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

    • WedAug30 New Parent Orientation
    • SatSep09 Wallace Park Gathering for New FAIS Families 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM1600 NW 25th Avenue

      Bring a snack to share with other new and current families at the park. Look for the FAIS banner at the park to find our location. Hang out at the park or organize groups to walk to shops and eateries on NW 23rd Avenue.

    • WedSep20 Middle School Parent Meet & Greet 5:00 PM to 6:00 PMCFA Flex Space
    • FriSep22 New Lower School Parent Café 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMJardin de Jeu
French American International School 8500 NW Johnson Street, Portland, Oregon 97229
Ph: (503) 292.7776 Fax: (503) 292.7444
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