Our curriculum is based on the internationally recognized program created by the French Ministry of Education, while also incorporating the best of U.S. teaching styles. We emphasize project-based learning, creative thinking, problem solving, and social and emotional learning. Our curriculum is designed to address the standards for both the French and Washington State school systems, allowing students to transition into either a French school or local school system for middle school.

French Immersion & Bilingual Education

To develop a strong foundation for students, instruction and curriculum in our preschool, preK, and kindergarten classes are delivered almost entirely in French. As students progress to higher grades, they spend increasingly more time with English teachers. By 4th and 5th grades, approximately half of the day is in English and half in French, with subjects taught in both languages. 

No French knowledge is necessary for students entering preschool or kindergarten. 

Read about advantages of bilingual education.

Our Philosophy

We believe that social and emotional learning is an integral part of early childhood and elementary education. We train all of our teaching staff in the positive discipline model of conflict resolution and classroom management. From preschool on, teachers integrate positive discipline methods into their daily class interactions, and classes from 1st grade on include regular class meetings.


North Seattle French School follows the French curriculum and also meets Washington State and Common Core standards. According to the French system, early childhood and elementary years are divided into three cycles, or related areas of developmental learning and skills grouped by grade.

Click a heading below to learn more about each cycle. 

Cycle 1: Preschool and Kindergarten
(Petite Section, Moyenne Section, Grande Section)
Primary Developmental Areas

Cycle 2: 1st-3rd grades
(CP, CE1, CE2)
Fundamental Developmental Areas

Cycle 3: 4th-5th grades
(CM1, CM2)
Consolidation of Developmental Concepts

Note: In the French system, Cycle 3 continues through 6ème, or 6th grade. As North Seattle French School is an elementary school, we conclude with 5th grade.