Early Childhood / Maternelle (TPS-K)

Beginning with our Toute Petite Section class (early preschool for 2 ½ year-olds), French International uses play-based inquiry in a nurturing French immersion learning environment as a springboard to the IB Primary Years Programme for preschool through 5th grade.

Maternelle (Cycle 1 in the French curriculum) is the early childhood section of our Lower School, and includes Toute Petite Section (TPS), preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten.

Language Immersion

Prekindergarten story time in the FAIS Library


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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International Baccalaureate

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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Stories from French International Families

Grandmother with granddaughter


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.