French Students Visit Seattle Academy

French Students Visit Seattle Academy

October 5, 2017 – Noah Simaga and Sullivan Bouchenoire, two French high school students from Nantes, are visiting SAAS during the Fall trimester. They are here through the Passepartout exchange program and have been attending classes and living with host families. Passepartout is a French program that connects high schools in Seattle with schools in our sister city of Nantes. Last Spring SAAS sent two juniors, Jad Karijan and Natalie Rezek, to France via this program, and we plan to send two more in the Spring of 2018. If you are interested in participating please contact Regan Falcon ( or Alice Laskin (

Regan recently had the opportunity to sit down with Noah and Sullivan to speak with them about their experiences at SAAS and in Seattle. Here’s what they had to say.

What have you enjoyed most about your time at Seattle Academy?
Sullivan: The people are very welcoming. The teachers are very open, and it is easier to communicate with them than it is with teachers in France.
Noah: Yes, there is less separation between teachers and students.

What have you enjoyed most about the Seattle area?
Sullivan: The city of Seattle is really beautiful.
Noah: Our host families took us hiking in the Cascades. The views were beautiful, and it was funny to see a sign warning “Attention Bigfoot!”

What sorts of other typical “American” things have you been able to do?
Sullivan: I was able to attend a Seahawks game with my host family. I was impressed by how loud the fans were!
Noah: I attended Fall Mania at SAAS, and it was similar. It was fun to see all the athletes and school spirit. We don’t have things like that in France.

What have been the benefits of participating in this program?
Sullivan: Hosting a SAAS student was really enjoyable. It was a nice break from our routine. It brought us closer together as a family.
Noah: Natalie was like a sister to me. We did so many things together.

If you are interested in reading more about Jad and Natalie’s experience in France last Spring, check out their blog:

Above: Sullivan Bouchenoire (left) and Noah Simaga (right)