French Immersion in Lower School
Starting at 2½ years old
Founded in 1979
most established language immersion school in Portland
5 language tracks in middle school
English, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish
for our students to learn on, explore, and so much more!
"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."
"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
The photo here is of an orchid sitting on my desk at home (I know, a blog in April about a flower -- stay with me).
FAIS held our 3rd-5th grade Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) battles this week by Zoom. We had 29 students participate virtual, with teams reading 16 books and answering book-based trivia questions in a double elimination style tournament.
This week, we welcomed over 120 students back to campus for in-person classes! It has been a long (and winding) road to get here, but we have arrived here together because -- despite being physically distanced -- we continued to come together in spirit as a community.