Lower School (1st-5th)
With an emphasis on play-based inquiry and connection to nature, the Lower School (1st-5th Grade) follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme in a French immersion setting. The IB is used as a framework for teaching the five pillars of the French curriculum.
- Language to think and communicate
- Methods and tools for learning
- Personal development and citizenship
- Natural systems and technology
- Understanding the world
From early preschool for 2 ½ year-olds in Early Childhood/Maternelle through 5th grade, all teachers are native speakers with master’s degrees. They collaborate with specialists across all subject areas to help students develop strong relationships with others, build communication skills in both French and English, and prepare for more structured, systematic learning in Middle School.
In Cycle 2, students learn to communicate in both French and English, with expanded English instruction beginning in 2nd grade.
In Cycle 3, students reinforce, consolidate, and expand their knowledge across the curriculum.
Field studies provide 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students with the opportunity to observe and experience real world science processes in a natural setting.
Language immersion is more than learning another language. FAIS uses language as a lens to help students understand other cultures, think with a global perspective, and navigate the broader world around us.
The IB is a worldwide network of schools committed to creating a better and more peaceful world by developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people. FAIS uses the IB as a framework for delivering our French-based curriculum in a language immersion setting.
The reasons our families love FAIS are as broad as their backgrounds. We hope these firsthand experiences help capture what it’s like to be a member of our community, from parents and grandparents to students and alumni.