April 25, 2016
The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) has conferred its Exemplary French Program Award with honors on Arlington Public Schools in April of 2016. This prestigious award recognizes the outstanding quality of the French program. Arlington Public Schools is one of eight in the nation to receive this award. Thanks to its excellent program, Arlington Public Schools has increased its enrollment in French throughout the past four years. So that students may reach their highest potential in French, it offers language learning beginning in the middle school, with advanced courses in the high school, including Advanced Placement French. The program makes use of innovative and creative methods in teaching, gives standards-based assessments, and offers numerous cultural activities beyond the classroom. The school participates in the AATF National French Contest and inducts students into the National French Honor Society, with many honorees annually. Its teachers show excellent preparation, steady commitment to professional development, and enthusiastic dedication to their work. Administrators are consistently committed to the teaching of French and to preparing their students for the challenges of living in our global world. Administrators, parents, students, and graduates have all praised the program and its teachers in glowing terms. Graduates have continued to use French and the skills they acquired in college and in their careers. The American Association of Teachers of French, founded in 1927, is the largest association of French teachers in the world, with close to 9,000 members. It offers enrichment and support to teachers, and recognizes high achievement in teachers and students. We applaud Arlington Public Schools for its commitment to the teaching and learning of French through its exemplary French program!