FAIS operates on an academic calendar that is broken up by five 7 to 8-week periods with breaks for Winter Break, Spring Break, and Arts and Cultural Enrichment Weeks. School is not in session during Arts and Cultural Enrichment Weeks, and an alternate program is provided for students who wish to participate. For lower school students, the Extracurricular Department creates theme-based ACE Weeks that place a strong emphasis on the arts and often involve outside instructors. Middle school students participate in different workshops centered around different forms of visual art during Arts Week.
Hours for both programs are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with activities scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.