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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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

Families playing games together at stations set up around the FAIS Gymnasium

Over 65 families and 200 people showed up to the Fun Committee’s family fun event on Saturday, January 12 and it was a blast. Highlights of the night included Bingo and Musical Chairs. The middle school kids were super excited to have Rainy Day Games there to help lead them in various strategy games that drew in parents and children alike. Keep an eye out for the next Fun Committee Family events which will be the Art Gallery on March 29 and an “outdoor games” event that will take place in June.

Read Full Story about FAIS Family Game Night Was So Fun!
Students compete in Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 5th grade student Euan, the winner of the Ninth Annual FAIS spelling bee held on January 15. The runner up was seventh grade student Ashley. Both students battled for six rounds before Euan successfully spelled the winning word, “insinuate.” All together, twenty six students in 5th-8th grades competed in this year’s spelling bee. Euan will represent FAIS at the regional spelling bee on March 9 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland.

Read Full Story about Fifth Grade Student Wins Spelling Bee