Ms. Isabelle V. David, Director of the French-American School of Chicago and teacher.


The French-American School of Chicago (Illinois)

Immediate press release:


Ms. Isabelle DAVID named Executive Director of Education MDFDE/Midwest-Chicago.

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Mr. Vincent Florani, Consul General of France in Chicago, with Ms. Isabelle David, Director of  EFAC and the students of French level CE1 on September 10, 2014.

Dear members MDFDE, dear Internet friends,


I am honored to announce the appointment of our dear friend Isabelle DAVID, the dynamic Director of the French-American School of Chicago (EFAC) since May 2012, as our new Executive Director of Education MDFDE/Midwest-Chicago.

In this capacity, Ms. Isabelle DAVID, a distinguished international business consultant as well as academic expert in the teaching of French, foreign languages and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), will be our permanent liaison between schools in the Midwest and the Alliance Française de Chicago and schools, high schools and universities worldwide participating in our unique project #MDFDE/Paris-NYC16 on the occasion of the 130th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 2016. Said project includes an educational program (ICT) with an Office 365‏ collaboration plateform, which will be officially launched in the next few weeks.

Born in Saumur in Maine et Loire, France, Isabelle David studied literature and languages at the University of Angers, then at the Sorbonne in Paris. She holds a Master’s degree in German and a Bachelor’s degree in French Foreign Language (FLE).

Isabelle lived twelve years in Vienna, Austria and taught French language and literature for the Austrian Ministry of Education.

Alongside her career in education, Isabelle pursued a career in business, as project manager, manager and consultant for Siemens, Austria (9 years), SynerDeal, France (2 years) and finally Accenture, United States (7 years).

Besides being a commitment business professional, Isabelle continued to devote a significant portion of her time and energy to education and the arts, in particular, designing and teaching language courses and literature for the Architecture Program of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Paris.

Since arriving in the United States, she has developed and taught numerous courses in literature and culture at the Alliance Française in Chicago. Isabelle runs several literary circles and writes a blog devoted to literature and the arts. (

Isabelle speaks four languages besides French and English: German, Russian, Italian and Spanish.

Within the French-American School of Chicago, she can concentrate on her life’s passion, teaching the language and cultures of the French world, while also leveraging skills gained in the business world.

The French American School of Chicago is the result of a successful collaboration between two educational systems that teach the French and American languages and cultures.

The partnership between EFAC, Abraham Lincoln School and Lincoln Park High School is beneficial both educationally and socially. The result of the dual program is quality students who develop a broad range of skills. Each year, the success rate and honors received on national tests confirm the program’s excellence and our students are admitted to prestigious American and European universities. The presence of EFAC reinforces a multi-cultural education in a world where international trade continues to grow.

The French American School of Chicago (EFAC), formerly the French School of Chicago, was established within the public institution of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (ALES) in 1981. Over time, the program gained momentum and finally starting in the 1995-1996 school year, EFAC program in Lincoln Park High School (LPHS) is covering the remaining grades up to “Terminale” (12th grade).

EFAC is a French school located in the heart of two American public schools. It welcomes children of Francophone background and offers a bilingual and bi-cultural education approved by the Ministry of Education through CM2. The middle school and high school follow the curriculum of the CNED (National Center for Distance Learning).

Since 1980, the French American School of Chicago (EFAC) mission is to offer students a francophone education recognized by the French Ministry of Education. With its inclusion in the American public system students receive both a bilingual and bicultural education, which allows them to expand their knowledge of the open issues of our multicultural society and to become more responsible and independent citizens. The dual experience of learning and socialization also offers them the opportunity to pursue studies in the French education system or in the educational systems of English-speaking countries.

EFAC is distinguished by its privileged location within two American public schools. It combines the excellence of the two school systems. Students follow the American school and the French program of National Education. The French curriculum is approved until the end of primary school (CM2) and then based on the CNED (National Centre for Distance Education) for middle and high school, where the emphasis is on literature and world history.

EFAC students have the opportunity to experience different methods of knowledge acquisition in a unique learning environment. Their journey prepares them to pursue studies in the French system or in another English educational system as well as passing the tests of the French Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate of Geneva.

EFAC students follow class every day in French and English, with each course having its own learning methods that meet the needs of each culture. Students greatly benefit from the teaching diversity in the academic program and socially. During their school day they pass from one context to the other several times, learning to manage their schedules and activities within the language and the code of both educational and social systems. The result is a more sophisticated level of reflection and analysis. The pace is intense and family support is essential.

The school is integrated into the American school and adopts the same calendars and schedules. The French program is considered a “specialty program”, in Abraham Lincoln School. The EFAC teaching team works with faculty from Lincoln Elementary and Lincoln High School to coordinate the best programs for students and to setup class schedules. Teachers ensure that materials are addressed consistently throughout the year. They support and provide encouragement to the students as the share their time between the two programs.

For the elementary school (K-8), EFAC follows the same school boundary requirement as ALES and therefore cannot admit students who do not reside within the boundaries set for Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Lincoln Park High School does not have a school boundary requirement.

EFAC students begin 1h earlier than American students, and must arrive at school by 7:50am. During the day they pass from one class to another depending on their schedules. The pace is intense and family support is paramount. EFAC students also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities after school, after 3:45pm.

