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Lower School science class in the FAIS Forest

What is 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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early preschool student jumping for ball on field

Early preschool for 2½ year olds!

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.

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FAIS at-a-Glance

9:1

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

533

students

1

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

Stories

"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

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