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Mission & Guiding Principles

Families choose FAIS for a number of reasons, from our strong academic program to the long-term benefits that come from combining language immersion and the IB. But our Mission and Guiding Principles—as well as our Core Values and Characteristics of Professional Excellence—are what tie it all together. They’re why we do what we do, how we do it, and a collective promise to our families.

Mission

The French American International School cultivates intellect and character through rigorous multilingual academic programs in an environment that promotes appreciation of diverse cultures and experiences.

Vision

We believe the future starts here. As educators, we develop internationally minded and actively engaged citizens who help create a better and more peaceful world.

Lower School science class in FAIS Forest

Guiding Principles

Whether students join our community in preschool, kindergarten, or middle school, our goal is the same. By the time students graduate from FAIS, they will have established a foundation of lifelong skills to prepare them for high school and to succeed in a global, interconnected world.

Develop Global Citizens

We develop internationally minded and actively engaged citizens who help create a more inclusive and diverse world.

Foster Multi-Language Ability

We harness the power of languages to build greater intellect, openness, and problem-solving ability.

Shape Active Learners

We challenge students to inquire across multiple disciplines.

Deliver Academic Excellence

We build a foundation for academic achievement through a triple-accredited curriculum.

Core Values

In living the mission of FAIS, the community shares a vibrant school culture that is defined by our core values. These values guide our community’s interactions, our beliefs, and our behaviors. At FAIS, we are committed to working in accordance with the following values:

International Mindedness

We value the world as the broadest context for learning, appreciating our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek opportunities to inquire, act, reflect, and grow from the experience.

Open-Mindedness

We are receptive to new and different ideas or opinions of others, respectfully recognizing the value of others’ knowledge. We are open to change and committed to ongoing growth.

Integrity

We hold a steadfast commitment to respect, fairness, empathy, and truthfulness in our actions and communications.

Collaborative Community

We share the belief that to build community, we need collaboration, trust, inclusiveness, courtesy, responsibility, and a shared framework of expectations.

Creative Inquiry

We strive to create a community of engaged, active learners eager to explore the questions that move them most and inspire action. We nurture this natural curiosity to foster the joy of learning throughout life.

Characteristics of Professional Excellence

In fulfilling the mission of FAIS, the following specific behaviors and attitudes define professional excellence in a teacher at FAIS. 

  1. Effectively uses a wide array of teaching strategies to meet the learning, emotional and psychological needs of a wide range of diverse learners.
  2. Displays a strong knowledge of school curriculum and subject matter.
  3. Understands and demonstrates the use of inquiry-based pedagogical techniques.
  4. Demonstrates a belief that all students can learn and experience success in different ways, depending on abilities, learning styles, preferences and interests.
  5. Skillfully and collaboratively contributes to the curriculum planning and evaluation process, using student assessment to improve learning and teaching.
  6. Models and respects the School’s core values of international mindedness, open-mindedness, integrity, collaboration, and creative inquiry
  7. Creates a classroom environment that promotes student learning while fostering respect, understanding, and acceptance of differences.
  8. Seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  9. Demonstrates active support for colleagues.
  10. Actively participates in the life of the School.

 

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