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|School Mission / History|
The mission of Lyceum Kennedy French American School is to provide our students with an outstanding bilingual and bicultural education based on the principles of self-expression and differentiated pedagogy. We strive to provide our students with a solid foundation, which will foster a desire for life-long learning and acquisition of knowledge, and prepare them to become responsible and engaged citizens of the world.
Lyceum Kennedy is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education—that we believe is important for our students.
For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.
Lyceum Kennedy was founded in 1964 by Madame Éliane Dumas and named in tribute to President John F. Kennedy, shortly after his tragic death. Madame Dumas a French school teacher, formerly on the faculty of Lycée Français de New York, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Education, opened a school to serve the needs of French and francophone families in Manhattan. Madame Dumas served as headmistress for more than 20 years.
In 1986 Dr. Koji Sonoda, a linguist and professor originally from Japan, acquired the school. Dr. Sonoda had always held a great admiration and respect for the French culture and language and saw the school as a wonderful opportunity to help support the French-speaking community as well as further his passion for education.