This is your chance to visit an international oasis disguised as a preschool through middle school campus!

A warm, nurturing, creative, stimulating and academically rigorous environment awaits you. Whether you are looking into preschool, lower school or middle school, you will find an excellent curriculum and rich, well-developed programs, incorporating the best of the American and French educational systems. Our exceptional faculty and administration welcome you to explore our school.

FAIS is an independent school with an internationally-focused curriculum for students in preschool through grade eight, and a place unlike any other. On our 15-acre campus, our students immerse themselves in international languages and cultures in the classrooms, then access a winding, wooded nature trail just steps away. They are supported by cutting edge technology in our science and computer labs, abundant creative opportunities in our Center for the Arts, and time to recharge in our gymnasiums and on our athletic field and playground.

Founded in 1979, FAIS is a leader in the Portland metropolitan area in preparing young people for the global world of the 21st century. FAIS is one of the three largest independent schools in Portland, and one of almost 50 French schools in the United States and almost 500 schools worldwide accredited by the French Ministry of National Education.

FAIS students are confident learners who understand the impact of global interactions and the changing world, are beginning to develop true cultural competency, and have a deep commitment to understanding the world and making it a better place for all.

Here are some of the many ways you can explore our school:


French American Lower School

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017; 9 AM
  • Friday, January 19, 2018; 9 AM
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018; 9 AM

Gilkey International Middle School

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017; 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018; 6:30 PM


Wednesday All-School Open Tours

Most Wednesdays at 9 AM, October through May.
Please check our Admissions Calendar for available dates.

Middle School Tours

  • Friday, November 10, 2017; 9 AM
  • Friday, December 1, 2017; 9 AM

Schedule a Tour

(503) 292-7776 x310 /


You can request a packet in the mail. 


Our application for admission is exclusively online. Click here to apply today!


Non-Discrimination Policy

FAIS admits qualified students of any race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, nationality, ethnic origin or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available to students at the School. FAIS also admits qualified students with disabilities that are unrelated to the ability of the student to enjoy the benefits of the School's educational program, and that FAIS can reasonably accommodate.

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Admissions Calendar

    • TueNov28 FAIS at Admissions Presentation at Arbor Lodge 6:30 PM to 7:30 PMArbor Lodge

      The FAIS Director of Admissions will join admissions professionals from other Portland-area independent schools at Arbor Lodge for a presentation and Q & A session on the benefits of an independent school education, including the admissions and financial aid processes.

    • FriDec01 Middle School Open Tour 9:00 AM

      This tour of campus and middle school classrooms hosted by the FAIS Office of Admissions will start at 9:00 AM in the lobby of the main building and will last about 90 minutes. No RSVP necessary. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at or (503) 292-7776 ext. 310.

    • MonDec04 FAIS at Nike Child Development Program 2017 Kindergarten Fair 3:30 PM to 5:30 PMEdo Building, Nike World Headquarters Campus

      This event, specifically for Nike employee families, is organized to help them become more familiar with the variety of options available for kindergarten, as well as to assist them through their transition from Nike to the outside community.

French American International School 8500 NW Johnson Street, Portland, Oregon 97229
Ph: (503) 292.7776 Fax: (503) 292.7444
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