French Classes in Sunnyvale

School Sites | South Bay | Sunnyvale

EFBA, Sunnyvale, Cherry Chase Elementary
Cherry Chase Elementary
Laurelwood Elementary School
Site coordinator's names: 

Mehmet Musa (middle school classes)

Alice Tien (middle school classes)

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Cherry Chase Elementary  Laurelwood Elementary School
1138 Heatherstone Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
955 Teal Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95051


Our goal is to learn while having fun.

Our Value Proposition

With 7 years of experience, we have designed an innovative year-around part-time school with the goal of reaching fluency in French and developing your child's cognitive and social skills, in particular empathy and collaboration.

The afterschool is the first of our three programs, along with the summer camps and the cultural programs. It runs from September till the end of May.

Our pedagogy is immersive because it's the proven most efficient way to learn a language. It is play-based as play is "a ramp of joyful learning"* which bolsters social and cognitive skills, improves problem-solving, creativity, abstract thinking and collaboration.

Our teachers and teacher assistants are either native speakers from France and other French-speaking countries or have a command of French comparable to a native speaker. They are credentialed in their country of origin and/or trained on a continuous basis by our school.

Our ratio is 1 teacher for 8 students and our maximum class-size is 15 students. When we are made aware by the parents of a student having a learning difference, we will provide a dedicated assistant at no additional cost.

To reach fluency, we recommend that your child attends the afterschool program for 27 weeks during the school year, takes at least 4 cultural outings and participates for three weeks in our summer camps.

It takes between 8-11 years to reach bilingualism. Bilingual children grow to become global citizens, who understand other people's perspective better and can create new things, new solutions. They think "outside the box" as a second nature.

Bon voyage avec EFBA !

*Tom Little and Katherine Ellison in "Loving Learning - How Progressive Education can Save America's Schools", Norton (2015)


Our Classes - School Year 2015-2016

French native speakers

  • Moyens Francophones (2ndand 3rd Grades)
    This level introduces the basics of grammar and conjucation. Students will learn through various literary contents such as tales and legends and will be introduced to French cultural heritage.
  • Grands Francophones Social Studies (for 2nd to 5th Grade)
    This is a new class we are offering this year. It will focus on improving language skills while also introducing students to social studies and what it means to have a bicultural education. The purpose of the class is twofold: one part will be dedicated to writing skills and discovering French literature and a few major authors; the second part will focus on history and geography. 
  • Middle School Francophones (6th Grade and above)
    This level prepares students for the DELF exam. The DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) is an official certification of French-language skills. The DELF is recognized in France, the European Union, and internationally.
    These classes also prepare students for the level A2 exam as well as the level B1 and B2 exams, in 2 years.  

Non-native speakers 

  • Petits Anglophones (K and 1st Grade)
    This class welcomes non-readers and beginner readers. The students will discover French through games and songs and will learn some basic vocabulary to present themselves and describe simple situations.
  • Grands Anglophones (4th and 5th Grade)
    In this class, we will introduce grammar and conjugation, increase students' vocabulary and initiate them to francophone culture. The objective for the students is to become autonomous in simple everyday life siuations (family, meals, holidays, school, etc.) 
  • Middle School Anglophones (6th Grade and above) 
    This class prepares students for the A2 level exam in 2 years. The purpose of this class is to ensure students reach the French 1 level so that they may integrate French 2 when entering high school. 


Which class is the most fit for your child?

Pre-orientation : take this test.

Placement test: each child will take a placement test at the beginning of the year to assess his/her French knowledge and establish which level is right for him. We reserve the right to re-assign the student to a different class based on test results.


Frequently asked questions

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Class time

Tuition class time

Playtime before class

Tuition playtime






4 hours a week for 27 weeks


Class reserved to members




3 hours a week for 27 weeks






90 min a week for 27 weeks













Play time before class: If a pre-class play time is available an adult will watch the children and play with them in French. 
School Year Calendar: We follow the Sunnyvale School District calendar



Click on the link "Register" next to the class for which you wish to enroll your child/children. You'll be redirected to our secure online registration website. On this website, you will be able to fill out the registration form, enroll your child/children and pay online.

For EFBA members, the sibling discount will be calculated and confirmed once we will receive your online registration. You will receive an email confirmation before your credit card is charged.

Try-out class: more information.


Tuition payments

If you decide to become an EFBA member, the membership fee will be charged on the same day. The tuition fee will be paid in 2 installments :

- 1st installment: 50% due on September 1st.

- 2nd installment: 50%  due on February 1st. 

If you do not become an EFBA member, the tuition fee will be paid in 3 installments :

- $400 per child at registration

- 1st installment: 50% of the amount letf due on September 1st.

- 2nd installment: 50%  of the amount left due on February 1st. 



Cancellation policy

·  The EFBA membership fee can’t be reimbursed.

·  If you want to cancel your registration, you have until the end of the 2nd week of classes. If a payment was made, it will be entirely reimbursed. Starting from the begining of the 3rd week of class, no reimbursement will be possible.

·  There will be no reimbursement in case of cancellation occuring during the school year, except in case of medical emergency or move away from the Bay Area. However, EFBA members will benefit from a credit, valid for a year, starting from the day of the request. The credit value can’t be inferior nor superior of a semester’s tuition.


Terms and conditions

EFBA reserves the right to cancel and/or change the schedule, locations or time of any classes or sessions at any time without liability. If a class is cancelled, you will be refunded.

See our detailed terms and conditions for more information.

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