French in Willyburg

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Latest Activity: Jan 16, 2014

Dual-Language Program in Willyburg/Greenpoint


District 14 public school seeking 8-10 native French Speaking and 8-10
non-native families with children entering kindergarten in September
2011 to create a dynamic French - English Dual Language Program.

If you are interested to learn more about this program as well as a French after school program
this is the place to show your interest and support.

Please email this group's creator or with the following information:

Parent(s) name/ Child name/ year entering K/ Email/ Address/ Phone/ Zone/ district/ Notes (exposure to french, categories: 1 - Anglophone, 2 - half-francophone (understands and speaks a little french but fluent in english) and 3 - Francophone (fluent in French but not in english)

And invite your friends to this group.

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Comment by Kara Angèle Pressley on September 8, 2010 at 10:13am
Hi! My son won't be entering Kindergarten until Fall 2013 but I am so excited about the french-english duel program at PS 84! My son started learning french at 6 months old but he is definitely in category 2. His favorite cartoon is Kirikou et la sorcière! Anyway, I hope to enroll him in Pre-K in 2012 and look forward to hearing more about the program once it begins.
Comment by Léa Joly Sloan on May 22, 2010 at 9:35pm
if you are interested in the program email us at - merci!
Comment by Florence Dee BOODAKIAN on May 22, 2010 at 9:21pm
I am interested in moving to Williamsburg in 2011 and my daughter will be three in 2011. Is that too young to apply to the bi-lingual Pre-K? She would be in category 2. What area would be the best to live. (ie proximity to school) I've just started my research on the area and bi-lingual schools, so any input would be helpful. Feel free to email me at Merci!
Comment by Léa Joly Sloan on March 8, 2010 at 1:27pm
PS 84 Jose de Diego is in Williamsburg, BROOKLYN - just want to clarify as there is also a PS 84 on the UWS with a French English Dual Language program.
Comment by Léa Joly Sloan on March 8, 2010 at 10:39am
Hello Parents and Friends,

We are very excited to announce that after meeting with Sereida Rodriguez, the new principal of P.S. 84, we got the green light to debut a French-English dual language program in Fall 2011!

As of right now, the program will start at the Kindergarten level in Fall 2011, with a possibility for a 1st grade level class.

We are in discussions with Principal Rodriguez and the French Embassy to begin integrating special French cultural events into the curriculum and possibly after school beginning in Fall 2010. This way we can start to introduce the idea throughout next year leading up to the kickoff of the official program in Fall 2011.

We know it is late in the year to get the official word on this, but it is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED that any and all parents with children entering K in 2011 (and committed to being involved in the French-English program in Fall 2011) apply to join the Pre-K class at P.S. 84 for Fall 2010. The application process just began last week, so there is still plenty of time. The deadline is April 9th. In addition to the fact that the school already has a highly respected Pre-K program, it is very important for parents to show a genuine commitment to joining the school now.

Below is the link for the NYS Pre-K Admissions online form. Just follow the directions to apply for P.S. 84 The Jose De Diego School in District 14 Brooklyn. It is a magnet school, so everyone from all 5 boroughs are welcome to join the school -- one does NOT need to be zoned for this school to join:

We are incredibly enthusiastic about this development and look forward to working with Principal Rodriguez.
Comment by Sam Maher on January 18, 2010 at 10:48am
Bonjour tout le monde -

Just a quick note to say that this group looks awesome and I look forward to meeting some of you soon. If you know of anyone who wants to learn French, please send them my way! My classes are fun and extremely affordable and held right here in Williamsburg.

Merci et Bonne Année à tous -
Sam Maher
Comment by lydia lee on October 23, 2009 at 1:46pm
let me posted about PS 84 dual language,
my son will be entering K in 2011.
so I am looking for a Prek school and will like to check PS 84
Comment by Léa Joly Sloan on June 12, 2009 at 1:13pm
Hi Jennifer,
I was actually thinking of getting a french play group together in the hood with a french teacher but I couldn't figure out where to do it. My daughter is 3 as well.
Any suggestions?
I think it's a great idea!
Comment by Jennifer Barrett on June 12, 2009 at 1:09pm
Any Williamsburg parents out there with toddlers who'd be interested in starting up a French play group? My son will be 3 in November, and I'd love to let him interact with other kids who are speaking/learning French. And, frankly, I could use the practice myself.
If you're interested, post a note here or send me one at Thx!
Comment by Christy Denes on June 12, 2009 at 11:02am
My son Emile will be in K for fall 2010 and we would be so thrilled if there were a French bilingual program there! We are district 14 and french is Emile's first language. I also know people outside the district who would be interested. When I went for the tour of PS 58 there were far more English-speaking kids interested in the program than they had space for, which testifies to the popularity of this kind of program in general.

What about putting it at PS 84? I understand they have extra space, they definitely have a great location and facilities, and there is already a bilingual spanish program there, so there is a real opportunity to create a very international school environment.

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