For the first time in Inglewood history, students now have the choice of learning French, English, and Spanish through its Dual Language Immersion programs available at Frank D Parent School, located in Ladera Heights.
“It’s a brand new start for the school and we are delighted to have such great support from parents as well as the French Consulate and the Mayor of Inglewood,” adds Principal Garry Gregory. The French/English and Spanish/English dual immersion programs were both initiated by parents Dr. Alka Patel and Miriam Morris who wanted their children to learn a second language at an early age and encouraged the school district to explore the possibilities of developing the program at Frank D. Parent School. Both children are now going on their 2nd and 4th year of dual instruction.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts recently made a visit to the school that his own children once attended, to show his active support as well as excitement over the progress it has made with the newly offered French and Spanish immersion programs. “I learned French as a student back in my days and I recall the many different ways it benefited me to know a second language. You open up a whole new world of opportunities once you’re able to speak and connect with people from around the world through their language and culture. With a master's in psychology, I’m also well aware of the benefits that being a dual language speaker has in other areas of the brain such as helping to increase cognitive skills, greater ability for problem-solving, multi-tasking and critical thinking. It also helps in developing social and cultural skills.”
The French Consulate in Washington D.C. has shown great support for the program from the beginning through its Attache’ for Higher Education that earned Frank D. Parent recognition and financial support as one of only two French dual-immersion programs in South L.A. public schools. In addition, the school was awarded two grants from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation. “We are excited to support this new generation of French-speaking Angelinos growing up in the Inglewood area,” said Attaché Education and Academic Cooperation Director Olivier Ngo. "We encourage potential parents to experience this private school like opportunity currently available through a local public school system.”
The French Dual-Language Immersion Program as a “school choice” option at Frank D. Parent allows children to learn in a research-driven, innovative and effective way by immersing them in two languages and cultures, presenting them with a global mindset and a world of opportunities. To be exact, there are 30 countries worldwide speaking the French language.
We are excited to offer a program that explores a world of opportunities in other countries such as France, Canada, Switzerland, and Vietnam to name a few. Additionally, the French-speaking African countries of Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Caribbean islands, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Barts, and the list goes on!
Frank D. Parent School is currently enrolling students for the 2019/2020 school year. For more information on its French Dual-Language Immersion Program call 310. 680-5430 or visit us online.