Five students with their arms around each other shoulders smiling outside on the playground

Introducing our new mission.

We are kicking off the school year with a revised mission statement and updated guiding principles and core values - now called “Who We Are” and “How We Create Belonging.” 

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Lower School science class in the FAIS Forest

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

International Baccalaureate is a 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.

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FAIS at-a-Glance


student : teacher ratio

French Immersion in Maternelle and 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


"I conduct my Zoom calls not far from my daughter’s desk, and hear her erupt with laughter constantly. We are so happy to be part of the FAIS family. Thank you, thank you!" Annie and Jonathan, FAIS parents

"Our daughter has loved every minute. Her teachers have been incredible in inspiring her to love learning, embrace her curiosity, and develop great friendships. As parents, what more could we ask for?!"Ben, preschool parent

"We couldn’t be happier. Our three children are always excited about going to school. They love it so much they have a hard time leaving during pick up time."Mattin, 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

"Strong IB program, passionate teachers and staff, a supportive learning environment with small class size for your child to thrive in, the gift of language immersion, acceptance of all persons from all around the world."Priti, FAIS parent

"Our experience at the elementary school and middle school have been beyond our expectations. The International Baccalaureate (IB) program empowers them to be well-rounded students of life. The teachers are excellent and the community is welcoming and supportive."Angie, FAIS parent

"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

“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, FAIS alumnus

News & Events

A photo of Virginie and her family riding bikes

In remembrance of Virginie Calmé, a former teacher who was part of the FAIS community from 2000 to 2017. She was a loving, caring, and inspiring mother to her two sons Etan and Eliot who were students at FAIS and who, like us, will miss her dearly. Our thoughts are with them and her husband, John. Virginie touched the lives of so many - students, families, colleagues, and more. Thank you Virginie for the impact you made on FAIS and the world.

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A photo of TPS Teacher, Nadine, reading a story to her students.

Nadine Zaouk-Strapart, a TPS teacher, spent the last 18 months studying neuroscience through the lens of education. She combined her passion for teaching with her interest in psychology and found a way to explore both. Her goal was to get an understanding of how brain development affects the way students learn.

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