Immersion – so much more than learning a language    Learn more

Critical thinking. Open-mindedness. Collaboration. Beyond the academic benefits, language immersion builds a foundation of lifelong skills to understand other cultures and navigate the world around us.

What is IB, and how does it help my child?    Learn more

International Baccalaureate is worldwide network of schools, committed to creating a better and more peaceful world by developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people. FAIS is proud to be the only IB school in Portland for preschool-8th grade.

New this year: early preschool for 2½ year olds!   Learn more

Looking for a play-based introduction to the structure of preschool? Designed specifically for our youngest learners, Toute Petite Section teaches how things work, playing in a group, and the concept of guided inquiry.

FAIS at-a-Glance


student : teacher ratio

French Immersion in Lower School

Starting at 2½ years old

language immersion

Founded in 1979

most established language immersion school in Portland




Only IB school in Portland for preschool - 8th grade

5 language tracks in middle school

English, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish

Middle School

15 acres

for our students to learn on, explore, and so much more!

12 years

average teacher tenure


"This school is amazing; teachers are all native speakers, academic rigor is the norm, and it is a truly mind-expanding experience for children."

FAIS Parent

"Both my kids graduated from FAIS… They both have told me it was the best thing I could have done for them. Extremely well prepared for high school."FAIS Parent

"I truly feel that the educational experience I received at FAIS has had a greater impact on my future than my high school and college experiences combined. Merci beaucoup, FAIS"FAIS Alumnus

“FAIS has a strong IB program that teaches children from preschool on about the greater world around them.” FAIS Parent

"Great engaged school. I went here, and they really care about all the students. They encourage engaged learning and multilingual learners."Dominic H., FAIS Alumnus

News & Events

Tanzania Mapathon: Helping NGOs Reduce Violence Against Women

Mapathons help Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) use OSM maps to find problems on the ground where they are deployed. This is helpful because most maps in current use only give a sketch of where anything is located. Many third world nations don't actually include most buildings and roads on digital maps! Mapathons literally put these villages on the map.

Read Full Story about Tanzania Mapathon: Helping NGOs Reduce Violence Against Women