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GLOBAL MINDS

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Developing a Global Mindset

Language Immersion

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Language immersion is more than learning another language. French International uses language as a lens to help students understand other cultures, think with a global perspective, and navigate the broader world around us.

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

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The IB philosophy commits to creating a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding, respect, and a robust curriculum framework. Students in IB programs become inquirers and understand the world through untangling complex issues.  

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2.5 years-Kindergarten

Maternelle

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Maternelle (Cycle 1 in the French curriculum) is the early childhood program and begins at 2.5 years old with Toute Petite Section (TPS) and includes TPS, preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. 

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1st-5th Grade

Lower School

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Lower School (1st-5th grade) expands on Maternelle as students use an inquiry-based approach to learning in a language immersion setting. Students learn to communicate in both French and English.

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6th-8th Grade

Middle School

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Focusing on collaboration and interdisciplinary learning, the French International Middle School follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme to deliver one core curriculum in five languages - French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, or an English-focused track (International Track).

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Above & Beyond

45 Years

Portland's oldest language-immersion school

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Only IB school in Portland for PS-8th grade

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Acre wooded campus

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Countries visited on annual international trips

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Average teacher tenure

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Accreditations

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Middle School language tracks

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Age to start in the TPS program

ONE SCHOOL UNITED VISION

Pillar 1

AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE

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We will increase access to French International to further enrich our school culture and cultivate a sense of belonging for all members in our community.

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Pillar 2

PROGRAMS THAT PREPARE

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We will provide a consistent, nurturing, academically challenging curriculum for all students that prepares them for success beyond French International.

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Pillar 3

A PLACE WITH PURPOSE

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We will create a unified, expanded, sustainable campus that serves and embodies the school’s mission.

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Pillar 4

A PRESENCE IN PORTLAND AND THE WORLD

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We will make French International a leader for international and multilingual studies, culture, and events in the region.

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