest of what FASRI has taught me. I personally believe that this school is as someone said a gem and I wish more people knew it.

  • (11 months ago)

    The French-American School of a Rhode Island is the hidden gem of the City. Its tuition is remarkably affordable. The founder and head of school did a remarkable job with very little means developing a unique dual language international program and nurturing an inclusive community. The school employs over thirty people and provides twice as much volunteer opportunities. It is a very good place to work at allowing its staff to grow develop and learn. Teachers who left have returned. People are cared for by a thoughtful administration.Teachers appreciate their resources. Professional and self-development are priorities as well as evaluation and self-accountability. Change is part of the school culture and is not a challenge for the visionary founder and former head who moved the school forward successfully and developed all areas of the school simultaneously. She is missed already.

  • (1 year ago)

    The bad news is that there is a new head of school. The current head of school is fantastic. She has devoted her life to the school and many ungrateful parents seem to forget that the she is in fact the founder and that the school wouldn't be where it is today if it hadn't been for her. She has with the help of dedicated teachers created a top notch curriculum promoting creativity and philosophy starting in pre-school. It has a implemented the 21st century education and is always trying to better its curriculum to better suit its students. It is an excellent school. It has given so many students the opportunity to learn an other language and be aware of diversity. It teaches its students to be open-minded. All unsatisfied parents should probably look at the alumni's achievements before criticizing the school ( McGill Brown La Sorbonne...). The head of school and the staff devote their time and energy without counting extra hours to ensure FASRI students have the best education. This is also due to the head of school's amazing leadership. I would recommend this school to any parent wishing to ensure the best education for his/her child.

  • (1 year ago)

    The good news is that a new Head of School will be coming for the new school year. Thank goodness the board got rid of the previous one who was just awful. I agree that the parents are excellent and a really great part of the school. There are some good teachers but there was a lot of unrest in the past few years over poor teaching and some who really should not have even been teachers in the first place. Some really good teachers left because they got fed up. Really it was all due to lack of good leadership. I am hoping that the new Head of School will be able to do the job that the previous one could not do. This can really be a great school. There is no other one like it in Rhode Island so hopefully things will finally look up again.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school for having your children grow up to be bilingual. That is a wonderful and rare opportunity. There are some serious concerns though. This school is not what it used to be. There are definitely some teachers who take away from the good of this school. I don't understand how some teachers' contracts are renewed at all. At the same time some really good teachers got frustrated and left. This is not good. This school used to once really be great and I would have recommended it in a second. I cannot say the same now and that bothers me. I think leadership needs to look more objectively at teachers and not select favorites. If they're not doing the job well they have to go. This school can be great again but it is going to take a lot of work. The greatest and most consistent asset of this school are the parents. They're involved and supportive. I hope that the leadership of this school will remember what is important and get this school back to what I (and so many other parents) saw it as. It can be done but it's going to take real reflection and work.

  • (1 year ago)

    Did the middle school have a class assignment in April where the students had to all write a positive review for and rave about this school? Why did the students all write in during the same week? This seems so phony. My experience with this school is that too many of the teachers are bullies. Some of them are ridiculous. I know of several families that left over the recent years because of poor teacher attitude. The principal needs to screen who she hires much more carefully and follow up in making sure that they're doing their jobs without terrorizing the kids. Some of the instruction is of very low quality as well. You should see the below grade level work the students are asked to do. This school needs work and it had better get in shape before it goes down the tubes. The principal needs to keep a closer watch and make sure that the right things are happening. She is CLEARLY not doing this.

