THE LEADER IN HARMONIZED BILINGUAL EDUCATION IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) inspires the next generation of global citizens to learn, understand, and act wisely in a multicultural world. Students achieve bilingual fluency in a rigorous academic program that combines the best philosophies of both the French and American educational systems. We teach students to view the world from a multicultural perspective, to participate actively in a diverse community that celebrates differences, and to rise to the challenges of a singular academic program accredited by both the French Ministry of National Education and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).
Language acquisition is at the heart of our harmonized bilingual program, but we are not a language school. All of the subjects we teach (math, science, history, etc.) are taught in French and/or in English, with Spanish and Mandarin introduced in sixth grade. Bilingual individuals are at a distinct advantage in the world, so much so that being bilingual is considered the norm in many countries. Bilingualism affords the bilingual individual economic, cognitive, health, social, and cultural benefits.
FASPS' commitment to bilingual education begins at an early age, accepting students as young as 18 months old. This early exposure to language aligns with studies indicating enhanced cognitive abilities and a strong foundation for future academic success. By providing a nurturing and stimulating environment, FASPS ensures long-term advantages for its students. In summary, the school excels by prioritizing the significance of learning French, the benefits of bilingual instruction across subjects, and the advantage of starting the bilingual journey during the critical early years of brain development.
In addition to its bilingual focus, FASPS prides itself on its exceptional team of highly qualified teachers and instructors. Drawing from a diverse, international pool of top talent, the school recruits top-tier educators from all over the world. This dedicated faculty brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the classroom, enriching the learning environment with varied cultural perspectives. FASPS supports its educators through continuous professional development, ensuring they remain updated on the latest teaching methodologies. This investment in teacher excellence contributes to the school's reputation as a leader in private education in the Pacific Northwest.