The French School of Amman, progression and transformation,
A slow but regular transformation.
A small elementary school was built in 1972 near Akleh Hospital and later near Addastour in the Djebel Amman district. It operated under the CNED and obtained accreditation 10 years later in 1982. The accreditation continued from 1997 to 2001, with each grade (42 students in 2002) created gradually, then 2007 to 2009 for the recent secondary school (25 students in 2005).
It moved to its current premises in Dheir Ghobar with 150 students on January 7, 1990, the year that the Jordanian Ministry of Education recognized the school. Inauguration took place on June 13, 1990. At the start of 1996, the French government bought the land and the school buildings and undertook renovation works during that same summer. In 1996-1997, the Franco-Jordanian cooperation agreement mentioned the school.
Student numbers increased and led to the extension works during the summer of 1998 with an additional floor, and building security in the summer of 2000, followed by the renovation of the sports and physical education center in the summer of 2002. The science laboratory began operating at the start of the 2003 school year. In 2006, 450 students were enrolled. To address this growth, a real estate project on the airport road was launched in 2008 and an annex with a 6-class capacity for 150 students was built in 2009 while waiting for the completion of the new high school. The construction project became a priority; the AEFE took full control of its construction and its funding.
A major change took place with the move of the high school. The 2012-2013 year focused on preparing for the changes related to the high school move. In fact, the changes required the full support of the entire school community. These changes included: the separation of the elementary from the middle and high schools on two different sites, the modification of the school schedule to suit the middle and high school, a day including a lunch break from a non-stop day, changes in the organization of transport to take into account siblings studying at each site, an update of the timetable allowing the optimization of new spaces in the high school (study room, documentation and information center, IT suites and High School Student Association).
Three other priorities emerged during the inventory carried out by the Principal upon his arrival in collaboration with the Inspector of National Education and the Delegate Officer of the AEFE management; priorities which have determined the lines of work for the year 2013-2014. The overall management of the school, in terms of both administration and human resources, was one of these priorities: the creation of resident positions (that of the Administration and Finance Manager for the start of the 2013 school year, then English for the start of the 2014 year, continued training for local staff and the installation of reliable tools (AGE accounting software, FACTOS student database software, PRONOTE educational software, installed in the elementary school during the first term of the 2013-2014 year).
Another priority was to prepare for the renovation of the elementary school required due to the dilapidated state of the building, but also to accommodate the future influx of students. The AEFE has granted a subsidy to the Parents Manager Association to complete the project, which was due to begin in spring 2014.
The last and final priority consisted of updating the school development plan based on a multilingual project.
Much to everyone's satisfaction, the move was completed in May 2013 and the new high school was inaugurated on September 26 by the Delegate Minister for French people overseas and the Jordanian Minister of Education in the presence of the Ambassador of France and the Director of the AEFE. The new 8000 m2 site welcomes 188 high school students and has a total capacity of 400 students. The major change involved in separating the elementary from the middle and high schools corresponds to an ambitious school development plan. In addition to the renovation of the elementary school, this plan will make the LFA a modern institution, fully equipped to meet today's challenges.
Here are a few details:
The French School of Amman is an international, accredited, and officially appointed institution.
Accredited: The education provided conforms to the programs, educational objectives and organizational rules in France for public education institutions, as defined by the French Ministry of National Education and followed in all schools in the network of schools offering the French program worldwide. The school prepares for the same exams and certifications as the public schools: the Baccalaureate and the Diplôme National du Brevet (the national diploma awarded in 9th grade).
International: Students of over 20 nationalities are represented from pre-school to 12th grade; they enrich and are the pride of French institutions overseas. A melting pot of nationalities, the school welcomes the children of diplomats, embassy staff, researchers, executives of companies and international organizations who are all faithful to the French educational system. We are honored that 26% of Jordanian families have selected our school.
Officially appointed: the school is managed by a Parent Association, the signatory of an agreement with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).
The management organization was created on April 14, 1989 and appeared in the Official Journal of May 17, 1989, and has statutes governing its operations and organizing the delegation of its daily management by a Parent Association General Meeting to a Board of Directors which, in turn, entrusts routine decisions to a Parent Association Board (Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary).
Before decisions are made, the Parent Association Board meets to consider the projects affecting the most important management parameters: the budget, the evolution of its main resource (the level of schooling rights), changes in major expenses, namely investment projects and payroll (recruitment plans and the remuneration of local contracts) and the review of the school's financial situation based on the accounts.