Therefore, it is no surprise if, thanks to Ms. Isabelle DAVID’s leadership, 100{4d24daa5a359aa22e51c71c531e935ff229d31c7c5eb0da4885e362fa152ead6} of her students successfully pass the French Baccalaureate and 87{4d24daa5a359aa22e51c71c531e935ff229d31c7c5eb0da4885e362fa152ead6} of them pass with distinction while collecting multiple awards and medals… Please check their terrific year-round calendar of social events and activities ( bringing together students, teachers and parents of EFAC, Abraham Lincoln School and Lincoln Park High School.

So it is with great pride that Patrick BOURBON, President of the Union of French and Francophones of Chicago (UFEC), Executive Director of Cultural Affairs MDFDE/Chicago and Head of Delegation #MDFDE/Paris-NYC16/Midwest, and myself welcome Ms. Isabelle DAVID, UFAC, Abraham Lincoln School and Lincoln Park High School aboard our MDFDE. Go Team MDFDE/USA-Chicago! And Long Live French-American Education in the Successful Midwest!

Yours faithfully,

Elisabeth Jenssen

To contact Ms. Isabelle DAVID – Director

The French-American School of Chicago

615 West Kemper Place

Chicago, IL, 60614

Tel: 773-800-2728



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Avec Isabelle David, directrice de l’EFAC sur le développement de l’école Franco-Americaine de

Mme Isabelle DAVID/l’EFAC au Congrès MLP Monde à Dijon en mai dernier

La directrice de l’EFAC était invitée au congrès mondial de la Mission Laïque Française qui s’est tenu à Dijon du 10 au 13 mai 2015. Le congrès portait sur le numérique et sur sa place dans l’éducation du 21e siècle.

L’insistance a été mise sur l’innovation et la créativité pour une éducation ouverte tolérante et citoyenne, sachant que le numérique est au cœur de la vie de chaque élève. Il convient de rappeler que la Mission Laïque Française (MLF) a 113 ans, qu’elle regroupe 125 établissements dans le monde et qu’une convention relie le ministère de l’Éducation nationale français ainsi que le ministère des affaires étrangères à la MLF.

Cette convention établit une coopération étroite dans le champ de l’enseignement français à l’étranger et notamment dans la conduite d’actions spécifiques de coopération. MLF et AEFE sont complémentaires dans le monde.

Des éducateurs et inspecteurs de l’Education nationale mais aussi des spécialistes des nouvelles technologies ainsi que des penseurs sont intervenus lors du congrès. Ils ont partagé les résultats de leurs réflexions et expériences sur le sujet.

Le numérique fut au centre de plusieurs débats : humaniste, philosophique, technologique, social et pédagogique. Car il s’agit bien de donner aux élèves d’aujourd’hui et de demain les outils nécessaires pour décoder le monde et de développer les compétences qui leur permettront de filtrer le flot d’information du quotidien.

La production et le partage du savoir changent rapidement ; l’école en tant que vecteur de l’éducation, doit permettre d’engager les élèves dans la construction de leur savoir en intégrant les nouvelles possibilités apportées, entre autres, par le numérique.

Elle doit aussi et surtout permettre à l’enseignant de rester le garant de la validité des sources, en prenant en considération les nouvelles formes d’échanges de notre société.

Congratulations from the MDFDE to ALL winners 2014-15 and specially to Mr. Fabrice Lequoy, professor, Haley Kowalsky, Sophie Jensen, Lilly Witonsky and Natalia Badger, UFAC students.


Rallye Maths


Projet mathématique sur le réseau des écoles françaises en Nord Amérique

Le rallye maths 2015 se termine et voici venu le temps des diplômes. Les élèves de l’EFAC en CM1 et CM2 ont participé au projet et obtiennent un diplôme d’or pour cette année !

Au niveau de la zone Amérique du Nord, cette année a vu un record de participation avec près de 7500 élèves inscrits de la GS au CM2. Plusieurs nouveautés aussi avec une redéfinition des catégories – CM1 et CM2 ; CE1 et CE2 ; GS et CP – un allègement du nombre de problèmes pour les CM, et des énoncés en anglais à résoudre obligatoirement pour la plupart des classes.

Le projet a suscité beaucoup d’engouement chez les élèves. Bravo aux élèves et merci à leur professeur, monsieur Lequoy, de les avoir accompagnés dans ce projet mathématique.

3 Médailles d’Or pour l’EFAC à LPHS



C’est avec un plaisir particulier et non sans fierté que nous avons appris les résultats de la session de 2015 du Concours National de Français (National French Contest).

En effet, l’EFAC à LPHS compte trois médailles d’or attribuées à Haley Kowalsky (élève en DELF senior), Sophie Jensen et Lilly Witonsky, toutes deux en troisième (freshmen). Sofia Isardo, également en troisième, a obtenu la médaille d’argent. Une autre élève en DELF, Natalia Badger, a été distinguée par une mention d’honneur.

Notons, par ailleurs, que Lilly Witonsky a été classée septième au niveau national comptant quelques 90913 participants. Sophie et Haley ont obtenu la huitième place ex aequo.


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