Discover French International School of Oregon

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Are you looking for the small class sizes, individual attention, and rigorous academics of a top-tier private school?

Do you want your child to develop the foundation of cognitive, creative, and collaborative skills to navigate a global, interconnected world?

Discover why families believe their child’s future begins at the French International School of Oregon: the longest-established language immersion school in Portland—and the only school in Portland authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for preschool-8th grade.

Language Immersion


Language immersion is more than learning another language. French International uses language as a lens to help students understand other cultures, think with a global perspective, and navigate the broader world around us.

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Early Childhood / Maternelle (TPS-K)

Prekindergarten student presenting book


Beginning with our new Toute Petite Section class (early preschool for 2½ year-olds), French International uses play-based inquiry in a nurturing French immersion learning environment as a springboard to the IB Primary Years Programme in preschool-5th grade.

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Families choose French International for our strong academic program and the long-term benefits of combining language immersion and the IB. But our Mission and Guiding Principles are what tie it all together. They’re our promise to our families, and are at the core of everything we do.

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Lower School science class in the FAIS Forest


The IB is a worldwide network of schools committed to creating a better and more peaceful world by developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people. French International uses the IB as a framework for delivering our French-based curriculum in a language immersion setting.

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Lower School

Two smiling Lower School girls at recess


Following the IB Primary Years Programme, in a French immersion setting, French International introduces children to a wide variety of experiences to develop strong relationships with others, build communication skills in both French and English, and prepare them for the more structured, systematic learning in Middle School.

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French International-at-a-Glance

Biking on Campus


From our small class sizes and nature-filled campus to the number of languages spoken in our community and the number of countries visited on our class trips, enjoy a snapshot of what makes French International unique.

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Only 10 percent of new families speak French before joining our community. So, why French? France excels in early education. French International uses the five pillars of the French curriculum as the foundation for learning in Early Childhood/Maternelle and Lower School, and builds upon it with more collaborative and transdisciplinary learning in Middle School.

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Middle School

Middle School Science Classroom


Following the IB Middle Years Programme, French International delivers one core curriculum in five languages: English, French, German, Mandarin, or Spanish. Students who are not already bilingual enter an English-focused track and begin a second language, while bilingual students begin a third language.

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Stories from French International Families

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The reasons our families love French International are as broad as their backgrounds. We hope these firsthand experiences help capture what it’s like to be a member of our community, from parents and grandparents to students and alumni.

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Questions? Want to learn more?

Finding the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.

Whether you’re beginning your journey with preschool, prekindergarten, or kindergarten…or weighing your options for middle school… let’s explore how your child would flourish in our community.