Launched 2012, the LabelFrancÉducation is conferred to foreign educational institutions who contribute to the promotion of French language and culture within their local school system. It recognizes and values public or private establishments that offer a strong French language program which allows students to discover other disciplines in this language. The label also seeks to promote high-quality bilingual francophone teaching abroad to the benefit of both students and their parents.
This international accreditation is awarded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, upon the recommendation of an interdepartmental consultative commission.
The Agency for French Education Abroad (L’Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger- AEFE) manages the LabelFrancEducation program.
The network is growing across the United States and currently 36 establishments have been labeled across North America.
In Louisiana, after Flaim Elementary School and Westadale Middle School in 2016, North Lewis Elementary in New Iberia, Myrtle Place Elementary, and Paul Breaux Middle in Lafayette have been recognized for their stand-out French immersion programs in 2017.
Among the 9 establishments recently awarded in the United States, this year 3 are in Louisiana.
They are now a part of the global network of 209 labeled schools in 44 countries.