Located in Lowell, Massachusetts, Franco American School is a private, Catholic, elementary school for students from prekindergarten through eighth grade and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Rooted in Gospel values and academic excellence, we provide a challenging curriculum, while promoting self-worth, respect, responsibility, and a commitment to faith and social justice.
To prepare students to make informed choices and decisions and to grow as citizens aware of their responsibilities to family, community, faith, and world.
A Trip Across the USA
Parents and friends took a trip around the country at the fourth grade's annual State Fair. Students presented their PowerPoint presentations and offered samples of their state foods to their guests.
Check out the third-grade machine projects, where students created replicas of machines that have helped change the world!
We extend a big congratulations to our violin and cello students who performed in this year's spring strings recital and a heartfelt thank you to their instructor, Sandra Brazier, for sharing her talent and time with them!
Eleanor Roosevelt Visits FAS
Students and faculty were treated to a one-woman performance of the life of Eleanor Roosevelt recently. The slideshow below offers highlights from this excellent show.
Space Exploration in Grade 5
Guitar and Piano 2015
It was a fabulous evening of music, as Peter Cangiano's guitar and piano students performed for parents and friends. Nearly 50 students performed in this year's afternoon and evening recitals.
National Library Week 2015 Winning Artist
Congratulations to Zoey Gaudet, a fourth grader here at FAS, for winning in the third- and fourth-grade category in this year's National Library Week Art Contest at the Pollard Memorial Library!
Welcome to Our Wax Museum!
Seventh and eighth graders in Sue Glasheen's history classes recently opened their "wax museum" to their families and peers. Guests had the opportunity to watch students portray historical figures like Eleanor Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglass, as they toured several classrooms. Guests pressed "buttons," and the student actors came to life and recited minute-long biographies.
School Calendar 2015-2016
Select the link below to view the Franco American School 2015-2016 calendar. Please note that this calendar does not reflect last-minute changes such as weather cancellations and postponements. School families should refer to the monthly calendars and other updates that are regularly emailed and sent home to families via the students.
Choose the link below to be directed to the Arbordale Fun eReader website. You will be asked to type in Franco American School's access code. All school families were provided with the school access code via email. Please contact the school if you have forgotten the code.
Graduates Receive Merit Scholarships
Graduates received more than $20,000 in merit-based scholarships from Franco American School, high schools that they will attend in the fall, and several local organizations.
Victoria Bradley and Katherine Huang were the co-valedictorians of the class and each received a merit scholarship from Franco American School. Bradley also earned a merit scholarship from the Academy of Notre Dame, where she will be a freshman in the fall. Huang has been accepted into the competitive Latin Lyceum program at Lowell High School.
Helen Early received a Franco American School scholarship. She will attend Lowell Catholic High School, where she is the recipient of a Ryken Scholarship.
Graham Charron is the recipient of Franco American School’s Boyd Family Scholarship for excellent school spirit, sportsmanship, and participation in school and community activities. Charron will attend Trivium High School in the fall.
Jacqueline Ngo, who will enter the Latin Lyceum at Lowell High School, received a Franco American School Scholarship.
Franco American School’s PTO awarded two scholarships. The first was awarded to Jonathan Ross, who is enrolled at St. John’s Preparatory School. The second was presented to Tiana Beaupre, who will attend Greater Lowell Technical High School.
Patricia Adesanya, who is enrolled at Lowell Catholic High School, is this year’s recipient of both the Dr. Robert Romanowsky Academic and Athletic Scholarship and the Franco American Day Committee Scholarship for continuing the study of French in high school.
Lina Tran will attend the Academy of Notre Dame on a merit scholarship.
Cassandra Laurin received the Reichheld Ting Orthodontics Scholarship and won a Father Edward L. Randall, O.M.I. Memorial Scholarship from Lowell Catholic High School, where she will be a freshman.
Brenna O’Donnell will attend Chelmsford High School in the fall.
Kyre Ou and Shubham Oza are enrolled at Lowell Catholic High School.
Mariana Cardenas and Alexander Bergeron-Naper will be freshmen at Greater Lowell Technical High School in the fall.
Back In Time
Second- and third-grade students took a trip back in time to the 1700s during a recent excursion to Chelmsford's Garrison House, where they took a tour of the old house and barn and learned to make butter and buttermilk, soap, candles, and quilts.
Science Fair 2015
Sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students participated in Franco American School's annual spring science fair recently. Dr. Olga Lepsky and Dr. Kwok-Fan Chow from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Sr. Jane Holland, assistant principal at FAS, judged this year's fair.
Under the guidance of FAS middle school science teacher, Danielle Latta, students worked for several months researching, writing papers, experimenting, recording data, and preparing their visual aids.
Chow was impressed with the caliber of projects that the students presented. “I don’t think I knew what bacteria was when I was in the sixth grade, and I definitely couldn’t write a computer program in the eighth grade.”
Winners of this year’s science fair include the following: Achievement Award Winners Kyre Ou, Grade 8, Danielle Bourque, Grade 6, Cassandra Laurin, Grade 8, Jada Catalano, Grade 6, and Ben McGrade, Grade 6; Honorable Mention Winners Deshay Buchoon, Grade 7, Patricia Adesanya, Grade 8, Aileen Yim, Grade 7, and Ishani Patel, Grade 6; Runners Up Katherine Huang, Grade 8, Victoria Bradley, Grade 8, Nick Ayotte, Grade 7, Lorena Schroeder, Grade 7, Riley Connors, Grade 6, and Sarah Toth, Grade 6; Third-Place Winner Jacqueline Ngo, Grade 8; Second-Place Winner Phillip Tran, Grade 7; and First-Place Overall Winner Caitlin Tully, Grade 6.
FAS Alumni Continue to Impress!
Check out the latest news from our young alumni. We are so proud to boast about their academic and athletic accomplishments, community service, and leadership roles within their communities. Keep up the great work, FAS Alums!!!
Download a PDF of the Winter/Spring 2015 Young Alumni News below.
Spelling Bee 2015
FAS recently held its annual spelling bee, where top spellers in grades 5-8 competed for first-, second-, and third-place prizes. This year's winners are Jonathan Ross, first place, Cassie Laurin, second place, and Alice Huang, third place.
Tracy Parkhurst's second graders proudly displayed their science projects for families and friends recently. Students were asked to create food webs or food chains. Their creativity was impressive!
Fourth-grade students in Elizabeth Marvin's class showed off their "Bottle Buddies" for their parents and friends. "Bottle Buddies" is an annual project that allows students to create out of 2-liter bottles the likenesses of famous people they studied in social studies.
FAS Students Are "Mad" About Science!
FAS students enjoy the annual Mad Science show, where they participate in fun science experiments.
Sue Glasheen's sixth-grade students celebrated their many cultures at the annual multicultural fair, where they shared native foods and their knowledge of the heritage and customs in their respective lands. The best part of the project was that students were required to create all of their visuals by hand - no computer-generated maps or pictures!
Students in Sandra Brazier's fifth-grade class recently held a medical convention for their schoolmates and families. Check out the slideshow from the event below.