Vision • Mission • History
Le Lycée Français de San Francisco was founded in 1967 upon principles of internationalism and inclusivity. Our unique program, accredited by the French Ministry of Education, helps all of our preschool through 12th grade students build confidence and adaptability in their ever-changing environment.
By emphasizing intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and integrity, the Lycée Français de San Francisco prepares students to realize their potential and positively impact their world.
Empower future generations to make meaningful contributions to our world through a multilingual and multicultural education.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values of the Lycée Français de San Francisco. By joining LFSF, members of the community commit to embrace and respect the diversity of our students, teachers and families. Our community is made up of people of many ancestries, races, colors, religions, gender identities, family structures, disabilities, sexual orientations, learning differences and socioeconomic backgrounds. Actively embracing these differences makes our school vibrant and inclusive.
The Lycée Français de San Francisco (the Ecole Française at the time) was founded in 1967 by a group of parents and teachers—Claude Reboul, Henri Monjauze and Claude Lambert—who split off from the French-American Bilingual School to create an immersion program based on the French Ministry of National Education’s curriculum. In 1967, 27 elementary students began classes in a one-room school house at a Russian Orthodox church on Geary Boulevard.
In 1974, the school was renamed the Lycée Français de San Francisco, and it moved to 28th Avenue. In 1977, LFSF had the honor of giving high school diplomas to its first set of graduates. Having outgrown the space, the secondary school moved several times before settling, in 1983, in its own building on Balboa Street.
In 1986, the Marin County French School in San Anselmo merged with LFSF, adding a North Bay campus for students in preschool through 5th grade. Also in 1986, LFSF was renamed the Lycée Français International La Pérouse in celebration of the bicentennial of the French explorer La Pérouse’s visit to California. In 1989, the Marin campus moved to Corte Madera.
In 1996, the Lycée Français La Pérouse landed its current elementary school spot in the historic St. Agnes School building. At first, 755 Ashbury Street combined primary and secondary students. Now, the Ashbury Campus is home to more than 400 students, from preschool through 5th grade.
In 2005, the Lycée Français La Pérouse acquired the Conservatory of Music, another beautiful historical building on Ortega Street and 19th Avenue. In 2007, the secondary school moved into its new home, the Ortega Campus, providing education to more than 300 students from grades 6 to 12.
In 2012, in order to better reflect our mission and honor our wonderful locations around the Bay, the school was relaunched as the Lycée Français de San Francisco, and in 2013 we inaugurated our new campus in Sausalito.
The LFSF is accredited by the French Ministry of National Education and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and is proud to be part of a 495-member network of French schools around the world led by the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE).