Our Mission, Vision & Core Values

The Mission of the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) is to challenge students to excel academically and thrive in French, American, and international cultures. Our Vision is to inspire the next generation of global citizens to learn, understand, and act wisely in a multicultural world. And our Core Values, which guide our work and shape our students' educational experience, are excellence, integrity, cultural agility, and community:

  • Excellence: We have high expectations of our students, teachers, and staff ,and each individual thrives in an environment of self-exploration to find their best selves in school, at home, and in life.

  • Integrity: FASPS employees are chosen for their focus on doing what is right. Whether it is educating and caring for our students, managing our finances, developing school curricula, planning fundraising events, or running the after-school program, we always operate with the highest regard for our community and our international network.

  • Cultural Agility: We believe that ‘beyond the classroom’ experiences such as special guest visits, performances, presentations, exhibits, field trips, local outings, and national/international trips are essential to create open minded, successful students who are prepared for life after FASPS.

  • Community: Our dedication to our community drives our actions. We prioritize a diverse, inclusive, and inviting community and work hard to create an environment where individuals look forward to walking through our front doors every day. 
Located on Mercer Island just east of Seattle, the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) is a private, bilingual school for children age 2 (tiny young pre-kindergarten) through grade 8. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, arts and technology curriculum, social and emotional learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
FASPS does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. This policy applies to applicants, employees, students, volunteers, parents, and coaches. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints alleging violation of this policy: Civil Rights Coordinator: Debbie Newell, CRCoordinator@FASPS.org; Section 504 Coordinator: Benjamin Orillion, 504Coordinator@FASPS.org; and Title IX Coordinator: Debbie Newell, TitleIXCoordinator@FASPS.org.