The French-American International School of San Diego / L’Ecole Française de San Diego was founded in 1988 by André and Chandra Bordes as a preschool / daycare housed in the Clairemont Mesa neighborhood of San Diego, California.
From 1988 to 2010, Mr. Bordes served as Headmaster and then was promoted to Headmaster Emeritus. In 2010, Christian Jarlov became the new Head of School. During Mr. Jarlov’s tenure, the school solidified its footing at the Mount Soledad campus in La Jolla. Campus stability allowed for significant program enhancements, major improvements to the physical plant, and a steady increase in enrollment. Christian Jarlov retired in July, 2017, and Mark Rosenblum was appointed as the new Head of School. Isabelle David will supersede the role of Head of School in 2024.
The school has been located in various areas of San Diego County, from Encinitas to Coronado, and continues to draw on the vast international population of the area. The school’s name was changed from San Diego International School to San Diego French-American School in September 2006, and since that time the campus has been located at 6550 Soledad Mountain Road in La Jolla.