French American International School
- Portland, OR
French American International School Reviews
Rating 3.89 out of 5 9 reviews
I had attended this school 6-8 and it is an okay school but there are a few things this school lacks. I think this is really a good school for children who are interested in learning languages because they have so many languages to offer. It's just the overall bias and how we are strictly monotered at all times. I understand that we need to be monetored but up to a certain level its upsetting. I know that people have been yelled at by aids for running on the playground soccer field (playing soccer). We aren't allowed to have our phones at all even if we need to contact our parents and its an emergency we must go to the principals office and dial their number though the school phone. If you accidentally drop a paper in the hall way and a teacher finds it and it has your name on it, you get an orange slip,which is kind of like a detention slip. This school is good up until the strictness and the bias.
Our son entered FAIS in 6th grade for Middle School and is currently a 7th grader. From the Open House we first attended and thereafter, we've been nothing but impressed. At the Open House, teachers were present and shared with us about their courses and teaching approach. They then got so excited talking to each other about how they collaborate on the IB curriculum they eventually had to be light-heartedly "shushed" so the presentations could continue! It was awesome. And we quickly saw the teachers walked their talk. The curriculum is challenging, global and engaging. Class sizes are small and the teachers really get to know your kid and support them. Administration is open and responsive and the school does a great job of providing opportunities for FAIS families to get to know each other. Our son loves being on the school soccer, basketball and track teams. He's happy. We parents are happy. We all wish it went through high school!
I am writing this as a parent of a kid who goes to this school. My son goes to the French American School and has the worst time of his life. Every day after soccer practice he says he always gets bullied and hates all the teachers because they dont help with bullies. He also says he gets in trouble for running at recess so one day i volunteered to help the school and saw a kid get tackled and choked. Don't send your kid to this school I am warning you in advance.
So happy with the middle school ! Great teachers & great families! Ryan is lucky to be here! Such a great match.
I can't say enough good things about this French immersion school!I It is such a good fit for our children and we rest assured that they will be more than fully prepared for an IB diploma program in high school. Native language speakers, small classroom size, individuation, inquiry based learning and IB framework summarize how the students are on the path towards becoming life long learners! From PE to Art, Music, Language classes, Math & Science, our kids are such well rounded global citizens!
French American Int'l School has been wonderful for my two daughters. Not only do they teach high-quality language immersion but the arts, technology, music and PE are all infused in their core learning. The middle school (Gilkey) gives fantastic structure for those awkward tween years. Small class sizes and a dedicated group of teachers who have been there forever make a vibrant learning environment. The IB program is an added bonus that enhances their studies considerably. The IB load starts early and continues all the way through middle school, setting them up for a rigorous high school curriculum. Not all immersion schools provide this level of high-quality studies. French American walks their talk. Plus, they are building a new facility for their middle school! It is definitely worth checking out. The one drawback is the pick up/drop off process. It gets bogged down pretty fast.
My family loves this school. My kids have been attending FAIS for 7 yrs and I highly recommend it. We decided to invest in private education for elementary and middle school because of the small class sizes. What I've learned about IB education is that it's the most powerful learning pedagogy out there and provides the skills to work collaboratively through inquiry-based learning. It is amazing. Honestly, the immersion language was an unforeseen bonus. We have no connection with France, but it is truly amazing that our children are learning in another language. This is such a unique combination. Other language immersion schools in the nation are coming to this school to learn about the IB-immersion combination. I am so impressed by the faculty here. They are so invested in the school and each student. Even my kids truly enjoy their teachers. I highly recommend this school.
This is an outstanding school. Our children (elementary and middle school) continue to amaze us as they apply what they have learned in the classroom in their daily activities. Our family has enjoyed becoming part of this welcoming, multi-cultural community. The teachers are excellent and support the personal and academic growth of the children. We have found the educational experience, and the IB program in particular, to provide balance across the disciplines, such as STEM, social studies, languages, music, art, and physical movement. We strongly recommend this school to our Portland neighbors.
This school enables bullies to torment fellow students both online and in teacher supervised classrooms. One of their students was kicked in the head from behind, causing a concussion - and there were only minimal consequences. The bully is still in classes and is being protected by the teachers and administration. What a horrible thing for children to observe.