  • (2 years ago)

    Fine bilingual education. Small school small community. My son has been with the school for over 7 years now.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am currently a student at FASRI. I am in 7th grade. I have been studying here since the age of 3 and the same goes for the majority of my classmates. We are in a very small middle school only 17 students. We have a great relationship. We consider each other like family! I am sure that when we all graduate from this amazing school that we will missed each other greatly. I'm actually really surprised about all of the negative comments. We are all COMPLETELY bilingual which may I say is quite a feat AND we are at an advanced level in English language arts! We are always improving. We have incredible teachers that not only teach us the skills required for high school but also constantly motivate and support us. There is a no bullying policy and the environment is so welcoming and supportive! I am so thankful that I have been able to spend so much time here! )

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school. Not only does it deliver a wonderful bilingual education but it is also a really great environment to learn in. The teachers can be slightly strict but they are also extremely encouraging and they teach very well. All the students and parents and teachers are very dedicated. I went to this school for 10 years including the Middle School and I cannot sing its praises high enough. I have made many wonderful friends here and since it is a very small school everyone forms a very tight bond. I could not imagine going anywhere else. I come from a completely American family but now I am bilingual. It is really and truly an amazing thing! I was very upset by the negative comments that I saw below since neither me nor my friends have ever experienced any of the things that they referenced. Merci beaucoup FASRI!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school. I've been in this school for 8 years and I really love it. Because many kids improve their french and english and many other languages. Not only it's a great school but also everyone is like a big family everybody knows it each other and it creates a warm environment. Compare to some other schools this school is very safe and it is very rare for kids to be bullied. The teachers are great and helpful. I came here to the US not knowing any english and because of my teachers now I speak english like an american. I feel like I know everyone in the school because it may be a small school but it's a very special school in many ways. Pour tout le monde qui parle francais cette cole est vraiment chouette!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a middle-school student at FASRI and I think this school is great. Since it is a small school students are more engaged and participate more. I have been with this school since the age of 3 and most of my classmates as well. Everyone in our class is now fluent in French and English and now we are also learning Spanish. We hope none of you take the negative reviews seriously. Thanks from The Middle Schoolers

  • (2 years ago)

    This school rejected our child's application on the basis that they felt that they could not meet our expectations (parents). Our expectations were described as holding our child to a standard of excellence and that the school should not criticize or hold back our child when performing at an excellent level. It is clear that mediocrate sets the standard in this school not exceptionalism. We are appalled that this is the case since a break from this terrible norm is what directed us to this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Not a very good school. Teachers touch kids and yell at them. I regret ever sending my child to this school. I then transferred my child to Hope High School and saw a huge improvement in its academic abilities and social levels.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our son is fairly outgoing and open to trying out new things so he has been thriving at the French-American School and loving the immersion into the language and culture for three-plus years. The greatest strength of the school is the faculty who are almost without exception very talented and dedicated teachers who work to bring out the best in their students. There may be students for whom the demands of the work and the immersion approach may not be ideal but it has been terrific for us and for so many of our son's classmates.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is in his 5th year at FASRI and we love the school. He is bilingual and has strong interest in other languages and cultures. The academics are rigorous and the teachers and parents are very dedicated.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended FASRI when there were only 8 kids enrolled at a building on the corner of Hope and Montague. The Principal is very dedicated and has devoted her self to the education and enrichment or her students. The french education is very solid with a complete immersion program. The teachers come directly from france and other french speaking countries like the ivory coast. The only flaw is with the english program which was not enough for kids who would join a public school in the future. Also the math program was not at all like that taught in public schools making the transition rather rocky. All in all it is a great school that will teach kids to speak french and open their eyes to cultural diversity.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school my son has been a student there for 2 years I am impressed with the rigorous academics but also by the level of commitment and care of the faculty. The Head of School has been wonderful. My son is happy to go to school in the morning which in my opinion says a lot. It is truly a multi cultural education.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have been extremely pleased with this school for our son.

  • (10 years ago)

    After one visit more than 10 years ago I knew my future children would attend the French American School an environment of rich culture and diversity. This is a diverse community where more than 20 languages are spoken at home. There is not only the rigorous academics of a French education but the French culture and close community & family unmatched by other independant schools in Providence. The faculty is caring & dedicated and the parent involvement is exceptional. For a fledging school of 130+ students & reasonable tuition the children get a great education. They are challenged and excited about learning. I LOVE FASRI.

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers and language teaching is generally pretty good. The problem is the principal. She creates the kind of environment that's completely unacceptable for the care of children. We're withdrawing our child before it's too hard to get her into a quality school.

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