Lyceum Kennedy French American School was founded in 1964 by Éliane Dumas, a distinguished French school teacher and a faculty member at Lycée Français de New York for many years. She named her new school in honor of the late President John F. Kennedy.
Working with the French Ministry of Education, she developed the school to serve the needs of French and francophone families in Manhattan. Éliane Dumas served as headmistress of Lyceum Kennedy for more than 20 years.
In 1986, Dr. Koji Sonoda, a linguist and professor originally from Japan, acquired Lyceum Kennedy. An admirer of French culture and language, Dr. Sonoda saw the school as a wonderful opportunity to help support the French-speaking community and to further his passion for educating young people to become citizens of the world.
In 1996, the school opened a campus in Ardsley, New York, in Westchester County. For the remainder of the decade and into the 1990s, the student population and curriculum expanded to include a Japanese program, and to serve families from many countries.
Today, Lyceum Kennedy is one of the most well-known international schools in New York City for its uniqueness.