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 9, 2016; 9 AM
  • Friday, January 20, 2017; 9 AM
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017; 9 AM

Gilkey International Middle School

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016; 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017; 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 11, 2016; 9 AM
  • Friday, December 2, 2016; 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 activies made available to students at the School. FAIS also admits qualified students with disibilities that are unrelated to the ability of the student to enjoy the benefits of the School's educational program, and that FAIS can reasonably accomodate.

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Admissions Calendar

    • FriMar10 Family Enrichment Series: All About the IB 8:30 AMRose Préau Commons

      All FAIS families and prospective FAIS families are invited to this informational meeting regarding the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme for our preschool through 8th grade students. Join us to find out more about the PYP and MYP at FAIS, including history; philosophy; how the mission, standards, and practices are articulated into action; and how FAIS teachers use inquiry to promote student thinking and engagement.

    • FriMar10 Open Campus Morning 8:30 AM to 12:00 PMMain Building on the FAIS Campus

      The doors of our campus and the early childhood education classrooms will be open to prospective parents this morning. Staff from the Office of Admissions and the Lower School, as well as current FAIS parents will be available all morning to offer tours of the campus and answer questions. No RSVP necessary for this event. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at or (503) 292-7776 ext. 310.

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