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Want your kiddo to learn new skills, explore diverse cultures, and make new friends this summer? Choose from arts and science camps to sports and other outdoor adventures -- all ages welcome (2½ - 14)!

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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

FAIS Magazine cover

The latest issue of FAIS Magazine should be arriving in mailboxes! Included in this issue: a feature on TPS (our new early preschool for 2 1/2 year-olds)... a Q&A with Head of School, Pam Dreisin... a sneak peek profile of our next Head of School, Scott Hardister... alumni updates... and more! Can't wait? Want to share it with family and friends? Flip through the online version here.

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2019 8th grade basketball champions

The girls finished their regular season with a 7-4 record to finish as the #3 seed. At the playoffs (during ACE / Arts Week), they won their first game against Valor (#6) at home, then beat Life (#2) away, but sadly lost in the championship game against Southwest (#1) on February 26. They finished the season as vice champions 2019.

The boys team finished the season undefeated, seeding #1, winning their first game of the playoffs at home on 2/19 against Forest Hills (#8) then semi-final at home against Valor (#4), and finally won the championship game at a neutral site at Forest Hills against Tualatin Valley Academy (#2) on February 26. They are the 2019 MCL champs for the west side!

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ACE Week spring 2019

The weather made it interesting, but we had another successful Arts and Cultural Enrichment Week! While regular classes were on break last week, students had the opportunity to immerse in the world of printmaking (Lower School) and arts-focused workshops (Middle School). Extra special thanks to Atelier Meridian for an awesome week of printmaking and showing our kids the ropes! Extra, extra special thanks to Ralph, Tony, and the rest of our amazing facilities team for keeping our campus safe with all of the snow and ice!  

Read Full Story about Arts Week / ACE Week Spring 2019