FAIS Facts

Founded - 1979
Head of School - Pam Dreisin
Middle School Division Head/
Assistant Head of School
- Emmanuelle Burk
Lower School Division Head - Vincent Brès
FAIS Includes -
The French American Lower School
, grades PS-5
The Gilkey International Middle School, grades 6-8


FAIS educates approximately 550 students in preschool through grade eight. There are about 140 students in Maternelle (preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten), 230  in grades one through five, and 180 in grades six through eight.

Class size is generally limited to 18 in all grade levels, and the average class size is 15. Maternelle classes (preschool, prekindergarten and kindergarten) have a certified French teacher and a bilingual assistant.


French American Lower School (preschool through grade five) - Our primary school is a French immersion program that combines the best of the French and American educational systems. The language of instruction is exclusively French from preschool through fifth grade. English language arts, U.S. social studies and science are taught in English beginning in the second grade. A copy of the curriculum outline is available on request.

Gilkey International Middle School (grades six through eight) - Our middle school offers an inspiring international curriculum where students strive to become independent, creative, and critical thinkers, preparing themselves as responsible citizens and leaders within their local and world communities. Students choose between instruction in English or partial immersion in French, German, Spanish, or Mandarin. All students also select a beginning language (French, German, Spanish, or Mandarin). A copy of the curriculum outline is available on request.

Current Teaching Faculty

French American Lower School, grades PS-5
French Teachers 21
Bilingual Teaching Assistants 8
English Teachers 6
Specialist Teachers 9
(Academic Support, Art, Drama, FSL, Health, Library, Music, Science, Sports, Technology)

Gilkey International Middle School, grades 6-8
Mandarin Teachers
Spanish Teachers 2
French and Social Studies Teachers 4
German Teachers 3
English and Social Studies Teachers 4
Math and Science Teachers 6
Specialist Teachers 7
(Academic Support, Art, Drama, Health, Library, Music, Sports, Technology)

Additional Staff
Health and Counseling 2
Administrative Staff 25
Extracurricular Staff 18
Maintenance and Janitorial Staff 4

Accredited by

  • French Ministry of Education (grades PS-8)
  • Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS) (grades PS-8) 

Registered with

  • State of Oregon
  • Child Services Division, State of Oregon


  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS)
  • Oregon Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Association of French Schools in America (AFSA)
  • National Middle School Association (NMSA)
  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Annual Operating Budget


Tuition as percent of operating revenue

93 percent