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4211 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast
Bellevue, WA 98008

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January 12, 2015
Our daughter has been attending FISW since preschool and we don't have enough good things to say about the school and the community. When the school has had problems, and what school doesn't, they are dealt with quickly and decisively by the head of school. Our experience is that both the French and English instruction is commendable. We had our daughter tested over the summer to ensure she was keeping up in her English subjects and she was 2 years ahead in reading and 1 year ahead in writing and math. Since it's a French school, she also speaks French fluently and we do not speak French at home. Finally, the parent community is amazing. We have found many friends that I know we will have for life.

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January 08, 2015
Both of my daughters attend FISW. My oldest is in her third year at the school and it has been an amazing experience for us. It is important to us that our children speak another language. The teachers are highly skilled at language development and even though we don t speak French at home, our oldest daughter s French is fluent, which is a source of pride for her. (Our youngest started the preschool this September, so she s not fluent yet.) In addition we want our children to relate to people of different back grounds. Since FISW is attended by children from a variety of countries it exposes them to all sorts of cultures. FISW is well run. They have been around for 15 years and it operates like a well-oiled machine. The school is accredited by both the French system as well as our State run educational system. Each class takes a few field trips a year. They have many after school extra-curricular activities, such as piano, chess, fencing and after school homework. The teachers are accessible in the morning and after school to touch base on what the kids are learning and how the class is going. We are lucky to have found the school. I highly recommend it.

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January 03, 2015
My child has been at FISW for four years. The school is very well-run and the school is accredited by the French Ministry of Education as well as the State of Washington and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. It is a big thing as an English-speaking family for us to place our child in a French School but the teachers go out of their way to communicate with parents and give translations of the homework, audio recordings of the poems and readings. Our child is shy and feels valued and problems are dealt with promptly. The curriculum is rigorous and there is help available for kids who fall behind. I would give this school five stars if it had a little more support for frustrated English-only parents. Such as, what might you child be feeling in K? in 1? What are good websites for free french videos? This is a minor thing but would help with the frustration that causes some to leave. I have been lucky to have French-speaking friends fill in that gap, or staff when I ask. But some people don't know/think to ask.

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December 02, 2014
My child has been at FISW for four years, from moyen through second grade. Good things about the school: Small class sizes, some excellent teachers (both English and French), the foreign language immersion of course, the cost is lower than many other private schools, they hold the children to very high behavioral standards (which the kids do well with), and they do really seem to care about my child. Less than good things: the aloof and unfriendly demeanor of the headmistress and many of the French staff can be very off-putting, they do not encourage parental involvement, they beg you for money every other second, and they take unnecessary holidays (or close school due to half an inch of snow) every chance they get. We have kept our child there because he is undoubtedly thriving and it is so rare and special to have him be truly fluent in another language. However, the other French school on Mercer Island gets very high marks, as well, and has attracted away a lot of our FISW families lately. It costs quite a bit more but my friends whose children go there all say that it is better organized with more opportunities for the kids. Also they have a bus from Seattle.

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October 04, 2014
If you are an english speaking family avoid this school at all costs. We have a 1st grader enrolled in the school. The french homework came home without a translation. Being a non-French speaker I was unable to help my son with the homework. When I approached the teacher to ask for a translation of the homework she grabbed it out of my hands and said she would do it in class. This school bans parental involvement in the classroom. With the skills of the above referenced teacher I now understand why they don't want parents to observe the teachers interacting with the children.

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December 03, 2013
FISW is a great school, my only difficulties are with the communication & the way teachers and administrators deal with suggestions. Due to the French influence of the school, parents are not consulted as often as they would be in an American school. Sometimes this is nice, but it can also be frustrating since you can't volunteer in the classroom - it can make it hard to know what is going on with your kid. That being said, we are in year 3 and our kid is really loving it and learning lots!

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September 27, 2013
Our two kids are doing great, learning a lot, and enjoying it, all in a foreign language! The French national curriculum builds skills progressively and makes learning fun and achievable -- to a high, international standard. The local public school frenzy for rankings and test scores is not an issue here; the focus is on learning, with French benchmark tests given but not obsessed over. The school is a nonprofit and offers scholarships.

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September 26, 2013
This has been a great school for our little one. He started in KG and now he is Grade 2. The progress he made is amazing. We are luck to have such a school close to home.

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June 04, 2011
We attended FISW for eight years. The staff was friendly and organized. When we started, FISW had only been open a few years. By our class, I feel like they had worked out the kinks. I loved the detailed attention and focus on different learning styles in early grades. They have excellent teachers but many stay only for 3 years due to visa limitations. Some get permanent residency. FISW polls parents annually. I see an increasing focus on listening to and addressing concerns. I love that in immersion schools they cannot replace natural attrition at the higher grade levels as easily as in typical school. With decreasing class size, you get more attention and deeper curriculum. We had 11 students in 5th. The girls are fluent in French. One daughter had the highest score the teacher had seen. Their 4th and 5th grade evaluations were fantastic. Their class trip to France assured them of their skill. Both girls tested above grade on the MSP and the IEEE last fall. Subject matter sequence differs, but ultimately, if you follow the cycles, they are usually ahead for MS. I am thrilled with the quality education. The staff and student body are close knit. I would make the same choice.

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March 09, 2010
Preschool was great and the teachers were really nurturing. When we moved our son from 1st grade to 2nd grade in a public school, we found out that he was actually behind not only in English (which we expected) but also in Math. There seems to be so much emphasis on French that Math and English really fall behind. My son had to do a lot of catching up.

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February 05, 2009
It does a great job of being a fully immersion french program and follows the curricullum in France to the T. However, if you are looking for good academics, I am not sure this is a place that challenges the bright kids. The focus is so high on French language in the early years that they are actually behind wrt to the public schools on other subjects such as English and Math until you reach 4th grade. In 4th grade they try to catch up and eventually in 5th grade they meet up or exceed some average public school standards. However, paying for private school you expect a bit more than just an additional language. The middle school that most 5th graders seem to move to is Tillicum because a private teacher teaches adv. French before regular classes start. Tillicum is not a good gauge.

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April 09, 2008
This is a wonderful school with a warm, nuturing environment. We have been at the school now for 6 years The teachers we have had, without exception, have all been excellent. We do not speak French at home but my child speaks like a native. At all levels it is a very rich curriculum. The class sizes at the upper levels are also very small which is something we like.

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March 23, 2007
This is a warm, nurturing school that really tries to do the best it can for its students. My children are excited and happy to go to school every day. It is wonderful to hear their French language skills improve every year. Small class sizes (especially in the higher grades) facilitate learning. We have also loved the families that we have met here. They tend to be well educated people who are very interested not only in events at the local level, but life and culture outside of the United States.

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October 20, 2005
This is a great school! Especially if you want your child to be bilingual. My child started in Kindergarten(moyens) and by the fourth grade he was so fluent that parents from France assumed either my wife or I was from Paris! The fourth grade went on a field trip to Paris for 10 days. Parent involvement is key and the school does many activites such as a fund raising auction and Kernesse(carnival). The teachers are all native speakers and there are separate English teachers. The school also has the WASL test for 4th graders. It has preschool to 5th grade. Very safe with French style discipline. A high quality school.

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December 17, 2004
We have been so happy with the school. Teachers are great, dedicated, principal is great, takes care of school, teachers and kids and parents. Learning enviroment is wonderful, my child had a great experience, speaks French like a native, while no one at home speaks any french. Highly recommend!

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French Immersion School Of Washington
4211 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, Bellevue, WA  98008
(425) 653-3970
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